If you invite the NFS-AFS Vehicles Group to your event, what can you expect from us? We are best known for our air raids, where we work with a large number of other re-enactors, including Police, ARP, Press, Medics, WVS, Home Guard, civilians and casualties, together with pyrotechnic, and sound and makeup staff, to make an incredibly realistic portrayal of an air raid, without actually doing any damage. And of course, the National Fire Service, with 4 wartime appliances and a lot of period equipment, including working pumps, hoses and ladders.
The first air raid we did was in Nottingham Old Market Square in the city centre in 2011 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nottingham Blitz on 8th May 1941.
Since then we have done dozens of displays, mostly within a 30-40 mile radius of Nottingham, although we can go further afield (depending on the organiser’s budget!)
A normal Air Raid will start with civilians going about their daily business when the siren sounds (yes, we have a big electric 3-phase one, and it’s LOUD), and you hear the sound of bombers overhead (or an approaching doodlebug, or a single lone raider), followed by exploding pyrotechnics and smoke. The small fires are tackled by the ARP wardens with stirrup pumps, but when it gets out of hand, they send for the National Fire Service, who arrive in a selection of vehicles, usually the K2 and a pump, and the Turntable Ladder. They are optionally assisted by the Escape Carrier (which can be deployed if you have a building tall enough – at least 3 storeys) or the Mobile Dam, which is especially useful for sites where a water supply is not readily available.
Pumps would then be set to work, and jets of water directed safely over the ‘burning’ building.
Sometimes we rescue casualties by ladder, and even occasionally lower a dummy casualty from an upstairs window using a Neil Robertson stretcher.
Finally, civilians and casualties are evacuated from the burning building, some with horrendous injuries. Sometimes one comes out on a stretcher, or staggers out and collapses in front of the crowd.
This year, we plan to use the Mobile Dam as an airfield foam tender, and are just running tests.
We can also do indoor and outdoor near-static displays, but engaging with the public as appropriate.
As you would expect from an organisation like ours, we have a full set of policy and risk assessment documents, which can be made available on request. We also have appropriate insurance.
Please look at the photos below, and if there is anything that grabs your fancy, please make contact and discuss it with us. Initial contact is best via firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is our main portfolio:
Here are some of our casualties. this set is not for the faint-hearted!
And here are our main wartime vehicles: