Alex Myles joined Liverpool Fire Brigade (LFB) in 1969 and retired at the end of 1999. During his time with the brigade he started to maintain a list of the names of firemen with whom he had served but this particular list stops in 1974, as that is when Merseyside Fire Brigade was formed from an amalgamation of seven brigades from Bootle, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Cheshire, St Helens, Lancashire and Liverpool. Firemen joining after April 1974 became Merseyside firemen, because Liverpool Fire Brigade no longer existed.
The information has been collected from many different sources but there are still many gaps in the database which are gradually being filled but it will never be completed.
Up until 1941 LFB was part of Liverpool City Police Force, hence the nickname "Fire Bobbies". During World War II, fire brigades were organised nationally until they were returned to local authority control in 1947 but not under the control of a local police force.
Prior to 1941 to become a fireman in Liverpool you had to first enlist as a policeman and then transfer to full time fire fighting duties. Some policeman became auxiliary firemen who did not normally serve on a fire station full time but would attend large fires and assisted in fire-fighting operations. Liverpool police force was organised into Divisions and officers wore insignia denoting the Division to which they were attached. The police fire brigade was H Division and so the letter H was appended after their service number.
During World War II, there were over three thousand auxiliary firemen serving in south west Lancashire as part of the NFS Fire Force and these have not been included on the list, mainly because they did not serve in LFB. However those who died fire-fighting in Liverpool have been commemorated in the list.
If you have any queries about this database, please contact Alex Myles, member Nr. 8267, via the forum. No other form of contact is available.
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