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"From Nuremberg to Cornwall: A Journey Through the History of Firefighting Appliances" Step back in time and explore the fascinating world of firefighting appliances

Background imageAppliance Collection: RCA VICTOR TRADEMARK. His Masters Voice. Trademark image of RCA Victor, featuring Nipper the dog

RCA VICTOR TRADEMARK. His Masters Voice. Trademark image of RCA Victor, featuring Nipper the dog. American lithograph poster, c1920

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station replaced two older Bermondsey fire stations that were closed down

Background imageAppliance Collection: Firefighters working at scene of pub fire, SE London

Firefighters working at scene of pub fire, SE London
Firefighters working at scene of pub fire, Eltham, SE London

Background imageAppliance Collection: WW2 poster -- gas attack

WW2 poster -- gas attack, with instructions on how to put on your gas mask, what to do if the gas rattles sound, and what to do if you get gassed. Date: 1940s

Background imageAppliance Collection: Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon

Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon
Chris Reynolds was a fireman at Paddington fire station and a talented cartoon artist. He produced a series of LFB/MFB cartoons of which this is one

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its crews

LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its crews
Built in 1879, and located at 165 Tooley Street, this station remained operational until 1928 when the new Dockhead fire station was opened and the engines and crews transferred there

Background imageAppliance Collection: Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991

Firefighters, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. September 1991
Lostwithiel firefighters gather for the retirement of three of their number in 1991. Standing, from left to right: Terry Sandercock, Karl Bowden, Francis Doney, Neil Savage, Malcolm Hicks

Background imageAppliance Collection: New Paddington Fire Station, West London

New Paddington Fire Station, West London

Background imageAppliance Collection: LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station

LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station
The fire station at Leyton, located at 90b Church Road, London E10

Background imageAppliance Collection: Sub - Officer Joseph Moore of the Vauxhall Fire Brigade, entered the premises above

Sub - Officer Joseph Moore of the Vauxhall Fire Brigade, entered the premises above a blazing oil shop in Ram Payne Street

Background imageAppliance Collection: Multi service emergency vehicles

Multi service emergency vehicles and their personnel

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region)

Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region)
About 1000 of the pumps were built on a Bedford chassis and most were capable of pumping water at 700 gallons per minute. Here a heavy unit and crew are undertaking hose drills at Lambeth

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-MFB Red Cross Street fire station and engine, London LFB150

LCC-MFB Red Cross Street fire station and engine, London LFB150
Red Cross Street fire station, City of London, built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1900. It was one of four fire stations (plus a river station at Blackfriars)

Background imageAppliance Collection: Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, Nuremberg, Germany

Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, Nuremberg, Germany
A Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance, parked on a street in Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageAppliance Collection: Finchleys Zwicky Fire Engine

Finchleys Zwicky Fire Engine
Finchleys engine - a " Zwicky" built in Tottenhams council works around 1907 by Jean Zwicky who also designed it

Background imageAppliance Collection: LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review

LFB horse drawn steamer at modern LFB review
Lambeth, headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, hosted annual displays and regular reviews of the Brigade. A popular feature was the inclusion of the working Victorian Shand Mason horse drawn steam

Background imageAppliance Collection: Firefighters on parade in front of their appliance

Firefighters on parade in front of their appliance during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, Lambeth

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB Dual purpose pump escape at Lambeth HQ
A Dennis F7 pump escape at Lambeth HQ, a classic postwar fire engine newly in service in London. It was powered by a 150 bhp 5.7 litre Rolls-Royce engine and served initially at Lambeth Fire Station

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Cannon Street fire station, City of London

LCC-LFB Cannon Street fire station, City of London
Cannon Street fire station was opened in 1906. Seen here are its three appliances on the station forecourt. Fire brigade horses had now been replaced by motorised fire appliances

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room

GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room
The appliance room of the newly commissioned Lewisham Fire Station, located in Lewisham High Street, SE London. Showing Lewishams appliances, a pump-escape, pump and emergency tender

Background imageAppliance Collection: Firefighters at the scene of a fire, Wildcroft Manor

Firefighters at the scene of a fire, Wildcroft Manor
Firefighters at the scene of a fire at Wildcroft Manor, Putney Heath, SW London

Background imageAppliance Collection: Croydon Fire Brigade at Brigade HQ, Croydon Town

Croydon Fire Brigade at Brigade HQ, Croydon Town
The horse drawn steam pump form Croydon fire station. This was one of three stations in the Croydon Fire Brigade, the other two being Thornton Heath and South Norwood

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Dennis motorised Hatfield fire engine

LCC-LFB Dennis motorised Hatfield fire engine
LCC-London Fire Brigade, Dennis motorised Hatfield fire engine with crew

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Bishopsgate fire station, City of London

LCC-LFB Bishopsgate fire station, City of London
Bishopsgate fire station, located at 162 Bishopsgate, City of London, 10 July 1904, showing the combination of horse drawn and mechanised fire engines

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-MFB, HQ station, Southwark SE1

LCC-MFB, HQ station, Southwark SE1
The new headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) opened in 1878 under its Chief Officer Captain Eyre Massey Shaw

Background imageAppliance Collection: AFS despatch rider and messenger, WW2

AFS despatch rider and messenger, WW2
An AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) despatch rider and messenger on a motorbike at an LFS sub-station during the Second World War

Background imageAppliance Collection: Blitz in London -- Regulars and Auxiliaries side by side

Blitz in London -- Regulars and Auxiliaries side by side
Regular London firefighters side by side with their Auxiliary (AFS) counterparts at Tottenham fire station. The building next door is Tottenham Town Hall

Background imageAppliance Collection: HOME APPLIANCE AD, 1926. Advertisement for the Hoover vacuum cleaner from an American magazine of

HOME APPLIANCE AD, 1926. Advertisement for the Hoover vacuum cleaner from an American magazine of 1926

Background imageAppliance Collection: The Iron Bridge over the River Severn, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, UK

The Iron Bridge over the River Severn, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England, UK

Background imageAppliance Collection: Acton Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances

Acton Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances
District Council of Acton Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances typical of those used at the time: a horse drawn steamer, horse drawn manual pump, horse drawn escape, hand wheeled escape

Background imageAppliance Collection: Blitz in London -- AFS firefighter on ladder, WW2

Blitz in London -- AFS firefighter on ladder, WW2
Blitz in London -- an AFS firefighter on a ladder with hose attached, in a training exercise at HQ

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station

LCC-LFB enclosed pump at Lambeth fire station
Pictured at Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth SE1, an example of an 1930 enclosed London pump with carried breathing apparatus

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Euston fire station

LCC-LFB Euston fire station
Opened in 1902, and originally only having two engine bays, Euston fire stations appliances and crews pose for a photograph by the extended five bay station on its forecourt in the Euston Road

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Woolwich fire station, SE London

LCC-LFB Woolwich fire station, SE London
The crew of Woolwich fire station, Sunbury Street, on parade on the station forecourt. WW2 is pending and an Auxiliary Fire Service fire engine is standing in the station next to the LFB pump escape

Background imageAppliance Collection: Princess Diana, William and Harry meeting firefighters

Princess Diana, William and Harry meeting firefighters
Princess Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry, meeting firefighters at the The Blitz Remembered Service at St Pauls Cathedral, London, on 25 October 1990

Background imageAppliance Collection: Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances

Volunteer Fire Brigade with appliances typical of those used at the time: a horse drawn steamer, horse drawn manual pump, horse drawn escape, hand wheeled escape, and a hose cart

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-MFB Shadwell fire station, East London

LCC-MFB Shadwell fire station, East London
Opened in 1881, Shadwell fire station was located at 9 Glamis Road, Wapping. Seen here are the firemen posing with their two horse drawn escape carts

Background imageAppliance Collection: LCC-LFB Kennington fire station, Lambeth

LCC-LFB Kennington fire station, Lambeth
Built by the London County Council, Kennington fire station was located in Renfrew Road, Lower Kennington, South London. Seen here are its horse drawn escape ladder

Background imageAppliance Collection: LFCDA-LFB Fire Rescue tenders

LFCDA-LFB Fire Rescue tenders
The 1990s saw a new breed of fire rescue tenders, large and small, introduced into the London Fire Brigade. The heavy rescue unit carried a comprehensive range of cutting and spreading equipment

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender

GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender

GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- Emergency Tender
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- a foam tender

GLC-LFB appliance fleet -- a foam tender
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB - Foam Tender at East Ham

GLC-LFB - Foam Tender at East Ham
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine

GLC-LFB - Dual purpose pump-escape fire engine
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each type of fire engine, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageAppliance Collection: GLC-LFB - Croydon vehicle workshops

GLC-LFB - Croydon vehicle workshops
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each location, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade



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"From Nuremberg to Cornwall: A Journey Through the History of Firefighting Appliances" Step back in time and explore the fascinating world of firefighting appliances. Starting at the LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station in Bermondsey, witness the bravery and dedication of firefighters as they battle blazes across London. Immerse yourself in nostalgia with an iconic image from RCA VICTOR TRADEMARK - His Masters Voice, featuring Nipper the dog. This American lithograph poster from c1920 serves as a reminder of how far we've come in protecting our communities. Venturing further into Southeast London, join firefighters working tirelessly at the scene of a pub fire. Their unwavering commitment is evident as they strive to keep our neighborhoods safe. Travel westward to New Paddington Fire Station in West London and discover how modern technology has revolutionized firefighting equipment. Witness firsthand the power and efficiency of Bedford Heavy Unit in action within the NFS (London Region). Take a lighthearted detour with Chris Reynolds Victorian fire engine cartoon, showcasing both humor and heroism intertwined. Journey along Tooley Street where you'll find LCC-LFB Tooley Street fire station and its dedicated crews ready to respond at any moment's notice. Cross borders to Lostwithiel, Cornwall, where brave firefighters faced challenges head-on during September 1991. Their resilience shines through as they protect their community against all odds. Reflect on historical events with a WW2 poster depicting gas attacks – a stark reminder that even amidst war-torn times, firefighters remained steadfast guardians against all threats. Celebrate unity and pride as you witness firefighters on parade proudly standing beside their trusted appliance – symbolizing strength, teamwork, and unwavering dedication. Conclude your journey by visiting LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station before heading overseas to Henry Simonis & Co fire appliance stationed in Nuremberg, Germany.