It is with much regret that the Museum of RAF Firefighting located at RAF Scampton has been closed down today (21/11/16) until further notice. This is due to the MOD’s requirement at RAF Scampton to use the former offices within the Annex of Hangar 2 for the Scampton Airshow 2017 project. The dedicated team of Volunteers won’t give up on the prospect of creating another location for this popular visitor attraction for all its visitors and veterans.
All items currently on display will be catalogued, packed and then placed into storage awaiting a further decision on the possible relocation of the Museum. RAF Scampton will continue to provide us with secure storage which will enable the massive collection of artefacts to be kept together in order for us to plan for the future. Due to strict Health & Safety requirements it will be impossible for us to host any visitors to these facilities. The Museum phone line, website and all other social media will continue to function, and your support for these will be essential if we are to show that the Museum continues to be a viable asset for relocation/re-establishment.
The Museum is very grateful to successive Station Commanders for allowing us to have a presence at RAF Scampton for the last 14 Years. Obviously the last 4.5 years have seen the Museum grow into an extremely popular tourist attraction; reaching No.5 of Things To do In Lincoln within the first year, and No.30 of 345 Things To do In Lincolnshire this year.
Please understand that the decision to close the Museum has not been taken lightly. We were always aware that we were guests of RAF Scampton and as such, service needs must always take priority. Please avoid doing anything that could affect the relationship that we have built with RAF Scampton by entering into any form of negative comment towards the station executives and the RAF/MOD as a whole.
We remain active members of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and the Fire Heritage Network UK, and we hope that liaisons with these organisations together with the support that we have received from within the county, nationwide and worldwide, will enable a solution to be found and that the Museum will soon be re-opened to the public at a location within Lincolnshire. If you know of a location suitable to house the collection, or you are a Museum interested in forming a partnership with us at your location, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The Museum team wish the Scampton Airshow 2017 team the best of luck with the first ever Scampton Airshow and we hope it is successful and continues year on year.
The dream will continue… watch this space, but above all, please continue to support us.
Steve Shirley, MBE
Welcome to the Museum of RAF Fire fighting, Britain’s only museum focusing on all Ministry of Defence (M.O.D) Fire Services, including Naval Air Command Fire Service, Royal Navy, Army, Defence Fire Service, Air Ministry Fire Service and also from Civilian fire brigades worldwide.
The Museum once occupied two sites; one in Kent at the former RAF station, Manston and the main collection at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire (also the current home of the Red Arrows).
In 2014 the collection was merged into one, all housed at RAF Scampton within the famous home of the Dambusters hangar 2 where the Annex houses rooms full of fire fighting related items dating back to Victorian times, a small selection of RAF fire engines are on show within the main hangar, all related to vehicle types that would have served at RAF Scampton over the years, this sits next to the attractions of the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre. There is then the Blue Steel hangar which houses the remaining 45 Vehicles.
The museum tells the story of fire fighting from the earliest days to modern times through an ever growing collection of vehicles and artefacts.
A little known museum which will delight even those who wouldn’t think such a museum would be of interest to them.
W.O. Steve Shirley MBE
Museum Founder and Owner
The Museum can trace its origins back to the time when Steve received his first fire engine model, a gift from his wife Kim on the day he graduated from the Fire School at RAF Catterick in 1983. Since then the collection has grown at an alarming rate with a growing band of volunteers, a large collection of over 42 specialist crash tenders and fire appliances as well as thousands of other fire-fighting artefacts, there is something for everyone to explore and bring out the kid from within. With the ability to literally reach out and touch most of our exhibits you are able to imagine what it was like to be a fire-fighter in the past as well as how modern Fire-fighting equipment compares.
Museum of RAF Firefighting