Museum of RAF Firefighting

Museum of RAF Firefighting Private collection of 52 Fire Engines, mostly RAF and various kinds of pumps, helmets, models and other memorabilia, a day out for all the family.

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The Museum 2022 Calendars are now available in the  Museum Shop.
14/11/2021
2022 Museum A4 Wall Calendar

The Museum 2022 Calendars are now available in the Museum Shop.

The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This calendar features high quality photographs all taken by Museum volunteers.

This weekend will see many nations pause and remember the men, woman and various animals who have paid a price to ensure...
13/11/2021
Weekend Update: 103rd Armistice Weekend

This weekend will see many nations pause and remember the men, woman and various animals who have paid a price to ensure we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. Although many of our thoughts will rightly honour the dead from thet various conflicts before and after World War 1, we must also remember those who also paid and are still paying a price to fight for our freedom. Be it physical or mental health problems, living with the loss of a parent or child, missing a friend or relative, all of these sacrifices must be remembered when the bells toll on the eleventh hour tomorrow. The volunteers at the Museum of RAF Firefighting will be joining the country in silence to remember our fallen Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines but also to spare a thought to those they left behind. We will remember and honor them all.

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-103rd-armistice-weekend/

#remembrance #royalairforce #fire #firemuseum #raffirefighting

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On Armistice we at the Museum of RAF Firefighting pause to remember all those who made the sacrifice so that we can cont...
11/11/2021

On Armistice we at the Museum of RAF Firefighting pause to remember all those who made the sacrifice so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms which we have today.

We will remember them.

On Armistice we at the Museum of RAF Firefighting pause to remember all those who made the sacrifice so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms which we have today.

We will remember them.

60 years ago on the 2nd of November 1961, the RAF launched in support of Operation Sky Help following the destruction ca...
06/11/2021
Weekend Update: 60th Anniversary of Operation Sky Help

60 years ago on the 2nd of November 1961, the RAF launched in support of Operation Sky Help following the destruction caused to British Honduras by Hurricane Hattie at the end of October that year. Hurricane Hattie subjected the islands to 140mph winds with gusts reaching peaks of 180mph. As with all hurricanes, the winds were only part of the devastation and the 12ft storm swell destroyed a small village on the outskirts of the capital and buildings near the shore....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-60th-anniversary-of-operation-sky-help/

#royalairforce #fireheritage #fire #museumofraffirefighting #aviationheritage

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Dignitaries and Veterans gathered at Staffordshire Arboretum to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Closure of all units in...
30/10/2021
Weekend Update: 50th Anniversary Since the Disbandment of the Far East Airforce

Dignitaries and Veterans gathered at Staffordshire Arboretum to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Closure of all units in the Far East Airforce on the 31st of October 1971. The Far East Airforce was established in 1948 but originated from the remnants of Air Command, South East Asia which was formed in WW2. The Far East Airforce performed post war occupation duties in a variety of countries including Siam (Thailand), Burma, French Indo-China and saw service through the Malayan Emergency and confrontation....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-50th-anniversary-since-the-disbandment-of-the-far-east-airforce/

#royalairforce #firemuseum #veterans #history #fireheritage #lincolnshire #aviationheritage #gatwickairport

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The UK’s Carrier Force continued their first operational deployment this week by participating in MPX2021, a multi-natio...
23/10/2021
Weekend Update: HMS Queen Elizabeth and 617 Sqn Take Part in MPX2021

The UK’s Carrier Force continued their first operational deployment this week by participating in MPX2021, a multi-national maritime partnership exercise involving the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Navy. The UK’s Dambusters (617 Sqn) were also participating as the carrier group continues to exercise and develop their experience operating at sea and cooperating with other forces to maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific Region....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-hms-queen-elizabeth-and-617-sqn-take-part-in-mpx2021/

#royalairforce #firemuseum #veterans #history #fireheritage #lincolnshire #aviationheritage #royalnavy #617sqn

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Coming soon  The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This cal...
18/10/2021
2022 Museum Square Wall Calendar

Coming soon The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This calendar features high quality photographs all taken by Museum volunteers.

https://firemuseum.uk/product/2022-museum-square-wall-calendar/

Coming soon The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This calendar features high quality photographs all taken by Museum volunteers.

Coming soon  The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This cal...
18/10/2021
2022 Museum A4 Wall Calendar

Coming soon The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This calendar features high quality photographs all taken by Museum volunteers.

https://firemuseum.uk/product/2022-museum-a4-wall-calendar/

Coming soon The Museum of RAF Firefighting 2022 Calendar features a selection of 13 images of museum vehicles. This calendar features high quality photographs all taken by Museum volunteers.

RAF personnel have been deployed to the four corners of the world - as usual - this month judging by the social media an...
16/10/2021
Weekend Update: The RAF Continues Globetrotting!

RAF personnel have been deployed to the four corners of the world - as usual - this month judging by the social media and press updates which are being released. The RAF were drafted in earlier in the month to bring COVID vaccines to the British Antartic Survey facility in Rothera, Antartica via the Falklands - a journey of more than 10,000 miles across 4 continents....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-the-raf-continues-globetrotting/

#royalairforce #firemuseum #veterans #history #fireheritage #lincolnshire #aviationheritage

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The RAF waved off another Sqn into the history books this week as 27 Sqn RAF Regiment was disbanded this week at RAF Hon...
09/10/2021
Weekend Update: Disbandment of 27 Sqn RAF Regiment

The RAF waved off another Sqn into the history books this week as 27 Sqn RAF Regiment was disbanded this week at RAF Honington. 27 Sqn was the RAF’s Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear unit which would respond to any incident which required their specialist knowledge to decontaminate the area and deal with the aftermath of a CBRN incident. 27 Sqn was originally stood up in 1951 as a Light Anti-Aircraft Squadron with the L40/60 Bofors Gun in response to the outbreak of the Cold and the Korean War....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-disbandment-of-27-sqn-raf-regiment/

#royalairforce #firemuseum #veterans #history #fireheritage #lincolnshire #aviationheritage #rafregiment

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The E3 Sentry flew into the history books after its retirement parade was held this week. The “Queen of the Skies,” has ...
02/10/2021
Weekend Update: Disbandment of 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron and Retirement Parade of E3 Sentry at RAF Waddington and Lincoln Day!

The E3 Sentry flew into the history books after its retirement parade was held this week. The “Queen of the Skies,” has served the RAF and NATO for over 30 years and was marked with an emotional and fitting parade at RAF Waddington. Number 8 Sqn will now relocate from Lincolnshire to RAF Lossiemouth to receive and operate the incoming E-7 Wedgetail which will enter service in 2023....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-disbandment-of-5131-bomb-disposal-squadron-and-the-e3-sentry-retires-at-raf-waddington/

royalairforce #firemuseum #veterans #history #fireheritage #lincolnshire #aviationheritage

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Although this week marks the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a small ceremony this week in Anglet, located in...
18/09/2021
Weekend Update: 80th Anniversary of the Comet Line and the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Although this week marks the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a small ceremony this week in Anglet, located in the South-West of France marked the 80th year since the formation of the Comet Line during World War Two. The Comet Line was an evasion network which was active in Belgium and France during the last four years of German Occupation....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-80th-anniversary-of-the-comet-line-and-the-81st-anniversary-of-the-battle-of-britain/

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RAF Waddington welcomed a new breed of visitor this week in the form of a pre-production Protector RPAS (Remotely Pilote...
11/09/2021
Weekend Update: – Protector Prototype (SkyGuardian) Lands at RAF Waddington and 20 Years Since the 9/11 US Terrorist Attacks

RAF Waddington welcomed a new breed of visitor this week in the form of a pre-production Protector RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) which flew in as part of a capability demonstration. Made by General Atomics, the Protector aircraft, which comes into service in 2023, will replace the RAF’s existing Reaper aircraft as the RAF’s Medium Altitude Long Endurance platform. Along with a plethora of advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, the thirteen Protector on order will be able to endure for 40 hours and will integrate the latest UK weapons....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-protector-prototype-skyguardian-lands-at-raf-waddington-and-20-years-since-the-9-11-terrorist-attacks/

#remembrance #fireheritage #firemuseum #Veterans #royalairforce #NYPD #nyfd #NineEleven #twintowers

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The 31st of August marked the end of OP PITTING; the largest NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) the RAF has undert...
05/09/2021
Weekend Update: – OP PITTING Concludes – Digby Day and IBCC Wings and Wheels Event

The 31st of August marked the end of OP PITTING; the largest NEO (Non-combatant Evacuation Operation) the RAF has undertaken since the Berlin Airlift in 1948. With the help of 600 troops, air mobility assets and staff from other government departments in Kabul, coupled with the support from hundreds of staff at RAF Birze Norton and Al Minhad, the UK successfully evacuated 15,000 UK citizens and eligible Afghan Nationals (under the ARAP scheme) to start new lives in the UK....

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-op-pitting-concludes-digby-day-and-ibcc-wings-and-wheels-event/

#royalairforce #firemuseum #veterans #history #fireheritage #IBCC #lincolnshire #aviationheritage

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We've turned out in force with both the Fordson WOT-1 and 45 Monitor (The first time they have been on display together)...
05/09/2021

We've turned out in force with both the Fordson WOT-1 and 45 Monitor (The first time they have been on display together) and a Dennis F8 to support the International Bomber Command Centre Wings and Wheels Event today.

The weather promises to be glorious so please come down and have a look. There are already some incredible machines of all sizes rolling in through the gates and the event promises to be a fantastic day out for the family. Hope to see you here!

#vintage #restoration #firemuseum #WoT1 #dennis #IBCC #wingsandwheels #lincolnshire

We've turned out in force with both the Fordson WOT-1 and 45 Monitor (The first time they have been on display together) and a Dennis F8 to support the International Bomber Command Centre Wings and Wheels Event today.

The weather promises to be glorious so please come down and have a look. There are already some incredible machines of all sizes rolling in through the gates and the event promises to be a fantastic day out for the family. Hope to see you here!

#vintage #restoration #firemuseum #WoT1 #dennis #IBCC #wingsandwheels #lincolnshire

Great to be at Digby Day today with a few appliances and the Mobile Display Unit. Come and say hello if you are about!#d...
04/09/2021

Great to be at Digby Day today with a few appliances and the Mobile Display Unit. Come and say hello if you are about!

#digby #raf #heritage #fire

Great to be at Digby Day today with a few appliances and the Mobile Display Unit. Come and say hello if you are about!

#digby #raf #heritage #fire

This week marks the first time a female officer has ever been appointed to become the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of an...
22/08/2021
Weekend Update: Appointment of AVM Suraya Marshall to AOC 2 Group

This week marks the first time a female officer has ever been appointed to become the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) of an Operational Group during the RAF's 103 history. The RAF announced that Air Commodore Suraya Marshall will be promoted to Air Vice Marshall and appointed AOC of 2 Group. In simplistic terms, No.2 Group commands the Force Enablers of the RAF. This includes Air Mobility, Force Protection, Battle Space Management and Support Force which includes everything from Cyber Security, Logistics, the RAF's talented Musicians and the RAF's Fire and Rescue Service. The challenge of leading this vast range of cutting-edge capabilities with an ever growing task list must be incredible. However, we at the Museum are in no doubt that AVM Marshall will continue to benefit from the RAF's pool of exceptionally talented personnel and will lead the group through whatever challenges the future holds. The Museum of RAF Firefighting want to offer their sincere congratulations to AVM Marshall on her appointment and wish her every success.

After last weekend's success of displaying our vehicles at the Sandtoft Blues and Two's event and LincsFest- where we revealed the Fordson 45 Monitor for the first time AND announced our partnership with Scampton Holdings Ltd - this weekend was a chance for the team to catch their breath and reflect. The resounding views of the team were all positive but, most of all, everyone was just happy to return to some sort of normal and be able to attend events to engage with the public. Of course, like everything, there is always ways that we can improve including better visuals and displays but we will use the experience of the last two shows to keep improving for our next event which is the IBCC's Wings and Wheel's event on the 5th of September! We are also always open to suggestions or feedback. If you saw our displays or chatted to us, please feel free to leave a comment or feedback on this article, message us on Facebook or email [email protected].

After the feedback session concluded the team set about their various tasks including the continued efforts to catalogue and organise the extensive documentation and literature in the library, counting the shop stock after the sales from last weekend and general admin tasks around the HQ or storage area. All of the funds generated from any shop sales or donations at shows help towards the costs of maintaining the museum vehicles and artifacts. Our latest project, the Fordson 45 Monitor Project, is the latest focus of the museum and you can see the next stage of the project here.

The Mobile Display Unit (MDU) also made massive progress this weekend and the team's efforts was clear to see. Whilst it is a relatively small space, the team have worked hard to enable us to bring a tiny fraction of the museum's displays and artifacts, the history of the trade and what the future holds for the museum to shows so we can spread our message as wide widely as possible to the public.

Finally, after seeing this week’s events unfold in Afghanistan, it would be remiss of us not to end this update by highlighting our next Crashline Call which will be held on the 1st of September at 1900. These free zoom calls offer MOD Emergency Service Veterans and personnel the chance to get together virtually and share in some of the comradery and banter with colleagues and friends. If you are interested in attending, or know someone who could benefit from these calls, please share the details or get them to email [email protected]. Also the RAF have published a webpage with links to charities and useful tools for serving personnel and Veterans needing help with their health. Please seek the help you need if you are struggling and stay safe.

https://firemuseum.uk/weekend-update-appointment-of-avm-suraya-marshall-to-aoc-2-group/

#royalairforce #firemuseum #OpCourage #veterans #history #fireheritage

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As you may have read in other posts, the Museum of RAF Firefighting was able to make its fundraising targets, secure the...
21/08/2021
Fordson 45 Monitor Appeal – What Next?

As you may have read in other posts, the Museum of RAF Firefighting was able to make its fundraising targets, secure the Fordson 45 Monitor from the 493rd Bomb Group Museum Debach Airfield and reveal it to the public at LincsFest last weekend. However, now we have the vehicle, the decisions and thoughts now turn to what the Museum actually wants to do with it long term and, more importantly, how are we going to fund it.

The vehicle was last restored nearly 20 years ago and whilst it is still in great mechanical condition, the general appearance and certain parts will need restoration, refurbishment or replacement to ensure the vehicle can be brought back to display standard. This is to be expected of a vehicle that is nearly 80 years old! The decisions also need to be made if the museum completely restores the vehicle to show room standard or preserves its dings, bumps, dents and scratches as these all tell of different stories and use during its lifetime. This isn't unique to this vehicle. Just have to look at the branch locker doors of a MK6 to find some "usage marks," from where the branches used to rattle around the locker when the vehicle was on the run! The team have already started to assess the many parts of the vehicle for any obvious signs of fatigue, rust and damage to start understanding how in depth we need to go in the future. The great thing is that Debach stored this vehicle indoors and spared it from the worst the British weather could throw at it.

In the immediate future, the vehicle needs a new set of tyres to standardise the tread pattern and sizes that we currently have on the vehicle. Whilst we could keep the current tyres on as a stop gap, we cannot use the vehicle on the road to bring it to shows as we intend. As you can imagine, six tyres of this size are not cheap with each one costing £300. Engine oil, spark plugs and the other consumables will likely add another £200 on top of that figure to bring it north of £2000.

So, whilst the initial expenditure has been met, there is still a long way to go to bring this vehicle up to the standard that we would like to see it. We still need your help to keep the 45 Monitor Project going and this can be done through a range of methods including our Standing Order Supporter Scheme, Amazon Smile, PayPal Giving or making a purchase out of our online shop. Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a big difference to our challenge to save this vehicle for future generations.

Have a look on our webpage for more pictures and a video of the vehicle running.

https://firemuseum.uk/fordson-45-monitor-appeal-what-next/

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Hi, I thought some of you might be interested in the below talk- Maggie Appleton MBE, CEO, Royal Air Force Museum will be speaking next week on the importance of museums in a post- Covid world.
Watching a program on BBC last night about the Victoria and Albert Museum, a museum about art and design - so clothes and fashion really. And I'm thinking how can a museum who doesn't charge an entry fee have such a vast collection of items, and such a large collection of well paid staff - when military and vehicle museums and all struggling to survive?
At the time of the airshow, Scampton was also the home of the Museum of RAF Firefighting and they put on a great display of their collection at the show, The museum is relocating and we wish them luck in their new home.
Such a great bunch of people to work with at the Museum of RAF Firefighting, it was a pleasure to help move some of the equipment for them, especially the MK6 😃👍
It would be a shame to let all their hard work go to waste, who is willing to give them a hand? Museum of RAF Firefighting
Any news of a new location for the museum
Museum of RAF Firefighting restore and preserve ex-RAF firefighting vehicles and equipment. They joined us last year at Rescue Day 2019 for the first time with a range of their impressive fleet.
Just a quick question folks, can anyone tell me if the 'air portable' Landrover was ever used for fire fighting duties? ... thank you
Will a video of a TACR be done? Used to drive one at Sandown airport
would you like ta be part of 999 museum for diecast fire engines police cars ambulances and get national heritage lottery funding
As Widnes buses have just ceased to exist, why not try to ask Halton council (Cheshire) if the old bus depot can be used to house the historic collection of RAF firefighting vehicles