A day in the life of a fireman - lovely educational film originally shown in schools. 1947?
British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film. Pathe Production.
Street scene - the front of a fire station. Bus, cars, horse drawn cart carrying barrels pass. Man enters fire station. Drill in the yard of the station, firemen answer roll call. Men in fireman's uniforms. Good C/Us of firemen. Officers salute each other. Interior of fire station. Fireman walks past a fire engine. C/U of sign - Watchroom. Firemen climb stairs. A discussion in the Watchroom. One fireman takes off his belt and gives it to another. Firemen run down the stairs holding items of uniform. The fire engine is prepared - water checked etc. The fire bell is cleaned. Sweeping the floor of the station. Polishing brass etc. Practising rescuing a man from a building using a fireman's ladder. An officer gives instruction on using breathing apparatus to firemen. Method of using two ladders to scale high building. Firemen work in a team of two and pass ladders up. Shot of the engine and men in the yard. Engine is driven into the station.
An alarm light comes on in the station. C/U of the alarm bell ringing. Men running and good shots from above and below of men sliding down the pole in the middle of the station. They climb aboard the engine and it leaves the station . The word "Dockhead" visible above the doors. Could be "L.(?)C.C. Dockhead". Three engines leave the station. Shot from on board the engine as it drives through the streets at speed. Man ringing the bell on the engine. They arrive at a burning building. A wheeled escape ladder is taken off the engine. Activity as the men go about their work. Attaching fire hoses etc. C/U of men at top of the ladder from above. Gauges on the engine. Men directing fire hose into the building. The team return to the station. Hoses are packed away, uniforms taken off and they have a cup of tea.
The End. A Pathe - B.I.F. Film.
Note: very well shot film with quintessential firemen at work footage. Teacher's notes exist.