On Saturday 13th May, 240FLM and her crew made the journey from F38 Romford around the capital to attend the gathering of retired firemen at G30 Wembley Fire Station, located on the Harrow Road. Wembley. Middx.
On duty, the Blue watch had followed in the footsteps of other stations and provided an opportunity for members of the London Fire Brigade, Retired Members Association (RMA) for G & D Divisions to get together and reminisce about their service.
The station had kindly laid on the traditional fare of Cheese and Onion rolls and sandwiches which were eagerly consumed followed by copious amounts of tea and coffee.
Also in attendance was the beautifully preserved and fully kitted 1954 AEC Merryweather Emergency Tender (OXT779) and so together with 240FLM, they presented a lovely sight in the yard for the duty watch to have a look around. The on duty watch also kindly introduced the retirees to todays appliances, equipment, methods and routines and it has to be said, it is so fundamentally different to when the visitors last rode to a fire.
For us, the opportunity was also taken to restow the Hook Ladder onto its mountings on the side of the main ladder following its complete restoration by group member, Graham Pearce. So 240FLM now has its complete appearance once again.
A lovely day where 28 former G Divison members could get together and just “swing the lamp” after many years apart and our thanks go to the LFB G Division management and the Blue Watch at G30 Wembley for a fascinating and enjoyable few hours.
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