Friday, 24 July 2009


To some extent the history of Rhyl is a history of fires so the local fire and rescue service has played an important role – and continues to do so. The Rhyl brigade began in Victorian times and was manned by volunteers until all the volunteer brigades were nationalised during World War 2.

At first the fire engine was a hand-operated pump drawn by horses and later drawn by a handsome steam-driven contraption. The fire station used to be behind the Town Hall; it was demolished in 1968. Some of this information is from the book ‘Rhyl - The Town And Its People’ by J.W. Jones, published 1974.

The picture above was taken earlier this month by Yours Truly; it shows the present £2.5 million fire station on Rhyl Coast Road. The building has meeting rooms for community use. At the time of writing, North Wales Police hold drop-in surgeries there on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Go and tell them your problems.