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About the Museum of Fire

The Museum of Fire Inc. is a not for profit, charitable organisation, largely administered by current and retired firefighters of all ranks. Supported by key professional staff and a large team of volunteers, the Museum represents a unique community resource and space. Situated in Western Sydney, at the base of the Blue Mountains National Park, the Museum is able to provide commemorative and didactic services to both the local bushfire prone region and Australia-wide.

The Museum’s collection is of national significance, and celebrates the important and heroic history of firefighters and fire services across Australia. Many of the items from the Museum’s extensive heritage collection are listed on the State Heritage Register. It is the Museum’s privilege and responsibility to ensure the preservation and security of this historic collection for future generations.

The Museum facilitates a fun and interactive environment where children and adults of all ages can participate in firefighting adventures and education, gain life-long skills, and engage in an immersive experience of what it is like to ‘don the uniform in the name of saving others’.

 

The heritage partnership between Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the Museum of Fire was founded in 1975 with the establishment of a Museum at Alexandria Training College. From small beginnings, the relationship between the Museum, FRNSW and the community has grown to encompass heritage and research support, collection management, promotional support and public education.

Last year, the Museum of Fire achieved its purpose by developing and expanding the Museum’s collection with objects of firefighting significance, a growth in museum displays and infrastructure, and an increase in visitor engagement. The Museum continues to cater to our important visitors and stakeholder groups through the development and delivery of lifesaving fire and safety education. Our mission is to continue to advance and develop research capabilities for the benefit of public, FRNSW, community stakeholders and participating Government agencies.

 

OUR PURPOSE

 

To provide a world class facility for the study and enjoyment of the uses, control and history of fire, and the preservation of the heritage of fire and firefighting.

 

OUR MISSION

 

To provide a not for profit permanent institution in the service of society, dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, research and communication of fire, firefighting and fire prevention exhibits for the purpose of study, education and enjoyment. To be recognised as the foremost Australian museum on understanding the experience of fire.

 

OBJECTIVES

•To acquire, conserve and curate material appropriate to the theme of fire.

•To dynamically employ the material resources, including the Historical Collection of the Museum, to educate through exhibition and interaction.

•To promote the preservation, conservation, interpretation and research of the fire services cultural heritage as an integral part of the nation’s heritage.

•To encourage and support the protection, development and construction of memorials, plaques, statues and other recognitions of the role that fire services and firefighters play in the protection of our Australian communities.

•To provide support and advice to the fire services in the development and implementation of heritage and culture including but not limited to collections management, public education and memorials.

•To assist in the ongoing development of relations between fire services and the Australian community by nurturing the community’s continuing interest in the fire service’s past and ongoing achievements.

•To maintain and further develop a research centre and library for the development of historical research, education curricula, resource material, publications and personnel on the theme of fire.

•To determine and implement financial strategies and marketing strategies to ensure the viability of the centre and its assets.

•To promote the necessity of fire and safety education in all social environments.

•To serve the community by making available the Museum’s grounds and indoor services for appropriate purposes.

 

ACQUISITION POLICY

The Museum of Fire Inc, will acquire material representing the development and history of Australian fire brigades, and material which educates the community to the dangers, control, uses and prevention of fire and its effect upon society and the environment. Please select the pdf for more information on the Museum of Fire Collection Policy.

Click Here for Collection Policy (Updated 2020)