Fire Service

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Sir Jocelyn Lucas Sir Jocelyn Lucas , Portsmouth South

asked the Secretary of State for War, in view of the number of trained firemen with raid experience now being called up, what steps these men should take if they are desirous of serving with an Army fire-fighting unit, and whether instructions have been issued that men graded A I will not be so accepted?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The Army's need for trained firemen has so far been met by the recall to the Army of trained men who had been previously released for duty with the National Fire Service and who can now be spared from that service. It is therefore not intended to earmark men from intakes for fire-fighting duties but if deficiencies occur in future which cannot be made good as at present, men with the necessary experience will be transferred from other arms. There is a certain number of A 1 men in the Army fire service, but as a rule only men in lower medical categories are transferred.