Leadership

Mass Mobilization of London Fire Fighters Battles “Worst Fire Since the Blitz”

Issue 6 and Volume 111.

Mass Mobilization of London Fire Fighters Battles “Worst Fire Since the Blitz” Over 2,000 firemen, using 450 pumps, struggled with subterranean market blaze … Before all-out, 87 hours after first alarm, two firemen were dead and 30 hospitalized … Loss in millions THE PROTRACTED, FATAL AND COSTLY fight to control and extinguish the sub-surface, labyrinth fire that destroyed London’s Smithfield Market last January presented many operational problems for the City’s Fire Brigade, some of which may well be duplicated in any American city. FIRK ENGINEERING is privileged to publish the following condensed version of the several excellent reports of this incident which were contained in Britain’s leading journals devoted to the fire service: Fire Protection Review (Bonn Bros. Ltd., London); Fire (Hodgetts, Ltd., London); and The Fireman (Merryweather & Sons, Ltd., London). Acknowledgement is also made of the data taken from the official report on the fire by F. W.…

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