Website carrying the torch for Blackburn fire station

Blackburn Borough White Watch in 1974

Blackburn Borough White Watch in 1974

First published in News

A PROJECT being led by an enthusiastic ex-fireman has launched a website that will work like an ‘online museum’ chronicling the history of Blackburn Fire Station.

Steve Brown, who was a Blackburn firefighter for 30 years before retiring last year, set up the Phoenix Project after years of collecting fire station memor-abilia.

The 55-year-old father-of-three said: “I started coll-ecting stuff for displays for open days, and things like that. The first one was prob- ably around 1992, and I just really enjoyed it, and found it really interesting.

“I ended up with quite a bit of stuff, including old log books from the 1900s, and old equipment, unif-orms and helmets.

“I set it all up in the old fire station, in Canterbury Street, but it was never fully opened to the public.

“Sadly, when the fire stat- ion moved, there wasn’t any room for it any more, and most of it was put in storage, or given to Black-burn museum.

“The log books were giv-en to the Lancashire arch-ives, in Preston.”

The new website, www. blackburnfirehistory.org was launched last month after the team of volunt-eers who run the project - a group that includes serv- ing and ex-firefighters, loc- al history groups, and stud- ents - was granted £25,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to boost the project.

Steve is currently phot-ocopying the hundred-year- old log books to put them online for all to see.

“There’s some good stor- ies in there. The fire stat-ion in Blackburn has alw-ays been one of the bus- iest in the area.

“You can see logs where they’ve been called out to a man who’d got his toe stuck in a bath tap, and then there’s other really huge fires with the whole crew deployed.

“It’s fascinating stuff.”

The team hope that, by putting the information online, people from all over the world will able to trace their fire-fighting relatives in Blackburn.

They also hope that the website will become an interactive forum for people to discuss Blackburn hist-ory, upload any photog-raphs of their own mem- orabilia, and share their stories.

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8:06pm Fri 30 May 14

michaelbusch says...

the correct url is:
www.blackburnfirehis
tory.org.uk
the correct url is: www.blackburnfirehis tory.org.uk michaelbusch
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7:53am Sat 31 May 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

What's the difference between the long term unemployed and a fireman. ?
The fireman costs us tax payers much more money.

There you go put that in your museum, or should I say your collection of junk.
:-)
What's the difference between the long term unemployed and a fireman. ? The fireman costs us tax payers much more money. There you go put that in your museum, or should I say your collection of junk. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
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5:10pm Sun 1 Jun 14

DG6985 says...

My late Dad was a fireman at Darwen in the 90s but did his training and had friends at Blackburn and I have fond memories as a little kid, looking at the engines and visiting the open days.

I praise Steve Brown for setting up this website and wish him the best of luck, my dad would have loved to see this.
My late Dad was a fireman at Darwen in the 90s but did his training and had friends at Blackburn and I have fond memories as a little kid, looking at the engines and visiting the open days. I praise Steve Brown for setting up this website and wish him the best of luck, my dad would have loved to see this. DG6985
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9:21pm Sun 1 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Just looking at the photo. Look what I have noticed.
QUOTE :
Blackburn Borough white watch 1914. So when others were out in the trenches fighting the war, these brave scoundrels were busy playing cards.
Just looking at the photo. Look what I have noticed. QUOTE : Blackburn Borough white watch 1914. So when others were out in the trenches fighting the war, these brave scoundrels were busy playing cards. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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5:42pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ConcernedOssy says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Just looking at the photo. Look what I have noticed.
QUOTE :
Blackburn Borough white watch 1914. So when others were out in the trenches fighting the war, these brave scoundrels were busy playing cards.
It' just a bad print from the very professional (NOT) LT it is actually 1974 in the pic you can tell with the vehicle and uniforms
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Just looking at the photo. Look what I have noticed. QUOTE : Blackburn Borough white watch 1914. So when others were out in the trenches fighting the war, these brave scoundrels were busy playing cards.[/p][/quote]It' just a bad print from the very professional (NOT) LT it is actually 1974 in the pic you can tell with the vehicle and uniforms ConcernedOssy
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