I was reviewing the Fire Guard rank system and I asked the FB group for assistance. Owen was very kind to share the attached scan of a document that belonged to a Mrs Mitchell - who became the Deputy Fire Guard Officer for the whole of Liverpool (she was the only female senior rank). The document is undated but given the rank structure post 1943.
The document clearly shows the hierarchy of the city's Fire Guard organisation. The highest rank being the Fire Guard Officer and then descending to the Inspectors.
The whole time paid roles were: Fire Guard Officer, Senior Deputy Fire Guard Officer, Deputy Fire Guard Officers, Assistant Fire Guard Officers, Inspectors, Area Officers and Reserve Centre Superintendents.
The unpaid positions were: Assistant Fire Guard Officer, several part time Assistant FG Officers, Area Captains, Sector Captains and Street Fire Parties.
Mrs Mitchell was initially organising WVS for ARP from January 1939, and then became the Evacuation Officer for Lancashire. In August 1943 she is appointed Senior Deputy Fire Guard Officer for the whole of Liverpool at a salary of £400 per year. (It is interesting to note how she marks in red on a document how many officers are male; in her letter of application she talks about "the vexed question of Women Fireguards".)
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