Hi Folks, Here is my little tribute to the unsung heroes of the Northern Ireland fire brigade.
During the worst days of Northern Ireland's turbulant past, one band of men stood between warring factions on a daily basis, often taking the brunt of both sides as they vented their anger on anyone in an authoritarian role, as they saw it.
The Northern Ireland Fire Brigade.
The Brigade wore a uniform, so they were unfortunately seen as, "fair game".
During the intense bombing campaign of the late 1970's and 1980's, many firemen were severely injured, and in some cases killed by secondary devices.
These devices were designed to kill members of the security forces, as they checked the scene of the initial blast.
Unfortunately the Firemen were usually still dealing with the fire from the blast, when the secondary exploded.
I have tried to depict two members of the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade,....with the Leading Firefighter lending a helping hand to his friend, who has been caught in such a device, and has suffered facial injuries.
The Leading Fire Fighter clears a path, and escorts him from the scene.
I Hope you enjoy my little dio.