principally for domestic duties, Fire 2 is our Rescue Pump which carries additional media and rescue equipment to compliment the unique Land Rover fleet. Keeping all the vehicles in first class operational condition is very important and the work is usually handled by the members of the group who have a range of appropriate skills although on occasion more specialised work will require outside services.
2014 on onwards
2014 is a big year for the AVFS marking our Twenty years anniversary and also our 1000th duty on the 6th September which coincidentally was an air display at Shuttleworth and the first time the DH88 Comet Racer displayed for a number of years. Our membership is increasing and we are still looking to recruit more members particularly from within our local area. If you are resident within 50 miles of Old Warden Aerodrome and are interested in becoming a member please visit our website, the ‘Join Us?’ page give full details on qualification and our expectations of our members, there is also a link to a downloadable application form. The quality of our training is improving and we have better access to more appropriate vehicles and suitable equipment. We are also fortunate to have a good working relationship with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service which we intend to develop and build upon, their assistance and support over recent years is very much appreciated.
The AVFS is growing and needs to improve the facilities for garaging and maintaining the fire fighting vehicles. We also need to improve the training, control room and headquarter facilities. The Shuttleworth Collection have kindly agreed to provide us with a new home which we now need to fit out and equip so we can continue our work. Being financially modest and reliant upon donations the new fire station project will have a major short term cost implication that we will be unable to fund from our annual turnover so we are now undertaking a funding scheme to support the build of our new fire station and to cover immediate maintenance requirements, the cost of this project has been estimated at £105.000. We are therefore appealing widely to individuals, companies, trusts and other bodies for help towards building our new fire station. A brochure giving full details on the project and outlining ways in which you may be able to help can be found on our website. Any support from companies, organisations or individuals will of course be most welcome however large or small.
The primary focus of the Airfield Volunteer Fire Service is still to provide fire protection and first aid services to The Shuttleworth Collection and in particular for the special flying days; protecting the world’s aviation heritage is very important to us. When on standby at the Shuttleworth Collection or any other event everyone in the group hopes that they will have a relaxed day or days with no emergencies and no one in danger. However if the call comes the AVFS, thanks to their training and fleet of specialised vehicles are able to respond quickly and deal with the emergency.