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  • 1 New Fire Engine 1938

    Decision to Purchase

  • 2 New Fire Engine Christened 'Kipling' 1938

    For Bideford and District

  • 3 Bideford District's Joint Fire Brigade 1940

    'Kipling' fire engine

  • 4 Bideford Boy's Death 1940

    Collision with Fire Engine

  • 5 New Fire and Ambulance Stations 1965

    Bideford's new stations in Old Town

  • 6 High Street Fire Damage of £20,000 1963

    Merediths shop

  • 7 Most modern in the county

    25 March 1960

  • 8 Anthony Morris

    17 December 1971

  • 9 New Fire Station Officially Opened at Appledore 1968

    cost £13,000

  • 10 Local fire and ambulance workers thanked 22 July 1966

    Mayor of Bideford 22 July 1966

  • New Fire Engine 1938

    Decision to Purchase

    New Fire Engine 18 January 1938

    New Fire Engine 18 January 1938

    Fire Brigade & Fires.  Decision to purchase a new Merryweather Fire Engine, the cost not to exceed £1,200. Mr T Burton; Mr W Harris; Mr WC Friendship; Mr C Morris (Chief Fire Officer); Mr CT Braddick; Mr and Mrs Satchwell; Mr WH Sanders; HW Greenwood (Mayor of Bideford); WH Chubb; JC Hilton; J Heywood; WJ Pillman; AR Allin

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  • New Fire Engine Christened 'Kipling' 1938

    For Bideford and District

    New Fire Engine Christened 'Kipling' 23 August 1938

    New Fire Engine Christened Kipling 23 August 1938

    Fire Brigade & Fires.  Bideford's new fire engine was christened 'Kipling'.  Mr WJ Pillman; Mr WC Friendship; Rev AE Green; Mr JC Hilton; Chief Officer C Morris; Chief Officer Southcombe; Chief Officer Holwill; Chief Officer Brown; Messrs Merryweather; Messrs Heard Bros

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  • Bideford District's Joint Fire Brigade 1940

    'Kipling' fire engine

    Bideford District's Joint Fire Brigade 7 May 1940

    Bideford Districts Joint Fire Brigade 7 May 1940

    Fire Brigade & Fires.  Christening ceremony of 'Kipling', the new fire engine for Bideford, Northam and District Joint Fire Brigade. Chief Officer C Morris

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  • Bideford Boy's Death 1940

    Collision with Fire Engine

    Bideford Boy's Death 1 October 1940

    Bideford Boys Death 1 October 1940

    Fire Brigade & Fires.  Collision with Fire Engine. A 12 year old Bideford boy. Wallace George Cawsey; Mr and Mrs WJ Cawsey; Chief Officer Morris; Messrs Webb; Messrs Northwood; JR Seward; Mr Shaxton

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  • New Fire and Ambulance Stations 1965

    Bideford's new stations in Old Town

    New Fire and Ambulance Stations 5 November 1965

    New Fire and Ambulance Stations 5 November 1965

    Fire Brigade & Fires.  £28,800 new fire and ambulance stations in Bideford Old Town.

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  • High Street Fire Damage of £20,000 1963

    Merediths shop

    High Street Fire Damage of £20,000 6 December 1963

    High Street Fire Damage  6 December 1963

    Fire Brigade & Fires. Messrs Merediths

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  • Most modern in the county

    25 March 1960

    Torrington now possesses one of the most modern fire engines in the county – it was recently delivered direct from the works – but although good progress has been made, it will be some weeks before its new ‘home’ will be ready to accommodate it.

    25.3.1960 Torrington Fire Station

    At the moment the new engine is housed in the fire station that was built by the NFS during the war. The Town Council were then promised that as soon as possible after hostilities ceased a new station would be provided. But the end of the war found the county so badly off for such accommodation that

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  • Anthony Morris

    17 December 1971

    It was almost inevitable that young Anthony Morris, of Bideford, would join the fire brigade. It has become a family tradition.

    1971 Anthony Morris

    His paternal grandfather, veteran Bideford Reds rower, Mr Charles Morris, was in charge here for many years and was succeeded by his son, the late Mr Stanley Morris, Tony’s uncle. And for some time, before joining the Royal Air Force, his father, Norman, was also a member. But Tony wanted more than voluntary service. So when he left the Grammar School with nine GCE O levels his sights were firmly fixed on a fire service career.

    17.12.1971 Morris2

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  • New Fire Station Officially Opened at Appledore 1968

    cost £13,000

    New Fire Station Officially Opened at Appledore 25 October 1968

    New Fire Station Officially Opened at Appledore 25 October 1968

    Fire Brigade & Fires.  The station cost £13,000. Mr George Northcott; PK Harris and Sons; Appledore Shipbuilders Ltd; JK Bowden; Messrs J Hinks and Son; East Yelland Power Station; Mr J Farrell; Tom Anstey; Mrs EMV Patt; Rev RC Dixon; Mrs Northcott; Ann Bowden; WMH Drake

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  • Local fire and ambulance workers thanked 22 July 1966

    Mayor of Bideford 22 July 1966

    Local fire and ambulance workers thanked 22nd July 1966

    Local fire and ambulance

    The Mayor of Bideford (Mrs Vivian Patt) expressed thanks to local members of the fire and ambulance services for their valued work for the community when she officially opened the new fire and ambulance stations at Old Town. To symbolise the opening, the Mayor pulled a lever which automatically flings wide the doors of the fire station to enable the applicances to make a quick get away.

    Mr J Farrell, chairman of Devon County Fire Brigade Committee opened the proceedings.  The Mayor, who was accompanieed by the Mayoress (Mrs P Galliford)

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