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Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include Edward VII, who maintained a kit at a London fire station.

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

March 08, 2010

LADDER TEST - 1932

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Aerial ladder test at the old London Fire Brigade headquarters in Southwark in 1932. The original caption read: "The new ladder can be extended to a height of 100 feet in a matter of seconds." The firefighter on the phone is most likely demonstrating the device used to communicate to top of the ladder. (It appears the ladder isn't extended.)