Zuckerman Fire Guard Helmet
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Nice looking helmet ,For some reason these helmet are still very cheap to buy , maybe one day it will be a different story
Very nice example of an important home front helmet.
Nice piece. I found one of these at a flea market. 15 dollars Canadian.
Very nice surplus fire party helmet
Here is something about the sfp I found on the net.
On the outbreak of the Second World War the British government were especially worried about the Luftwaffe dropping incendiary bombs. Some 86,000 stirrup pumps were distributed to local authorities and air-raid wardens were asked to arrange for local volunteer groups to be formed to help put out fires during bombing raids.
The government decided to establish the Auxiliary Fire Service. Around 6,000 people were recruited and they went on duty after working in their normal jobs during the day. Temporary fire stations were set up in schools and church halls. Volunteers agreed to work on low pay and without sick leave or holidays. This upset the Fire Brigades Union who were at the time trying to improve their members pay and conditions.
In September 1940, a Fire Watchers Order was issued. Men could now be compelled to fire watch for a maximum of forty-eight hours per month. Local fireman also trained new Supplementary Fire Parties (SFP). In some cases local authorities provided the men with steel helmets and armbands marked SFP.
The owners of factories and large buildings were responsible for providing firewatchers. It was therefore of great embarrassment when it was discovered that when the House of Commons caught fire in May 1941, MPs had not provided sufficient volunteers to protect it.
During the war 793 fireman and 25 firewomen lost their lives and another 7,000 were seriously injured. This included a large number who were temporarily or permanently blinded by heat or sparks.
AMC, Austin Motors Co, FH, Failsworth Hats. Nice helmet.