History

History of firefighting, the NFS and the AFS.

  • Some very poignant photos from the Blitz Many thanks to Helen Crowfoot for drawing our attention to these: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3308483 Share this:FacebookMoreTwitterGooglePinterestPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading...
  • Danger UXB Just started watching the DVDs of the 1970s TV series, “Danger UXB”, and saw a fire engine. Got very excited when I saw what it was, and even more so when I saw the registration. You can see Episode 2 here (it’s about 11 minutes in). Here are a few stills… Share this:FacebookMoreTwitterGooglePinterestPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading...
  • The Pump Escape in service in the 1950s Following on from the photo from Bruce Hoad showing GGN802 at Uckfield Fire Station in East Sussex, we were delighted to hear from Guy Bowes  who is an archivist for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and sent us these photos from the same day in the 1950s. Share this:FacebookMoreTwitterGooglePinterestPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading...
  • Tour of Nottingham Central Fire Station, and Blitz locations Recently, a small group of us had the privilege of a tour round Nottingham Central Fire Station and the Nottingham Blitz locations where firemen and civil defence personnel lost their lives, led by David Needham, a retired senior officer of NFRS, and author of ‘Battle of the Flames‘, an account of the Blitz in Nottingham. ...
  • A Service for Remembrance Sunday: Forgiveness and Reconciliation Introduction and Welcome Good morning, and welcome to our service this morning. It is usual on Remembrance Sunday to have an act of remembrance for those in our armed forces who have given their lives in the line of duty, but this year, I would also like to include the many people who have died in ...
  • William Taylor, wartime AFS and NFS Fireman in London A few months ago, I got a lovely email out of the blue, about a wartime fireman: My Brother and I have been researching my Father’s fire service during WWII. He joined the AFS in 1939 and was Class B.  He practically immediately qualified to be a ‘Red Rider’  for the LFB.  In July 1940 he was ...
  • Fordson 7V ‘GGN802’ post-war history discovered I recently had a call from Bruce Hoad, a firefighter with East Sussex Fire and Rescue saying he had seen a photograph of our Pump Escape at Uckfield Fire Station in the 1950s.     A bit more research led him to a post-war history of Uckfield Fire Brigade on Uckfield News. There is also some wartime history ...
  • History of our K4 Turntable Ladder, GXN215 I recently received a letter and two photos from Pete Matten, a firefighter in West Sussex. Pete writes: Worthing Fire Station showing the 1st pump, a 1942 Austin K4/Home Office escape carrying unit (ECU) and the 1944 Austin K4/Merryweather 60ft Turntable Ladder Pump ( TLP). The TLP was used as 2nd pump on the station at ...
  • NFS pumps in the Belgium Ardennes “My name is Georges, from small village thirty Km south of Liège. “Some original AFS/NFS appliances are now mine. “They were owned/used by the fire brigade of a nearby town although no-one there actually remembers using them so I assume they were parked in the warehouse where I found them a very long time ago. “In the lot ...
  • Letter from Norwich in Blitz of June 1942 A friend of mine, Owen Thompson, wrote to me, “About a year ago I picked up an old leather wallet at the car boot sale, which had a letter in it. It was from a woman in Norwich to her husband the day after a big air raid. I attach my transcription of it as ...