Fire and rescue testimonials.(Centenary Congratulations)


"I am delighted to add my support to the landmark centenary of FIRE magazine.

"Much has changed in the role and expectation of the Fire and Rescue Service which can be both proud of its heritage and excited about its future. FIRE magazine has provided that continuous thread of Fire and Rescue Service evolution by capturing new technology and sharing good practice in the many facets and challenges for the future. Many congratulations on your century and very best wishes for the future."

Sir Ken Knight, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser


"Over the past 100 years, FIRE magazine has recorded in articles and photos the life of the Fire and Rescue Service. This has taken us through the 1st World War, the Crystal Palace fire of 1936 and the 2nd World War when women joined firefighting efforts.

"Today we live in a very different world: its pace is faster, there are more cars on the roads, more aeroplanes in the air, the population is more diverse and concentrated. FIRE magazine has reported on many tragedies over the last century such as the Bradford City football stadium fire in 1985 and the London bombings of 7/7.

"The Fire and Rescue Service has played its part in bringing down domestic fire deaths to the lowest level since the late 1950s. Today the Service is better equipped than it has ever been. We look to FIRE magazine to continue to report the highs, lows, challenges and changes, and to play its part in communicating best practice to all its readers."

Hazel Blears, Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government


"Our Fire and Rescue Service retains enduring support among the communities we serve. It is vital, therefore, that the changes we bring in to modernise and improve the services we provide are fully debated and discussed.

"FIRE magazine has always played a key role in providing the ideal platform for that essential debate and challenge between professionals working to protect their communities. By highlighting new projects and new ways of working, the magazine plays a crucial role in helping best practice to be disseminated quickly and widely among our Service.

"By acting as an agent of change, FIRE has made a significant contribution to the continuing reductions in fire deaths and injuries we are all delighted to see.

"The centenary issue is a significant milestone for any publication and I am confident that as FIRE reaches further milestones in the future, it will be able to reflect on a growing contribution to the safety of our communities."

Steve McGuirk, Chief Fire Officer, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service


"I congratulate FIRE magazine on its 100th anniversary. Through the professionalism and skill of successive generations of dedicated men and women, the Fire and Rescue Service has shown consistently that it is more than equal to the task of tackling many challenges in safeguarding our communities. …

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