Old firefighter’s helmet found under CDHB building

DISCOVERY: Excavators found an old fireman's helmet in mud below a CDHB building.

Excavators demolishing a Canterbury District Health Board building have made a strange discovery – an 80-year-old firefighter’s helmet.

The helmet was discovered encased in mud below the former sexual health clinic on St Asaph St, which is earmarked to be the site of the new energy centre.

It was spotted by excavators who were digging out the fill at the bottom of the lift shaft.

The helmet is made from layers of cork, covered with cotton canvas and painted.

Fire helmet expert Andy Turnham told the CDHB the find was an old Cromwell 2240 Telbon fire helmet made by Helmets Ltd of Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

He said the lining dates it between 1934 and 1948 and it could have been an officer’s helmet, but was not valuable, he said.