The Volunteers. The Bournemouth Fire Brigade 1870-1929

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The Volunteers. The Bournemouth Fire Brigade 1870-1929

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THE VOLUNTEERS is a factual account of how the Fire Service evolved in Bournemouth well over a century ago, with details of the first fireman to be employed by the Town and the experiences of the First World War.

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Ted Hughes
112 Pages | 25 b/w illustrations

210x148mm, Paperback
9781897887257

The Volunteers first published in 1990 and eagerly sought by both members of the Fire Service and the public, preceded Bournemouth Firemen at War and The Post-War Bournemouth Fire Brigade both by the same author. Following reference by the BBC and in response to many requests, it has been decided to re-publish this book in a slightly different format.
EXTRACT from THE VOLUNTEERS

THE VOLUNTEERS is a factual account of how the Fire Service evolved in Bournemouth well over a century ago, with details of the first fireman to be employed by the Town and the experiences of the First World War.
The Fire service was developed by our forefathers who were concerned about the safety and welfare of their fellow citizens at a time of great need. Men gave up their free time to help, organise and administer a service with the aim of saving lives and mitigating damage to property for the general benefit of the community. It was an organisation that these volunteers considered to be an exciting, enjoyable and dangerous hobby � a service that brought prestige, honour and respect for the men who wore an attractive uniform complete with polished brass helmets, so much a feature at that time.
Those were the days of real horsepower � �fiery steeds’ – lovingly cared for by the coachmen and firemen. One can picture the scene of madly galloping horses clattering through the streets of Bournemouth thrilling onlookers as they passed by. The residents are deeply indebted to Ted Hughes for spending so much of his retirement in compiling, from records obtained and collected over many years, this unique account of the history of the Bournemouth Fire Brigade from 1870 to 1929, which is a most interesting and very readable study of events of that time. Ted joined the Brigade from school in 1929 as its first Clerk and later combined this role with that of an active fire-fighter within its ranks.
Whilst the modern Fire Service, with its latest sophisticated appliances and equipment, now grapples with the demands of the Health & Safety At Work Legislation, it is worth reflecting � lest we forget our ancestors’ aims and objectives. These valiant men, who gave no thought for their own safety, voluntarily and with excellence served the citizens of Bournemouth.
Councillor Jim Courtney – Mayor of Bournemouth 1999/2000

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Dimensions 210 x 147 x 5 cm

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