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Findon Fire Station.
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No: 4234   Contributor: Pete Matten   Scale: 1/76   Year: 2013   Manufacturers: Cararama, Matchbox, Oxford Diecast   Country: United Kingdom
Findon Fire Station.

A local brigade was formed in Findon just north of Worthing in West Sussex around 1937/38 as an auxiliary fire brigade(AFS), it then became part of the National Fire Service (NFS) from 1941 until 1948, then from 1948 the brigade became part of the West Sussex Fire Brigade. The brigades original fire station was just an old wooden shed,then in 1965 a brand new purpose-built fire station with direct access to the busy A24 was opened, the crew regularly being called out to accidents (RTA's) on the very busy dual carriageway.
The diarama in the scale 1/76 dates from the 1980's and shows an Oxford Diecast Dennis RS Series Water Tender Ladder, Matchbox (released-1982) RangeRover / Carmichael 'Commando' Rescue Unit and Cararama (Hongwell toys) Landrover Series 111 109, all these models having been converted to the livery of the then West Sussex Fire Brigade.
Findon was sadly one of the 3 retained fire stations to be closed in the county of West Sussex back in 2011 to save money, the others being Keymer (photo-on-site) and Bosham.

See also picture #4233
Picture added on 29 May 2013 at 07:43
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Another great scene Pete, but I am not so keen on parking on the grass! I bet the retained crew used to mow that?

Added by George Illingworth on 29 May 2013.
Another great looking diorama Pete, well done.

Added by John Routledge on 29 May 2013.
Excellent Pete, lovely detail as usual.

Added by Paul Warnock on 29 May 2013.
Thankyou George, but if you look at picture #4233 you'll see that the bobbies's told the whole-time Worthing crew to move their rescue unit into the road, and also to move the Landy so it doesn't block the road.

Added by Pete Matten on 29 May 2013.
Thanks for the comment John, very much appreciated. I did a model of Keymer Fire Station the year it actually closed, then last year made a model of Bosham, but its taken me until now to finally get around to doing the Findon station.
Thats all 3 fire stations that were closed in 2011 now done in their memory, but now I wonder just how many more there will be?.Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 29 May 2013.
Hello Paul, 'EXCELLENT', hmmmmm thats a nice thing of you to say.Well, I'm really not into doing the more modern type fire stations but I felt I must do this particular station because I know it so well and its now one of the 3 thats now been closed and I've now modelled all three.It also gave me the chance of using some of the more up-to-date fire appliance models I have which could be easily converted to West Sussex livery from the period.
Its sometimes very difficult to buy a model from an earlier period that would have actually been on the run at the station, such as when this station opened they had a lovely Commer Karrier.
Anyway, the 1980's were not really that bad, at least there were British fire engines still on the road nationally.How times have changed.

Added by Pete Matten on 30 May 2013.
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