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Many of us have seen the firefighters on TV programs or you might see them in their fire trucks, gone in a flash. They are like modern knights, spreading their water guns to rescue the people in need and save properties from the fire devil, Satan. The Museum of Fire in Penrith has given the visitors the chance to experience one of the nation's prominent fire related collections, including vehicles, gears and apparatus. It can also give you a glimpse of the firefighters' work behind the heroic scene, a great recreational and educational tour for people of all ages.
The museum was built on an old industry hall, a very tall and spacious building with a comprehensive collection of red fire engines dating from the late 18th century up to the 1980s, from Australia and all over the world. I took a photo of the vehicle 1931 Denis 250/400 Pump because it was the one of the few Fire Engines which was green colour during that historical period. Later on, the Firefighter community decided that the colour red gave a more emergency feeling than the peaceful feeling of the colour green, so after 1931, the fire engine colour changed back to red again until today.
In the museum, you can also find a great collection of firefighter safety helmets from all over the world, fire alarms collections dating from 1920s and firefighting tools. Visitors can also learn something about how the fire alarm rating was calculated on a daily basis and how the firefighters prepared themselves. We also shared a moment of silence before a firefighter statue for all those who have lost their precious lives.
The Museum of Fire is not for profit community museum, open seven days a week; it is not only a great place for families to visit but also by doing that you have contributed financially to support the community museum.
So next time when you visit Penrith, maybe have a fun day at Museum of Fire?