The picture is titled "Mines Rescue Station, Ilkeston" and
"A Mixed Team", but not dated.
The front row consists of Superintendent A Syson flanked by 1st Instructor
A Bonsor and 2nd Instructor W Hart. The back row (wearing respirators) consists of
J Stirland, C Page, A James, A Hardy, W Arabin and my father, A Burbeck (Albert).
The background is the rescue tender, but a later coach-worked model, not the open-cab 1920's type in your picture.
Attached, you will find the photograph together with the caption on the mount. I also supply a higher resolution detail of Arthur Syson and my father, Albert Burbeck. I'm afraid I don't have much in the way of stories tying my father to the Mines Rescue, but I'll see what I can come up with regardless.
However, you might ask if Arthur Syson had a relative who was a schoolmaster or if anyone knows about this. The reason is that I was taught by a "Mister Syson" at junior school (thin, 6ft and with a grey beard) and my father seemed to have an aquaintanceship with him, but without ever explaining properly - just wondered if it was coincidence or not. He was living on Heanor Road close to the Brick & Tile (The Mallard, as is now) not far from ourselves, at the time. Bob.