This was my first trip to London and I was searching the internet for things to see while on vacation and found the London Fire Brigade museum. We had no problem getting an appointment to visit. The day we arrived at the museum there were several others for the tour. We were met by a retired LFB member who explained that until recently this facility was where all new LFB members trained and existing members came for continuing education classes.
The tours started off with a trip to an old appliance bay for a show of appliances from the several eras;Horse drawn to motorized units. The next stop was the historic Winchester house with all the relics of the LFB. The rooms are filled with paintings of the great London fire, old insurance house signs, tools of the trade and recruitment posters from WW II.Both my friend and I are volunteer FF's in the US and enjoyed comparing the history of the US fire service to that of London. After the tour we were invited to go back into the museum and look around more. As we were leaving the Winchester house, a crew was outside training on auto extrication tools. A must see for anyone interested in the History of the fire service.