Exhibition to tell story of firefighting

August 5 to September 13

Wells & Mendip Museum

£1 for adults and free for children

This is following on from the very well received exhibition that was held there during 2015 on Firefighting in Wells. It will include lots of photos, artefacts, interesting stories, and information on the history of the fire brigades in the Mendip area.

It is planned to have a small gathering of vintage preserved fire engines at the museum on Saturday, August 12. There will also be a children’s quiz and a caption competition with prizes for the winners.

The exhibition is being put together by Paul Pickford who has had an interest in the fire service since childhood. His father Roger served as a retained fireman for 18 years at Wells Fire Station and they own a 1961 Dennis Fire Engine that was stationed at Paulton in the Sixties and Seventies.

Paul said: “A lot of families in the Mendip area will have had a family member or will know someone who has served in the local fire brigade. All of the fire stations in the area are retained which means the firefighters are people who live and work in the local community. They are then called out via a pager to the fire station in the event of a call out.”

Firefighting has changed dramatically over the years and the exhibition will show its development from its early primitive beginnings to the present day. Firefighting in the Mendips will run from August 5 to September 13. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children, and money raised will go to the National Firefighters Charity.