January 1956: 50.(Looking Back)

* Devon County Council has decided that all promotions within Devon County Fire Brigade will come from candidates currently serving in the brigade. The only exception will be the posts of Chief Officer and Deputy.

* Berkshire and Reading Fire Brigade recently attended a serious fire a t a fireworks factory in Finchstead, Berkshire. The initial explosion killed two workers and severely injured nine others. The subsequent fire took four appliances to bring it under control.

* Fireman Tom Scott-Foster of Tynemouth Fire Brigade recently drove an ambulance to a North Shields address to convey a pregnant lady to hospital. However, on arrival he discovered the lady was about to give birth. …

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