History of the British Fire Services Association from our inception in 1882 as the
Midlands Fire Brigades Association
The Museum of RAF Firefighting is Britain’s only museum focusing on military firefighting. The Museum is located at Museum of RAF Firefighting, North Warren Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2TU). The museum tells the story of fire fighting from the earliest days to modern times through an ever growing collection of vehicles and artefacts. The Museum can trace its origins back to the time when Steve graduated from the Fire School at RAF Catterick in 1983. Since then the collection has grown at an alarming rate and now occupies an old Industrial Factory in the heart of Gainsborough, all run by a growing band of volunteers. With a large collection of over 49 specialist crash tenders and fire appliances as well as thousands of other firefighting artifacts.
The BFSA’s collection of Medals and Trophies are located at the Museum of RAF Firefighting, where they have a room dedicated to these items and can be seen by the public if they book a visit to the Museum.
In 2004 the major fire museums, fire heritage collections and fire service enthusiast groups in the country met together to form a new network dedicated to the study and preservation of Britain’s proud fire service history.
Fire Heritage Network UK is not itself a museum, nor is it a society for collectors of memorabilia or old fire engines, or a club for “fire fan”, but it serves to bring together all those existing organisations within the sector, to provide mutual assistance and the ongoing promotion and encouragement of the topic.
Today FHNUK includes amongst its membership the country’s larger fire museums, national fire engine preservation groups and societies dedicated to collecting, studying or researching the history of fire fighting and related subjects.
Whilst support and advice for its member organisations is a prime function of the Network, it also acts as a bridge, linking members of the general public or enthusiasts to individual member groups and providing a unified voice where necessary.
Blue Light Card provides those in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces with discounts online and in-store. Blue Light Card also works with small and large companies across the UK to get involved in supporting the blue light community through offering our members discounts through Blue Light Card.