Fire Service At War

14/05/2007
  |  Buy to Own: 14/05/2007
  |  150 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Four films from the Imperial War Museum archive, giving an insight into the role of the Fire Service in wartime England. 'I Was a Fireman' (1943) tells the story of one day in the life of an Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) unit during the height of the Blitz. 'Fire Services at War' (1946) provides a look at the preparations for war through to 1945. It covers recruitment, training, action under fire during the Blitz, the reorganisation of the Fire Service, the renewed threat posed by V-weapons during 1944 and - at war's end - the Royal salutes to the men and women who served so valiantly through the years. 'Fires of London' (1945) is a vivid account of the London Blitz of 1940-1941, with considerable coverage of the threat posed by fire. It includes shots of a burning oil-depot, the story of the great fire raid of December 29th 1940, a look at water-supply problems and an account of the last great fire attack in May 1941. 'Mobilising Procedure' (1945) explains the workings of the wartime fire service.

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