This photograph shows a demonstration by Fire Guards in Cliffords Row, Pimlico, London. Of interest is the chap on the right who appears to have a FIRE GUARD patch worn above a SFP armband. With the introduction of the Fire Guard Organisation in August of 1941, the volunteer Street Fire Parties (SFP) were then run via Fire Guard Depots.
New Fire Guard armbands and also Fire Guard patches were issued. The patches were to be sewn over the SFP armbands (occasionally the patch was sewn on the reverse of the SFP so both could be seen). The chap here appears to have used safety pins to wear the patch as well as the SFP armband.
The photo is dated Jan 24 (I would say 1942) and it was during the period after the introduction of the Fire Guard Organisation and it was probably the case that Fire Guard patches and armbands were slowly being delivered and issued by local authorities.
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