Fire stations of the world: The Yorkshire Air Museum ARFF, UK
The Yorkshire Air Museum’s inhouse aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) team in the north of England is probably unique amongst aviation museums. Crewed by a small yet dedicated team who train regularly towards Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) fire safety standards, their presence on museum event days such as Thunder Days and Rolling Thunder days means that the museum is able to operate their classic jets and propeller driven aircraft in such a way that visitors gain a unique, close up perspective of their operations. Without the safety presence of the crews and their associated equipment, it would be impossible for the museum to host many of the live aircraft events we all love. The in-house team is manned by volunteers, many of whom have decades of experience of professional fire and rescue. The team trains regularly, a minimum of twelve times a year and works towards CAA CAT2/H2 Certification. Leon, a professional fire fighter for over 30 years, said, “It’s totally different, very interesting and unlike any other experience in my decades of fire fighting career.” His colleague, fire fighter Rob, said the reason he volunteers at the museum is, “I have a deep interest in the history of the Pathfinder, plus a desire to continue to show this important area of aviation and support the live aircraft events”
Reynolds Broughton Chubb Pathfinders
The Pathfinder rescue vehicle is one of two residents at the museum. It was formerly one of the main vehicles at Manchester International Airport. The red 1971 Reynolds Boughton Chubb Pathfinder Airport Crash Tender was kindly donated to the Museum by Manchester International Airport, where it helped to put out an aircraft fire in 1983. It weighs 37 tons fully laden with 3 000 gallons of water and 260 gallons of foam concentrate. Its pump can deliver 1 700 to 1 900 gallons per minute and it can project 700 to 1 900 gallons per minute through its roof mounted remote controlled foam monitor. The engine is a General Motors 18,6 litre 2-stroke supercharged V16 diesel that can propel the fire tender at speeds up to 70mph.
The red Pathfinder is fully operational and is used by the museum for its aircraft handling and flight line services. The vehicle was used extensively during the York and Selby floods during November 2000.
The second vehicle is currently under restoration to operational condition.
Range Rover TACR2
The Range Rover TCAR2 six wheel is designed for rapid intervention across rugged terrain. The museum purchased this Range Rover TACR2 Rapid Intervention fire engine from the Ministry of Defence in 2000. It is fully operational and was previously used by the Royal Navy. The TACR2 has a tank capacity of 900 litres of pre-mixed foam, an Albany AP8 pump and a telescopic lighting mast. It is designed to provide fast response fire fighting prior to the arrival of the main Pathfinder foam tender. During the November 2000 floods the Museum’s Fire Service used the TACR2 to provided support for 22 Squadron RAF Chinooks in their flood defence work at Selby.
Source: The Yorkshire Air Museum