The 240 FLM Preservation Group were proud to have been invited to carry the late, William “Bill Williams, former London Fire Brigade D.A.C.O (Deputy Assistant Chief Officer) on his final shout.
Bill had seen service with the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment during World War 2 and had been one of the thousands of paratroopers who had jumped into action during the ill fated operation, “Market Garden” at Arnhem in Holland in late 1944. He was captured during that fierce battle and spent the remainder of the war as a Prisoner.
Following his war service and subsequent repatriation, in 1954, Bill started his LFB career and on completion of his training was posted to Plumstead fire station. His subsequent career saw him rise through the ranks, including spending time as an instructor to the newly created Junior Fireman scheme, before arriving in the Brigade, H Division as a Divisional Officer.
Following this, his last posting was to the Brigade HQ at Lambeth where he remained for the remainder of his service.
In 1985 Bill was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service in the New Year’s Honours List.
The funeral, conducted at Eltham Crematorium SE London, was attended by a wonderful parade of serving and retired members of The Parachute Regiment as well as former Brigade colleagues, family and friends.
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The sunny climes of south London was the destination for 240FLM on Saturday 7th October to attend the annual open day and festivities at H26 Addington.
Wonderful weather and the enthusiastic local visitors ensured a good day was had by all.
On show was one of the Brigade 32metre Turntable Ladders, ambulances, police vehicles and other fun entertainments.
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For their annual "open day", A33 Tottenham Fire Station had their three appliances on show [Pump Ladder, Pump & Turntable ladder} and A346 - Edmontons Fire Rescue Unit (FRU) made an appearance.
On the more unusual front, OK9 – the London Fire Brigade fire investigation dog Simba and his handler Anton Keach along with Simon from the London Fire Brigade Drone Team was also there with an array of drone equipment on show.
Warm, sunny weather was above for most of the day and the ice cream van did a brisk trade.
The on duty crews from A33 Tottenham crew put on a well-received drill which was a simulation of a building fire, with associated smoke, and people needing to be saved from the upper floors, using their 32 metre Turntable ladder and also a 135 ladder, the Mayor of Haringay also managed to be saved at one point.!
Rare public access to the BA chamber was available and the kids (and some adults) could squirt some water.
A display of historic incidents which the crews from Tottenham fire station have attended over the years attracted a lot of attention and the Firefighters Charity were in attendance and raffling some prizes, including a `Tottenham Hotspur experience`.
All in all, another fun filled, but long day, which our crew thoroughly enjoyed.
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The group were proud to have been invited to undertake the carriage of London Firefighter Danny Hunt O'Brien on his final “shout” on the 19th February 2023 to the City of London Crematorium and Cemetery. London E12
Firefighter Hunt had been attached to F22 Poplar Green Watch since he joined the Brigade in 2018. Several stations attended with their appliances and the Command senior officers were also in attendance to participate in the deserved honour guard for a very popular colleague.
The funeral was supported by dozens of family and friends and 240FLM was able to utilise their newly hand built coffin transport deck which had just recently been completed by group members and close friends.
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With her crew smartly dressed for the day, 240 FLM wound her way down to sunny Saffron Walden in Essex to collect the groom, Serving London Firefighter, Sub Officer Charlie Hasler and deliver him safely into the arms of his beautiful bride, Loren.
Quendon Hall in Essex was their venue for their special day and beautiful weather was on tap to compliment the event
Charlie is currently an operational Sub Officer at Hillingdon fire station and there were several other firefighters attending who knew some of our crew so some reminiscing took place!
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On the 10th of September 240FLM went to the relatively local Lambourn car show in aid of local charities to line up alongside several very well restored American and English cars and motorbikes. A very hot day was enjoyed by everyone and made for some interesting conversations.
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Saturday 26th August saw another of the popular get togethers organised jointly by the LFB Retired Members Association (D and G Divs) and station staff for retired members of the LFB, and in particular, those formally based at the station.
Another busy day for 240FLM and her dedicated team as they made their way around the North London zone this time to Southgate Fire station for their annual open day.