The air raid siren sounds and bombers can be heard overhead. As the bombs fall, smoke comes out of a nearby building. The ARP wardens do what they can to keep the fire in check until the National Fire Service arrive. The Police keep people back. Casualties with nasty wounds stagger out of the building and collapse. A first-aider arrives and does what she can. The fire engines arrive and set up ladders, pumps and hoses, and spray water onto the fire. The casualties are loaded into a wartime ambulance, and the Women’s Voluntary Service offer refreshments as the All Clear sounds. And a visit from Winston Churchill brings the display to a close.
The National Fire Service Vehicles Group seeks to honour the memory of the wartime firemen and women who did so much to save our cities from the blitz. We bring our collection of original wartime fire engines to 1940s weekends in the East Midlands, and bring the Blitz alive. Would you like to join us and take part? If you have an interest in historic vehicles, wartime history, firefighting and fun weekends in interesting locations in period uniforms, then this is for you. As a group we work with other re-enacting groups to portray life in an air raid. Obviously, safety is important, and we run training sessions based in Lowdham. If you are interested, please have a look at nfs-afs.org.uk, and get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or call David Moore on 0115 9664938.