SSO Lionel Rose Reg No 1092


It is with deepest sympathy and respect that l advise all personnel that Retired Senior Station Officer Lionel Rose (Reg: 1092) passed away peacefully on Tuesday 18 June.

Lionel joined the MFB on 20 August 1954 and retired on 7 November 1980 after more than 26 years of dedicated service to the Brigade and the community.  

Lionel always had a passion for road accident rescue and emergency treatment and spent many years at FS 3.    This passion led to him being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1976 for the purpose of researching best practice in Road Accident Rescue and emergency treatment.    The legacy of his contribution to the MFB is that, as a result of his research,  the MFB adopted his recommendations and introduced the Hurst “Jaws of Life” hydraulic rescue tools into the MFB; these were the forerunner of the “state of the art” hydraulic rescue equipment we have today.

The MFB has a proud tradition of members following in the footsteps of their family and Lionel’s son, retired Station Officer Chris Rose, followed this tradition for many years.