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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  • This building as its name suggest is a former fire station, but is now a museum. The building itself is lovely to look at and were it not for the information here on TA and in the museum, I’d never...  more »
  • Again I don’t see this as something you go to Singapore to do but with its central location near the Armenian Church and a the base of Fort Canning Hill, it is very convenient to route your self by...  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.

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