Visit the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery which is part of the Civic District Heritage Trail and learn more about the proud and long history of civil defence and fire fighting development in Singapore from the late 1800’s to date.

Here, visitors can get up close and personal with big, red fire engine trucks that have survived years of fighting raging fires in Singapore. They can even try their hand at handling fire fighting equipment such as water hoses.

The gallery has interesting scaled models of fire stations of the past. A memorabilia showcase exhibits helmets worn by fire-fighters in the colonial times, and modern day ones with improved, pragmatic designs to better protect the safety of the nation’s unsung heroes.

Children will be surprised to learn that older generation equipment was much heavier than its modern counterparts and that water used to be pumped manually. Kids will also better appreciate the resilience and courage demonstrated by fire-fighters, who used to have to overcome thick smoke, high heat without the aid of oxygen masks and modern heat-resistant uniforms.

The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery is a place to commemorate and remember those who served and sacrificed their lives for Singaporeans of past, present and future. Go as a family and have a fun and educational experience touring the station and gallery. Admission is free.

Adapted from an article first published on 6 Jun 2013 on the Dads for Life Toolbox.

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