The FSPG was founded in London in 1968, and called at that time The Auxiliary and National Fire Service Preservation Group. The purpose was to preserve the equipment and appliances of the National and Auxillary Fire Services after their disbandments.
The present title was adopted in 1972, and with this change the group widened its aims to include all aspects of fire service preservation and interests.
Members of the FSPG come from all walks of life, some are former or serving firefighters and ages vary, from new born into retirement.
Applications for membership are invited from anyone with an interest in the fire service, their appliances or equipment, or the restoration and preservation of fire appliances. Whilst some members own and operate appliances, others are interested in modelling, producing models from kits or from scratch. Others collect helmets, badges, uniform, models or photographs. In fact anything which is of interest, but for some just being a member brings its own rewards.