Steve Angell sadly passed away on 12th June 2021 following a tragic accident.
Steve joined the Service in May 1988 with Bath On Call, where he has remained throughout his career and is a well-respected and valued member of the team.
His hobbies included motocross and motorcycles. Steve’s skills as a mechanic were appreciated by many Bath staff, as Steve serviced motorcycles and cars for his colleagues.
Steve was a very well respected member of Bath Fire Station and the wider Service. Steve always presented himself as a cool, calm and collected member of the team at each rank he served. Flexi Duty Officers always welcomed his logical thinking and problem solving skills – nothing ever seemed to phase Steve.
Having served at Bath for many years, Steve has helped many a new recruit and been a very supportive mentor. Steve’s cool and calm demeanour and patience was always appreciated.
Steve preferred the ‘old fashioned’ way of communication, and much preferred conversation and paper communications over emails. This often included forms and memos with a characteristic smudge of engine oil. Often long email requests were often answered verbally with a positive ‘yes, we can do that – no problem’, or ‘ok, but wouldn’t this way be easier?’
Steve never crossed swords with anyone, and no one ever had a bad word to say about Steve. In fact, in the Fire Service where the level of banter and joviality reach legendary proportions – no one took the mickey out of Steve – such was his character. Words associated with Steve are: honest, trusted, salt of the earth, down to earth bloke.
Steve was also a master communicator, often a man of few words. A grunt or groan, a raised eyebrow or a wry smile was all that was needed to provide ‘guidance.’
The level of cover Steve provided was second to none, one of the best in the Service. It could be argued that Steve was a part of the fixture and fittings of Bath Fire Station due to the amount of time he spent there in his blue oily overalls.
Steve was very passionate about the Fire Service, and always worked incredibly hard to keep the fire engine on-the-run. Steve viewed his role as a firefighter and Watch Manager as a vocation rather than a job. Steve took a personal responsibility in ensuring that Bath On-Call remained available 24hrs a day as far as possible.
Steve leaves behind his wife Jacky, sons, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Our thoughts and love are with Steve’s family, and he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by us all.
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