February 1908.(Looking Back)(Brief article)

* In his annual report the Chief Superintendent of Birmingham Fire Brigade notes: "The brigade was called out 765 times. This is a decrease of 88 compared with the previous year. One person died in a fire and 77 were rescued."

* It has been decided that in future the Chief Constable of Blackpool Police will take charge of the Fire Brigade. The senior fire officer being a superintendent.

* Noted architect Percy Allen recently devised an external portico with which to hide a Merryweather Fire Pump (see photograph). The pump and the portico are both to be situated over or near a water supply to help ensure a quick response in the event of an incident. …

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