Like to try re-enacting? Interested in NFS history? Like vintage vehicles? Interested in WW2 events? Like to have a go? Then why not join us? Have a look at ‘About Us’, and get in touch. Email: info@nfs-afs.org.uk

Recent videos of us in action: Woodhall Spa Air Raid (2013) by Tricky Imp, Rufford Air Raid (2013) and by Ian Beck,  Lowdham Floods 2012, Crich Tramway Museum 2012.  newsreel of the air raid at Rufford by Ian Beck. James Walker made this video at Rufford 2012 using a tiny camera attached to his person whilst he went up the ladder! Our current leaflet is here: NFS Vehicles Group recruiting with 2014 events, and has the events list on the back.

You can contact us at info@nfs-afs.org.uk or call David on 0115 9664938.


We are pleased to be associated with Home Front History. Visit their website www.homefronthistory.co.uk.

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K4 misfire – carburetor overhaul

The K4 TL has suffered from a misfire – which was rather more pronounced at the end ofIMG_20150419_160359 last season in that it seemed to struggle to extend the ladder. We checked the ignition – there is a great spark exceeding 1/4″ from the electronic ignition. The vacuum advance unit looked suspect, so we removed that and cleaned it up. It isn’t very effective, but the engine seems to run fine as long as the timing is somewhere in the vicinity of just before TDC. As the engine misfires most as you open the throttle quickly.

So it was time to look at the carburetor. Perhaps one of the jets was blocked, or just some crud in the float bowl, or a sticking float needle.

So today I stripped it down, cleaned everything, and put it all back together. No significant difference. So I tried a road test, and it reached 40mph between Lowdham roundabout and the de-restriction sign – about 1/4 mile, which does not seem to bad at all, especially given a top speed of around 45mph. So all we can do is try it out for real, unless anyone has any other bright ideas how to improve things.

IMG_20150419_184534Finally, the throttle combination linkage, which combines the foot pedal with the ladder extend control, is rather worn. So do I bore out the links and manufacture a special oversize cotter pin, or do I fill the holes with silver solder, and re-bore then to the correct size?

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Site restored after hack

Unfortunately, this site was hacked, which explains why it has been down for a few days. This is now a completely clean installation of WordPress, and I hope it will be fine now. If you see anything that looks dodgy – strange URLs, or corrupted graphics, please let me know ASAP. Thank you for your understanding.

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Training session on Fordson Escape and Turntable Ladder

A group of 9 of us met to train on the Wheeled Escape and the Turntable Ladder.

IMG_20150314_144330 (Copy)We wanted to get to be as competent and safe with the Escape as we are with the TL, and to practice rescue techniques using a Neil Robertson stretcher. A video of what we achieved can be seen here, on Facebook.

With the Escape, we learned the key skills from the drill book and Manual of Firemanship. For example, the No. 4 man must always remain in contact with the levers at all times when the escape is off the vehicle. What it doesn’t tell you is that you have to extend the escape at least three rounds, or the pawls catch on the rollers that support the ladder.

The scenario that we may wish to portray is that there is an injured casualty in a 3rd floor room that is now inaccessible because of fire. The escape goes in first, and a fireman goes into the room with the casualty, and confirms that the casualty will need lowering in a Neil Robertson stretcher.

IMG_20150314_145232 (Copy)The TL is put into place so that the ladder can be trained so that the lowering line can be reached by the fireman aloft, and then trained back so that there is clear space for the casualty to be lowered into.

The ladder was extended to 50 feet, with a lowering line already fed through the pulley block at the ladder head, with a caribina (actually the safely catch from the TL belt), and the guide line below. The Neil Robertson stretcher was also clipped on. The stretcher was hauled up to 40 feet, and guided with the guide line, [and then lowered so our chap on the ’40-foot tall’ IBC container could reach it :) ]

The man aloft then deftly swapped the empty stretcher for one with our ‘dead Fred’ already strapped in, and attached the lines to it.

IMG_20150314_145345 (Copy)The man on the ground  then took the weight of the casualty, as the man aloft carefully guided the casualty out of the imaginary window, and used the stretcher guide line to ease the stretcher out into free space. He was then hauled up to 40 feet, and then lowered to the ground.

At this point, the real live ‘bloody’ casualty in our display would be brought out from a suitable hiding place in our 3rd Neil Robertson stretcher, and switched for the ‘dead Fred’. and carried out on a wartime Civil Defence stretcher into the public view to have First Aid administered by an ARP warden.

IMG_20150314_171106 (Copy)Later on, we took the opportunity to lower the ladder on the carriage, and do some maintenance. All told, a very successful day.

 

 

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The Pump Escape in service in the 1950s

Following on from the photo from Bruce Hoad showing GGN802 at Uckfield Fire Station in East Sussex, we were delighted to hear from Guy Bowes  who is an archivist for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, and sent us these photos from the same day in the 1950s.

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Possible events for 2015

2015 looks like being a rather special year. We have the 75th anniversaries of Operation Dynamo, the Dunkirk evacuation in May, followed by 75th anniversaries of the Battle of Britain in the Summer, and the Blitz in the Autumn. Of course, the London Blitz ran from 7th September to 29th December (and continuing in fits and starts until 21st May the following year), punctuated by Coventry on 14th November, followed a few days later by 10 days of raids on Birmingham, and Sheffield 12th/15th December.

We also have the 70th anniversary of the V2 rockets, which landed on London and further afield between September 1944 and February 1945. But the main action was the liberation of Europe, with the bombing of Dresden on 14th February, the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini in April, and the long-awaited victory in Europe on 8th May. There were the nuclear bombs in Japan on 6th and 9th August followed by the Japanese surrender on 14th August, finally bringing the fighting of the war to a close.

Sadly, far from the war winding down, there was much pain and suffering right up to the very end.

So what of events?

The regular Chesterfield event in February or March has been cancelled for next year.

Always a nice start to the season is the Historical Bazaar at Rufford over the 25th/26th April.

Saturday 2nd May, we would like to take a vehicle to Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester for their Emergency Vehicles Day. On Monday 4th May, we have a small display at Lowdham Village Hall.

The Earl’s Barton Fire Show is a possibility, on 30th/31st May.

The Great Central Railway have their 1940s weekend on 5th-7th June, which will obviously have a ‘Victory’ feel, although it could have a ‘Battle of Britain’ theme. Either way, there will be a group of NFS firemen there doing some training exercises, possibly in conjunction with the local Police and ARP.

The Emergency Services Heritage Show at Newark Showground on 4th/5th July will be a great opportunity for a big green AFS display using Green Goddesses, RL Trucks, Land Rovers, Motorbikes, and lots of 6″ hose and tons of water. Should be a wartime display opportunity as well.

Kelham Island have just confirmed the date for their 40s event in July, but we have to miss it this year, as it clashes with Woodhall Spa.

Hot on the heels of this show is our big one of the year, at Woodhall Spa on 17th-19th July. There will obviously be a Victory feel, but it will also be the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain. So there will be a major air raid, obviously targeting the Officer’s Mess, but a few bombs go astray on the Golf Hotel.

Then a small display, probably static, at the Newark Air Museum VE day celebrations on 24th-25th July.

There is a possibility of a visit by the NFS to Peak Rail on 1st-2nd August.

On Sunday 23rd August, there is a 1940s day at Brayford Wharf, Lincoln. So we may

Following a lull, the Blitz returns to Rufford on 26th/27th September, with the last main 1940s event of the season at Papplewick Pumping Station usually around 10th/11th October.

We could make a first visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Wartime Weekend, on 16th-18th October.

We understand that Nottingham Central Fire Station is due to close possibly later this year, or more likely in 2016 – it would be nice to do something to commemorate its passing if possible.

Likewise, it would be good to mark the Coventry (Sat 14th Nov), Sheffield (Sat 12th Dec) and London (Tues 29th Dec) Blitz anniversaries.

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Photos of the ‘Salute to the Forties’ at Chatham Historic Dockyard 2014

Although a long way, we decided to join our friends the ‘Heroes with Grimy Faces‘ and take the mobile canteen, which was very well received.

During the weekend, the Picture Post came and did a photo shoot of the inside of the canteen, and of firemen and women gathered round for refreshments after a shout.

Some photos and an article appear in the current edition of the Picture Post.

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Papplewick 2014 photos

Papplewick - Simon Bailey (3)We took a small crew and the Turntable Ladder, and the K2 and a pump. The TL was demonstrated, but without water, as it was a bit breezy on Saturday. On Sunday, the wind got up and we were not able to do anything with the TL. We also had the mobile canteen, which was very well received.

However, on both days, we ran the pump with a variety of different branch and nozzle combinations. A popular one was with a 1-inch nozzle, with the branch supported by our new branch-holder, which we acquired just a couple of weeks earlier.

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Talk from Church Parade at Papplewick

Bible Reading John 4

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

Now Jesus had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

The Water of Life

In the film Schindler’s List one of the many harrowing holocaust scenes shows a group of Jewish prisoners stripped and sent into a shower block. They look apprehensively at the shower nozzles to see what will come out – they have all heard rumours of the gas chambers and wonder of this is the end. Suddenly water comes out of the nozzles – this is not the gas chamber after all – it really is a shower – and they rejoice in the water as it flows over them.

So here we are at Papplewick Pumping Station, built by the Victorians to pump water out of a deep well, to provide safe, clean water for the people of Nottingham.  750 million people today still do not have access to safe, clean water, which is about 1/10th of the world’s population.

And into this world comes Jesus – And he talks to a woman at the well – we can identify with her easily, because she is like us, She is a sinner – that is clear – But we also suspect that she is, like most of us who have fallen low, she is also herself a victim.

And Jesus says to her:
“I will give you the water of life”

Not just physical water but that water of eternal life
which will overcome

  • every sin,
  • every brutality,
  • every abuse of power,
  • every act of terror –
  • it will even overcome death and the gas chamber itself,

for it is the water of eternal life.

What is this Water of Life, that wells up within us, and overflows out? It is the Spirit of God – that life that brings out the best in all of us, that inner strength, the desire to live, and love, and bring out all that is lovely and good. It is the Spirit of God, which, like fresh clean water, brings new life, brings healing into our land, and our lives.

Thinking about the Water of Life, where does it flow?  Does it flow just in the high places, amongst the mountain tops and the Church steeples, amongst the great and the good?

No, water flows downhill, and if today you feel downcast, never the mind how low you fall, for the water of life will always be like a stream tumbling into the very bottom of the valley, making its way surely to the lowest place.

And if you are in a low and dark place,
there will the water of life assuredly come.

Praise God for the water of life

  • Let’s drink it
  • Lets cherish it
  • Lets share it.
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Just a short note to say that we are taking the K2 with a pump, the Mobile Canteen and the Turntable Ladder. Additionally, we may take the Pump Escape on Sunday if there is any prospect of doing some training with the escape (as Papplewick is one of very few locations where we can get the Escape to work).

We will do some demonstrations with the pump and TL, which will also provide a crew training opportunity.

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Church Parade at Rufford Abbey – Liberation from Tyranny

Bible Reading John 3 v 13-18

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Rufford Church ParadeTalk by David Moore

Seventy years ago last month, Paris was liberated. D-Day have happened a few months earlier, in June 1944, and the Allied Armies were sweeping through Northern France, with the Germans in retreat. There was no longer the dreaded Gestapo spying on one’s every move. The ordinary French people no longer lived in fear of imprisonment or execution for defying the German tyranny. They no longer were ordered what to do by the hated foreign invaders. Liberation changed people’s lives, and gave them freedom.

execution by firing squadBut there was a price. Many of the Free French who had resisted the Germans died fighting, or were executed. But it was worth it, because the terror was taken away.

Most of the time.

Because there were pockets of dogged German resistance. Despite knowing that the tide of the war had turned, and that they stood no chance of victory, they still fought on.

wwii-hitler-in-paris-et-2x1They still caused pain and damage. They had done a lot of damage to London with the V1 flying bombs, but now most of the launch sites had been overrun by the allies. The Allied Liberation prevented the Nazi forces continuing their vengeful damage.

And many years before that, another three Allies brought a long-planned liberation into action. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, had seen the suffering that sin had brought. The Trinity knew the fear and damage that was caused by people doing what they knew was wrong. Jesus brought liberation to the world. In fact, he also bought that liberation, at a price. And this was the price:

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jesus died. He paid the ultimate sacrifice, just as many Free French and Allied soldiers had done 70 years ago. The Gospel goes on,

God so loved the WorldGod did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Being a Christian is not about being ‘holier than thou’, or having all the answers, but accepting the free gift that God gives. And that free gift is liberation.

But there are still pockets of resistance. Although evil is defeated, like the Germans 70 years ago, they don’t accept defeat, and so in this life there is still pain and heartache. And some of that resistance is from within, 5th columnists, the traitors within. We ourselves still do things we regret. But the good news is that the enemy is defeated, and in Jesus, there is forgiveness and a new start. With Jesus, we are condemned no more, but given the true freedom of living a life of love and purpose.

As John Newton wrote all those years ago,

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

The Lord hath promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.

 

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