Fire Service At War

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


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.