Chair of BFSA (London District), Paul Basson was invited, while visiting the area of North Bohemia in the Czech Republic, to the new fire station in Krasna Lipa on 10th May 2017. The two hour visit included a Formal Parade and introduction to the City Mayor, Officers, Fire-fighters, Cadets and Support staff, an exchange of small gifts, a tour of the station and its facilities including their small museum.

I received a very warm welcome and fantastic hospitality from the City Mayor Mr Jan Kolar, who thanked me for being a “rare foreign visitor” to the new Fire station.

I presented to the SDH Commander Mr Vaclav Danita who is also Deputy Mayor of the Volunteer Fire-fighters a small memento of my visit BFSA ( London) District Pennant and BFSA lapel pin badges where distributed amongst the Fire-fighters.

The Fire Station Commander and Mayor of the Volunteer Fire-fighters, Mr Jiri Suda conducted a tour of their the new facilities and gave me a insight into the 153 year history of fire fighting in the city including the small museum with a number of trailer fire pumps dating back to the 1920’s, also the now protected beautiful 1920’s Drill Tower.

A really big thank you to Mrs Tatana Olicova for organising my visit and to the Two fire-fighters, Filip Simunek and Petr Heene who acted as very good interpreters. “Last but not leased” the Officer, Lukas Simuneck who drove me around on a tour of the city in the “Tatra 815 Fire truck”

BFSA Members are very welcome to visit the City and Fire Station.