The History Group Secretary met John Meakins, the Curator of the Kent Fire & Rescue Service Museum, at the Local and Family History day earlier this year.  She quickly realised that here was a good opportunity for a Group visit with bags of interest for all ages and sexes. 

Thus it came to pass that on a lovely early August evening, a small but very select group of members arrived at Godlands for this visit.  (Mind you, at least two car loads first of all turned up at the Loose Road Fire Station and Training Centre and had to ask directions from a fire officer.  And then we even missed the turning to Godlands!!!)

Our visit included a walk through Godlands House which is the Kent Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters.  It also contains the fire 999 Control Room and many interesting displays and artifacts are to be seen along the corridors.  Then a tour proper of the compact but full to the brim Museum complete with vehicles.

Displayed below are some photos of the visit.



 

Higham Village History Group members at the start of the visit to Kent Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters.  [© Clive Stanley 2005]

HVHG members at the KF&RS HQ
 Godland House

 

 

A pictorial view of Godland's House and the gardens, now Kent Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters  [© Clive Stanley 2005]

 

 

 

Old Insurance Company Fire Plates on display at the KF&RS HQ.  [© Clive Stanley 2005]

 Old Insurance Company Fire Plates
 KF&RS Role of Honour boards


 

 

Roll of Honour boards displayed at the KF&RS HQ.  [© Clive Stanley 2005]


Shipbuilders Model of the M.V. Clan MacDougall cargo ship on display at the KF&RS HQ.  A sister vessel, M.V. Clan MacLaren, sustained a bad fire in a hold full of jute whilst in Boulogne Harbour, May 1948.  The almost new vessel was brought to Dover where the Kent Fire Brigade mustered sufficient resources to tackle and eventually extinguish the blaze. This model was given by the shipping line as a token of thanks whilst a substantial sum of money was also paid as a ex-gracia payment for the Fire Brigade's services rendered.   [© Clive Stanley 2005]

 Shipbuilders Model of the Clan MacDougall cargo ship
 Stained glass window commemorating the deaths of three Kent firemen and three civilians


 

 

 

Stained glass window at KF&RS HQ commemorating the deaths of three Kent firemen and three civilians.  [© Clive Stanley 2005]

 

 

 

John Meakins, Curator of the KF&RS Museum, explains the workings of an early steam powered fire engine to HVHG members at the start of the visit to Kent Fire & Rescue Service Museum.  [© Clive Stanley 2005]

John, Curator of the KF&RS Museum, explains the workings of an early steam powered fire engine

A preserved WWII National Fire Service fire tender

 

 



 

 

A preserved WWII National Fire Service fire tender at the KF&RS Museum.   [© Clive Stanley 2005]

 

 

 

(Right)   HVHG members get a first hand explanation from Dave at the KF&RS Museum.   [© Clive Stanley 2005]

 

 

 

 

(Below)  Inside the KF&RS Museum  [© Clive Stanley 2005]

HVHG members get a first hand explanation from Dave
Inside the KF&RS Museum

Inside the KF&RS Museum

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