A starring role for the Fire Service College

From the popular TV series Father Brown to life on the road with Supertruckers, the Fire Service College has had a starring role to play in a number of TV and corporate film productions.

January saw a film crew follow a group of journalists as they took part in a bespoke training day at the College to gain an insight in to the challenges facing firefighters when tackling oil rig fires. The day was organised to mark the release of Mark Wahlberg’s thriller Deepwater Horizon, on Blu-ray and DVD. Released in 2016, the film is based on the 2010 Deepwater explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The journalists got to grips with breathing apparatus, extinguishing techniques, entering smoke filled buildings, locating and extricating casualties, before tackling an oil rig fire. Follow the link to see how the journalists got on DeepwaterHorizon

For the third successive year, the College will be the location base for the popular BBC TV series Father Brown filmed at locations across the Cotswolds. The programme is set during the early 1950s, in the fictional village of Kembleford, where Father Brown, priest at St Mary’s Catholic Church, solves crimes from gruesome murders to audacious thefts. The College has also been the venue for some of the sets featured in the series including a village hall and burlesque club.

A film crew from Lion Television were on-hand recently to record a demonstration of the supersized Felix range of specialist aerodrome rescue and firefighting vehicles (ARFVs) on our unique incident ground. Rigs including the M96 motorway, oil rig, static tank and other training venues, provided the perfect backdrop. The footage features in the 3rd series of the hit factual TV series Supertruckers, shown on the Discovery Channel.

And it doesn’t end there, filming has recently taken place on the Incident Ground featuring wind driven fires for an upcoming TV documentary series to be aired later this year. Details are still under wraps!