Local government changes resulting in new fire authorities or brigades between the
denationalisation of the fire service in 1948 and the major local government reorganisation
in 1974 are noted here.
On 1 April 1967 the county borough of West Hartlepool and the borough of Hartlepool
in County Durham merged to become the county borough of Hartlepool. Consequently
the West Hartlepool Fire Brigade ceased to exist and a new Hartlepool Fire Brigade
Area: 19 sq. miles
Fire stations: 2
With effect from 1 April 1965, the area of London was enlarged from 117 square miles
to 620 square miles and the London County Council (LCC) was replaced by the Greater
London Council (GLC). The county of Middlesex, and the county boroughs of Croydon,
East Ham and West Ham were abolished, along with their fire brigades, and taken into
the enlarged area. Fifty-four borough and county districts from Essex, Hertfordshire,
Kent and Surrey were also absorbed by Greater London.
A review of local government in the West Midlands resulted in the expansion of five
county boroughs and the consequent establishment of new fire brigade areas with effect
from 1 April 1966.
Dudley county borough took in from Staffordshire the urban district of Brierley Hill,
most of Sedgley and part of Coseley and Amblecote urban districts, and part of Tipton
Smethwick county borough took in Oldbury borough and part of Halesowen borough from
Worcestershire, and Rowley Regis borough from Staffordshire. The enlarged authority
became Warley county borough.
Walsall county borough took in from Staffordshire the urban district of Darlaston,
most of Willenhall urban district and part of Wednesbury borough.
West Bromwich county borough took in from Staffordshire most of Tipton and Wednesbury
boroughs, and part of Coseley urban district.
Wolverhampton county borough took in from Staffordfshire the borough of Bilston,
Wednesfield urban district, parts of Coseley, Sedgley, Tettenhall and Willenhall
urban districts, and parts of Seisdon and Cannock rural districts.
The joint fire brigade of Smethwick and West Bromwich ceased to exist and the new
county borough brigades from
1 April 1966 were
On 1 April 1968 the county borough of Teesside was created by the amalgamation of
Middlesbrough county borough with the borough of Stockton-on-Tees, most of the urban
district of Billingham and part of the rural district of Stockton in County Durham,
and the borough of Thornaby-on-Tees and most of Redcar, most of the urban district
of Eston, parts of the urban districts of Guisborough and Saltburn & Marske-by-the-Sea,
and part of the rural district of Stokesley in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Consequently
the Middlesbrough Fire Brigade ceased to exist and a new Teesside Fire Brigade was
Area: 77 sq. miles
Fire stations: 6
On 1 April 1964 the boroughs of Luton (Bedfordshire) and Solihull (Warwickshire)
acquired county borough status and established their own fire brigades.
Area: 17 sq. miles
Fire stations: 1
Area: 21 sq. miles
Fire stations: 1
Also on 1 April 1968 the county borough of Torbay was created by the amalgamation
of the borough of Torquay with the urban districts of Paignton and Brixham in Devon.
The new authority entered into an arrangement with Devon County Council for the joint
provision of a fire service and cover continued to be provided by Devon Fire Brigade.