October 1980.(Looking Back)

* Five Army Fire Stations are to be closed. Army sources are reluctant to give details of the closure plans, however, it is understood that other Army Fire Stations are threatened under government cuts. Possible Army Fire Service stations for closure will include Catterick, Bovington and Tidworth.

* English Electric Valve Company Ltd has announced the introduction of a lightweight battery operated thermal camera--which will give good vision in total darkness or smoke logging. The new device will make its first appearance at the Firetech Exhibition in Harrogate. The main disadvantage of the camera is that it requires the user to hold the camera in front of the face with both hands. …

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