Sep 27, 2010

Singapore Central Fire Station


The Central Fire Station is the oldest existing fire station in Singapore, although it is not the first. Today the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery is housed within the Central Fire Station. It showcases the history of fire fighting in Singapore. Visitors can admire the antique fire engines and other fire fighting equipment. Tours to the hose tower is also available.


The Central Fire Station is distinguished by a lively facade of exposed red bricks and white plaster bands and ibright red garage doors opening into the street. Built between 1908 and 1909 to house the Singapore Fire Brigade, the building symbolises Singapore's first step towards establishing modern fire-fighting facilities. Contained within the building are residential quarters for professional firemen, garages for motorised engines and a Jacobean central block with a striped watch tower serving as a platform to look out for fire. Until the 1920s, the tower was the highest building in Singapore.  Two extensions to the building in the rear were later added in 1926 and 1954.

 

The Central Fire Station was gazetted as a national monument on 18 December 1998.


Location: 62 Hill Street, Singapore City, Singapore
Tel: +65 6736 6622 (STB Tourist Information Centre)

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