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LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1

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LCC-LFB Recruit firefighters training at Brigade HQ SE1

During the 1950s recruit firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth. Here they are undertaking hook ladder drills on the stations nine-storey drill tower

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1959 Climb Climbing Drill Drills Headquarters Hook Ladder Ladders Lambeth Practice Practising Recruit Recruits Storey Trained Trainee Trainees Yard Firefighter Firefighters Firefighting Fireman Firemen


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In this evocative photograph from the 1950s, a group of eager recruit firefighters from the London County Council Fire Brigade (LCC-LFB) are seen climbing the nine-storey drill tower at Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth, SE1. The recruits are intently focused as they practice their hook ladder drills high above the ground, with an aerial view of the bustling fire station yard below. During this era, all new firefighters were trained at the Brigade Headquarters in Lambeth. The drill tower was an essential part of their training regimen, providing them with the necessary skills to tackle fires in tall buildings. The recruits would climb the ladder rungs, sometimes wearing heavy gear to simulate the weight they would carry during real firefighting situations. The hook ladder drills were crucial for rescuing people from upper floors or accessing rooftops. The recruits would learn to hook the ladder to the building, secure it, and climb up and down safely. These skills were essential for the firefighters to save lives and prevent further damage to properties. The photograph captures the determination and dedication of the recruits as they climb the drill tower, preparing themselves for a career as firefighters. The image is a testament to the rigorous training that firefighters underwent to ensure they were ready to face any emergency situation that came their way. This photograph, taken in 1959, is a fascinating glimpse into the past, providing us with a unique insight into the training of London's brave firefighters during the 1950s. The image is part of the extensive collection of historical photographs at Mary Evans Picture Library and is a must-see for anyone interested in firefighting history or the social history of London.

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