All the fire stations in Singapore (except the one on Jurong Island) have an open house every Saturday from 9am to 11am and we visited Central Fire Station last Saturday. Also known as Hill Street Fire Station, Central Fire Station is Singapore’s oldest fire station (106 years old!) and the red & white brick building is simply beautiful.
There is no admission fee for the fire station open house and visitors will get a briefing on the roles and functions of a fire station, its capabilities and its routine, as well as the operational capabilities of the appliances in a fire station. There are demonstrations on equipment used by firefighters and some hands-on for the kids too. Anya and Adam loved the bit where the firefighters slid down the pole and they also had a blast putting out a ‘fire’.
It was an interesting visit for the kids and they had an awesome time despite the scorching hot weather. I must say I truly admire the dedication of the people at the fire station who have to do this every week and I was impressed by their enthusiasm and readiness to make the open house visit a meaningful one for the visitors.