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Antique fire truck charity is looking for a new home for its 20-person fleet

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A vintage fire engine charity is “desperately” looking for a new home for its fleet of 20 people, including a vehicle that dates back to the Victorian era.

The red emergency devices are currently in a bomb dump at the former RAF Coltishall in Norfolk, which the owner has condemned as unsafe.

The Norfolk Fire Museum, which deals with the vehicles, must now find a new site of around 3,000 square feet.

Fire trucks include a horse-drawn engine from the mid-19th century and more recent models from the late 20th century.

The charity’s trustee, Colin Farrington, has appealed to anyone who may be hosting the vehicles to get in touch.

He said: “We want to preserve the history of firefighting in Norfolk, including the vehicles and the photographs.”

The Norfolk Fire Museum also has an archive of records and images documenting the county’s fire service.

In a Facebook appeal this month, the charity wrote: “Our building has been deemed unsafe and beyond repair by our current owner, and while we would love to stay on site, they have unfortunately been unable to offer us any alternatives.”

“This means we are now desperate to find another home to store our unique collection of Norfolk firefighting related vehicles and equipment.

“So with a June deadline, we’d love to talk to anyone who can offer or help us find a new home.”

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