Mr Bailey was born in Guyana on that day in 1925. Today would be his 95th Birthday been

According to the London Fire Brigade (LFB), he was the first full-time black firefighter in London and possibly the first in the country

The Google Doodle, illustrated by West Yorkshire based guest artist Nicole Miles, pays homage to the firefighter and social worker who fought for equal rights

Mr. Bailey’s first job was on a German merchant ship that brought him to New York

According to his Google Doodle bio, Mr. Bailey found work in a hospital where he struck a strike in protest of the facility’s separate dining rooms for different types of staff

After learning that blacks “weren’t employed by the fire department,” Mr. Bailey was inspired to join the West Ham fire department in 1955

He was close friends with the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) general secretary and John Horner and became FBY branch secretary at the Silvertown Fire Station where he worked
After leaving the brigade in 1965, Mr. Bailey became a social worker and the first black juvenile legal advisor on Marylebone Magistrates Court

In 2007, Mr. Bailey was asked to contribute to a brochure for the London Fire Service (LFB) entitled “In Their Own Words”

He said, “I have been told that the authorities do not hire black men because they are not physically strong enough or not well trained to do the job

“I immediately recognized racism and said I’ll apply to be a firefighter and see if they think I am unsuitable. I saved the life of a firefighter when he passed out while we were on the fifth floor of a ladder drilling session. p>

“I took him to the ground in a fire engine lift. The man’s weight was 16 stones and he was 6’2″ ”

She said, “Years after he left the fire department, until his death, he encouraged young black firefighters to get involved in politics

“He was full of stories of solidarity and determination to make change in his many different roles – as a medical assistant in a New York hospital and in London as a unionist, firefighter, psychiatric social worker, overseer in a social club for ex -Soldiers and an attorney for young black men appearing in court

“His enthusiasm for equality got him into trouble at times. He never shied away from a challenge or difficult conversation, and had many angry showdowns. He put energy and sincerity into everything he did and people respected that”

Frank Bailey Fireman, Frank Bailey

World News – UK – London’s first post-war black firefighter honored on Google Doodle

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/frank-bailey-london-black-firefighter-google-doodle-b79335.html