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Fire Service Collection

"Preserving Lives and Heritage: A Glimpse into the Fire Service's Rich History" Step back in time to the early 1900s

Background imageFire Service Collection: City of Sheffield Fire Brigade. Firemen in breathing apparatus, 1920s

City of Sheffield Fire Brigade. Firemen in breathing apparatus, 1920s
From an original at Sheffield Libraries: u11196

Background imageFire Service Collection: Rockingham Street Fire Station, Sheffield, Yorkshire, c. 1900

Rockingham Street Fire Station, Sheffield, Yorkshire, c. 1900
From an original at Sheffield Libraries: s12473

Background imageFire Service Collection: Sheffield Fireman

Sheffield Fireman
From an original at Sheffield Libraries: u10477

Background imageFire Service Collection: London Fire Brigade: group of firemen, with engine and turncocks, 1895 (b / w photo)

London Fire Brigade: group of firemen, with engine and turncocks, 1895 (b / w photo)
1787225 London Fire Brigade: group of firemen, with engine and turncocks, 1895 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); London Metropolitan Archives

Background imageFire Service Collection: The Duke and Duchess of York reviewing the London Fire Brigade on Clapham Common (litho)

The Duke and Duchess of York reviewing the London Fire Brigade on Clapham Common (litho)
1597723 The Duke and Duchess of York reviewing the London Fire Brigade on Clapham Common (litho) by Rowlandson, George Derville (1861-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire

Fire. Conceptual image of a fire inside a container normally used by fire services to hold water to extinguish fires. This could represent recent controversies surrounding the funding of the fire

Background imageFire Service Collection: Picture of Reginald Czermak, 1884 (lithograph)

Picture of Reginald Czermak, 1884 (lithograph)
8915000 Picture of Reginald Czermak, 1884 (lithograph) by Wurbel, Franz (1822-1900); Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria; (add.info.: Picture of Reginald ?0065rm)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Frozen fire apparatus, Equitable fire, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Frozen fire apparatus, Equitable fire, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Frozen fire apparatus, Equitable fire, 1912. Shows a fire at the Equitable Building, Pine Street, Brooklyn, New York City

Background imageFire Service Collection: Merryweather and Son's improved London brigade fire engine, 1862

Merryweather and Son's improved London brigade fire engine, 1862
7125119 Merryweather and Son's improved London brigade fire engine, 1862; (add.info.: Merryweather and Son's improved London Brigade fire engine, 1862)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: The 'Hodge' Steam Fire Engine, 1841 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: The "Hodge" Steam Fire Engine, 1841 (colour litho)
8665647 Fire-Fighting Appliances: The "Hodge" Steam Fire Engine, 1841 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Lazy-Tongs' Fire-Escape (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Lazy-Tongs" Fire-Escape (colour litho)
8665644 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Lazy-Tongs" Fire-Escape (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Lazy-Tongs" Fire-Escape)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Steam Fire-Engine for Canterbury, 1880 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Steam Fire-Engine for Canterbury, 1880 (colour litho)
8665639 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Steam Fire-Engine for Canterbury, 1880 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Steam Fire-Engine for Canterbury, 1880)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Chemical Engine, Hand-Drawn, 1878 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Chemical Engine, Hand-Drawn, 1878 (colour litho)
8665638 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Chemical Engine, Hand-Drawn, 1878 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chemical Engine, Hand-Drawn, 1878)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hose and Ladder Carriage, etc, 1880 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hose and Ladder Carriage, etc, 1880 (colour litho)
8665642 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hose and Ladder Carriage, etc, 1880 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hose and Ladder Carriage, etc, 1880)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Steam Fire-Float, 1874 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Steam Fire-Float, 1874 (colour litho)
8665636 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Steam Fire-Float, 1874 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Steam Fire-Float, 1874)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Hodges' Manual Fire-Engine, 1862 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Hodges" Manual Fire-Engine, 1862 (colour litho)
8665630 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Hodges" Manual Fire-Engine, 1862 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Hodges" Manual Fire-Engine)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Manual Fire-Engine, Late 18th Century (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Manual Fire-Engine, Late 18th Century (colour litho)
8665629 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Manual Fire-Engine, Late 18th Century (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Manual Fire-Engine, Late 18th Century)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Letter K L N: Korrigan, Kakatoes recalcitrant and Au clair de la lune, Nanterre Fire Department

Letter K L N: Korrigan, Kakatoes recalcitrant and Au clair de la lune, Nanterre Fire Department
DUV4204117 Letter K L N: Korrigan, Kakatoes recalcitrant and Au clair de la lune, Nanterre Fire Department, beg 20th century (chromolithograph); 25x17.5 cm; (add.info.: Drolatic album (abecedary)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Wood, the fire escape conductor heroically rescuing a mother

Wood, the fire escape conductor heroically rescuing a mother and child from the fire in Whitechapel (engraving)
8672747 Wood, the fire escape conductor heroically rescuing a mother and child from the fire in Whitechapel (engraving) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wood)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Electric Fire-Engine, 1910 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Electric Fire-Engine, 1910 (colour litho)
8665655 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Electric Fire-Engine, 1910 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Electric Fire-Engine, 1910)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor-Cycle and Side-Car with Manual Fire-Pump, 1910 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor-Cycle and Side-Car with Manual Fire-Pump, 1910 (colour litho)
8665654 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor-Cycle and Side-Car with Manual Fire-Pump, 1910 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Metallic' Manual Fire-Engine for the Fiji Island (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Metallic" Manual Fire-Engine for the Fiji Island (colour litho)
8665649 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Metallic" Manual Fire-Engine for the Fiji Island (colour litho) by English School

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Horse Chemical Engine, 1899 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Horse Chemical Engine, 1899 (colour litho)
8665648 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Horse Chemical Engine, 1899 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Horse Chemical Engine, 1899)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: A Famous Fire-Engine, 1863 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: A Famous Fire-Engine, 1863 (colour litho)
8665640 Fire-Fighting Appliances: A Famous Fire-Engine, 1863 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Famous Fire-Engine, 1863)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Automatic Spraying Helmet in use (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Automatic Spraying Helmet in use (colour litho)
8665667 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Automatic Spraying Helmet in use (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Automatic Spraying Helmet in use)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Piano' Type Fire-Engine, 1880 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Piano" Type Fire-Engine, 1880 (colour litho)
8665658 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Piano" Type Fire-Engine, 1880 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Piano" Type Fire-Engine, 1880)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand Force-Pump, 1883 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand Force-Pump, 1883 (colour litho)
8665645 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand Force-Pump, 1883 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hand Force-Pump, 1883)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Merryweather and Son's steam pumper fire engine, 1862

Merryweather and Son's steam pumper fire engine, 1862
7125118 Merryweather and Son's steam pumper fire engine, 1862; (add.info.: Merryweather and Son's steam pumper fire engine, 1862)

Background imageFire Service Collection: An early fire engine, 1862

An early fire engine, 1862
7125114 An early fire engine, 1862; (add.info.: Horizontal double-action farm, mansion or factory fire engine. From A Concise History of The International Exhibition of 1862)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Letter N: Nanterre Fire Department, beg 20th century (chromolithograph)

Letter N: Nanterre Fire Department, beg 20th century (chromolithograph)
DUV4204125 Letter N: Nanterre Fire Department, beg 20th century (chromolithograph); 25x17.5 cm; (add.info.: Drolatic album (abecedary). Series number 4 in Albums-chromo on canvas

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor-Cycle 'First-Aid' Fire-Fighting Outfit (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor-Cycle "First-Aid" Fire-Fighting Outfit (colour litho)
8665673 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor-Cycle "First-Aid" Fire-Fighting Outfit (colour litho) by English School

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand 'Fire-Suds' Machine in use (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand "Fire-Suds" Machine in use (colour litho)
8665663 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand "Fire-Suds" Machine in use (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Quick-Hitch' Harness, about 1881 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Quick-Hitch" Harness, about 1881 (colour litho)
8665643 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Quick-Hitch" Harness, about 1881 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Quick-Hitch" Harness)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand-Drawn Hose-Carriage and Reel, 1873 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand-Drawn Hose-Carriage and Reel, 1873 (colour litho)
8665635 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Hand-Drawn Hose-Carriage and Reel, 1873 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Hand-Drawn Hose-Carriage and Reel, 1873)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Tozer' Fire-Pump, about 1870 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Tozer" Fire-Pump, about 1870 (colour litho)
8665631 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Tozer" Fire-Pump, about 1870 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Tozer" Fire-Pump, about 1870)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 17th Century Fire Apparatus (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: 17th Century Fire Apparatus (colour litho)
8665625 Fire-Fighting Appliances: 17th Century Fire Apparatus (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: 17th Century Fire Apparatus)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Six-Wheeled Motor Fire-Engine with 'Hatfield' Pump (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Six-Wheeled Motor Fire-Engine with "Hatfield" Pump (colour litho)
8665668 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Six-Wheeled Motor Fire-Engine with "Hatfield" Pump (colour litho) by English School

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Smoke-Helmets in use (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Smoke-Helmets in use (colour litho)
8665664 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Smoke-Helmets in use (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Smoke-Helmets in use)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Line-Throwing Gun in use (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Line-Throwing Gun in use (colour litho)
8665662 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Line-Throwing Gun in use (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Line-Throwing Gun in use)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Operating a Large Jet (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Operating a Large Jet (colour litho)
8665659 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Operating a Large Jet (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Operating a Large Jet)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor Turn-Table Fire-Escape, 1908 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor Turn-Table Fire-Escape, 1908 (colour litho)
8665653 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor Turn-Table Fire-Escape, 1908 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Motor Turn-Table Fire-Escape, 1908)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Quadricycle' 'First-Aid' Hose-Carrier, 1895 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Quadricycle" "First-Aid" Hose-Carrier, 1895 (colour litho)
8665650 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Quadricycle" "First-Aid" Hose-Carrier, 1895 (colour litho) by English School

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: London Fireman and Manual Engine, about 1750 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: London Fireman and Manual Engine, about 1750 (colour litho)
8665622 Fire-Fighting Appliances: London Fireman and Manual Engine, about 1750 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: London Fireman and Manual Engine)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Rescue of a young woman evacuated from a burning house, 1887 (illustration)

Rescue of a young woman evacuated from a burning house, 1887 (illustration)
ELD4834458 Rescue of a young woman evacuated from a burning house, 1887 (illustration); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rescue of a young woman evacuated from a burning house in Alencon (Orne)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Truro Fire Brigade in action, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 10th November 1923

Truro Fire Brigade in action, Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall. 10th November 1923
A general view, looking along Lemon Street, of the Fire brigade in action at Ben Carters chemist shop at 10-11 Lemon Street. Onlookers are standing by the Royal Hotel

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor Fire-Float 'Beta III' (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor Fire-Float "Beta III" (colour litho)
8665669 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Motor Fire-Float "Beta III" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: 'Mefisto' Flame-Resisting Clothing (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Mefisto" Flame-Resisting Clothing (colour litho)
8665661 Fire-Fighting Appliances: "Mefisto" Flame-Resisting Clothing (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageFire Service Collection: Fire-Fighting Appliances: Factory Pattern Manual Fire-Engine, 1885 (colour litho)

Fire-Fighting Appliances: Factory Pattern Manual Fire-Engine, 1885 (colour litho)
8665652 Fire-Fighting Appliances: Factory Pattern Manual Fire-Engine, 1885 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Factory Pattern Manual Fire-Engine, 1885)



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"Preserving Lives and Heritage: A Glimpse into the Fire Service's Rich History" Step back in time to the early 1900s, where Rockingham Street Fire Station proudly stood as a symbol of safety in Sheffield, Yorkshire. The City of Sheffield Fire Brigade, with their unwavering dedication, protected the community during challenging times. In the 1920s, firemen donned breathing apparatuses as they fearlessly battled infernos that threatened lives and properties. Their courage knew no bounds as they faced danger head-on to keep their cities safe. Truro Fire Brigade exemplified this bravery on Lemon Street in Cornwall on that fateful day of November 10th, 1923. Sheffield's fireman embodied resilience and strength while serving their city. They were pillars of support when disaster struck, ensuring that no flames would go unchecked or lives left unprotected. London Fire Brigade's iconic black-and-white photograph from 1895 captures a group of dedicated firemen alongside their trusty engine and turncocks. These brave souls formed an unbreakable bond with one another while safeguarding Londoners against raging fires. Even royalty recognized the importance of these courageous individuals who risked everything for public safety. The Duke and Duchess of York reviewed the London Fire Brigade on Clapham Common—a testament to how highly esteemed these heroes were by all walks of life. Fire—both destructive yet mesmerizingly powerful—is an ever-present threat that requires constant vigilance from our firefighting heroes. Truro Fire Brigade once again sprang into action on Lemon Street in Cornwall during another devastating incident on November 10th, 1923—showcasing their unwavering commitment to protecting communities even amidst adversity. But it is not only fires that pose challenges; natural disasters like flooding can wreak havoc too. Queen Street in Lostwithiel became a battleground against rising waters in November 1986—a reminder of the fire service's versatility and readiness to face any calamity head-on.