An Update from Our CEO - Exciting Things Are Happening at the Museum!

It has been a very busy few weeks at the Museum as our team prepare for some upcoming special events and have taken part in some recent station openings.

One of the lesser known activities of the Museum is our role as the official heritage partner to FRNSW. It is in this capacity that we act as heritage advisor to FRNSW when it comes to moveable heritage (the most common things being plaques, bells, appliances and even billiard tables) and preserving the history of both the brigade and general fire related history for future generations.

Recently the Minister for police and emergency services, David Elliott and FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter officially opened new stations at Parkes and South Tamworth. If you follow the Museum on social media, then you would have noticed the active role our team played. For both events the Museum’s team produced full-colour books that chronicle the history of each brigade. Ironically both of these books dated back to 1878 which shows just how long and associated the brigades have with each individual town. For a sneak peak of some of the content you can check out last week’s blog where we featured the history of Parkes:

Pictured: Parkes Fire Brigade Captain Craig Gibson, Commissioner Paul Baxter, Museum CEO Belinda McMartin, Minister for Police & Emergency Services David Elliott and Mayor of Parkes Ken Keith.

The history within these books provides the backbone for these station events as it reassures the local community that the history of the brigades are not being lost with the transition to new stations and it solidifies the new station’s connection with the past.

To highlight this fact the Museum also produces a short history of the brigade that is then hung within the new station (pictured being presented here at both Parkes and South Tamworth). The Museum’s team also produce a number of pieces on historic incidents from the stations that are featured on both FRNSW and the Museum’s social media. Our team also create a slideshow film that runs for the duration of the event (this can be seen behind the presenters).

FRNSW have such a strong connection with the past and it is the Museum’s role to ensure this is celebrated. To this end I am pleased to share some insight into our upcoming History Week events that will be presented both at the Museum and online.

Pictured: Museum of Fire CEO Belinda McMartin and Commissioner Paul Baxter (far right) present the newly formed South Tamworth Fire Brigade, represented by Captain Carl Dunn and Station Officer Johnathon Hughes, with a framed history of firefighting in Tamworth.

History Week 2020

History Week is an annual event by the History Council NSW. Due to these unprecedented times it is a highly digital event this year however due to the Museum’s COVID policies and capabilities we are able to offer some events within the museum, however these have limited capacity.

To really celebrate history, we’ve decided to undertake a compl