The DFES Education and Heritage Centre, is located only a short walk from the Murray Street Mall in Perth City on the corner of Irwin St and Murray St, just before Victoria Square. The original building was the first purpose built fire station in WA, and now houses displays of both past and present emergency services.
On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays you can enter the DFES Education and Heritage centre FREE! This beautifully restored and maintained building still looks like it did back in the day inside and out, with a few modern touchs too! Kids will love the real fire truck with flashing lights and open compartments when you first walk in the door. Here kids can put on a fire fighters jacket and helmet and stand next to the fire truck for a photo!
There are also some old fire trucks on display and they can turn the water valves at the back.
Upstairs (which can be accessed by lift also making the building pram & disabled accessible) there is a fabulous activity area with educational colouring-in sheets, books and puzzles.
There are also several interactive educational displays about fire prevention, earthquake rescue, cyclones and other emergency situations where DFES is required to respond and act and manage.
Kids will also love this display where they can practice to "get down low and go go go"!
They can do some climbing too!
Because this a beautiful preserved fire station there is still the original fire pole there. Kids will love giving this a go, either down stairs or upstairs where you can stand on a glass panel and look down to the fire trucks below.
We highly recommend you put a visit to the DFES Education and Heritage Centre on your list of things to do while you are next in the city with the kids. This is an fantastic hands on, interactive museum that provides lots of educational opportunities for kids and families about natural hazards and being prepared for emergencies - and it's FUN! We recommend that kids 3 years and above would probably get the most of out of your visit.
Open Tues, Wed & Thurs from 10-3pm and every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 10am - 2pm
(Closed over Dec / Jan holidays)
More Information: www.dfes.gov.au
How to Get There: Cnr Murray & Irwin St, Perth
1. Walk from the Murray St Mall - it's about two blocks just before Victoria Square
2. Catch the Red Cat and get off at #26 Royal Perth Hospital
3. Drive and Park in the Fire Station Carpark (parking fees apply)
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