Posted 5 years ago
As the Government prepared for what appeared to be inevitable conflict and that such conflict would almost certainly involve the use of bombing from the air, each Fire Authority was required to form an Auxiliary Fire Service, under the direction of the local Chief Fire Officer, but whose role was solely to prepare for the eventuality of war and for dealing with fires that would follow an air raid.
"Enthusiasm! Courage! Endurance! They are not enough.
To these admirable qualities must be added knowledge and experience, if an efficient auxiliary fire-fighter is to be made.
Technical knowledge is fundamental if we are to be in a position to conduct a successful fire defence of London - knowledge which will enable us to make the best use of our material - knowledge of our organisation which will ensure that our appliances and personnel are mobilised just where they are wanted in the shortest possible time.
There is a science and an art of fire-fighting. Most of the science can be learnt at a fire station, but the art can only be learnt at fires. As a seaman is made by going to sea, so a fireman can be made only by attending fires - year after year, as many of them as possible.
The Auxiliary Fire Service is no "paper" force. Its members have enrolled in what must surely be one of the most practical and exacting of A.R.P. jobs - a vitally important branch of home defence". Commander A. Firebrace.