Brave Lancashire firefighters over the past seven decades

Elswick, 1906'Fire at the thatched cottages, attended by Singleton Fire Brigade'Historical
Elswick, 1906'Fire at the thatched cottages, attended by Singleton Fire Brigade'Historical

Emma Harris looks back at 70 years of the Lancashire Fire Service

To mark the 70th anniversary of Lancashire Fire Service, we take a look back at the county’s coast’s firefighting heroes over the decades.

6.6.42'Comrades of the National Fire Service walked in procession to Marton Burial Ground, to pay their tribute to Fireman Ernest Chadwick, of Winton Avenue, who died after an accident in Morecambe.'Historical, Blackpool, fire brigade

6.6.42'Comrades of the National Fire Service walked in procession to Marton Burial Ground, to pay their tribute to Fireman Ernest Chadwick, of Winton Avenue, who died after an accident in Morecambe.'Historical, Blackpool, fire brigade

It was on April 1, 1948, Lancashire County Fire Brigade came into being, after it took over from the National Fire Service – brought into being because of the Second World War.

Before the war, there were a number of smaller brigades in the county area, but with the revision to local authority control after the war, Lancashire County Council was constituted and the fire authority and the county brigade came into being.

From the brave heroes who have battled numerous blazes across Lancashire, to the impressive fire engines they use – which have changed a bit over the years – take a look at these fantastic archive pictures showing the county’s firefighters of yesteryear.

23.4.37'Gas drill at Fire Station'Fire brigade'During an air-raid rehearsal on the Parade ground, at the Blackpool Fire Station, chief officer TA Varley, gives directions by means of microphone and loud speaker

23.4.37'Gas drill at Fire Station'Fire brigade'During an air-raid rehearsal on the Parade ground, at the Blackpool Fire Station, chief officer TA Varley, gives directions by means of microphone and loud speaker

Firefighters pictured on a training exercise with the jaws of life, probably in the mid 1980s. Picture from Lancaster fire station.

Firefighters pictured on a training exercise with the jaws of life, probably in the mid 1980s. Picture from Lancaster fire station.

"Emily" a fire engine outside Morecambe Fire Station on Clark Street. Neal Glover who loaned the picture reckons it was taken during World War Two, around 1941.

"Emily" a fire engine outside Morecambe Fire Station on Clark Street. Neal Glover who loaned the picture reckons it was taken during World War Two, around 1941.