Chief Fire Officer leads launch of new book ‘Fighting Fire in Warwickshire’

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Andy Hickmott led the launch of new book ‘Fighting Fire in Warwickshire’ by author Mike Bunn. The launch took place at the WFRS headquarters in Leamington Spa this morning (28 March).

The illustrated book, available to purchase from April 1st, explores some of the history of fire-fighting in Warwickshire over the last 100+ years. It reveals details of the late 19th and early 20th century’s rural and town fire brigades, through the rapid pre-Second World War developments resulting in a nationalised fire service (NFS), to the present peacetime Service we know today.

Talking about the launch, CFO Hickmott said: “We are pleased to the support the launch of this fascinating account of how the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service we see today came to be. There is so much more to the role of a modern firefighter than attending emergencies; our firefighters work with our communities and businesses to make Warwickshire a safer place. I hope this work helps to further tell the story of what the Fire and Rescue Service is and why it rightly remains one of the most highly regarded public services.”

‘Fighting Fire in Warwickshire’ author Mike Bunn added: “My lifelong interest in the fire service was instigated by two uncles who served in the part-time wartime fire services and later the peacetime retained service. I would like to emphasise this launch deliberately coincides with the 70th anniversary of the provision of fire services by the county council in Warwickshire on 1st April – an anniversary worth celebrating. The National Fire Service (formed in the war years in 1941) handed responsibility for fire service provision to local authorities on 1st. April 1948. The story of this event, plus the pre and wartime provision together with the development of Warwick County Fire Brigade (later Fire and Rescue Service) provides material for the subsequent chapters in the book.

“I would like to thank Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service for their assistance both in my research for the book, and for supporting the launch today. I hope that it can be enjoyed by fire professionals, social historians and residents of Warwickshire alike!”