Nostalgia: How our Sleaford fire service has changed

The Sleaford firefighters getting into their protective gear in the back of the fire engine. EMN-181029-145631001
The Sleaford firefighters getting into their protective gear in the back of the fire engine. EMN-181029-145631001

Our nostalgia page this week takes us back to August 1969.

The photographs were taken by The Standard’s staff snapper Gordon Brotherton during a feature on the newly built Sleaford fire station, situated in Church Lane.

The fire crew at the level crossing between Mareham Lane and Grantham Road in Sleaford back in August 1969. EMN-181029-145620001

The fire crew at the level crossing between Mareham Lane and Grantham Road in Sleaford back in August 1969. EMN-181029-145620001

It had been completed just a year before and this was a behind the scenes look at the firefighters and their new base, having relocated from the old building in Watergate.

It seems appropriate to look back at these images as the town’s full-time and retained fire crews are now based in a brand new fire station shared with East Midlands Ambulance Service colleagues that opened earlier this year costing £6m.

The black and white images show the on-call crew heading out on a ‘shout’, clambering into their protective gear in the back of the fire engine, and you get a crew’s eye view looking out of the cab at Southgate level crossing approaching from Mareham Lane heading towards Grantham Road.

Notice how the scenery has changed - or stayed similar.

The training tower at Sleaford fire station in Church Lane - no longer used as the crew has now relocated to a joint fire and ambulance station on Eastgate. EMN-181029-145642001

The training tower at Sleaford fire station in Church Lane - no longer used as the crew has now relocated to a joint fire and ambulance station on Eastgate. EMN-181029-145642001

We also see the training tower, a distinctive landmark at the Church Lane site, now redundant in favour of the new premises, which have their own, state-of-the-art brick tower capable of a range of scenarios for firefighters.