Emergency Services Award.
The fire service was staffed by volunteers until World War II. Competitions and social events were often organised for volunteers and this helmet was awarded at a competition in 1881 held in Newbury to Senior Foreman H.S. Wheeler of the Wycombe Volunteer Fire Brigade. The fire service was especially important locally as furniture factories posed a particular fire risk. Many people still remember the Parker Knoll fire of 1970.
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