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:

Recent videos of us in action: 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 2017 events, and has the events list on the back.

You can contact us at or call David on 0115 9664938.

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Photos from Black Country Living Museum


We are now all safely back home, and back into the 21st Century, after a superb weekend.

For us, it was a first time, as we are normally at Woodhall Spa this weekend, but we decided to try something new, and are glad we did.

BCLM is a fantastic venue for a 40s event, and they have been doing it long enough to be really good at it. For our part, we set up a couple of appliances, a pump, a large dam, and a (hidden) modern pump by the canal to give us an inexhaustible supply of water.

After the well-established air raid in the village, put on by our friends from the Severn Valley Railway, we then did a demonstration, starting with a short talk about the Blitz (‘Hitler didn’t try to blow up our cities – it was much more effective to burn them down’), and then a demonstration of the pump with two firemen on each of two branches, then of the four working together, one branch with a jet, and the other with a spray.

We then ran the No 2 foam branch (with modern detergent to make the foam), before ending with a chance for the children to hold a branch, and to use the stirrup pumps.

Thanks to Bob Warwick, who sent in some photos.


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Photos from the Severn Valley Railway

We have been sent some magnificent photos from a professional photographer, Phil Lea, who was with us on the second weekend.

In case you missed the previous post, we are very grateful to Mr Matthews for shooting this video

NFS A Kidderminster SVR

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Air Raid at Severn Valley Railway

We are back from a superb couple of weekends at the Severn Valley Railway, where we ran an air raid n each of the 4 days, each day getting slightly more spectacular than the last.

We are very grateful to Mr Matthews for shooting this video

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More photos from Lanc and Tank

I was very kindly sent some lovely photos by Keith Foster of, which he has given permission to use here. Thank you, Keith.

NFS at Lanc and Tank, 2017

NFS at Lanc and Tank, 2017

NFS at Lanc and Tank, 2017

NFS at Lanc and Tank, 2017

NFS at Lanc and Tank, 2017

NFS at Lanc and Tank, 2017

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Lanc, Tank and Military Machines 2017

We have had a lovely weekend at the Lanc, Tank and Military Machines event at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum. On Saturday we did a firefighting display using foam (washing up liquid), and on Monday, we did a joint display with the resident firefighting team. On both days, we offered fire engine rides round the airfield, and raised £80 for the museum. Altogether, a brilliant weekend.

Terry Mason took some great shots of the foam display.

Lanc, Tank and Military Machines

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Lanc, Tank and Military Machines

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Air raid at Quorn Station, 3rd, 4th June 1942 (2017)

The display will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday in Quorn Yard in the space between the Goods Shed and Marquee. Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Woodhouse Road, LE12 8AG.

A lone German bomber attacks a train parked in the siding at Quorn being unloaded. The train has a box van of explosives being unloaded by railway workers onto a lorry supervised and assisted by Home Guard. There is also a petrol tanker wagon. The WVS have a mobile canteen nearby, and a Rest Centre.

The siren sounds, and the approaching bomber can be heard.

As the bombs fall, the wagon between the explosives and the petrol ‘catches fire’.

Some railway workers and/or Home Guard are injured by shrapnel and blast. ARP are first on the scene. Seeing the immediate danger they despatch an urgent message to the NFS requesting urgent assistance and to ARP HQ, requesting stretchers and Ambulance.

The K2 and pump are first on the scene, quickly followed by the Mobile Dam. The MD parks, and the pump is detached and connected to the MD. Two branches are set to work: water spray over the burning wagon, and foam over the petrol tanker.

Meanwhile the ARPs have been administering First Aid, and when the stretchers arrive, the casualties are moved onto them, and eventually into the K2, which departs to the WVS Rest Centre.

  • If you are involved, it is essential that you are at the briefing by the NFS make arrangements. Casualty makeup will start around 11am or earlier.
  • NFS firemen’s briefing will be at 10:30.
  • If you would like to take part, please get in touch  ASAP
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Some very poignant photos from the Blitz

Many thanks to Helen Crowfoot for drawing our attention to these:

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If you organise a 1940s event, you may like to have a look at our new page, at the bottom of the ‘About Us’ menu, or here:

I wouldn’t look at the casualty folder of photos just before a meal!

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Foam testing

John and David went down to the farm to try out the foam branches. Armed with a few bottles of Aldi’s finest washing up liquid (about 30p a bottle), we got out the Beresford, connected suction to the test tank, put in some petrol and water, and then noticed a lot of condensation on the spark plugs. Hmm, going to be difficult to start. First turn of the handle – nothing. Second turn, cough. Third turn, and it started! The warmth from the engine will soon dry it all out.

So we decided to try the modern (well, 1960’s) foam branch from the Green Goddess, with 25% detergent 75% water in the bucket, being drawn in from the pickup tube. Took a few moments to pick up – possibly air getting in the foam valve. Anyway, after a couple of minutes, we had used most of our mixture, and the foam looked rather good.

The next attempt was using the wartime No 2 Foam Branch, and a mixture of 33% detergent. That got going very quickly and produced very satisfactory demo foam. Two bottles of detergent produced a good load of foam using about 50-60 gallons of water.

Note that this foam differs significantly from the foam used by the Fire Brigades for real. Firstly, it is not thick, firm foam like whipped cream or shaving foam, it is more bubbly. And it does not stick to a vertical wall like real foam – it slides down. But for a re-enactment, this is a positive advantage, making it easier to clear up, and most unlikely to do any damage to any plane fuselage we sprayed, and unlikely to do any environmental damage, as the detergent is bio-degradable.

So this means that we can do a very presentable scenario at an airfield-based 1940s event, such as at East Kirkby, Newark Air Museum, or Elvington. Or even the new air show at Scampton in September? All we need now is a soundtrack of either an airfield being bombed, or an aircraft crash landing, and a bit of flame and lots of smoke. That is for the next training event!


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Austin K2 for sale

Occasionally we get asked if we know of any WW2 appliances for sale. Today we do. Here is a K2 for sale, with an asking price of £7,000, which we feel is a bit steep. In fact, very steep for one that hasn’t run for 5 years, and looks like it has been stored outdoors. I would guess it will need a lot doing to it. Perhaps a third of the asking price would be reasonable.

And 1965 is nowhere near it’s actual build date. 1942-43 would be a better guess.


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