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Dramatic picture of a Fireman overcome by heat and smoke being rescued by his colleagues from the head of a Turn Table Ladder. The Fireman in question made a full recovery sadly another Fireman did not survive. This shows how dangerous the job is at times.
Fire Newtown Shopping Centre note the Sub.O attaching himself to a smoke line before entering the smoke logged building. This enables the BA team to find their way out and a stand by team to locate them should anything go wrong.
The Fire Service strike started on the 14th November 1977 and ran for 9 weeks with the armed forces taking on Fire Fighting Duties. The picture shows the Irish Guards going on duty with the Green Goddess Fire Appliances.
Green Goddesses were only stationed at whole time manned stations in Devon. As Devon has mostly retained (part-time) stations they had little to do and even where dispatched. Messages to say all was under control went back very quickly before the squaddies could arrive.
As with most industrial disputes there was much recrimination and it took a while to heal.