In the late 1930s the Fire Brigades Act brought into being the Auxiliary Fire Service - setting up a force that operated in parallel with regular fire fighters. In the early stages of the Second World War, as the government realised the importance of a unified fire fighting force throughout the county, emergency provisions were made for a National Fire Service. This came into being in 1941. This account of the NFS from its foundation includes many vivid and moving interviews with firemen and women who lived through the period, previously unseen photographs and documents, and also illustrates the vital role of the volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire fighters. John Leete records in detail the magnificent contribution made by these brave men and women. This totally unique programme adds a new chapter in the history of Britain’s fire service during the years 1939 – 1945. Using recently discovered black and white footage and images, personal anecdotes and reconstructions, the programme is vivid in it’s portrayal of life on the Home Front, the people who lived through it and the men and woman of the Auxiliary Fire Service, National Fire Service, the volunteers and Regulars who met the challenges thrust upon them by war. Stunning colour archive footage is used in part to tell the fascinating yet little known story of the CORPS of CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS who served as volunteers in England from 1942 to 1945. Their contribution was both remarkable and of considerable value.
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