Central Fire Station, Singapore

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The Central Fire Station is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore, and is located at Hill Street in the Museum Planning Area, within the Central Area. The building currently houses the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, the official museum of the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
The idea for a professional Fire Brigade was conceived after a fire in Kling Street destroyed S$13,000 worth of property on 7 November 1855. It was 14 years before a volunteer fire service was started and a further 36 years before Singapore's first proper fire station — Central Fire Station — was built.
In 1905, planning for Central Fire Station began under the supervision of the Fire Brigade superintendent, Montague Pett. The station was completed in 1909. Built at a cost of S$64,000, it included a watch tower and living quarters for firemen.
Central Fire Station had four portable water pumps. Nonetheless, even this basic setting was a huge improvement over what existed before. Superintendent Pett fought for improved working conditions and initiated fire safety measures in public buildings. Standards of operations rose to a professional level and the degree of fire-related damage fell significantly.
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  • The Central Fire Department is in the new and departments of the Department of Insecurity. It is not estimated in the scene sage that the fire station is full of British characters, and the building is very large, you can take pictures in this wrap.
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  • I was always attracted to this fire bridgage building however did not step foot inside at all, despite being born here...but today we went! I felt like I turned into a child again when I step foot int...  more »
  • We have been trying to find a fire station to visit as our 4 year old son is fire engine crazy. During a trip to Singapore we saw central fire station had a museum and open house on Saturday morning. ...  more »
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  • glad had the chance to visit such a great heritage gallery. loved the toys but not for sale. too bad. haha
  • Great little spot to spend an hour with the kids. Free too.
  • Super cool looking building
  • Every Saturday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am is an Open House where you can learn more about the SCDF. It's definitely worth bringing the kids along as they (and you) will have a certain appreciation about the challenge of donning all that gear in the heat to fight fires. I especially loved seeing the live demos as well as exploring the fire engine itself. Well worth the visit, and don't forget to stop by the fire museum right next door (it's free).
  • Nice place to bring your children and share with them history and work of firemen.
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