Hampshire Fire Service: History, Heritage & info for past members


Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority formed in April 1997 with proportional representation from the unitary authorities; Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council, having joint political and financial responsibility for providing a fire and rescue service for the county of Hampshire.


Our heritage collection and archives are under the care of retired Deputy Chief Fire Officer Alan House who, as a hobby and spare time activity, acts as archivist and custodian of the proud history of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

The archives contain a variety of information related to the development of the fire and rescue service in general and Hampshire in particular.

Alan House also supports The Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust at the Solent Sky Museum, in Southampton.  On 12 July 2017 the collection opened its museum in Southampton.  The museum was set up thanks to the generous support of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary.  The exhibition is located on the second floor of the Solent Sky Museum, Albert Road, South, Southampton SO14 3FR.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Alan directly at alanhouse.xhfrs@virginmedia.com or telephone: 01489 699242

Past members

Former members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service can keep up to date with what's going on in the Service via Firewire, our online newsletter, or by joining our Past Members Association.

Past Members Association

Our Past Members Association is open to anyone who has served (in any capacity) within Hampshire Fire Service, Southampton Fire Brigade, Portsmouth Fire Brigade, Hampshire Fire Brigade or Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.  To qualify for membership you must have:

  • retired from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service or its historical constitutional brigades
  • retired from another fire and rescue service having served in Hampshire
  • resigned from Hampshire having served at least five years
  • associate membership may also be offered to any previous member of a local authority fire and rescue service who has retired to live in Hampshire
  • for more information, visit the Past Members Association website 


Fire service history books

Alan has also written a number of books documenting the history of the fire service. All profits go to the HFRS Heritage Collection and the ‘Final Salute’ Memorial. To check stock and place an order please email alanhouse.xhfrs@virginmedia.com.

  • Wheels of Fire - highlights the problems, innovations and variety of vehicles in service from the early days of the Auxillary Fire Service through to the standardised era of the National Fire Service.

  • Home Front Transport (£5) - a detailed account of the many vehicles used by the Civil Defence Services during World War Two.

  • Honours, Medals, Badges and Awards (£1) - a source of information regarding the range of medals, badges and awards that can or have been awarded to members of fire and rescue services.

  • They Rode Green Fire Engines (£5) - the story of the Auxilliary Fire Service in Hampshire.

  • Forest Firemen (£2) - the history of the New Forest Rural District Council Fire Brigade that existed for the brief period January 1939 to August 1941.

  • A to F of Hampshire Fire Engines (£3) - a record of the Austins, Bedfords, Commers, Dodges, Dennis, ERF, Ford and Fordsons to have seen service in Hampshire since 1948. 

  • The Rest - A joint venture with Colin Carter (£2) - following on from "The A to F of Hampshire's Fire Engines", this is a record of "The Rest" - Volvos, Landrovers, Renault, Motorcycles, Morris, Mercedes, Leyland, etc.  

  • Gateway Firefighters (£3) - a history of Southampton Fire Brigade.

  • Gateway Fire Engines - written and photographic record of Southampton’s Fire Engines.

  • A Village Served a history of the Brockenhurst Fire Brigade 1911-1997.  

  • M2HX - 50 Years in Control (£1) - the history of Hampshire's Control Room 1948-1998.

  • Proud to Serve - the history of HFRS 1948-1998.

  • Serving the Community - a history of St Marys (Southampton) Fire Station 1909-2000.

  • The Tradition Continues - a photographic record of the demolition of the original St Marys Fire Station, Southampton, and the building of a new station on the same site.