The National Fire Service Display Group have been invited to display at the Open Day at the Central Fire Station in Shakespeare Street, Nottingham NG1 4FB over the weekend of 7th and 8th May 2011.
The National Fire Service will have a number of appliances in the Fire Station, and will turn out to a major fire in the Council House in the Old Market Square at 10am on Saturday. On Sunday at 10:45, the NFS will go to St. Mary’s Church in the Lace Market district. Demonstrations using a wartime Turntable Ladder and trailer pump will run throughout the weekend. The open day has the joint aims of commemorating the 70th anniversary of the biggest blitz on Nottingham which occurred on the night of 8th May 1941, and raising funds for the Nottinghamshire Firefighters Memorial Appeal. Admission free, but donations welcome.
At 10am on the Saturday, an air raid siren sounds in the Square. ‘Flames’ are seen in a number of windows in the Council House. (A fire video is projected onto tracing paper over the window using a laptop and digital projector). A smoke generator near the windows gives the impression of smoke from the fire.
The K4 TL and the K2 towing a trailer pump come to the Market Square, preceded by a modern appliance, which will park down the side of the Council House. The K4 parks facing the windows with ‘flames’, and the K2 parks straight across the front of the steps. TL ladder elevated and extended, with hose on the monitor (fitted with diffusing nozzle for a soft spray). The pump takes water using a short hose from a very near hydrant, and feeds two hoses – one to the ladder and the other to a branchman with a London branch. Soft spray can be directed to near the windows with ‘flames’. The London branch can do soft spray, and can also try to get a jet of water onto the roof.
The Mayor appears on the balcony crying for help for the people inside. Two firemen in wartime breathing apparatus rush into the building, and shortly emerge. One is leading the Mayor, who is coughing into a hanky (because of the smoke). The other carries a Councillor out with a Fireman’s Lift. It would be great if she could then be put on stretcher and carried into a wartime ambulance – does anyone know anyone who has one?
Some incendiaries land near the front of the Council House, and are dealt with using buckets and stirrup pumps. By this time, the main fire is out, and we ‘knock off and make up’, as the all-clear sounds on the siren. For the rest of the day, we will run a mixture of living history and wartime firefighting displays with the TL and trailer pump using the fire station drill yard and training tower.
Back at the Fire Station, on both days, we will do demonstrations at 12:30, 2pm and 3pm consisting of TL, K2+pump and water from hydrant directed at the tower. In between times, the WVS will serve tea and corned beef sandwiches, and give out a piece of chocolate when the tin mug is returned to the canteen!