The airfield fire service at Duxford Airfield started from an idea, in one or two
members of what was the then East Anglian Aviation Society during 1974, to whom it
was apparent that to operate the airfield for occasional test flights and for air
shows, specialist services including fire cover and ground handling would be necessary
on a part time volunteer basis.
The Imperial War Museum in the 1970’s were only at Duxford as an outstation / store
for the Museum in Lambeth Road.
Fortunately at this time, Stansted Airport was disposing of some of its older fire
equipment, and following negotiations with them, Duxford’s first fire appliance was
acquired, this being Thorneycroft Nubian /Sun Water (Foam) tender VXN867. It carried
950 gallons of water and 50 gallons of protein concentrate.
Almost straight away training commenced with the first volunteers, including Terry
Betchley, who is still working part time in the Airfield Services Department, over
40 years later, following a long and fruitful career in the Army Air Corps!