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Published April 14th 2013
If you like fire trucks and all things red, then this is definitely for you. If you are a fire truck enthusiast, look out for The 1947 "Dennis" on a pole, 4 foot high on turning into the property. What a range of makes and models outside and inside the museum.
Museum of Fire is not just a museum but a place of education. If you think you know all about fire trucks and fires, you will be surprised as to how much you can learn by just wandering through the well set out, all access, museum. Start by heading to your left and here you will see what happens when things explode and the damage caused. Then we learn the basic rules of smoke and fire. Here without knowing it the education begins. You become so enthralled by the displays no matter how much experience you have you will walk away with new knowledge.
Children and adults are able to get a upfront look on the devastation of fires at home in the kitchen and clothing/burns victims. Some may find this confronting to a point but the wow factor and simplicity of their message is driven home to all children and adults alike. Facts, figures, numbers to call, learn about finding your own local fire hydrant, different types of firefighter badges and helmets from around the world. Even the Telstra yellow phone box makes it in the museum (for some like me, that felt like yesterday).
Move along to the theatre and watch a short video on fire safety. Upon leaving here, is paradise for all kids, big kids included. From here on it all you see is red, red, red and a little more red if you are lucky.
Horse and cart/steam fire trucks many Grandparent reminisce of old times and the stories begin to flow about "back in my day". So many different makes and models of fire engines. One has never stopped to think of makes and models we just see red.
There are so many different fire trucks to view, volunteer, bush, regional, vintage, horse and cart, pumpers and then we have hand held pumps, steam fire engines, ladder and bucket fire trucks and war time trucks on display too - plenty for everyone. Even if you think you are not interested, by the time you walk out of here, you will be wanting a fire truck and yes, a big red one.
Some of these date back to 18th and 19th centuries, during this era learn how many insurance companies had their own staff to protect their interests in terms of fires. Move on further and learn about breathing apparatus and the phonetic alphabet used along with fire station communication and district log books from local stations. The Museum of Fire explains about the communication with street Fire boxes and the telephone system that they used. They have a display showcasing the 1908 hand crafted wood switchboard that was in Sydney's Headquarters.
View photos of Hiroshima and relics from war time days.
Move on to different modes of Fire Vehicles that are required due to access for trucks. Snow mobiles, boats, hand held carts that were pushed and yes, a motorcycle used for fires are also on display.
The Museum of Fire have honoured a firey in their museum
See the effects that bush fires do to the environment, learn how to protect your property and yourself from being a victim of fire.
The Museum is very involved but is in a reasonably small space, so children and adults can move around with ease. Children all want to end up in the children area. Toy models of fire trucks they can pay (one of those amusement ride style), or they can climb and explore in and out of 3 cabins that have been cut especially for this display. Children can dress up as firefighters and play interactive computer games, colour in a fire truck. Have your picture taken as a firefighter.
Then of course, on the way out, is a must stop - the souvenir shop with some proceeds going to the volunteer firefighters.
Not only an educational day out but a treat for everyone who visits. There is open space outside with a play area for children.
Museum of Fire also do Group Tours and School Groups at Penrith and some vehicles do go out to car shows.
Please respect what the firefighters over the years have done; a way of giving back is by visiting such a wonderful Museum.
Children 2yrs to 13yrs $6.00
Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $25.00
Addition children on Family Price. $3.50
Students 14yrs to 18yrs ( Student ID required)
Entry for Students not available on family Price $6.00
Prices Subject to change