That is the oldest existing Fire Station in Singapore, turning into a museum. I sure will come to visit in December 2012. Its a very beautiful building indeed.
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Every time I come to Singapore, I find something new. This time, it was the Central Fire Station.
Now, I know you are proabably saying, "What can be interesting about a Fire Station?"
Well, this one, would have the nicest architecture of a Fire Station I have so far seen!
It certainly didn't look like a Fire Station!
It really isn't that old either, as planning for it began in 1905, and it was built & completed in 1908, and now is a "National Monument".
It includes a Watch tower and living quarters for firemen, and is still in use today.
During the years of Japanese Occupation, the Japanese retained British firemen in their jobs, these lucky men were spared incarceration.
The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery which is housed in Central Fire Station showcases the history of firefighting in Singapore. If you visit, you will see displays of antique fire engines and other firefighting equipment, customised interactive stations for a close-up experience of what fire fighters and rescuers go through during a mission. There are also tours up the hose tower of the Central Fire Station, which was Singapore's highest point during the 1920s.
The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery is located in the centre of town and just opposite Funan Shopping Centre and housed inside the Central Fire Station. It showcases the fighting and civil defence developments in Singapore from the late 1800s to present. It aims to promote awareness of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to the public.
There are two level of exhibitions. On the first level the real models of fire engines are displayed and you could see how they have evolved thru the years. On the second level there are more interactive stations and videos on the missions.
Admission is free of charge.
Opens on Tue to Sun from 10am to 5pm.
You could also pay a visit to the Singapore Philatelic Museum which is a 3 mins walk away.
Along Hill Street, this beautiful Victorian style Central Fire Station.
It was built in 1909 as the first modern fire station in Singapore.
Below is the garages for the fire engines. Above are the living quarters for full time firemen and complete with a watch tower.
There is a gallery and you can see the vintage models of fire engines.
Not to be missed by fire engines enthusiasts.
It's next to the MICA building, which I have written a tip for virtualtourist.com. I took a picture of this building while on a bus. I didn't get off to see the museum because it is closed on Monday, the day I took this photo. Admission is free. Groups can make special arrangements to inspect the tower according to a brochure that I saw.
The nearly century old "barber pole" Central Fire Station represents the era of horse-drawn fire carts to motorized vehicles. As much of old SIngapore was built of wood you will quickly disccover that they used to have a very busy time of it.
There are some also many exhibits to look at and the kids will really enjoy the hands on activities.