Call the Fire Brigade!: Fighting London's Fires in the

Call the Fire Brigade!: Fighting London's Fires in the '70s Working as a fireman in London s East End during the early s was no easy ride In the years before workplace health and safety legislation had started to exert its grip, Allan Grice had to cut his fire and rescue teeth without the advantages of a breathing apparatus for each member of his crew Back then, the time tested strategy was to get in to crawl below the intense heat and eat the thick smoke in order to locate a missing child or to halt a rapidly spreading infernoIn Call the Fire Brigade , Grice recounts his most memorable experiences as a front line member of the London Fire Brigade working the city s East End, with its myriad commercial premises, brooding Thames side warehouses, seedy tenements and colourful cosmopolitan community, ranging from prosperous manufacturers to down and out winos with their body warming bonfires in derelict housesFires in factories, tenements and warehouses, and non fire emergencies such as the Moorgate Tube disaster of , are graphically described, while the elation of rescue, the sadness of being too late to save lives and the warm camaraderie of fire crews during some of the capital s busiest peacetime years are vividly depicted

10 thoughts on “Call the Fire Brigade!: Fighting London's Fires in the '70s

  1. says:

    Call the Fire Brigade Fighting London s Fires by Allan Grice is a magnificent book about the London Fire Brigade in the 1970s A couple of months ago Jim GM8LFB, a retired London firefighter suggested this book via Twitter I read the excerpt that he linked to and instantly it became a book I wanted to read At the time I couldn t download it because my Kindle

  2. says:

    The place is London, England, the era, 1970 s In the capitol of the UK, millions of people call London home However, a brave few view this metropolis as a challenging workplace and formidable battlefield Enter the courageous London Fire Brigade, as seen through the eyes of one of its former members Allan Grice Forthan thirty years, Grice worked the mean streets

  3. says:

    FreighterHaving spent 8 years at Clerkenwell C27 this book is an excellent read and depicts the work of the fireman

  4. says:

    Fast paced and action packed in places and a little slow in others But tracks the highs and lows of an LFB member in 1970 s First book of this subject I ve read so not a lot to compare it to but it kept me entertained and well informed as to the make up and workings of the LFB Worth a read.

  5. says:

    My grandad really wanted me to read this and I got 3 pages in and couldn t bring myself to finish it I m sure it s a great book but for those a little older

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