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"Heroes in Action: Firefighters and Hoses Saving Lives" In the face of danger, these brave firefighters are always ready to spring into action

Background imageHose Collection: Heroic fireman rescuing girl from fire

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

Background imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose Collection: LCC-LFB Fire display at Brigade HQ Southwark

LCC-LFB Fire display at Brigade HQ Southwark
The London Fire Brigade encouraged, for very many years, a good public image by opening its doors to the public to special fire brigade displays

Background imageHose 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 imageHose Collection: 1st Petrol Fire-Engine

1st Petrol Fire-Engine
A combination fire-fighting engine, with chemical fire extinguishing apparatus and a fire-escape ladder. This model was the first petrol motor fire-engine in the world

Background imageHose 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 imageHose Collection: Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2

Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, WW2
Blitz in London -- turntable ladder in operation, with firefighter and hose

Background imageHose 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 imageHose Collection: 18th century fire engines

18th century fire engines
Various early fire engines and firefighting equipment from the 18th century Date: 18th century

Background imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose 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 imageHose Collection: LFB and London Salvage Corps at a serious fire

LFB and London Salvage Corps at a serious fire
With 25 pumps attending a serious fire at Eversholt House, 163 Eversholt Street, NW1, the London Salvage Corps bring in reinforcements to deal with the effects of firefighting operations

Background imageHose Collection: LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder

LCC-LFB Leyland Metz 100 foot turntable ladder
Lambeths (D61) turntable ladder at its base station, displayed in the Brigade headquarters drill yard. The hose line, when the TL is used as a water tower

Background imageHose Collection: LCC-LFB fatal warehouse fire, Langley Street WC2

LCC-LFB fatal warehouse fire, Langley Street WC2
Three firemen died fighting this blaze in a Covent Garden warehouse in Langley Street. The first crews to arrive, from Clerkenwell fire station, found the warehouse well alight

Background imageHose Collection: LCC-LFB changeover from brass to cork fire helmets

LCC-LFB changeover from brass to cork fire helmets
Two firemen in the foreground wearing new style cork helmets and Proto Mark IV breathing apparatus sets. The man on the right is from Station 34, Shadwell

Background imageHose Collection: Sub-station with taxis and crews, WW2

Sub-station with taxis and crews, WW2
A typical London Fire Brigade sub-station watch and their equipment. Taxis were used as makeshift fire engines which towed trailer pumps

Background imageHose Collection: LFB at 25 pump fire, warehouse in Fulham

LFB at 25 pump fire, warehouse in Fulham
LFB firefighters in action at a fire in Fulham, where 100 tons of paraffin wax ignited in a riverside warehouse. The major blaze required 25 pumps

Background imageHose Collection: LFB wartime emergency appliance and trailer pump, WW2

LFB wartime emergency appliance and trailer pump, WW2
A Fordson Unit and trailer pump at the London Fire Brigade headquarters, Lambeth. These were just some of the 2000 adapted vehicles utilised as AFS fire appliances

Background imageHose Collection: Tarot Card 12 - Le Pendu (The Hanged Man)

Tarot Card 12 - Le Pendu (The Hanged Man)

Background imageHose 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 imageHose Collection: Tarot Card 22 - Le Fou (The Fool)

Tarot Card 22 - Le Fou (The Fool)
Tarot Card 22 - Le Fou or Le Mat (The Fool)

Background imageHose Collection: NFS training / instructional photo, use of hose, WW2

NFS training / instructional photo, use of hose, WW2
How not to make a length of rolled up hose flat -- dont jump on it!

Background imageHose Collection: Glasgow Fire Drill Competition, Scotland

Glasgow Fire Drill Competition, Scotland
The Springburn team of firemen participating in a fire drill competition in Glasgow, Scotland. circa 1911

Background imageHose Collection: Fireboat Massey Shaw with eight hoses pumping

Fireboat Massey Shaw with eight hoses pumping

Background imageHose Collection: The Railway Junction

The Railway Junction. A signal changing from stop to go. This is a classic British semaphore stop signal (lower quadrant type)

Background imageHose Collection: Merryweathers Engine

Merryweathers Engine
Merryweather Three-in-one Motor Fire-Engine, with a Fire Suds apparatus producing a semi-fluid substance which floats on burning liquids and smothers the flames

Background imageHose Collection: Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ

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

Background imageHose Collection: Sutherland Fire Engine

Sutherland Fire Engine
Merryweathers Sutherland fire-engine, which gained first prize at the international contest at the Crystal Palace. The engine continued in use for 27 years

Background imageHose 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. Date: 1959

Background imageHose Collection: Siena, Italy - Contrada - Drago (Dragon)

Siena, Italy - Contrada - Drago (Dragon)
Standard bearer of the Contrada of Drago (Dragon), Siena, Italy. At birth you become a member of one of the 17 Contrade (Districts) and your life revolves around your Contrada

Background imageHose Collection: Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances, Nuremberg, Germany

Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances, Nuremberg, Germany
Two Henry Simonis & Co fire appliances on a street in Nuremberg, Germany

Background imageHose Collection: LCC-LFB horse drawn 75ft turntable ladder (TL)

LCC-LFB horse drawn 75ft turntable ladder (TL)
Shand Mason (Blackfriars) supplied the London Fire Brigade with this hand operated 75 foot turntable ladder on a four wheel horse drawn carriage

Background imageHose Collection: LCC-LFB - North Kensington fire station

LCC-LFB - North Kensington fire station
The firefighters from North Kensington fire station, Faraday Road, W10, pose on the station forecourt on their pump escape and pump

Background imageHose Collection: ai, ar, arms outstretched, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, balance, balancing

ai, ar, arms outstretched, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, balance, balancing
Futuristic woman balancing on binary code floor

Background imageHose Collection: Dentists chair, Claudius Ash, Sons & Co Ltd

Dentists chair, Claudius Ash, Sons & Co Ltd. 1921



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"Heroes in Action: Firefighters and Hoses Saving Lives" In the face of danger, these brave firefighters are always ready to spring into action. Whether it's rescuing a girl from a blazing fire or battling the devastating Blitz during World War II, their heroic efforts never cease. At the LFB annual review held at Lambeth HQ, the firefighters showcased their skills with hoses that can unleash torrents of water to extinguish even the fiercest flames. The Bedford Heavy Unit in the NFS (London Region) stands as a testament to their unwavering dedication. Eagle Street in London WC1 witnessed these courageous individuals fearlessly combating fires, ensuring safety for all. St Andrews Parish Church in Plymouth also felt their valiant presence during the relentless Blitz of World War II. Notting Hill experienced a serious house fire that required the expertise and strength of LCC-LFB firefighters armed with powerful hoses. Meanwhile, St Bride Street and Farringdon Street became battlegrounds against raging infernos during another chapter of London's history. Even Tower Bridge succumbed to jams caused by scorching summer heat, but our heroes were there once again with hoses at hand to keep everyone safe. Not only do they protect our city but extend their aid internationally as well - as seen when assisting Nuremberg, Germany during Henry Simonis & Co fire emergency. The Brigade HQ Southwark witnessed an awe-inspiring fire display where these fearless men and women showcased their mastery over hoses amidst roaring flames. And when disaster struck Wandsworth Road in Clapham SW8, it was these selfless individuals who rushed towards danger without hesitation. These snapshots capture just some moments from countless acts of bravery performed by our firefighting heroes wielding powerful hoses - symbols of hope amid chaos and destruction. Their commitment is unwavering; they truly are guardians against fiery nightmares that threaten lives and communities alike.