ST. HELENS COUNTY BOROUGH

Until local government reorganisation in 1974, St. Helens was a County Borough Fire Brigade, then on April 1st that year it became Station E1 in the newly formed Merseyside Fire Brigade.

Dating back to 1950, Dennis F7 BDJ247 was seen leaving the station in 1967.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Not the best, but the only picture I have to date of Commer Water Temder CDJ259 between the AFS appliance and the TL in the 1960s.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Dennis F24 GDJ642 at the old Parade Street Station,11 June 1966.
[Copyright picture ~ R.F.Bonner and reproduced with permission.]

Prototype Dennis F24 GDJ642 was seen in the station yard at headquarters.
[Copyright picture ~ Pete Ashley and reproduced with permission.]

AEC Turntable Ladder KDJ404 was seen on the station forecourt, 2 September 1967.
[Copyright picture ~ R.F.Bonner and reproduced with permission.]

Like many of the St. Helens fleet, KDJ404 was painted white.  It was seen here at Belvedere Road fire station in Liverpool.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Pump ODJ 311 seen in attendance at a grass fire in Haydock in the early 70's.

Dennis ODJ311 and GDJ642 can be seen at a major fire in Parr, 2 March 1966.

Dennis F28 pump escape TDJ629 in 1967.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Land Rover Hose Layer VDJ319 was seen in Merseyside days but still in County Borough livery.
[Copyright picture ~ K. F. Reid MBE and reproduced with permission.]

Albion Emergency Tender - LDJ 999E  was in attendance at its very first incident,
an overturned lorry in West End Road Haydock, 31 May 1968.

These colour pictures of LDJ999E show that in its original condition it was actually a Pump/E.T.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Part of the St. Helens 'white' fleet.  New delivered Water Tender HDJ244J,
a Leyland Beaver with bodywork by Carmichael, and on the left the
newly repainted Albion Emergency Tender LDJ999E seen in 1971.

Albion Emergency Tender LDJ999E in the later livery.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland Beaver HDJ244J with bodywork by Carmichael.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland Beaver SDJ78L was seen c.1975.
[Copyright picture ~ P. Williams and reproduced with permission.]

Now with Merseyside.Leyland Beaver Water Ladder SDJ78L with bodywork by Cockers of Southport and normally based at Millfields [Eccleston].
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland  Beaver Water Ladder UDJ752L with bodywork by Woodwards of Formby.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland Beaver UDJ752L seen here on the station forecourt.
[Copyright photograph ~ D. Carville and reproduced with permission.]

Leyland Beaver Hydraulic Platform YDJ278H was seen when new at on of the fire brigade shows.
[From the MF&RS collection and reproduced with permission.]

When this picture was taken, Orbitor YDJ278H was part of the Merseyside fleet.
[Copyright picture ~ K. F. Reid MBE and reproduced with permission.]







St. Helens also had a large number of appliances for the Auxiliary Fire Service, including 3 'green goddess' 4 x 2 pumps, 2 Land Rovers with field telephone trailers, 2 Matchless motorcycles (Dispatch Bikes), a Control Unit, a Pipe Carrier/Bridging Unit, and an Austin Gypsy Personnel Carrier.

Pipe Carrier NYR949 was seen travelling through North Wales for a weekend exercise, 19/20/June 1965
[Picture from the MFRS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Here NYR949 was being unloaded for the exercise in North Wales.
[Picture from the MFRS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Control Unit NYV669 based at St. Helens up to the abandonment of the AFS in 1968

NYR350 was pictured at Washington Hall in Lancashire just prior to the AFS being disbanded.
It was one of 3 such appliances based at St.Helens and has been rescanned from
a recently discovered negative ~ 3 March 2006

NYV518 was seen during the AFS inspection in the station yard in 1966.
[Picture from the MFRS collection and reproduced with permission.]

Matchless Motorcycle XYM550 in North Wales, June 1965.

In St. Helens' days, computer mobilising was still a long way off.  Every message was handwritten in the Occurrence Book and a copy (as below) given to the Officer - in - Charge.

Note the references to County, i.e. Lancashire County,
and to Pilkington's which was the Pilkington Glass Company Works Brigade
which regularly attended incidents in the borough as well as within the works.










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