Harpenden's Fire Brigade

Before 1914

Harpenden Fire Brigade was formed as a volunteer force in 1880, with premises alongside the British School, Leyton Road (demolished to give access to James Marshall House and Day Centre).  A steam fire engine was funded by public subscription and formally presented on 1 August 1912. 

Photo:1. Outside Fire Station with manual pump - early 1900s

1. Outside Fire Station with manual pump - early 1900s

Cat no HC 182

Photo:2. Brigade with new steam pump - 1912

2. Brigade with new steam pump - 1912

Cat no HC 183

Photo:3.  Brigade with two pumps - 1913

3. Brigade with two pumps - 1913

Cat no HC 177

Photo:4. Fire Brigade First Aid team

4. Fire Brigade First Aid team

Cat no HC 110

Photo:5.  Fire Brigade. 1925

5. Fire Brigade. 1925

Cat no Slides B 2.1

This page was added by David Hinton on 10/04/2011.
Comments about this page

In picture 1, the fireman sitting on the engine, 4th from left in a nonchalant pose was my great uncle William George Read. He told me the man standing third from left, who appears to be facing away from the camera wasn't present when the photo was taken! His image was "cut and pasted" later.

By David Keen
On 18/02/2014

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