Issue 12 and Volume 1888 4.

MILITARY USE FOR FIRE ENGINES. A few weeks ago the public had an opportunity of seeing, for the first time, in operation an idea for adding, at small outlay, to our means of national defense. Some time ago it occurred to Captain Shearburn of the Dorking Volunteer Fire Brigade, and a former officer of the volunteer force, that it would be possible to utilize the fire brigades of the country so that they should form a useful addition to our means of national defense in case of invasion or any other sudden emergency. He communicated with the war office, was requested to attend for an interview with the assistant adjutant-general and an officer from Woolwich, to whom he fully explained his idea, and they at once saw it was feasible. A short time since Captain Shearburn brought his engine and brigade into the camp of the Second Royal West Surrey…

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