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Page last updated: 22/03/2017
These Fire Station Archive Documents & Photographs are related to those held by the Current Fire Station in Station Road
(The photographs have been extracted and copied for the web site with the kind cooperation of Simon Lincoln - Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue)
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Third Prize - Two Man Motor Pump Competitions - June 10th 1937 Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk Third Prize - Motor Turnout Competition - 4th July 1936 Uxbridge, Middlesex. First Prize - Motor Pump Competition - 19th June 1937 Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk Second Prize - Fire Hydrant One Man Dry Dressing Drill - 13th June 1936 The Castle Park Colchester Essex. First Prize - Motor Pump Wet (A) (Div.2) Drill 6th June 1936 Gunnersbury Park, Acton, London First Prize - Hose Cart Competition - 18th June 1938 Felixstowe, Suffolk
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Third Prize - Escape Competition 17th June 1939 Ipswich, Suffolk Second Prize - Turnout Competition 17th June 1939 Ipswich, Suffolk First Prize - Five Men Motor Pump Competition 17th June 1939 Ipswich, Suffolk Certificate of Merit First Place - NFS Fire Force 12 'B' Division - Stirrup Pump Drill - Bill Taylor; Harry Akers; Jim Bennett - 10th July 1943 Verulamium, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Certificate of Merit First Place - NFS Fire Force 12 'B' Division - Six Men Heavy Unit Drill (Wet) Bill Taylor; Jack Searl; Reg. Wright; Harry Akers; Jim Bennet; Ted Fish. 10th July 1943 Verulamium, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Certificate of Merit Second Place - NFS Fire Force 12 'B' Division - Four Men Light Trailer Pump Drill (Wet) Jack Searl; Reg. Wright; Harry Akers; Jack Riches. 10th July 1943 Verulamium, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.
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Certificate of Merit First Place - NFS Fire Force 12 - Area Competitions - Four Men Hydrant Drill (Wet) Reg. Wright; Harry Akers; Jack Searl; Jack Riches 25th July 1943 Ransom Playing Fields, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Certificate of Merit Second Place - NFS Fire Force 12 - Area Competitions - Three Men Extension Ladder Drill Bill Taylor; Reg Wright; Jack Riches. 10th July 1943 Verulamium, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Diploma - Harlow Fire Brigade - Sawbridgeworth awarded First Prize in the Tug of War 29th June 1904 First Prize - 4 Man Drill - Bishop's Stortford Hospital Carnival 1935 - August Bank Holiday 1935 Second Prize - 1 Man Manual Drill - July 11th 1925 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Edgware London Second Prize - Hose Cart (Division 2) Drill - June 15th 1935 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
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First Prize - Junior 1 Man Manual Drill - June 13th 1923 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Southall First Prize - Smartest Squad - June 13th 1923 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Southall Second Prize - Second Division Steamer Wet - June 7th 1930 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire. First Prize - Junior Two Men Manual - June 25th 1927 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Apsley Mills, Hemel Hemstead, Hertfordshire. First Prize - Steamer Dry - June 25th 1927 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Apsley Mills, Hemel Hemstead, Hertfordshire. First Prize - Four Men Manual - September 15th 1928 - National Fire Brigades Association South Midland District - District Drill Meeting, Bedford.
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Fire Brigade Church Parade at Sawbridgeworth 30th June 1928 Cleaning Rota for Firemen commencing the week beginning Saturday 5th July 1913 Letter to the Chief Officer from Sawbridgeworth Urban District Council complimenting the Brigade on the smartness of recent turnouts to fires etc. 31st July 1923 Herts & Essex Observer report on the quick attendance of the Brigade to a fire at Little Halingbury Park [Farm] 22nd September 1928. Herts & Essex Observer report on Sawbridgeworth Fire Brigade Inspection and Supper. Saturday 25th January 1930. National Fire Service - Record of attendance of personnel at Sawbridgeworth during 1944.
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National Fire Service (N.F.S.)
Standpipe (embossed N.F.S.), Hydrant Key and Diffuser Branch
These items of equipment were retained at the Fire Station in Church Street from the N.F.S. vehicle supplied to many hundreds of Fire Stations throughout the UK in WWII.
National Fire Service - Record of attendance at Drills of personnel at Sawbridgeworth for 1945. National Fire Service - Record that shows the NFS Number related to each Fireman/ Firewoman and their service commencement date. The last 13 names are Firewomen. National Fire Service - Another Record showing the NFS Numbers allocated to Personnel at Sawbridgeworth. It will be noted that these items of equipment are of the heavy brass and steel construction as were all equipment of this nature right into the 1960's, albeit some Aluminium equipment was produced during WWII. The couplings on hose were also in brass making the handling very heavy work!
See the story (right photo) of at least one occasion when they were put into use.
           
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