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Jack Parker Fire Officer

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (6)

Hi i am new to all this

Jack Parker was my Grandad, the anniversary of his death has just gone when he passed away when i was 1 so im posting this to see if there is any pics or stories that people know of as i would like to find out alittle bit more about career


Low Moor Medal

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (2)

A Bradford Fire Brigade APFBO  Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Supt.Forbes following the Low Moor explosion was sold on ebay this week for £1.232.12.

Helmet Paint....

Posted on April 3, 2010 at 3:43 AM Comments comments (4)

Does anyone out there know the official paint colour for yellow helmets?

I've got an old one that is badly in need of restoration, but it has to be right!

John Stead

Arthur Troughton, Rest in Peace

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 9:07 AM Comments comments (0)

I learned yesterday that Arthur Troughton passed away on September 3, 2009. For those of you that knew Arthur, you will agree, he was a fireman's- fireman. I served with him at Knottingley for several years and he became a lifelong friend. He visiting me in Florida and I returning to see him in Castleford.


For those of you that did not know Leading Fireman Troughton it is your loss. He was rarely rattled by anything or anyone. He was liked and respected by his juniors and peers and was admired by his senior Officers. Leading Fireman Troughton was always there to chip-in and help when someone needed help, on or off duty.


Arthur Troughton, R.I.P. me-old-friut


Byron J. Teates, Fire Chief

East Manatee Fire Rescue

Manatee County, Florida




Is it me....?

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (1)

Hi Graham,

I've recently changed broadband supplier, and have tried to change my e-mail address on this no avail!

I've had to rejoin, and hence now have two profiles, (until I remove one of them).

Have I missed something, or is it really impossible to change an email address without rejoining?

Best regards,

John Stead

ERF Water Ladder

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 6:34 AM Comments comments (4)

I've just noticed the small photo of the ERF pump (RHS of the main page). This was a very interesting appliance that I came across whilst at Pudsey in 1982. Powered by a Cummins V8 diesel through an Allison Autobox, it was a good appliance.....while it was on the run.

And there's the main point...'while it was on the run'. I've never known a pump have so much downtime in all my life! The main cause was the sophisticated Waterous pump. This was a midships mounted 1200gpm pump with 8 deliveries (4 each side). Each delivery could be set to supply water at different pressures to the others, plus it had a fixed monitor on the roof which was the best I've ever seen.

The main pump suffered badly from leaking gaskets, causing a lot of down time. It would run fine until you tried to do a suction test, at which point it usually surrendered, spraying water all over. However, at the only major incident I used it, Jumbo Mills, Kirkstall, Leeds, (just a make up to 12 and TL's 2....we didn't like to fuss in those days....)  it was set into the river as base pump, and happily supplied 8 deliveries all night at 100psi. It was a relief when it primed, I can tell you! I think Don Kirk was ADO i/c , and I wouldn't have liked to tell him it had failed again!

Great fish and chips from across the road though!

Does anyone remember the name of the DO at Leeds East at that time? Leeds West was Tony Upton.

I think the appliance finally went to Moreton, though I could be mistaken.

W Y Fire Photographic Display 11 - 29th May 2009

Posted on May 1, 2009 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (2)

A Photographic Display with 30 years of photos is being run between 11 - 29th May.


Location I would think is the HQ at Birkenshaw?


The WY Fire site does not say where the display will be?


Posted on March 18, 2009 at 1:46 PM Comments comments (3)

Just a quick question, ive seen a few different ranks within the service but i saw one yesterday that stumped me,


a half white helmet with red top bit and station officer rank, he also had a station number on it to,


could anyone give me a idea??



Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:37 AM Comments comments (7)

Further to Ian Dransfield's bit about Waterton fact it was in Royston's station area until 1974, and Royston was on first call.

When I joined at Royston in 1962, my first job was to open the gates for the horses, as well as quietening the mares when they got frisky..

Seriously though, the appliance room was a garage in the council yard, and the accomodation (HA!) was about 50 yards away.

Turning out involved doing a 3 point turn with the appliance, and if it was between 1200 and 1300, the council dustbin wagon would be parked in front of the doors! The other problem was the mortuary next door. If there was a PM taking place, everything had to be done quietly!

The second (retained) pump was parked, fully kitted, on the green opposite the station, and one old Leyland had the old method of cooling (direct or indirect?) which meant that anti-freeze couldn't be added. In the case of a two- pump shout in winter, the cook started filling buckets of hot water which the watchroom man took across to start filling the radiator!

You can't make it up, can you? The nearest I've seen to it is the film with Will Hay!

This old Leyland had a siren on the front wing which could be started by just flicking the vanes. The locals soon found that out on their way home from the pubs late at night! That was the only bit of trouble we had. Nothing was ever nicked and no damage was done.

We had a residential StnO whose name I won't mention. His favourite trick was to ring the station and order a test turnout to his address - against the the watch!

That stopped when we went to the 56 hour week and had a StnO on each watch. I was on Red Watch with Harold Amos as StnO and Bob Hayhoe as SubO. Les Noble from Castleford was the LFm.

Thank god those days are gone!

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