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Drills at Southwark and New H.Q.
Ladders, fire engines and ropes are inspected, before we get a long look at the Fire Brigade’s new Lambeth HQ from the river.
Amateur film 1936 7 mins Silent
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The first half of this film shows firefighters performing drills in front of officers such as using and taking apart ladders, working a water mains and wrestling ropes. Also includes interior footage and shots of a fire engine. This is probably from the old HQ in Southwark as the rest of the film, taken from a boat, looks at the HQ under construction on Albert Embankment, flanked by two striking lost buildings – the art deco WH Smiths building and Royal Doulton pottery works.
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