Did you know that on Saturday mornings kids can visit any of the Fire Stations in Singapore for a close-up look at the duties of the Fire Brigade?

Visit the Central Fire Station on Hill Street between 9am and 11am on Saturdays, and your kids can climb into an engine and take pictures with the Red Rhinos (a smaller version of the fire truck) and the firemen.

Then you can head next door to the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery (open 10am-5pm Tue-Sun), a mini fire-fighting museum housing old fire-fighting trucks and equipment, plus interactive games and activities on the second level. It's free to enter and gives a good account of the history of Civil Defence in Singapore. Children can try on a fire-fighting uniform, do some pencil rubbings, and experience what rescue workers undergo during an operation. They are given an activity book upon entry and the friendly staff are very enthusiastic and helpful.


It is definitely worth a look at this historical building. Completed in 1908 at a cost of $64,000, it symbolised Singapore's first steps towards establishing a modern fire-fighting system. The facade is distinguished by exposed red bricks and white plaster bands with bright red doors opening to the street. The Central Fire Station had four portable water pumps and the striped tower at the central block served as a platform to look out for fires. This tower was the highest building in Singapore at the time. Two extensions to the building in the rear were later added in 1926 and 1954.



Central Fire Station /Civil Defence Heritage Gallery
62 Hill Street,
(65) 6332 2996
Opening hours:
Tue to Sun(10am - 5pm), Closed on Mondays
Admission: Free


2 comments

Seen This Scene That said... @ April 23, 2008 at 2:51 AM

Hi Milly,
Your blog is wonderfully informative, has loads of fun activities for kids. I will be visiting often to look through your site for more ideas to spend time with my kids. Keep on sharing! I have added you to my blogroll too.

STST

Milly said... @ April 25, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Hi STST,
Thanks very much for your comment and the add. I enjoyed reading your interesting observations on Singapore and will add you to my blogroll too.
Have a good weekend, Milly

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