He has spent almost 40 years of his life serving the capital as part of the London Fire Brigade, but as London welcomes in 2017, the capital waves goodbye to London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson.
Ron is stepping down to make way for Dany Cotton who will become the first ever female Commissioner in London.
Since joining he has been awarded with the Queen's Fire Service Medal in 2005 and was awarded the CBE in 2011.
Looking back, Ron says he has experienced some incredible things: "The Brigade's role in delivering the hugely successful London Olympic Games, as well as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, in 2012 is hard to surpass as a career high."
57-year-old Ron is leaving the Fire Brigade in it's 150th anniversary year, which he says is an honour: "Celebrating our 150th anniversary throughout 2016 has been a privilege and one of many highlights of my 37 years at the Brigade.
"I am finishing my career on a high, secure in the knowledge that your new Commissioner Dany Cotton will steer the Brigade through all the changes and challenges ahead."
"There have been dark times"
During his 10 years as Commissioner, despite a reduction in budget, there has been a 37% decrease in the number of fires and deaths from fires have been declining over the past 10 years.
Ron said: "The nature of the job means that sometimes you have to make difficult and unpopular decisions.
"Although there have been dark times, I'm proud of the way we've embraced change over the years.
"Attendance times are actually better than they were when I started as Commissioner.
"The time for a first fire engine is four seconds quicker and 16 seconds quicker for a second fire engine."
"We need to plan for the very worst"
In 1996, Ron was one of the first senior officers to arrive at the scene of the Canary Wharf bomb blast, in which two people were killed, and in recent years, following the 2015 London bombings, Ron has been influential in the fight against terrorism.
One of his final acts was publishing the draft London Safety Plan which includes proposals to expand the Fire Brigade's response to a terror related incident.
"You can't be as closely involved in events such as those that occurred on 7 July and not be changed by them" says Ron.
"I know that I am a different person today to the one I was before 7 July."
Ron continues: "The role of a firefighter in 2016 is a world away from when our great organisation was born 150 years ago and our Plan reflects the varied job we do everyday to protect Londoners. We need to plan for the very worst.
"Even though we hope it never happens, we must prepare our firefighters to be part of the response to a terrorist incident."
The hardest part will be saying "they"
Ron, who lives in Sidcup in Kent says he is looking forward to seeing how his recent changes will alter the face of the Fire Brigade in the coming years, but says there is still more to be done: "The hardest part will be in future looking at the incredible work the London Fire Brigade do and saying 'they achieved that' not 'we achieved that'.
He concludes: "Looking forward there are still challenges such as increasing the diversity of operational firefighters in London.
"In these nine years we have made some significant progress, but there is more to be done."
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