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Queen's Golden Jubilee

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The Youthy Rocks


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Thornaby Show 2002

Remembering Thornaby Group

Thornaby Show 2003

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Historical Notes

According to early records THORNABY FIRE BRIGADE was originally known as the South Stockton Fire Brigade whose Fire Station was in Chapel Street, where a horse drawn manual pump was kept. The horses, when required, were supplied by a nearby livery stable.

Existing records dating back to the late 1870’s reveal that in 1879 Mr. Moore, the Fire Brigade Captain, resigned and was succeeded by a Mr. R. Hutton. During that year, the Brigade attended seven fires and retaining fees were first paid – 2.s. 6d. per month, per man.

The first jumping sheet was purchased. Captain J.R. Tranter succeeded Captain Hutton on 30th April 1883, and this worthy man remained in office until June 1913 seeing, during his service, 110 fires of varying degrees, together with the transition from the manual fire engine to a steam engine.

In October 1892, Thornaby on Tees became a Municipal Borough. The fire engine and hose reel were thoroughly repainted and the name altered from South Stockton to Thornaby for a total cost of 12 shillings.

The Corporation very soon had a fine new Fire Station in George Street. A 45’ escape was purchased, complete with canvas chute. The men had to descent head first to prevent steel shod boots tearing the canvas and the ladies feet first.

In 1913, Captain Hall took charge of Thornaby and reported that the Brigade required a motor tender, as the wheels of the steamer were constantly in need of repair and the hose reel was 35 years old.

A new motor engine was purchased and put into commission in October 1919.

Between the wars, the retained personnel at Thornaby Station continued to play their full part in the fire protection of the Industrial Municipal Borough and the Brigade became part of the No. 2 area when the Fire Service was nationalised in 1941.

In 1948, the Fire Station came under the control of North Riding of Yorkshire County Fire Brigade and Teesside County Borough Fire Brigade in 1968.

During the period 1960 – 1972, the station became under the command of Station Officer J.R. Speight.

In 1972, the George Street Station, due to changing needs of the Service, became a Part-time/Whole-time station.

Then, in 1974, when the new Fire Station was built, the retained personnel where phased out and the Thornaby Fire Station became a Whole-time Station within Cleveland County Fire Brigade.

In April 1996, local government reorganised deemed that, what was known as Cleveland County became four unitary authorities. Thornaby Fire Station is within the boundaries of Stockton District Council but is administered by Cleveland Fire Authority, which comprises of elected members from the four unitary authorities now known as Stockton District Council, Hartlepool District Council, Middlesbrough District Council and Redcar and Cleveland District Council.

The present Thornaby Fire Station has a total of 51 fire-fighting personnel and is managed by Assistant Divisional Officer Peter Dix.

George Street

The old Fire Station in George Street.

Master Road

The current Fire Station on Master Road, Thornaby Town Centre.


The Total Calls received for 2001 were 1277.

Which included 639 Fires, of which 555 were classed as arson
149 were Special services, such as Road Traffic Accidents and 74 Malicious False Alarms.

In the first 6 months of this year there have been over 50 False Alarms.

Please help us to be in the right position to help you.

Every day Fire Appliances are called out to attend calls which are false alarms.
The majority of these malicious calls are made by youths and young children, and it means that vital resources are tied up attending these calls.

When the real fire happens it results in other Fire Appliances having to be sent, and they will have further to travel.
If that fire’s at your home it will take longer to get the necessary resources to it.

Please help to stop false alarms by making sure that it isn’t your Child making the calls.


Thornaby Fire Station held their Open Day on Saturday 13th July

Children enjoying having a go with the water hoses

Music To The Ears

The ever popular Norton Bel-Aires Jazz Band

Something For Everyone

Amongst the many stalls were The Five Lamps Organisation Health Assets Project and Undercover Artists Project. Front of the picture is Ken Cheal with the Neighbourhood Watch stand

Taking Time Out

(seated) Steve Malloney from Grangetown Station and Gary Johnson from Green Watch at Thornaby Station. (Standing) Kevin Hanson also from Grangetown

Soft Landing

The popular inflatable slide

Does It Come Off?

Along with the face painting was the Durham Guild of Casualties

Who’s That Girl?

The finished result

Break Time

Members of the Remembering Thornaby Group

Displaying Their Talents

Two of the Thornaby Gymnastics Club, based at the Robert Atkinson Centre

Damsel In Distress

Michelle waiting to be rescued

Not A Damsel Now

Mick Cunion (aka Michelle) as his work colleagues are used to seeing him

Joining In With The Action

Children enjoying having a go on Little Dennis

Look How High We Are

Displaying the Aerial Appliance

Hard at work or hardly working?

Ray Tweddle, Blue Watch, deep in conversation with Darren Farndale from White Watch. Posing for the camera in the background Andy McColgan from Blue Watch

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