150th Anniversary of Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service celebrated by Gibraltar Post

February 23rd, 2015

This year the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the formation of a Fire Service in Gibraltar. FindYourStampsValue.com got to know that Gibraltar Post has released a special series of stamps. The issue consists of eight stamps that were put into circulation on the 11th of February.

It was on the 20 of November of 1865 that an Order in Council established the Sanitary Commissioners of Gibraltar (the fore-runners of the City Council) whose responsibility was to ensure that adequate resources to prevent and fight fires were provided in Gibraltar.

Section 27 of the Order in Council stated "...for the extinction and prevention of fire, or for the governance of traffic in, upon, and throughout the same, and subject also, as to all such wells and pumps, to all such rules and regulations for the extinction and prevention of fire as may from time to time in like manner be made by the Governor and delivered to the Commissioners".

On the 16th June 1976 the Fire Service Ordinance, was passed in the Gibraltar House of Assembly. The Ordinance set out the constitution, duties and powers of the Gibraltar Fire Service;

"There shall be a fire brigade, to be called the City Fire Brigade, for the purpose of protecting life and property in case of fire or other calamity and of extinguishing fires endangering life and property within Gibraltar".

On the 20 November of 2014 the City Fire Brigade ceased to exist and the organisation was renamed The Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service a change which truly represents the modern and progressive role carried out by the Service.

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