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    Women's Fire Brigade in training.

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    Women's wartime fire brigade. Norwich, Norfolk.

    World War One; home front war work; women. Yet more of the women's fire brigade; practising rescue work.-- Opens with shot of a woman sitting out on a window ledge above a shop front; a rope is stretched from that window to the ground- -looks like she's about to make an escape. Then she starts to lower herself down the rope. Next; shot of another building; with the whole brigade putting on a demonstration out front. Some of them are spraying the building with hoses; while two women are operating the pump for the hoses; and more women are bringing buckets of water to dump in to this pumping device -- a real assembly - line; teamwork project. The fire-fighters stand in a circle; holding a net outside the house; a woman is standing in a 2nd floor window. But before she jumps; someone else who's very daring does; from a higher window; landing on the net and scrambling off. More practice jumps. Finally; a group shot of all the women; with 2 men who taught them standing in back. They all pull off their helmets and wave them; all smiling and cheering; then put them back on. Emergency; firefighting; courage.

    More on ON 010T; ON 010T2; ON 138L; Dupe on ON 413H.


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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:57:21:00 / 01:58:35:00
    ON 032 G

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  1. Unknown user says

    I believe that this film shows Norwich, even though it is incorrectly labelled as Dartford in another clip on this site. The name of the shop in the background of the first scene has the unusual spelling of Chamberlin Ltd and I have located a store of this name, which had its own female fire brigade, in Norwich. The National Archives website has an entry for this shop and, at the bottom of the page, it mentions photographs of 'Chamberlins Ladies Fire Brigade':

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