Welcome to the Museum of RAF Firefighting


The Museum is dedicated to telling the story of military firefighting with a particular emphasis on the Royal Air Force.

The collection also includes exhibits from the Royal Navy and the Army. The Defence Fire services and MOD contract fire Services.

We cannot tell the story of military firefighting without telling the story of fire fighting in general. The collection therefore has exhibits from civilian fire services both from home and abroad.

It is thought to be the largest collection of fire memorabilia in the country and we believe we have the largest collection of ex military fire engines in the world on display in a single location.

News Update

For those of you who have been following our regular news updates, you’ll know that since leaving RAF Scampton back in 2017 the Museum has been struggling to find a permanent home. Having relocated to Gainsborough, Scunthorpe and Alford we now find ourselves, once again without a permanent home.

Luckily, we have managed to find under cover storage for the collection thanks to the generosity of two local businessmen who are determined to see the Museum reopen in Lincolnshire eventually. With the collection safe, we feel the time is right as an organisation, to come up for air and regroup. The past years have certainly taken their toll on us both physically and mentally, but through this adversity, we have remained resolute. We are determined to see a Museum dedicated to military firefighting, with an emphasis on the Royal Air Force Fire & Rescue Service, flourish as a visitor attraction, education facility and community hub in Lincolnshire.

With the collection in storage we will not be open to visitors for the foreseeable future. We will concentrate our efforts on the upkeep of the vehicles and memorabilia in preparation for finding a new home. With our mobile exhibition unit and a smaller fleet of fire fighting appliances, we plan to visit shows and support events where possible. We must ensure that the Museum is not forgotten, and this is the best way to do it. If people can’t come to the Museum, the Museum will come to them!

We will retain our admin base at Scunthorpe and concentrate on research work, archiving and cataloguing the collection as we work towards accreditation.

Our thoughts have turned into developing a pop-up Museum. If you know of a smaller building that could house a smaller display, then please let us know. Obviously, we all hope that we will find either the financial support or someone with a large empty building that would be prepared to support our activities to establish what we believe, would be the largest collection of fire memorabilia in the Country!

All we need is the chance to prove that we can make this work. Hopefully that chance won’t be too far away, but until it comes along, please continue to do all that you can to help us.

Together, we will make it happen!

We will be posting on Facebook and the website to keep you updated!

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Your Museum needs you! Can you help us survive? 


Did you know that you can make a regular contribution to the Museum of RAF Firefighting by setting up a standing order payment direct from your bank account? You can pledge as little as £1.00 a month knowing that every penny we raise will go directly into supporting the museum and its activities. Our account details are as follows:-

Name of Bank: National Westminster

Name of account: Museum of RAF Firefighting

Account Number: 53037545

Sort Code: 60-13-15

Put your name down as the reference and that will allow us to recognise who is actually supporting us.

We are a registered charity (Charity number 1172939) and as such we can claim gift aid back from your donation if you are a UK tax payer. Simply let us have your name and address and we’ll do the rest.

We thank you in anticipation for your support. Without regular financial contributions the Museum will not be able to thrive and continue with its quest to become a nationally recognised visitor attraction specialising in telling the history of the RAF Fire & Rescue Service and Military Firefighting as a whole. This in turn will also help us to become a recognised educational hub that will enhance fire and safety awareness for all. 

Museum of RAF Firefighting Admin Office, 14 Billet Lane, Normanby Enterprise Park, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 9YH

Phone 01522 730198  –  Email enquiry@firemuseum.uk


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This November a team of fundraisers are looking to put on a great event at the Irish Centre in Leeds. It looks to be a great chance to get together with mates, raise a few glasses whilst listening to live music and support two great causes - The Brain Tumour Trust and...

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With the Boss ordered off duty this week by O.C Home Affairs for family celebrations, the rest of us gathered at the 3 different locations to continue the museum’s work. As expected, there was a marked increase in productivity and tea breaks were at an all-time low!...
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