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Volunteer Fire Brigade
« on: Saturday 21 November 20 20:37 GMT (UK) »
  I am just reading a press report from 1893 of a fire in a village timber yard. The Volunteer Fire Brigade were called, and "promptly arrived on the scene". As the Brigade was based 3 miles away, and someone presumably had to gallop or cycle madly to get them, then they had to gallop to the fire, I can't imagine they arrived very promptly! The timber stock was partially insured.
   I have a picture of this yard a few years later with the workmen posed each holding a tool, (except my grandfather, the young apprentice, who is holding a horse!)
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Re: Volunteer Fire Brigade
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 22 November 20 07:59 GMT (UK) »
There is a story told amongst firefighters of today, that fires historically burned slower. Today's fire engines can do speeds in excess of 70 mph, whereas the old-time engines were pulled by cart horses and did 40 mph max. But they still managed to get there in time to put the fire out.

Therefore - 

Fires burned slower in the old days! 

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Re: Volunteer Fire Brigade
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 22 November 20 09:01 GMT (UK) »
Or was it a case of more local fire engines and they therefore got there in the same time as a faster one that came from further away?
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Re: Volunteer Fire Brigade
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 22 November 20 13:14 GMT (UK) »
  Now I come to think about it, there was a pond next to the yard, which may have helped. It was the idea of a "prompt" arrival that caught my attention.
  Chas - cart horses doing 40 mph? Can this be right?
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