Ronald (Ron) Osborne passed away on Thursday 11th February 2016 aged 95 years.
Ron joined the National Fire Service following his demob from the 50th Royal Tank Regiment in 1946 after 7 years’ service. He trained in Aylesbury Bucks, and was posted to Portsmouth where his Divisional Commander was the father of one of Avon F B CFO, John Terry. He swiftly transferred to Bristol and served at Ashton Drive, Southmead and Bridewell stations, rising through the ranks. During this time he had great involvement with the AFS, frequently away on exercises, convoys and suchlike. The mid-sixties saw him in the training department, becoming the Brigade Training Officer in the rank of ADO. By the seventies he had achieved DO1 rank and was the third officer of Bristol with the role to oversee the transformation from City Brigade to the County of Avon Fire Brigade. He retired in 1975. Throughout his service, he was a stalwart member, then trainer of the renowned First Aid Team that was for many years the premier team in Britain winning countless tournaments and shields. For his work, he was awarded the recognition of Serving Brother of the order of St John by Her Majesty the Queen.
Ron was father to former Avon Fire & Rescue Service ACO Mervyn Osborne and Grandfather to current Watch Manager, Matt Osborne. Ron’s wife Connie who passed away in 2014