Can you imagine that in the event off a fire what it is like for the Fire Brigade to call to a premises and start to tackle the fire, obviously the the Fire Engine would have 100 off gallons of water, sitting in the back of the engine ready to dose the flames.
Off course if things get serious and the engine cannot hold enough water, they then of course us hydrants.
Many years way before I was a practicing locksmith the fire brigades of Greater London decided to embark of a scheme to ensure that access to hydrants and other services had easy access. speaking with our local fire brigade, it not unusual to have bunches of keys on the trucks to help them gain access to the communal and popular places that that engine would commonly visit, also they may need access to service hydrants, fire suppression systems, feeds to sprinkler systems etc.
Now you imagine the size that that bunch of keys would be on a fire appliance in London, (pretty big). So to combat this problem the fire departments around London decided to introduce a range of locks that had the same key. The Fire Brigade Lock or FB locks were born.
The locks are used to secure access to the most important resources that an appliance would need when they are called to duty, no more is there a requirement of local knowledge as to what key fits what lock on there bunch of keys like our local fire men would have, they know with a small range of keys access can be achieved to these vital resources.
Also if you are an architect, builders, engineer etc, if you are involved in designing, building or commissioning works in London, discussions with the local fire officers is paramount to ensure that the correct lock is fitted within the location of the fire stations for that area. thus to ensure the correct FB lock is used.
LockOnline has been suppling FB Padlocks, FB Locks and Fire Keys since its inception back in 1999. One has to bare in mind that the purchase of a Fire Brigade lock would not come with a key, locks and keys are sold separately.
Our knowledge of the different types of Fire Locks references are somewhat limited, as we have no direct involvement with London Fire Brigades, so if any one wishes to pass comment or include citation, we would welcome your input.
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