Leadership

THE LONDON FIRE BRIGADE.

Issue 16 and Volume 10.

THE LONDON FIRE BRIGADE. It was not until the year 1865 that the extinction of fires and the saying of life and property in case of fire in London was recognized as a municipal function, which could only be efficiently exercised by one authority, having the control of the arrangements for the whole of London. In that year was passed the act, entitled the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Act, which constituted the Board the authority for this purpose, superseding the various local and partial arrangements which had previously been in force. For nearly a hundred years it had been the duty of the churchwardens and overseers of each parish to keep a fire engine for putting out fires in the parish, under an act passed in, the 14th year of Ring George III. In addition to and quite apart from the parochial arrangements, a fire engine establishment had for more than…

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