British Fire Service Not Nationalized
As previously stated in FIRE ENGINEERING the British Fire Service is not nationalized. It is state-controlled.
The British Government pays twentyfive per cent towards its cost, and supplies the apparatus.
Local authorities pay seventy-five per cent of the cost, own the fire stations, but have no voice in the control of the service.
They share equally with the Government the cost of the police, medical and educational services, the principal officers of which report direct to the appropriate committees of the local authorities.