January 1931: 75.(Looking Back)

* At a recent inquiry into the death of four children in a house in Portholland, Cornwall the Coroner congratulated Chief Tom Smith of St Austell Fire Brigade. The fire was first reported at 2100, however St Austell Fire Brigade were not called until 2143. Chief Smith proceeded to the fire ahead of the appliance using his own car. Prior to the arrival of the St Austell fire crews Chief Smith attempted unsuccessfully to rescue the children. The Coroner said: "We should not have rural communities who rely upon firefighting units which are situated some distance from the community."

* Mr Charles Tozer has been appointed the Chief of Finchley Fire Brigade. Mr Tozeris the son of Chief William Tozer of West Bromwich Fire Brigade. …

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