Rusty Firmin: The Man With No Gloves
SAS Blue Team – back door Assault Team Leader, Iranian Embassy Siege, SAS B Squadron, HQ Squadron 23 SAS permanent staff instructor, 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. Security consultant, close protection operative, security manager and advisor, author, speaker, and consultant.
Born and raised in Carlisle and adopted at an early age, Rusty lived with different relatives and attended many different schools. At the age of 17, he joined the 49 Field Regiment Royal Artillery and remained there for approximately four years. While there, he was made captain of the regimental football team and represented the Royal Artillery and British Army football team at top amateur level.
He completed several tours of Northern Ireland as a patrol commander. He was heavily involved in adventure training, completing the Italian Alps walk, French Pyrenees walk, and the Great Divide trail walk in Canada in successive years.
Rusty volunteered to serve with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery; completed the grueling selection process, and at Lympstone received the coveted Green Beret. Within fifteen months of being in 29 Commando, Rusty was asked to become an instructor on the commando training wing. He applied to join the SAS and in 1977, completed the SAS selection course receiving the coveted beige beret and winged dagger in six months, assigned to B Squadron.
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