|Housed in Central Fire Station, the oldest existing fire station, the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery (民防历史博物廊) showcases the history of civil defence and fire fighting in Singapore from the late 1800s till modern day. The exhibits include the latest fire fighting and rescue technology developed and used by the Singapore Civil Defence Force in protecting and saving lives and property. Get your hands on their interactive stations in the gallery and experience for yourself what it is like to be a fire fighter for a day!
It took countless fires before the suggestion for hiring firemen was formally mooted on 8 May 1886.
Two years later, the Singapore Fire Brigade was formed. Senior officers were mostly British while the firemen were mostly Malay.
To improve the equipment used, two horse-drawn steam fire engines were brought in. Fire stations were established within police quarters, with living quarters for the recruits and proper equipment.
Cross Street Fire Station became operational in January 1891 and served as the main station. The site is opposite the present multi-storey car park on Cross Street. The Beach Road station began operations in 1893, and the Central Fire Station on Hill Street was occupied on 1 August 1909.
With these developments, Singapore was finally on its way to having a competent fire fighting force.
Captain Montague W. Pett, Singapore Fire Brigade (1905 - 1912) was the first professional fireman posted to Singapore from Kent, England. He took the first steps to modernise the Brigade. His dedication and vision brought about numerous changes and greatly boosted the morale of the firemen.
He is fondly remembered as the "Father of the Singapore Fire Brigade".
The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery is officially opened by Mr Wong Kan Seng, Minister for Home Affairs on 22 November 2001.
There are Fire Station Visit, Group CD Heritage Gallery Visit and Lookout Tower Tour (Tuesdays or Fridays only for Lookout Tower Tour); detailed information can be found on their website.