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Formation of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and the National Fire Service (NFS)

Auxiliary Fire Service in 1941

Just before 1938 there were between 1400 and 1500 small municipal fire brigades run by local councils in the UK. Other areas of the UK had either Volunteer Fire Brigades or Town Fire Brigades. It wasn’t until 1938 that many of these brigades were amalgamated. In 1938 the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) followed by the National Fire Service (NFS) were formed. NFS would ensure consistency of the majority of the basic equipment used by the country’s Fire Brigades during what was the busiest times in the history of the UK’s Fire Service. Once the war had ceased the NFS was then taken over by local County Authorities.

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