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David Bond - Looking for Information on Houghton Fire and Rescue Station
Kirsty Bond - When Did The Mines Rescue Station in Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear Open?

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David Bond
1 Feb 2016
Looking for Information on Houghton Fire and Rescue Station

Hello
I am interested in finding out something about the history of the fire and rescue station at Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham. My grand-father, Frank Bond, was Superintendent there and my father was born at the station in 1923. I'm writing up my family history and don't have any info on the station i.e. when it opened, which mines it served, staffing etc. Any info gratefully received.

Regards David

See Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society


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Kirsty Bond
19 Nov 2013
When Did The Mines Rescue Station in Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear Open?

Hello there

 I am currently doing research as to when the Mines Rescue Station in Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear opened. I know it was in 1913, but I cannot find the day or month that it was opened.

Any information you have on this would be greatly appreciated, or if you know where I could find this information. Or if anyone has any pictures of the old station can you please send them to me

Thank you

Houghton le Spring Mines Rescue StationUtube

Houghton le Spring Mines Rescue Station

The Grade 2 listed building housing Houghton Le Spring Mines Rescue Station
opened in 1913 and is still part of the British Mines Rescue Service

Houghton le Spring Mines Rescue Station in Tyne and Wear.

Mines rescue provision by the mine owners was made compulsory by the Coal Mines Act 1911 and Houghton le Spring Mines Rescue Station opened on Hetton Road in 1913 and was maintained by the Durham and Northumberland Colliery Owners Association. Houghton's rescue station, known as the Old Fire Station, is the last of the original four to still be in operation and is now a training centre for the Mines Rescue Service Ltd.


Durham and Northumbeland Collieries Fire and Rescue Brigade

The original Headquarters station of the Durham and Northumberland Collieries Fire and Rescue Brigade. It was situated in the Elswick District of Newcastle upon Tyne on Scotswood Road. The appliances are a Merryweather Hatfield motor pump and Armstrong Whitworth Rescue Car. Houghton le Spring Mines Rescue Station in Tyne and Wear is the last operational station of the original four Durham and Northumberland Collieries Fire and Rescue Brigade.


Crook Mines Rescue Station

Crook Mines Rescue Station, part of Durham and Northumberland Collieries Fire and Rescue Service.

See Also Eddie Worthington - Crook Rescue Team from County Durham

Merryweather Hatfield motor pump and a locally built Armstrong Whitworth Rescue Car

There were four stations in the region and all were equipped as the photograph with a Merryweather Hatfield motor pump and a locally built Armstrong Whitworth Rescue Car. Many north eastern county councils contracted to the collieries brigades to provide fire fighting to save setting up their own brigades.


Leyland Comet rescue vehicle

The four North East of England post war mines rescue stations each had one of these Leyland Comet rescue vehicles, bodied by Wilson and Stockhall of Rochdale and delivered between 1952 and 1955. They replaced the pre war Mills Tank Leyland fire engines. By this time the Coal Board declined to fight fires in parts of Durham and Northumberland Fire Brigades districts.


Mills Tank

The first of Durham and Northumberland Collieries Fire and Rescue Brigades Leyland Terrier "Mills Tank" fire engines. Designed by Chief Fire Officer F.P.Mills, OBE it was one of a pair delivered in 1931. They were replaced by the Leyland Comets.They were coloured cream with red mudguards.

In Answer to Brian Smith's question about a large six wheeled Mines Rescue tender, cream in colour, he saw racing through Newcastle City Centre in the 60's with a siren sounding, Sent: 18 December 2006.
I tried emailing you Brian but you have changed your email address.