This post brings back a few memories - I was a volunteer fireman back in the early 1960s.
We had the old 'green goddess' fire engine. We used to meet for practice one night per week at the fire station.
If there was a 999 fire call come in while we were in the station, we had to wait for the regular firemen to go down the pole before us, by the time we got down the pole and onto the 'Green Goddess' the red fire engines had disappeared, but we chased them, clanging the bell with a piece of rope that came through the roof.
Inevitably, the fire was out by the time we got there - Happy Memories :)