Aireborough Historical Society

Joint Fire Brigade

Joint Fire Brigade
Date 1925
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
Joint Fire Brigade - 1925
Firefighters pose on an engine, Inspector James A Dockray stands in front.  He was appointed in 1925, Inspector of the new joint service for Horsforth, Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley.  His salary was £300 per annum and a house provided.

Photo ID    AA91
The Fire Station on New Road in 1925, when it was built.  It is actually on the Yeadon side of the boundary but always referred to as Rawdon Fire Station. 

Photo ID    K357
The Fire Station opened in August 1925, to serve the communities of Horsforth, Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley and in 1948, it became part of the West Riding County Council Fire Service.

Photo ID    K369
Joint Fire Brigade - 1926
The newly formed Joint Fire Brigade of Horsforth, Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley, fire fighter pose in front of an appliance.

Photo ID    K395
The National Fire Service - c1941
This was an Austin towing vehicle to be used by the Fire Service : note the bell mounted on the roof.  It is uncertain whether this vehicle was stationed at Rawdon.
The National Fire Service ( NFS) was the single fire service created in Great Britain in 1941 during the Second World War; a separate National Fire Service (Northern Ireland) was created in 1942.

Photo ID    K338
Joint Fire Brigade - 1945
National Fire Service Station (4A8) Rawdon, the new fire crew are seated in front of two engines. 

Photo ID    K399
Joint Fire Brigade Rawdon Contingent - 1950
By 1950, the local Joint Fire Service had become part of the West Riding County Fire Service.  On the right of the back row is Alfred Chippindale, nephew of Martha Chippindale who was awarded the MBE for her work with the Salvation Army during WW1. 
To see Martha Chippindale click here.

Photo ID    K388
Joint Fire Brigade - 1955
An efficiency shield awarded to the station, partly seen at the bottom of the image and station personnel. 

Photo ID    L058
Joint Fire Brigade - 1969
Firemen with a model yacht 'Fire Bell' seen outside the old fire station on New Road.  Fire appliances can be seen behind them.
Photographer Bryan Waite, donated by his  family.

Photo ID    A328
Joint Fire Brigade - 1970
The site for the fire station on New Road Side (A65) was bought from Rawdon C0-operative Society in 1924, it had previously been the headquarters of the 8th Airedale Scouts.  The building of this facility was a joint venture between Horsforth, Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon Councils.
Mr George Foggit was the architect, the cost of the fire station and adjoining superintendents house was £3,477.  Building began in 1925, by Mitchell Yeadon & Sons.
The first Superintendent was J A Dockray who was given free accommodation and £300 a year salary.
In 1948 the brigade  was taken into the West Riding County Council Fire Service.  A new fire station was built round the corner on Green Lane in 1974 and the old building was demolished.
A car showroom, JCT^)) ws built on the site.  Behind the old fire station is an office block, Rawdon House.

Photo ID    A329 View of the old fire station.

Photo ID    FB077 View of the old fire station.

Photo ID    A344
Joint Fire Brigade - 1978
Situated on Green Lane, the site had previously been houses on Benton Terrace.  This building replaced the older station which was nearby on New Road Side (A65).  It was opened on 1st July 1974, but the official opening was not until 19th October 1974.  It is one of the stations which was proposed for closure in 2011, at this time (2012) it is still operating. 

Previous Comments:
Re K399

jean dean

Next to Alfred Chippindale is Mr.Wood from Markham Avenue and second left back row is Jack Dawson of Markham Crescent, he used to go to shouts on his bicycle, after all it was all downhill, and not very far.

11 October 2017
Re 338

jean dean

Back row 2nd.left Jack Dawson of Markham Crescent, I can remember him setting off many a time on his bicycle and 3rd.left next to him is Mr. Wood of Markham Avenue.

25 September 2017

Stephen Allinson

Stan Wood & Alfred Chippindale are on the back row.
Stan is third from the left & Alfred is fifth from the left.

30 September 2017

Rev Kenneth Chippindale

My father, Alfred Chippindale, is the fifth from the left on the back row. So far as I can remember the second left is Jack Dawson, then Stan Wood, then Mr. Dodds, then my dad.
On the front row third from the left is Mr Ibbotson, and third from the right Herbert Smith.
Sadly the one who could name them all - namely my Dad - is nolonger here to ask,.
He died in 2010 aged 100, but most of his colleagues had died many years before that - he was the last one.

05 January 2021
Re 388

Denise Watson

Thought I recognised my Dad on this photo, he is back left, Donald Walker. This is the year I was born and I always
knew him to be part of the fire brigade. I think he was part-time but not sure. Remember going into the station with him on
Sunday mornings where my brother and I were treated to sweets and, if very lucky, to be lifted up onto one of the engines.
We had a huge bell on the wall of our stairs which rang to call them in to the station when there was a call out.
In front of Dad is Tommy Widdup, I'm sure he used to come and clean our windows. In front of Tommy is Station Officer
Jack Mann and behind him on his left is I think Joe (Albert) Hogg.

25 October 2017

S Allinson

Stan Woods is stood at the rear on the right

03 November 2019

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 31 January 2021.
Last updated: 31 January 2021.

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