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History and heritage

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has a proud history and heritage, dating back to the early 20th century.

Firefighters with their engine, Broadstairs 1920

In November 1920 Broadstairs & St Peter's Fire Brigade acquired the new Leyland motor pump seen here with brigade personnel. From left to right, back row: A. Bates, A. Smith, F. Burrows, W. Bayford, P. Moody, F. Summers. Front row: W. May (Turncock, seconded from the Water Dept), G. Austen (Superintendent), Capt Keith-Jones (Chief Officer), L. Wilson, W. Jarman, F. Day, W. Brown, W. May.


But it was in 1948, in the aftermath of World War II, when Kent Fire Brigade was officially formed by a merger between the County of Kent and the City and County Borough of Canterbury fire brigades, that the seed of the service as we know it today came into being.

The brigade took over 79 fire stations from the National Fire Service, and managed them until 1974 when local government reorganisation saw further changes to the way the brigade was deployed.

More to see

Chose one of the links below to explore further:

Kent Firefighting Museum

Visit the Kent Firefighting Museum's website and find out more about the exhibits on display from April 2014.

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