Stenlake Publishing - Fifty Years of the West Sussex Fire Brigade – 1948-1998

Fifty Years of the West Sussex Fire Brigade - 1948-1998

Author : S. Jordan
ISBN : 9780853615491
Cover : paperback
Price : £8.95

The fire brigade in West Sussex has a long an meritorious history. Until the Watching and Lighting Act was passed in 1835 there was no legal requirement for towns and villages to provide a fire service; this did not, however, stop many towns in West Sussex providing their own ‘parish pumps’ or small manual fire engines which would be rushed to the scene of a fire by a team of willing volunteers.

The Towns Police Clauses Act of 1847 gave provisions for the purchase of fire appliances, fire stations and the payment for firemen to crew them, all to be provided for out of the Poor Rates. By the turn of the 20th century there were town brigades in Arundel, Bognor, Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Hassocks, Haywards Heath, Henfield, Hurstpierpoint, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Steyning and Worthing.

Up until the mid-1930s the town brigades continued to give sterling service, but the looming clouds of war caused the government to create the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1937. On 1st September 1941 the National Fire Service was born, and West Sussex became part of Region 12. However, the government promised that this was only a wartime situation and that control of the brigades would be returned to local councils once t he war was over.

At war’s town councils agitated for the return of their fire brigades. The government, however, had seen the advantage of a large well organised fire service and was reluctant to return to the pre-war situation. As a compromise it was decided in 1946 that the control of fire brigade would become a county council responsibility. The date chosen for the formation of West Sussex Fire Brigade was the 1st April 1948.

Included are chapters on Fire Control, The Brigade Training Centre, Brigade Workshops, Special Services,a Station by Station guide, a diary of the last 50 years, Appliances, Hps and Specials, and a 1998 fleet list.

A5 format, 120 pages, around 140 illustrations.

Fifty Years of the West Sussex Fire Brigade - 1948-1998

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