Father of firefighting honoured 187

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A statue of the father of firefighting has been unveiled in a square on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

James Braidwood founded the world’s first municipal fire service in the Scottish capital in 1824 but received little recognition in his home city.

The 7ft tall statue was officially revealed today in front of firefighters dressed in historic uniforms.

The memorial to the pioneer – whose methods are still in use to this day – was erected in the city’s Parliament Square with members of the Braidwood family turning up to honour him.

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