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Monday, 01 September 2014

Keeping the town safe from fire for decades

AS this week’s mystery picture was the fire station at Dalton, we have devoted the rest of the page to views through the ages linked to the town’s firefighters.

The earliest is from around 1902 and shows the old town hall with the double wooden doors on the right where the town’s fire engine was kept.

Around this time it is likely to have still been horse drawn so there would have been a piece of grazing and a stable nearby.

The fire engine would have been bought and staffed at the expense of Dalton people in an era where towns provided almost all their own services, including the building and running of schools and council house building.

The bottom picture shows the fire crew, when polished brass helmets were still worn, passing the old Dalton police station during a carnival parade.

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