WCoFF NEWS Desk

    Article Added: 22 Feb 2018

    The annual inter-livery pancake races took place on Shrove Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. Hosted by the Worshipful Company of Poulters the event draws a large crowd to Guildhall Yard to watch City Companies compete, wearing full regalia and customised aprons. Alas, the day was bitterly cold and wet so, with treacherous conditions underfoot, Health and Safety kicked in, limiting the “races&rd ...

    Article Added: 22 Feb 2018

    A sleeping man was rescued from a fire in his bedroom last night after neighbours alerted Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue. An upstairs smoke alarm had had the battery removed and if not for the swift action of Firefighters the man could have lost his life. Fire Control were alerted by a neighbour about a fire in Markham Crescent, Dunstable at 8.50pm last night (Tuesday, 20 February) and dispatched t ...

    Article Added: 28 Jan 2018

    Last week a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the deaths of two London firefighters, Jack Fourt-Wells and Richard Stocking from Clerkenwell, who died fighting the Smithfield Market fire on 23 January in 1958. There is an interesting documentary from 1996 dealing with some of the lessons learnt for the deployment of BA crews following this incident and the King's Cross tube fire. The pho ...

    Article Added: 28 Jan 2018

    Prompted by a question: “why should anyone confess to starting a fire that they hadn’t, and allow themselves to be hanged as a consequence?” renowned fire investigator and former London firefighter Dr Peter Mansi, conducted a cold-case review of the fire and its investigation at the time. His work was the catalyst for a book, contributed to by members of the Worshipful Company ...

    Article Added: 28 Jan 2018

    Badges of Extinction details the arm badges worn by firemen of the insurance company brigades during the 18th and 19th Centuries. Written by two former Chairmen of the Fire Mark Circle, the book is beautifully illustrated, with many rare photographs of the badges and a description of their symbolism. We have a copy of this hard-back book, published in 1989, in excellent condition, available for ...

    Article Added: 28 Jan 2018

    EXCELLENCE, innovation, leadership and exemplary service were celebrated at the annual Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) Excellence Awards. The annual event, which took place at the Huntingdon Marriott Hotel on Thursday (January 18), celebrated the achievements of staff from across different areas of the Service. It awarded the commitment, dedication and professionalism of staff wh ...