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Recently, we had the opportunity to visit Port Macquarie’s Fire Museum, and we were blown away by the rich history of firefighting in our region.

Mid North Coast Fire Museum

Mid North Coast Fire Museum πŸš’

The moment we arrived, we were greeted by Alan and Josh, two passionate museum staff members who are dedicated to preserving this important part of our local heritage.

Our Tour Guides Alan & Josh

Our Tour Guides Alan & Josh

One of the highlights of our visit was meeting Dennis, a 1935 fire truck that served at the Willoughby, Carrington, Lambton, Cooma, Crookwell and Wentworth Fire Stations before retiring from active service in 1972.

The 1935 Fire Truck 'Dennis'

The 1935 Fire Truck ‘Dennis’ πŸš’

Dennis has a 4-cylinder engine and can travel up to 80 kilometers per hour, which was impressive for its time. Alan walked us through the workings of Dennis, explaining how all the pumps and gauges worked, and we even got to hear the siren, which was almost musical.

Visit Port Macquarie's Fire Museum

Alan started the engine and tested the siren for the kids! 🚨

The museum has been curated with historical pieces lovingly collected by original members who founded the local station, and the collection has been rounded out with fire engines from days past, relevant artifacts from further afield, and interesting anecdotes. We were impressed by the care and attention that the museum team takes in preserving and presenting this rich local history for future generations.

Inside Port Macquarie's Fire Museum

Inside Port Macquarie’s Fire Museum πŸš’

Talk about the 2nd Fire Truck…

Port Macquarie's Fire Museum Tour

Inside Port Macquarie’s Fire Museum πŸš’

The 2nd Firetruck

The 2nd Firetruck πŸš’

Inside the museum, we were treated to a wealth of firefighting equipment from past eras, including fire extinguishers, hoses, nozzles, connectors, and pumps.Β 

Firefighting Equipment

Firefighting Equipment 🧯

We also saw a large collection of helmets and formal hats worn by firefighters over the decades, as well as uniforms and protective gear.

Fire & Rescue Helmets

Fire & Rescue Helmets πŸ§‘β€πŸš’

We couldn’t resist trying some of the uniforms on and getting a feel for what it might have been like to be a firefighter in the late 1930s.

Uniforms & Protective Gear

Uniforms & Protective Gear πŸ§‘β€πŸš’

Role Playing at Fire Museum

Role Playing at Fire Museum πŸ§‘β€πŸš’

Behind the museum, there are tables and chairs to sit at if you were to bring your own picnic lunch. The kids can explore the fish pond, wander through the citrus orchard and pick an orange, and visit the chickens. It’s easy to spend a few hours with the kids at the Fire Museum!

If you’re interested in visiting the Port Macquarie Fire Museum, it’s open Wednesdays 11am to 3pm, most Saturdays 10am to 2pm, and by request.Β 

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