London at the End of the Century:A Book of Gossip
a Beckett, Arthur William
In conclusion, it seems to me that not only do we require an increased Brigade under the London County Council (that is admitted) but also organisation for auxiliary assistance. There is no reason why volunteer firemanships should not be as popular in England as in America. There is plenty of pluck among Britons, and the fireman who is worth his salt must have a fair share of that excellent (may I call it?) quality. Discipline, coolness, and courage are all to be had for the asking. So the sooner the Government begins to work up the raw material into the requisite composition, the better will it be for the nation in general and the metropolis of that nation in particular. The Fire Brigade is still in want of further development at the end of the nineteenth century.