Part of the Cardiff National Fire Service display staged for the visit of Home Secretary John Anderson, 1939 Item Reference : cny04040
John Anderson was Home Secretary from 1939 until October 1940, when he entered Churchill's War Cabinet, succeeding Chamberlain as Lord President of the Council. He visited Cardiff in 1939, and was shown a display of fire-fighting techniques by the Cardiff NFS. Geoffrey Pritchard's father, Ronald, was a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service, formed at the outbreak of the Second World War, to assist the regular fire brigades. He went on to become Column Officer for the National Fire Service, formed in August 1941 when the regular brigades and the AFS were merged. Following the end of the war, the NFS was again split and reorganised on a regional basis.
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