The Fire Service College is located on a 350 acre site which was originally the home station of 21 Operational Training Unit, Bomber Command, responsible for training aircrew to fly Wellington bombers.
The airbase remained operational until the late 1950s when it became a fire training centre.
Formerly run by the UK Home Office, it is now part of the Capita Group.
It is located in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 1½ miles from the centre of Moreton-in-Marsh and a c.25 minute walk to the station for trains to London & Oxford.
There are many attractions and places to visit within a 20 mile radius of the College – a list of these will be provided.
The ‘hub’ of the event will be the Four Shires mess building which has a large foyer.
There will be a large reception/registration table and a notice board for standing instructions and day-to-day information.
Upstairs there are 5 meeting/conference rooms of varying sizes in which the Archive displays will be situated.
A map room will be set up which will include details of routes and places to visit.
There is a rack containing tourist brochures in the entrance.
There is a chapel which is open 24 hours a day. A simple non-denominational service is held every week on Thursdays at 13:00 hrs, to which all are welcome.
Free use of the sports complex facilities is offered, including the fitness centre (yoga, pilates), table tennis, sauna and a 25m swimming pool. There are 2 tennis courts.
We can use the ‘Black Garage’ if any cars need to be worked on under cover.
There is an extensive wooded area which would be great for children to play in, make dens, etc. (Forest School sessions are held there.)
The Fire Service College is used for training specialist sniffer dogs, so entrants’ dogs are not permitted to enter any part of the site and therefore cannot be brought to the event.
The site has a 20mph speed limit.