In October 1943 Glala joined the National Fire Service. She was one of 23 fireboats in NFS District 26, and would have been based at Gladstone Dock, Liverpool. Glala was equipped with two pumps with an output of about 750 gallons per minute each. These photographs, from the archives of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, show her in a very damaged state. It's not clear what had happened but the absence of fire damage suggests a gas explosion. It may be worth noting that AEC had installed a bottled gas cooker in the galley.
Glala, nearest. The two machines in the accommodation area are pumps.
The boat alongside is slightly damaged too. [MF&RS]
The galley was located roughly in the centre of this picture. [MF&RS]
The boat alongside is probably the fireboat Namouna. [MF&RS]