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A little help needed by "Brothers & Sisters" overseas.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Turnham Nov 5, 2011. 2 Replies

A little help needed by Brothers & Sisters overseas.They are at it again!  The Bean Counters have their eye on our History!The London Fire Brigade Museum is under threat.  Now most of you will…Continue

Smoke Alarm video

Started this discussion. Last reply by 1bgcpitg06454 Oct 13, 2011. 1 Reply

"Staffordshire firefighters are turning their station into a disco to perform a cover of the Sugababes' hit Push the Button to promote fire alarm testing.The pop song's lyrics have been adapted to…Continue

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Have you been scammed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Turnham Mar 5, 2011. 9 Replies

I'm interested to find out how many of us have been contacted by Kinne Bukari.  I'm a new member of Firefighter Nation and one of the first to contact me was the delightful Ms Kinne.Now she's…Continue


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London Fire Brigade (England)
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Retired from the London Fire Brigade in 1998 and emigrated to Canada
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We all eventualy have to leave the job, but the job never leaves us.
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It's what I did

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Ramblings of a helmet collector #3

Posted on March 17, 2011 at 4:25pm 0 Comments

I've got a nice little German leather helmet that has sat on a shelf in my workroom for several years because I have no idea of how to restore it.  It's made by Rosenbaeur around 1930 or so and has a two-piece hard leather crown with enamelled steel front and back peaks sewn on to it.

When I got it the crown had shrunk and become misshapen and the stitching rotted away.  Re-stitching it is no…


Ramblings of a helmet collector #2

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:27pm 0 Comments

Here's a issue I've long pondered. Is it right to renovate or refurbish a vintage helmet? For many years I would do no more than clean up a helmet. I felt that to renovate it close to it's original condition would, somehow, degrade it.

I got to discussing this issue with other collectors and got differing opinions. Quite a few thought as I did, that they should be left "as found" but there seemed to be just as many who felt that, as long as it was in…

Ramblings of a helmet collector

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 10:45pm 0 Comments

I started collecting fire helmets about twenty years ago. It was just one of those things I fell into. One day I was chatting with the guys in the Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund and one of them mentioned that that they had a load of recently decommissioned helmets for sale as a fund raiser.

So I bought a couple, thinking my two young kids would love them. The did, for a few days and then they were buried in the toy box. But it sewed the seed, I spotted a MSA…

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At 8:36am on June 13, 2012, Moose said…

Hello Andy, just stopping by to say hello.  We were in a discussion together about helmet colors and now I see why you are interested!  I see you collect helmets?  If you have pictures of your collection could you share?  I love helmets too, and have started a small collection of helmets I have used in the service.

Stay Safe and look forward to chatting with you.

Brian "Moose" Jones

At 4:36am on July 12, 2011, Andrew said…
Good day! I am a collector from Ukraine. I suggest you to exchange patches. Andrew.а
At 10:01am on March 6, 2011, frans said…
hello, nice to meet u, Sir.
At 11:09am on February 25, 2011, Roger Waters said…
Look forward to hearing all about UK firefighting too! Be Safe
At 1:02pm on February 24, 2011, Roger Waters said…
Welcome to Firefighter Nation Andrew
At 8:57pm on February 23, 2011, Fireyladd - Retired Chief Sharp said…
Andrew, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon

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