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Smiffy

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Re: `The Cut `
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2019, 04:42:21 PM »
Crop from a photograph which I believe is the official opening of the new viaduct and the fire station which was moved from Military road. There is what looks like a horse drawn fire appliance of some kind, and behind it and just to the right is what could be an early motor car.

pr1uk

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Re: `The Cut `
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2019, 09:54:26 AM »
I think I remember the siren, wasn't it opposite the railway station on top of a telegraph pole? Perhaps I'm not remembering correctly, but that's what pops into my head.


Oh I remember the siren calling in the firemen after all not many had phones in their houses in those days and the siren worked well as it was loud enough to be heard by local firemen.

castle261

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2019, 07:02:54 PM »
Yes, there was two red fire engines based there. If the fire station was manned by the N.F.S.
It would have a man or two on either, day watch, or night watch.

Smiffy

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2019, 02:04:23 PM »
Near the kiosk and advertising hoarding is exactly were I remember the siren being, thanks for the confirmation. My Mother lived in Rochester street for a while, as did my Aunt.
 
I'm sure I read something recently about an old cannon barrel being found under the floor of the fire station while they were doing some building work.


Invicta Alec

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Re: `The Cut `
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2019, 01:59:08 PM »
The siren was down near the railway station somewhere Smiffy,I thought it was near the tobacconist kiosk.

We lived in Rochester Street in the 60's/70's and two of our neighbours were firemen, that I thought were based there permanently.They had bell's fitted in their houses which summoned them...............


Malc,
I think you are right about there being two engines there. Can't have been a lot of room inside which maybe supports your recollection of no pole and maybe only a tiny mezzanine floor. I'm wondering whether only one or two firemen were stationed there permanently and if the "shout" warranted it then others were indeed summoned by the siren or by bells in their houses.
Its over sixty years ago, but my money would be on the siren being on a pole by the kiosk.


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snodlandmalc

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Re: `The Cut `
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2019, 03:51:07 AM »
The siren was down near the railway station somewhere Smiffy,I thought it was near the tobacconist kiosk.


We lived in Rochester Street in the 60's/70's and two of our neighbours were firemen, that I thought were based there permanently.They had bell's fitted in their houses which summoned them,the nearest one lived over the road from us and we would hear it ringing in our house ! they would roar off down the road in his car and then we would hear the siren start to sound.
I was given a quick tour round there when I was about eleven,so its a bit hazy,but I thought there were two fire engines in there.I remember being disappointed that they didnt have a pole,I think there was a narrow flight of stone steps against the side wall that must have gone up to a mezzanine floor but I cannot remember anything about that part.

Smiffy

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Re: `The Cut `
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2019, 12:21:47 AM »
I think I remember the siren, wasn't it opposite the railway station on top of a telegraph pole? Perhaps I'm not remembering correctly, but that's what pops into my head.

castle261

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Re: `The Cut `
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2019, 09:13:25 PM »
I only remember it as a part time station during `1941-- 1945 `maybe there was one fireman,
to open up the station, maybe one of the A.F.S. fireman who lived near, had a key ?

Invicta Alec

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2019, 11:56:11 AM »
Was this station permanently manned? I'm sure I remember as a kid a couple of blokes dashing down the bottom of Ordnance Street and running past the railway station on their way to duty, summoned by the siren? Would have been 1957 approx.


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castle261

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`The Cut `
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 11:27:36 AM »
The former N.F.S. station, later A.F.S. station in `The  Cut `under the New Road bridge at Chatham,
has been transformed in to a cafe. My next door neighbour, was a part time fireman there, during
the 1939 war.