Fire Station

It was proposed in 1904 to Establish a Volunteer Fire Brigade. A committee was formed consisting of local Gentry,  It wasn't until September 1905, that Halling Fire Brigade was formed, this consisted of a number of members with a Captain and a Lieutenant. With a number of Hydrants being placed around the village and a Fire Appliance committee was formed.

This Fire Brigade was to continue as a local force until the 1939-45 War when it became part of the National Fire Service. The Halling Fire Brigade took part in many competitions, winning trophies in individual as well as in team events.

In the event of a fire, a Maroon would be set off and their turn-out was of such a high standard that they arrived at fires out of the district before the local Brigades whose area it was. During these years the Fire Engine was kept in the Recreation ground behind the current Fire Station, training was carried out on Wednesday evenings (as it still was until the time of closure).

Besides the attendance at fires and competitions. HALLING Fire Brigade gave many exhibitions of their fire-fighting skills and were always prominent in local functions until the Station closed. Some of the older members were to form the backbone of a very efficient Fire Brigade. By 1939 a new Headquarters had been built in Vicarage Road, with a new Engine and modern Appliances. Set into the forecourt was proudly displayed in large letters "HALLING", but with the outbreak of War, this was blocked out with cement for security reasons. In between these duties they still managed to have a lighter side, arranging dances at the Old Halling Institute which became popular throughout the War, and their concert parties entertained many during those dark days. At this time women were employed in duties in the Fire Station on a full-time Rota.

The names of those who have attended in the history of the station can be found under Fire-Fighters. 

(Above extracts has come from ACROSS THE LOW MEADOW A History of HALLING in Kent by  Edward Gowers and Derek Church).   

I would like to thank Edward Gowers for the kind permission for allowing me to use the above history of HALLING Fire Station. 

If you can get hold of this book, it is a very interesting read about our Village of Halling.