Worshipful Company of Firefighters
The Worshipful Company of Firefighters is one of the 110 livery companies of the City of London. The Company's aim is to promote the development and advancement of the science, art and the practice of firefighting, fire prevention and life safety. It operates essentially as a charitable organisation, and also encourages professionalism and the exchange of information between members and others who work in allied fields.
One of the new City livery companies, its origins date from 1988 with the founding of the Guild of Firefighters. The Company of Firefighters was recognised by the City of London Corporation from 13 June 1995 as a company without livery; it was granted livery by the Court of Aldermen on 23 October 2001, thereby becoming the Worshipful Company of Firefighters.
The Firefighters' Company ranks 103rd in the livery companies' order of precedence and is based at The Insurance Hall on Aldermanbury, near London Wall, a building it co-habits with the Worshipful Company of Insurers. The clerk to the Firefighters' Company is Steven Tamcken and the Beadle since foundation in 1988 is John E P Norris SBStJ.
The Firefighters' coat of arms is blazoned: Quarterly: 1 and 3, Argent on three Bars wavy Azure a Firehelmet Or; 2 and 4, Argent over all a Cross Gules and in pale a Sword downwards Argent; and, its motto is Flammas Oppugnantes Fidimus Deo.
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