We are a small group that needs your support financially; we do raise funds ourselves to keep operating. More importantly we need members. In years past we could draw on works fire brigade personnel as there were 14 engineering works that had their own brigades, sadly only 1 remains.
Although you don’t need fire service experience we do need fire-fighters, retired or ex-works fire personnel to pass on basic skills and knowledge to allow us to keep showing these vehicles safely (non of us are getting any younger). We need all sorts of skills, especially fundraisers and welders, to help keep these grand old vehicles wheels turning. If you have some spare time and/or you like going to events this is your opportunity remember you don’t need any fire service experience, enthusiasm is more important. Ask about membership, don’t be shy we are an approachable bunch.
We are used to providing an historic, educational and helpful display at events where people can look round at their leisure at fire engines that they may only have seen dashing past, and as a by product to remind people of the importance of fire safety, prevention is better than cure.
We don’t pretend to be the fire service but we do promote fire safety and observe standards in turnout and conduct. We have a good relationship with the regular brigade attending their events, such as Rudolph, the mini fire engine and fire station open days.
Our membership is small but dedicated and whilst some of them have fire fighting experience that can be passed on to the others, many have occupations outside the fire service (but can be trained to Auxiliary Fire Service standard so they can help demonstrate the vehicle if they wish). You don’t have to be a fire-fighter to be a member just willing to devote some time towards either renovation, demonstration, fundraising work or all of these.
2 of our members came from Boys Brigade as part of the work needed to gain their Queens award; they gained their awards and are still with the society now in responsible positions.