likely from a local Plymouth newspaper
Building Their Own Fire Station
Forty firemen are engaged on building a Fire Station for
the N.F.S. on the outskirts of Plymouth. According to present plans, it will
be opened at the end of the month by a distinguished visitor. About half of
the men who have taken on this job are Canadian Fire-fighters, who have no
previous experience of the building trade, but have dug foundations and done
concreting and labouring work. Only a small proportion of the N.F.S. men involved
are skilled, but these direct the operations of their colleagues, who are
now going "full steam ahead" to get their new home completed on schedule.
The building, which is 114ft. long, looks at present something like a huge
garage, which has still to have a lot of flesh added to its bones.
Ten Fire Engines
It will accommodate 10 fir engines and will, on completion,
be manned wholly by Canadians. Living quarters, and a boiler-house, providing
a hot water system, are included in the scheme. The building, although classed
as "temporary," will, in the opinion of the firemen working on it, be "good
for a few years." It will have concrete pillars, brick piers, and an English
timber roof covered with asbestos. An N.F.S. officer told a "Western Independent"
reporter that firemen were being employed to do the work, as, owing to the
acute labour problem, they could not expect a contractor to take it on.
Dormitory For 50
"Under a general arrangement between the Home Office and
the Trade Unions, skilled men receive 15s. a week in addition to their ordinary
pay, and unskilled men 5s.
"Firemen are also erecting their own stations at Falmouth
"The Plymouth station will have a dormitory large enough
for about 50 men, while there will also be separate sleeping quarters for