Introduction Ever since properly organised fire brigades came into existence there have been what the Americans call ‘fire buffs’, that is members of the public having a serious interest in the fire and rescue service, and want to know more about all aspects of its work.
The Fire Brigade Society was formed in Manchester in 1963, by the late Bob Bonner, to look towards providing an organisation to address the needs of those with a serious interest in the fire and rescue service.
Since then The Society' has grown to become a respected international organisation with members all over the world.
By far the largest number though, live in the United Kingdom.
Society Services The Society arranges visits to local, industrial and airport fire and rescue services, as well as fire appliance manufacturers. These visits are organised by local and geographical units, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Local and geographical units also have regular meetings of members.
In addition, The Society organises an annual National Visit and Annual General Meeting, the later with added attractions.
To keep members up to date, a 'What's On Diary' is published giving details of organised visits, as well as other Society events.
The 'corner stone' of The Society's is its highly acclaimed journal 'Fire Cover', supplied to all members (except Associates), this being supplemented by occasional Special Publications and local and geographical Newsletters.
Local, industrial, airport and rescue service fleet information and news from the manufacturers is compiled by The Society's Vehicle Recorder, who makes this information readily available to members via 'Fire Cover' or local authority fleets fleet lists, which may be purchased.
A fire station history database, including photographs' giving a detailed history of almost one thousand fire stations both operational and non-operational throughout the United Kingdom, fleet history and preserved vehicles information is maintained by the Heritage Officer, who makes this information readily available to members via 'Fire Cover'.
The Society has a Sales Unit, which offers a wide range of fire related books, other items of interest, and past and present Society publications.
The Society also has its own Library and Archives Section, located at the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield, which holds hundreds of books, pamphlets and other documents, and these can be accessed by members by appointment.
The Society has its own website: www.thefirebrigadesociety.co.uk
How We Are Managed
The Society has a formalised Constitution, a set of Membership Rules, a Data Protection Policy and a Handbook for Officers and Volunteers. These documents, which are available on this web site, are the 'standards' to which The Society is managed.
All Society Officers are volunteers.
EXECUTIVE SUPERVISORY BOARD
The Society is managed by an Executive Supervisory Board the compliment of which is:
Information Technology Manager
The unit representatives on the Executive Supervisory Board are supplemented by two elected Non-Executive Supervisory Board Appointees.
(email firstname.lastname@example.org and email email@example.com)
The contact addresses for the Executive Supervisory Board Members are those for the FBS Units.
Annually, in advance of each Society year, an Operational Plan is compiled from the individual Operational Plans the Unit representatives on the Executive Supervisory Board provide, and this plan is put to all Society members (except Associate) for a democratic vote.
THE FIRE BRIGADE SOCIETY UNITS
To carry out various functions The Society is divided into units as follows. Contact email addresses are given for each of the unit's functional officers.
The FBS Vehicle Recorder: firstname.lastname@example.org
FBS Heritage Officer: email@example.com
work with the Publications Unit.
FBS MEMBERSHIP SERVICES
Membership: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Distribution: email email@example.com
EVENTS & CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION
Events Manager: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Administrator: email email@example.com
Sales Manager: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: email email@example.com
FBS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Web Manager: email firstname.lastname@example.org
LOCAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL UNITS
Each of the local and geographical units have a Correspondent, who is responsible for providing reports for 'Fire Cover' and local Newsletters, and an Administrator who is responsible for arranging local visits and events. The email addresses and coverage of each unit follows.
FBS THE EAST OF ENGLAND
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk
FBS The East of England Correspondent: email fbseastofenglandC@gmail.com
FBS The East of England Administrator: email fbseastofenglandA@gmail.com
FBS EAST MIDLANDS
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire
FBS East Midlands Correspondent: email fbseastmidlandsC@gmail.com
FBS East Midlands Administrator: email fbseastmidlandsA@gmail.com
Centrally administered: email email@example.com
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Ireland.
FBS Ireland Correspondent: email fbsirelandC@gmail.com
FBS Ireland Administrator: email fbsirelandA@gmail.com
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Greater London.
FBS London Correspondent: email fbslondonC@gmail.com
FBS London Administrator: email fbslondonA@gmail.com
FBS NORTH EAST
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Cleveland, Durham & Darlington, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.
FBS North East Correspondent: email fbsnortheastA@gmail.com
FBS North East Administrator: email fbsnortheastA@gmail.com
FBS NORTH WEST
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Isle of Man
Correspondent: email fbsnorthwestC@gmail.com
Administrator: email fbsnorthwestA@gmail.com
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Scotland.
FBS Scotland Correspondent: email fbsscotlandC@gmail.com
FBS Scotland Administrator: email fbsscotlandA@gmail.com
FBS SOUTH EAST
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, Royal Berkshire and Surrey
FBS South East Correspondent: email fbssoutheastC@gmail.com
FBS South East Administrator: Email fbssoutheastA@gmail.com
FBS SOUTH WEST
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands - Guernsey and Jersey, Dorset and Wiltshire.
FBS South West Correspondent: email fbssouthwestC@gmail.com
FBS South West Administrator: email fbssouthwestA@gmail.com
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Wales.
FBS Wales Correspondent: email fbswalesC@gmail.com
FBS Wales Administrator: email fbswalesA@gmail.com
FBS WEST MIDLANDS
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire and Shropshire
FBS West Midlands Correspondent: email fbswestmidlandsC@gmail.com
FBS West Midlands Administrator: email fbswestmidlandsA@gmail.com
FBS YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER
Encompassing the fire and rescue services of Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire
FBS Yorkshire & The Humber Correspondent: email fbsyorkshireandthehumberC@gmail.com
FBS Yorkshire & The Humber Administrator: email fbsyorkshireandthehumberA@gmail.com