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Firefighting Collection

"Heroes in Action: Firefighters Saving Lives and Protecting Communities" In a daring rescue

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LFDCA-LFB Lambeth HQ and Lambeth river station

LFDCA-LFB Lambeth HQ and Lambeth river station
A modernised Lambeth river fire station and the new fireboat London Phoenix, seen here from the north bank of the River Thames

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LFB firefighter in a hurry, with coat and helmet

LFB firefighter in a hurry, with coat and helmet
LFB firefighter in a hurry, running with his coat on one hand and his helmet in the other

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire
Heroic fireman rescuing a girl from a fire. Date: 19th century

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock

Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock
London firefighters (with cork helmets) and Auxiliary Fire Service firefighters (with tin hats and AFS badges on their tunics)

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150

Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Firefighter during hook ladder practice

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw, Westminster, London

LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw, Westminster, London
A publicity photograph of the Massey Shaw fireboat with the Houses of Parliament in the background, used by the London County Council to promote the London Fire Brigade in its publications

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2

Bomb damage and crater, Petherton Road, London, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage and a crater in Petherton Road, North London, 2 July 1944. A salvage operation took place, pumping out flooded basements

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1

Firefighters in action, Eagle Street, London WC1
Firefighters in action at a fire in Eagle Street, London WC1, 0738 hrs, 9 June 1955. In the initial stages an attempt was made to take a line of hose into the first floor via a loading bay door

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150

Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London in WWII LFB150
Firefighters standing by during the Blitz, London -- in the early hours of the morning, after a night of bombing

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2

Bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, WW2
Panoramic view of extensive bomb damage in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, 14 November 1944, with ambulances ready to remove casualties from the scene

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: GLC-LFB Dennis diesel Compact Pump

GLC-LFB Dennis diesel Compact Pump
Introduced into London in the mid-1970s, this narrow wheel base pump was not a dual purpose fire engine. It could only carry an extension ladder and not the 50 foot wheeled escape

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London

Bus embedded in house, Blackstock Road, London
Bus embedded in the front of a house in Blackstock Road, London NW4, on 13 January 1974. The car in the foreground was shunted through a garden wall after being struck by the bus

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2

Bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, WW2
Panoramic view of bomb damage in Kilgour Road, SE London, 18 November 1944. Rubble and debris can be seen on both sides of the road

Background imageFirefighting Collection: New Paddington Fire Station, West London

New Paddington Fire Station, West London

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Fire Station Billiards Room

Fire Station Billiards Room

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station

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

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Croydon Fire Brigade, South Norwood station

Croydon Fire Brigade, South Norwood station
The firefighters of the Croydon Fire Brigade serving at South Norwood station, South Norwood High Street, together with their horse drawn manual fire engine

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2

Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2
Blitz in London -- St Bride Street and Farringdon Street, with firefighters at work in a smoky atmosphere and pedestrians walking by

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2

Blitz in London -- ambulance at Ladywell, Lewisham, WW2
Blitz in London -- an ambulance and rescue workers in the Ladywell area of Lewisham, SE13, where houses were demolished by a parachute bomb, 18 September 1940

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2

Blitz in Plymouth -- St Andrews Parish Church, WW2
Blitz in Plymouth -- the smouldering remains of St Andrews Parish Church, bombed and badly damaged in March 1941. The church was restored, and reconsecrated in November 1957

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5

Fire at 298 Old Brompton Road, London SW5, 25 February 1956. An escape ladder is extended to the second floor, with Sub Officer Kirby of A9 Fulham carrying a 19-month-old child

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Multi service emergency vehicles

Multi service emergency vehicles and their personnel

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LFDCA-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LFDCA-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station became the setting for the fictitious Blackwall fire station in the popular television series Londons Burning

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Warehouse fire, Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey
A major docklands fire at Butlers Wharf, Bermondsey, SE London. It happened during a particularly cold spell for March. The attack on the fire by a large number of firefighters

Background imageFirefighting Collection: GLC-LFB Deptford fire station, Evelyn Street, Deptford

GLC-LFB Deptford fire station, Evelyn Street, Deptford
Deptford fire station was one of the last stations built for the London County Councils Metropolitan Fire Brigade and was opened in 1904

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB Serious house fire in Notting Hill

LCC-LFB Serious house fire in Notting Hill
Firefighters using the 50 foot wheeled escape ladder to gain access to the upper floors of this terraced house affected by a serious blaze in Notting Hill, West London

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1

LCC-LFB Recruit fireman training at Brigade HQ, SE1
During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth. Here a fireman is undertaking a hook ladder drill on the stations nine-storey drill tower

Background imageFirefighting Collection: GLC-London Fire Brigade, Clerkenwell fire station

GLC-London Fire Brigade, Clerkenwell fire station
Originally built in 1870, Clerkenwell fire station underwent a major rebuild in 1916 and two additional fire engine bays were added

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey SE1

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey SE1
Opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station was also the fictional fire station Blackwall in the highly acclaimed London Weekend Television series Londons Burning (1998-2002)

Background imageFirefighting Collection: London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations

London Fire Engine Establishment, list of fire stations
Formed in 1833, the LFEE took over firefighting in London from the various Insurance Company fire brigades. It had 19 fire stations and its headquarters was located at Watling Street, City of London

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-MFB firefighters at West Hampstead fire station

LCC-MFB firefighters at West Hampstead fire station
Station 20 was West Hampstead fire station, opened in 1901 at 325 West End Road. The firemen are pictured with their horse drawn steam fire engine on the forecourt of the station

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB Burdett Road fire station, East London

LCC-LFB Burdett Road fire station, East London
Built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1904, Burdett Road fire station was located at 141 Burdett Road. It closed in 1972 with the opening of the new Poplar fire station

Background imageFirefighting Collection: LCC-LFB Shoreditch fire station, Hackney

LCC-LFB Shoreditch fire station, Hackney
Built in 1895, station B27, Shoreditch fire station, was located at 140 Tabernacle Street, near Old Street. The stations pump

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: Blitz in London -- Whitechapel Fire Station

Blitz in London -- Whitechapel Fire Station
Whitechapel Fire Station in Whitechapel Road having suffered heavy blast damage following a bombing raid on 8 September 1940

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Tower Bridge jams in summer heat

Tower Bridge jams in summer heat
Tower Bridge, London, jams when the metal expands in the summer heat on 2 July 1968. The bridge is closed for two hours while firefighters cool it down with their hoses

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: Major fire in Wandsworth Road, Clapham SW8

Major fire in Wandsworth Road, Clapham SW8
London firefighters and the London Salvage Corps (in the long coats) at the scene of a fire involving shops and dwellings in Wandsworth Road, Clapham, SW8, on 9 September 1959

Background imageFirefighting Collection: AFS women training, Highgate, London, WW2

AFS women training, Highgate, London, WW2
AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) women training in Highgate, North London, in July 1942

Background imageFirefighting 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 imageFirefighting Collection: Trent Park Teacher Training College, North London

Trent Park Teacher Training College, North London (later part of Middlesex University). Being remote from road access and water supply

Background imageFirefighting Collection: Firefighters in display at Lambeth HQ, London

Firefighters in display at Lambeth HQ, London
Firefighters in a display at Lambeth HQ, London, on 28 July 1937, following a presentation of certificates for bravery by Mr E Cruse, Chairman of the London Fire Brigade Committee



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"Heroes in Action: Firefighters Saving Lives and Protecting Communities" In a daring rescue, a heroic fireman fearlessly saves a young girl from the clutches of a raging inferno. Amidst the chaos, another brave firefighter emerges as he carries a terrified girl to safety, her life forever changed by his selfless act. After battling flames at St Katherines Dock, firefighters take a well-deserved tea break, their camaraderie shining through even in the face of danger. Echoes of resilience: A glimpse into history reveals bomb damage on Brampton Road during World War II - reminding us of the bravery displayed by firefighters during wartime. The London Fire Brigade's annual review showcases dedicated firefighters working tirelessly with hoses in hand at Lambeth HQ LFB150 event - an inspiring display of teamwork and commitment. Flames engulfed a pub in Southeast London but were no match for our fearless firefighters who worked relentlessly to bring the situation under control. Traces of war remain etched on Kilgour Road as we remember how firefighters bravely battled fires caused by bombings during World War II - their courage never wavered. The iconic LCC-LFB fireboat Massey Shaw stands tall against Westminster's backdrop, symbolizing the unwavering dedication and strength of London's firefighting force throughout history. A beacon of protection rises in West London as New Paddington Fire Station opens its doors to serve and safeguard its community with unwavering commitment and professionalism. The NFS (London Region) Bedford Heavy Unit stands ready to respond at any moment - showcasing the preparedness and readiness that defines our courageous firefighters every day. With sirens blaring through Eagle Street, London WC1 comes alive as fearless firefighters spring into action – their determination evident on every determined face rushing towards danger. Caption Image: