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factory fire service

Steffen

proper brummie kid
Yes the fire tender was driven into the P6 trim shop stores area north works, and after another roller door at the far end of area was opened an inrush of air caused a flashover, this ignited all the foam and trim material plus all the glue tins, as well igniting a dravo oil heater in the ceiling, the resulting blaze melted the aluminuim body of the land rover appliance.
This is a told to me by a crew member involved.

I was told by a crew member at the time Ted Massey, that he was doing a patrol and upon entering the trim shop air rushed into it as he opened the door and fire sprang up. apparently it must have been burning then smouldering for at least 5 hours, the period between patrols. He slammed the door shut and ran the short distance to the station, no radio's then. By the time the crew got there as has been said the p;ace was an inferno near the seat of the fire.
I was shown photo's of a set of spanners melted onto the concrete floor, all the steel girders were buckled, the temperature for this to happen has to exceed 1,015 C.
A cat and kittens all in a line, burnt to a crisp whilt legging it.
 

rover

knowlegable brummie
Hi steffen, My dad worked in the MCC Fire Brigade, here are some pics i found. First one is of MCC Austin Gypsy Fire Engine
Reg: JOG 630E outside of East works after the major fire, the fireman on the left is my dad Joe Boden and Peter Tooze, and 2 pictures showing some of the fire damage afterwards. Pic 3 is of some of MCC firemen with top management celebrating trophies won at the Birmingham & District Industrial Fire Brigades Association fire drill competions.
Front row sitting left to right Peter Tooze,
Joe Boden..(my dad) Pony Pritchard (john), Cyril Taylor, Peter Glyn and far end sitting Johnny Glyn…Back row 2nd & 5th from the left Pete Robinson & Ted Massey.
More threads and pics on the MCC and fire brigade on this link:

https://birminghamhistory.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=26239&page=4



Morris Comercial Gypsy Fire Engine.jpgMorri Comercial EastWorks Fire 1964.jpg MorrisComercial EastWorks Fire 1964.jpgMorrisComercial Fire Brigade&Management 1963.jpgCFO.Joe Boden.JPG
 
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205mal

master brummie
Does anyone have a photgraph of the Morris Commercial works ambulance.We have a MC vehicle which was the works ambulance,it was registered in 1937 but the.registration number has been sold.It is at present under restoration and we would like to present it in it original livery.
 

Astonian

gone but not forgotten
HI Guys ;
On the subject of factory fire services as we know it was big companies that had there own internal fire services many years ago
with there own fire engines operating within the factory grounds . like ICI ; AND IMI AS YOU SAY THE COMERCIAL AND ROVER
When i left school and i joined the army after leavin g the army i got a job at ici ; along with another older brother of mine ;
but when i joined i thought it was a world of its own at ICI When i seen the building and the roads out laid it took me months to find my way around
to where i was working in the foundrys section ;
but any way after reading the subjects by other forum members ; and given todays record of all these giant companies closing down
i thought to myself just how many companies arel left that still attained there fire crews and there engines today
i know of other big factoried that had trained fire officiers with inthere company but nt the engines
but today they rerly on the natioal services like us all ; but bearng in mind the cut backs of today for fire men ;and our deminising police force ;
so i thought it would be intresting if its possible to get an account of thesefirms that still have there own reserved teams
just a thought ;
best wishes astonian;;;
 

glassalli

knowlegable brummie
The Rover at Woodcock Lane also had a fire crew and they had to suffer a lot of jokes when the brigade from Acocks Green arrived to deal with a fire in Machine tool repair before them.

I remember the aftermath of the Solihull fire the insurance company insisted that all wooden desks and cabinets be destroyed including one that belonged to Sir Frank Whittle.
 

alanlondon

New Member
Help wanted. I have just bought an Austin Gipsy fire engine. It was in service up until 1963 with Morris Motors, Birmingham. It is engine number one. Could anyone tell me if the firemen would have been full time or "retained" and would they have worn a uniform or overalls. Any information would be appreciated, either here or by email, [email protected]

MAny thanks

Alan Harris
 

Radiorails

master brummie
I would be pretty certain that it was part of the works Fire Brigade. Large companies often had them. They dealt with the fire or emergency initially and would subsequently be joined by the local authority brigade.

Look at post 42 in this thread. It has some pics, one of which is an Austin Gypsy owned by Morris. There is also an Austin Gypsy link within the thread but you probably know about that group.
 

dpk

New Member
Until about 1980 most of Birmingham's larger factory's had an internal fire brigade. My Father was the Senior Officer and head of security at Joseph Lucas from 1946 until he retired about 1977.
There was an organisation called The Birmingham Private Fire Brigades Association. All of the factories were members. This organisation organised ( among other things ) an annual competion between the factory brigades.
Until his death my Father was the President of the organisation.
When I can get into the loft I will ( if I did not dump them when I moved ) sort out some Photos of some of these competitions.
Until about 1980 most of Birmingham's larger factory's had an internal fire brigade. My Father was the Senior Officer and head of security at Joseph Lucas from 1946 until he retired about 1977.
There was an organisation called The Birmingham Private Fire Brigades Association. All of the factories were members. This organisation organised ( among other things ) an annual competion between the factory brigades.
Until his death my Father was the President of the organisation.
When I can get into the loft I will ( if I did not dump them when I moved ) sort out some Photos of some of these competitions.
Hi Mike G,
I am writing a book on British Fire Brigade medals and awards, and would like to find out more. Was this actually called the 'Birmingham and District Industrial Fire Brigades Association'?
David
 

rover

knowlegable brummie
Hi Mike G,
I am writing a book on British Fire Brigade medals and awards, and would like to find out more. Was this actually called the 'Birmingham and District Industrial Fire Brigades Association'?
David
Hi David...i can remember back to 1960 when the Title was (Birmingham District Industrial Fire Brigades Association) i have added a pic of the Association logo/badge B.D.I.F.B.A on page 2/thread (21)….my dad was responsible for the administration and issuing the Association service medals & awards.
 

Tiny

master brummie
hi Rover.
in reply to your industrial brigades. i served at Rover wards end joining Longbridge when Reliance security took over from the internal security i transfered to ward end in 1989 as security/ambulance supervisor for two week holiday cover never going back. i served over 30 years at ward end as security manager / fire prevention officer. i would be willing to meet up when this covid allows. I first came interested in fire fighting while working at Tripple X K.N under Micky Moor chief fire officer.
 
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Tiny

master brummie
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rover

knowlegable brummie
nUntil about 1980 most of Birmingham's larger factory's had an internal fire brigade. My Father was the Senior Officer and head of security at Joseph Lucas from 1946 until he retired about 1977.
There was an organisation called The Birmingham Private Fire Brigades Association. All of the factories were members. This organisation organised ( among other things ) an annual competion between the factory brigades.
Until his death my Father was the President of the organisation.
When I can get into the loft I will ( if I did not dump them when I moved ) sort out some Photos of some of these competitions.
Hi Mike...did you ever manage to get into the loft , would be interesting to see any competition pics.
 

rover

knowlegable brummie
hi Rover.
in reply to your industrial brigades. i served at Rover wards end joining Longbridge when Reliance security took over from the internal security i transfered to ward end in 1989 as security/ambulance supervisor for two week holiday cover never going back. i served over 30 years at ward end as security manager / fire prevention officer. i would be willing to meet up when this covid allows. I first came interested in fire fighting while working at Tripple X K.N under Micky Moor chief fire officer.
 

rover

knowlegable brummie
Hi Tiny thx for the contact and i hope you are keeping well, its always good to hear from others who were involved with the Industrial Fire Brigades...i worked as fireman at the Drews Lane site for a spell just before Austin Rover as it was then merged all their Fire Brigades with the site Security Department, until then they were individual departments. The Security part of the business was responsible for all security of the site and the Fire Brigade responsible all fire safety fire fighting equipment, risks, and Fire prevention along with running the Ambulance service and of course fighting any fires. We used to run 2 Austin Gypsy fire tenders one was from the closed down Morris Commercial at Adderley park Bordesley Green. and an old Austin fire tender from the 40's i think it was...tho viewed more of a curiosity by the internal work force than an an asset but it was still operational. The chief was Ken Lee and deputy Alf Heywood and before Drews i was fireman at Butlers Lighting which was part of the Lucas Group. I remember the pump houses well...lol if ever it cut in at the dead of night especially on a w/e during a night patrol...you needed clean underwear when you got back..lol
 
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