Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)
Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)
Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)
Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)
Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)
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Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)

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Epping Town Fire Brigade, A History by Jack Farmer (Hardback with Dust Jacket)

Published by The Epping Forest District Museum in 1983, 142 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket - c.16cm by 21.5cm (A19FWSO)

Signed by the author on the title page, with an additional personal inscription on the first inside page that reads: 'To Ron Summers with the authors best wishes, Jack Farmer Oct.2.84'

From the introduction: The story of Epping Fire Brigade is unique in that it started as a Volunteer Brigade in May 1894 under the old Epping Parish Council, was transferred to the new Urban Council in 1896, became retained, and then went through a series of changes until it was run completely as a private concern! When the 1938 Fire Brigades Act became law it had to revert to the Local Authority, and this caused some problems as you will see. In 1941 the N .F.S. was formed and took control until it was disbanded in 1947. Since then all the Essex Brigades other than Works Brigades have been administered by the County Council. In writing the history of an event or Organisation, one is only too painfully aware of the incompleteness of the data available. In the case of the Epping Fire Brigade, not one single invoice or receipt exists for any of the Appliances or Equipment purchased over the period covered by this book, and extremely few copies of letters on Fire Brigade matters sent out by the Epping Urban District Council. It is thought they were all destroyed before our Museum could lay their hands on them. In addition, many of the letters and Fire Reports which have survived, show the day and the month in which they occurred but not the year. Consequently it has been necessary to carefully scrutinize every docu­ment for the slenderest clue which might give a pointer!

All in all it has been a difficult task, but one which I have enjoyed doing, made somewhat easier by my years in this locality, and my personal connection with the Fire Service. Results have been considerably better than I would have thought possible. Obviously this is not a work for the Professional Fireman, but it is to be hoped that he will enjoy reading it, and get a few chuckles from doing so....

The condition of the book is generally good. The dust jacket has several scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and bound. The dust jacket has previously been fixed onto cover boards, and where it has subsequently become detached this has left some residue on the red cover boards.