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Firefighter Chris resigns after 38 years: the more you as friends to each other depends, the farther you dare to go in danger
Antwerp is A quiet last day of work before his retirement in the fire station: that was for Chris Sinnaeve (59). He still had two times to pluck up, among others, for a appartementsbrand on the Keel. After 38 years, waving the adjutant. “I've 3.800 interventions done. With a total of a hundred dead. I am lucky to have that suffering always.”

Monday, guard Chris Sinnaeve an official farewell in the barracks of the Paleisstraat and a hearty avondfeestje in a café on the South. “I have never been against my sense go to work. In my profession, friendship will prevail. The more you are together, the farther you dare to go in dangerous situations. So yes: I go my sizes miss. In August I pull with a delegation of the Antwerp fire brigade to Chengdu in China. There we take part in the World Police & Fire Games.”

From tomorrow may Chris on his ‘pension’ deposit: “I'm going to continue to focus on billiards. Three to four times training per week. No half work. I also have a guitar bought and absolutely want electric blues learn to play.”

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The fireman brought not only to the adjutant, he was also a trade unionist at IFOD. Chris was responsible for a remarkable and hilarious moment, eleven years ago. “I put out a protest rally against the policies of mayor Patrick Janssens to join forces. Three hundred fire fighters have when their pants drop. Janssens had a ‘pin-upverbod’ in the barracks of the Paleisstraat imposed. Moreover, because the city refuse to provide for more staff, leave for pension and a zaterdagvergoeding.”

The last working day of his career and in 1981, had Chris still in the tank. “In a bedroom of a flat on the third floor, on the Boomsesteenweg, was a raging fire. It was too narrow to be a ladder. Via the staircase we have the door forced. We ended up in pitch black smoke. Then you know: it is likely that a mattress that is lit. No one appeared to be home.”

the Afternoon was the price again. “A resident of an apartment made chicken in the oven ready. But that chicken must be wrong there are used. A smoke detector went off, there was nothing but smoke coming out of the oven. Everything was quickly under control.”


Chris Sinnaeve came earlier happen to be in the corps. “My father-in-law had told me: find a fixed job in the city. I did a test and succeeded. Soon followed by a ‘click’ I felt at my place at the fire department. And gradually, I noticed that the lead in the genes sat. By the year 2000, I was adjutant. Or better: ‘wanderer’, because I was in four barracks had to step in when someone was needed.”

A couple of times, it was very exciting. “A year or two ago, I ended up with two colleagues from a burning library in a ‘flashover’ (this is a flash-over, red.). We are there after ten minutes uitgeraakt. Fear? I realized primarily that I'm 100 percent focused had to continue to survive.”

Athletic Chris is also and always has been. “I have 25 years of football and volleyball played. Plus: 20 years of caving practiced. In Rochefort, I have one of the most beautiful caves discovered. Today I pay the price of all those sports. I have two protheseknieën and some joint problems. But I have until the last day, really enjoyed it. My colleagues are like family. And they continue that.”

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