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British Fire Services

Unread postby Necrothesp » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:36 pm

Currently looking at a souvenir book published in 1966 to commemorate the centenary of the London Fire Brigade. The rank insignia is identical to that shown on the 'British Fire' page (Britain has no national fire service, incidentally), with the addition of:

Deputy Chief Officer - same as Assistant Chief Officer with a bar underneath

A couple of years ago, the LFB redesignated its Chief Officers as Commissioners, so 'Commissioner' should be substituted in each rank where 'Chief Officer' used to appear. As far as I know, the other British fire services have retained Chief Officer.

Firemaster is the title used by Chief Officers in Scotland. The title has recently been attacked by the politically correct lobby for discriminating against women, so may well be changed in the near future.
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Unread postby Necrothesp » Wed Jan 14, 2004 4:59 pm

In 1966, the LFB used different rank markings on the shoulders of their fire uniforms. These were:

Leading Fireman - One silver bar
Sub-Officer - Two silver bars
Station Officer - Silver wing
Assistant Divisional Officer - Silver epaulette
Divisional Officer - Silver epaulette with wing
Deputy Assistant Chief Officer - One line of braid perpendicular to shoulder (not sure what colour)
Assistant/Deputy Chief Officer - Two lines of braid
Chief Officer - Three lines of braid

There was also an Auxiliary Fire Service, which was formed in 1949 (one had previously existed during WWII) and disbanded in 1966. It accepted women as well as men. Male ranks were identical to regular ranks, from Fireman to Assistant Chief Officer (but without a Deputy Assistant Chief Officer), all with the prefix 'Auxiliary'. Female ranks were as follows, presumably wearing the same rank insignia as their male equivalents:

Auxiliary Firewoman
Auxiliary Leading Firewoman
Auxiliary Senior Leading Firewoman
Auxiliary Assistant Group Officer
Auxiliary Group Officer
Auxiliary Senior Group Officer

The AFS seems to have been a national organisation independent of the local fire brigades, although working closely with them.
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Unread postby Luke » Tue May 11, 2004 2:54 pm

National Fire Service WWII

Chief Regional Fire Officer
Fire Force Commander
Assistant Fire Force Commander
Divisional Officer
Column Officer
Senior Company Officer
Company Officer
Section Officer
Leading Fireman
Fireman

http://www.richmond.edu/~wgreen/ECDnfshelmet.html
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Unread postby Luke » Tue May 11, 2004 6:17 pm

The National Fire Service was formed on Monday 18th August 1941, when 1,400 local fire brigades were amalgamated into 33 Fire Forces. Each Fire Force consisted of divisions of 100 pumps, sub-divided into columns of 50 pumps, companies of 10 pumps and sections of 5. Rank structure was made up of Chief Regional Fire Officer, Fire Force Commander, Assistant Fire Force Commander, Divisional Officer, Column Officer, Senior Company Officer, Company Officer, Section Leader, Leading Fireman and Fireman.

http://www.bpears.org.uk/NE-Diary/Bck/BSeq_08.html
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Unread postby Luke » Tue May 11, 2004 6:21 pm

In 1947, the Fire Service was de-nationalised by Act of Parliament, and control passed to the Local Authorities.

http://www.graeme.kirkwood.btinternet.co.uk/SFB/C06.htm
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Unread postby Luke » Tue May 11, 2004 6:25 pm

In July 1938 the Government created the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) to augment the fire brigade in wartime. The National Fire Service (NFS), was founded in August 1941 from an amalgamation of the AFS and nearly 1 000 local fire brigades. In 1948 the Civil Defence Act re-established the Auxiliary Fire Service and the Civil Defence Corps. The AFS was disbanded in 1968 along with the rest of the Civil Defence.

http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/meltingpot ... badfs.html
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