1903 INTERNATIONAL FIRE EXHIBITION

This was organised under the auspices of the Fire Prevention Committee and the exhibits were grouped under the two primary headings of Fire Preven­tion and Fire Extinguishing. The Queen's Palace contained exhibits on Prevention and also those exhibits relating to the intermediary stage between the actual outbreak of fire and the arrival of the fireman; in other words alarms and fire telegraphy. The Imperial Court was termed the Fire Appliances Court and exhibits from Britain and the Continent gave good examples of the appliances needed to fight fires and save lives. In the seven rooms of the Royal Galleries (found enclosing the Imperial Court) were several thousand individual exhibits from various countries dealing with fire matters. In the German Court (Ducal Hall) were represented the fire fighting resources of the German Empire. It was divided into three sections; commercial exhibits in the Main Hall, art and literary exhibits were in one of the bays of the hall and the exhibits of the Royal Berlin Police Fire Brigade were contained in another bay of the Hall.

On the opening day of the exhibition some eighty guests enjoyed a banquet in the Quadrant Restaurant in the Western Gardens. At 3.30 p.m. the members of the Fire Congress re-assembled in the Empress Theatre to witness the Historical Pageant, followed by a demonstration of modern fire-fighting appliances entitled "Fighting the Flames". A further series of events were organised in connection with the Congress, commencing on July 10th. A camp was pitched for a number of officers and men of the National Fire Brigades Union on Thursday 9th July, and struck on Saturday, 18th July. The events took place every morning and the winning teams were presented with their trophies in the Empress Theatre on the same day. Some of the events were as follows; National Escape Shield, National Steamer Challenge Shield and the National Hose Competition.


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