On the day there will be tours of the station hosted by retired firefighters who will share its history and tell stories about working life there. There will also be a small museum opening on the site so that future generations will be able to celebrate the history of the fire service and the history of the building. The FBU will also have an exhibition detailing the history of the FBU from its inception in 1918 to the present day showing the influence it has had on the modern day fire service including pioneering fire fighter and public safety, equality and influencing the terms and conditions fire fighters enjoy today.
As this is a heritage day there will also be the unveiling of a memorial plaque to celebrate the life of Solomon Belinsky who suffered fatal injuries on the 15th March 1941 at Park Row near the city museum in Leeds whilst fighting multiple air raid fires during the Leeds Blitz. There will also be 2 opportunities to see the film ‘The Firefighters Story’. This is a short independent film commissioned by the FBU to celebrate its centenary year.
The Old station will open at 3pm for visitors and there will be several opportunities to take a tour of the building. The unveiling of the memorial plaque will take place at approximately 1730 and there will be 2 screenings of the film at 1600 and 1900. Places for the film are limited and seats can be booked via the links below.
1600 screening – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-firefighters-story-100-years-of-the-fire-brigades-union-tickets-48029578763?aff=ebapi
1900 screening – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-firefighters-story-100-years-of-the-fire-brigades-union-tickets-48029579766?aff=ebdssbdestsearch