I have not been on the site for a while due to holidays(annual pilgramage to Tunisia) but read with great interest that you were a a Birmingham fireman.
My stepmother was also emplyed in various positions by firstly the Birmingham Fire and Ambulance Service ( as it was known When she joined in 1955 ) then when they changed the name to Birmingham Fire Service. She worked at Mosely road , Bordsley Green & Central
HQ ( Bottm of the hill in Dale End) & retired in 1976 approx.
Saltley brings back memories to me, the LMS steam railway sheds, my brother Brian was based there first as an engine fireman then later beame a top link driver, he often took me to the shed to trainspot.
Have not been back forr at 20years i expect its all changed?