There’s nothing more enjoyable than seeing the sheer delight of the G boys’ faces as they see a fire truck whizz past them and wave at the fire fighters.
Imagine their delight when we rocked up at the Fire Services Museum in East Melbourne which boasts Australia’s largest collection of fire brigade memorabilia dating back to the 18th century, including horse drawn fire trucks. Fascinating for the kids and adults.
This amazing museum is enough to get any little person excited about the firies. The museum is run by volunteers including former fire fighters who love nothing more than to share their passion with their
The museum is divided into various rooms, each highlighting different areas of the brigade history including:
- The Board Room
- Chief Officer’s Office
- The Gallery
- The International Room
- The Memorial Room
- The Engine Room
- The Watch Room
- The CFA Room.
Each room is packed to the rafters with souvenirs of yesteryear that tell the story of the Australian and international fire brigade.
Mr 4.5 and Mr 2.5 were both interested in their own way in the museum but certainly both enjoyed it.
Don’t forget to swing past the museum shop on the way out to start your fire brigade memorabilia collection.
If excitement levels couldn’t get any higher, the museum is located next door to Eastern Hill Fire Station. Every Friday, around 10.30am the fire station puts on a FREE demonstration for the public.
The 30 to 40-minute show drums in the message of what to do if there is a fire in your home with an element of fun. There were also demos on how fire fighters get in to a car after an accident, what they firefighters’ gear looks like and much more.
The crowd pleaser is when the large fire truck comes in to put out make believe fire with the hoses and save the damsel in distress from the burning home.
Each kid is then invited to have a go at the hose, jump on one of the fire engines and to talk to the fire fighters. We even got to see a fire fighter slide down the fire poll. The full fire experience.
A great day out for any wannabe firies out there.
The museum is open Thursday and Friday 9am-3pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.