About Us

Welcome to the Museum of RAF Fire fighting, Britain’s only museum focusing on military fire fighting. 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.  The museum tells the story of fire fighting from the earliest days to modern times through an ever growing collection of vehicles and artefacts.

This website gives a taste of what the museum has to offer so we hope you’ll enjoy exploring it and that it will encourage you to pay a visit to a rapidly developing museum!

W.O. Steve Shirley MBE, museum founder

Steve Shirley
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.