Fighting Fires: Creating the British Fire Service, 1800–1978 by Shane Ewen (auth.)

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The Police Board inherited small manual engines from the Court Leet in 1792, which were manned by volunteers. The Sun and Royal Exchange also provided supplementary engines. From 1799, 22 retained firemen were recruited from within the ranks of the town’s watchmen, and placed under the control of an ‘Inspector of Engines and Conductor of Firemen’. 47 Technological difficulties increasingly undermined firefighting operations because the engines were too small to extinguish fires in the growing factories and warehouses.

61 For Braidwood, the best firemen were skilled tradesmen, locally recruited, whose malleable bodies had a heightened sensory awareness of fire, water and wind. Slaters, carpenters, masons, plumbers and blacksmiths were preferred, all of whom were acquainted with tough manual work under arduous conditions. They were ‘more robust in body, and better able to endure the extremes of heat, cold, wet, and fatigue, to which firemen are so frequently exposed, than men engaged in more sedentary employments’.

59 Conclusion In their efforts to control social and environmental problems during the first four decades of the nineteenth century, municipal governments had 28 Fighting Fires to carefully manage finite resources. Mistakes were undoubtedly made, such as Glasgow Police Board’s decision to levy inappropriate expenses for sending its engines and firemen to suburban fires. In Manchester, political agreement to re-organize fire protection only emerged following a series of large fires during which public and private brigades competed as much for urban authority as they did for control of limited water supplies.

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