75 years ago: September 1929.(Looking Back)

* Chief officer J H Buckle of Chippenham Fire Brigade questioned the safety of crew members on fire appliances proceeding to incidents. Mr Buckle's comments followed the death of Fireman Frederick Kidd who was thrown from a chippenham fire appliance and killed whilst responding to an incident. Mr Buckle notes: "With one or two exceptions we in this country do not possess a safety first type of fire engine ... the Italians, similar to North America have a reasonably safe type of motor fire engine. The crew, instead of sitting on the exterior of the body is accommodated inside the body and is thus protected both from traffic risk and weather conditions. This measure of safety is provided without any loss of efficiency". …

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