The figure on the left is an insurance fireman and the figure on the right is a salvage porter. In the background there is a picture of a manual pump which was used extensively by insurance brigades. The equipment in the foreground is a selection of fire hooks and axes.
The Great Fire of London was a severe blow to the city and fire insurance brigades were developed as a way to deal with future fires. Much later, independent insurance brigades joined together to form the London Fire Engine Establishment (LFEE).