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Re: Auxilary Firemen Drill,Rochester Esplanade
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009, 21:55:37 »
Interesting photograph this. From front to back, the three trailer pumps are; a Coventry Climax, a Beresford Stork, and a Dennis No 1 Heavy Trailer Pump. One of these was allocated solely to protect the Cathedral and was based at Priors Gate House.
The two officers towards the rear of the picture wearing peaked caps are, I believe; on the left Third Officer Cyril Daniel of Rochester City Fire Brigade and on the right Chief Officer Tommy Harrison also of the City Brigade.
The fact that the photograph shows the AFS wearing boiler suits and tin helmets could indicate that that was all the kit they had at the time! The AFS were notoriously under-equipped even after war was delared.

100 yards or so further back from where this photograph was taken, is the site where 3 AFS firemen were killed (2 from Rochester and one from Chatham) in April 1941 when parachute mine scored a direct hit on their sub-station.


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Auxilary Firemen Drill,Rochester Esplanade
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2008, 12:24:35 »
Auxilary Firemen carry out a drill at Rochester Esplanade in 1939.


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