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Radiorails

master brummie
I am certain Aggie will agree with this. A parade was always held at a fire station, taken before each watch or training period for retained firemen, began. A man who had been either a regular or national serviceman always stood out on a parade: they were used to the routine I guess.
 

aggie2347

master brummie
West Midlands Fire Service ceremonial drill Squad trained by the Royal Marines under the supervision of Stn.O Les Martin ex RSM.and D.O Paul Buckingham. I have the video of their display at Fire 84 and the Training School but l am unsure whether or not it can be posted here?Screenshot_20191027-210408_Facebook.jpg
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
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hello aggie if you are able to post the video we would love to see it please...it all adds to the thread

lyn
 

aggie2347

master brummie
The unsung heroes of Fire Control without their skills and dedication us operational guys could not function. From the initial call crews are mobilised to the correct address with information on what to expect on arrival. Fire Control Operators are also in contact with operational crews via radio from start to finish so if anything is needed or goes wrong it is delt with Immediately.Screenshot_20191106-164859_Photos.jpg
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Here's one to get Aggie, or anyone else, connected with the WM Fire Service to consider.
Around twenty five years ago a team from the WMFS attempted a Round Britain charitable event using a couple of dinghys. I believe they started out from Weymouth (maybe another, more easterly, southern port?) and were to travel in a westerly direction around Lands End and navigate the British Isles in a clockwise direction. The idea was short daylight journeys avoiding being at sea overnight. Their port of call in Torbay was Brixham, at the Breakwater, near the lifeboat station. Two pumps from the Devon F&RS (as it was then called) retained station at Brixham plus local Divisional Officers were there to greet their arrival. A portable tent was provided and the hospitality and facilities of the RNLI station was also laid on. The charity involved, was naturally, the Fire Service Benevolent Fund (now known as The Fire Service Charity).
It was not an easy thing for the men to attempt and once in the area off SW Cornwall (Plymouth and Lundy for those who listen to the shipping forecasts) the conditions in the Western Approaches meant they were forced to abandon their quest. At this distance in time I do not recall all the 'whys and wherefores' and I have mislaid the photos I once had of the team and their boats at Brixham. But maybe in the archives at Aston there might be something to contribute to this thread.
 

RobT

master brummie
I am certain Aggie will agree with this. A parade was always held at a fire station, taken before each watch or training period for retained firemen, began. A man who had been either a regular or national serviceman always stood out on a parade: they were used to the routine I guess.
Here's one from 2006, should bring back some memories, and think of all the good things these guys have done to help people in this area over the last 13 years, our thanks to all of them, includes group photo.

West Midlands Fire Service Course March - June 2006
 
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