Welcome to the Museum of RAF Firefighting, the hidden secret of Firefighting in the UK. The Museum hosts not only Royal Air Force history but Firefighting throughout the ages. From Victorian times up to Modern day, Civilian and Military across the UK. A huge collection of fire memorabilia from across the world, and quite possibly the largest collection of Military fire engines in the world.
The Museum is owned by Steve Shirley, a current RAF Warrant Officer still serving. His collection started a number of years ago and has grown exponentially, having been setup in Manston Kent, the whole of the contents were moved to the new Museum housed at RAF Scampton, comprising of the Annex of Hangar 2 which was home to 617 Sqn in the War, more commonly known as the Dambusters. Guy Gibson’s office is located above the entrance to the Museum and his dog’s grave is still visible outside next to the driveway. The vehicles, all 48 (currently) are located within the Bluesteel hangar, this was where the weapons for the V-Force were primed before being fastened to aircraft, the Hangar is full of fire engines, in fact so full it’s a task to get them all back in.
As a visitor you get to see, feel and hear the fire fighters life, don’t worry flames are not part of the visit! However we do try to give our visitors a ride in a real fire engine if conditions permit.
Due to our location within the active base of RAF Scampton, all visits have to be pre-booked. This isn’t a major ordeal, all we ask is that you call to book and we will take your booking there and then or call you back, we will ask for basic information, your name and contact details and proposed date/s of visit. We will try to cater for your needs as best we can and book you in with the Guardroom prior to your visit, all visitors get to drive onto the base or we will use our bus to ferry visitors around the estate. What you will need is Photographic ID (over 16’s) and you appreciation that you will be entering a military establishment. You will be escorted at all times by Museum Volunteers.
Come and visit us and we guarantee you will be blown away.