National Fire Service, Eccleshall

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Date:1945 - 1948 (c.)

Description:The Eccleshall National Fire Service is pictured outside Eccleshall Fire station after winning the Gretton Cup (first for large trailer pump drill) and the Shobnall Cup (third for light trailer pump) at a competition in Burton-upon-Trent.

Left to right: Fireman Eric Hanson, Leading Fireman Frank Williams, Section Leader Reg Shaw, Fireman Bill Perry and Fireman Bill Evans.

Eccleshall Fire Station was built on the High Street in 1891. In later years the Fire Station moved to a new site on Newport Road. The building which is Grade II listed became known as the Old Fire Station and for several years it was occupied by a Hairdressers, later it was a Menswear shop and in May 2021 the premises has an Estate Agents ‘For Sale’ notice board attached to the building.

The Auxiliary Fire Service was formed from volunteers at the outbreak of war, to assist the regular Fire Brigades. The name was changed to The National Fire Service in August 1941 when the regional regular Fire Brigades and the AFS were merged. After the war the NFS was dissolved in 1948 and Fire Brigades returned to being organised on a regional basis.


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Image courtesy of: Mr Pat Trevor

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Source: Mr Pat Trevor

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