Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: November 22, 2019
Webpage updated: November 22, 2019




The National Fire Service was formed under the authority of the Fire Services (Emergency Provisions) Act 1941, which received the Royal Assent on Thursday May 22nd 1941.  It effectively nationalized the Auxiliary Fire Service, and any private and volunteer fire brigades, and placed them under central control.  The new National Fire Service took over on Monday August 18th 1941.

One of the innovations of the wartime period was the introduction of a Fireboat, launched in 1942 and built by Messrs Taylor of Chertsey, Surrey.  She was named the "Iris".

Tuesday March 3rd 1942 was a very special day for a number of fire officers who, on that day, attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace when HM King George VI presented them with the British Empire Medals (BEM) for their bravery and gallant conduct during the heavy bombing raids of March and April 1941.  They were: Mr William Edgecombe; Mr Arthur Larson; and Private Leslie Stephens, who had been a Messenger in the Fire Brigade and was the youngest person at that time to have received an award at an investiture.

The National Fire Service was replaced by the City of Plymouth Fire Brigade on and as from Thursday April 1st 1948.