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Can You Smell Smoke?

Sid Payne

Thirty years in the fire service, with all the highs and lows that come with the job, culminating in the biggest fire in Europe since the Second World War!

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ISBN : 9781848977587
Published : 30/11/2017
Pages : 372
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Sid Payne

Born in Enfield, North London, in 1956, Sid grew up there in in Edmonton before moving to Hertfordshire. 

Havin started work in London back in 1973 at the Stock Exchange and subsequently with HM Customs and Excise, Sid moved to work back in Hertfordshire in 1978.

After thirty years with the fire brigade, Sid started to work as a diving instructor, moving to Mallorca, living there for five years and then to Egypt for a year.

Now back in the UK and living in Dorset, Sid is involved with maritime archaeology, local history and diving.

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Thirty years in the fire service, with all the highs and lows that come with the job, culminating in the biggest fire in Europe since the Second World War!

Having witnessed first-hand the work of the military during the fireman's strike in 1977, Sid's mind was made up and he decided that a change of occupation was needed. Having been accepted, he joined the Hertfordshire Fire Brigade and was posted to Potter's Bar and subsequently Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City Fire Stations.

This book is the story of his journey through thirty years of excitement, tragedy and the mundane jobs that make up a career in the fire brigade. Full of incidents of every type with numerous rescues, including twelve from a fire while on duty in Mainz in Germany!
From the 1970s, when a technical piece of equipment was a hack saw, to the second millennium and new pumps capable of 7,000 litres per minute.

The sad times, offset by dozens of anecdotes and humorous memories, will give the reader a vivid, interesting and unique view on the career of Sid Payne and the Hertfordshire Fire Brigade over three decades.

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