The London Blitz represented the ultimate test for any group of firemen at any stage in history worldwide. It is highly unlikely that any fire force will ever be called on again to match the stoic resistance and fortitude shown during that sustained period.
For just over eight months the capital was relentlessly bombed often for weeks at a time without break and whilst most ran for cover, beneath the shower of explosives and incendiaries toiled the combined regulars and auxiliaries with no more to protect them a steel Tommy helmet.
Notwithstanding these extraneous endeavours, the difficulties encountered with the regular brigades being equipped differently to the auxiliaries and a fractured and incomplete system of command, compelled the government to rethink.
The National Fire Service was formed in August 1941. The regular brigades and auxiliaries were bound together as one, under one cap badge, one system of command and with matching sets of equipment, uniforms and structures.
It was a massive investment and whilst it came after the Luftwaffe ceased its concentrated bombing of the capital, there was still much firefighting to come all over the country including the Isle of Wight.
The Island's newly formed NFS contingent were a part of Fire Force 6 (Southern) Division 14d.
The firefighting pattern had been set for the remainder of the war.