|Just a short walk next door to past Central Fire Station opposite Funan Digitalife Mall.|
|Here we come!|
|Signing in at the reception counter. The exhibition is free of charge.|
|We were greeted at the reception by a myriad of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) memorabilia including badges, medals, patches...|
|... amd of course, helmets through the years from days under the British colonial rule till the present. What a treasure chest!|
It must have been difficult to cram decades of history into the ground floor of the two storey building. Inside were an array of old but refurbished hardware including water-pumping systems, ladders and engines, creatively fitted with video screens that were playing scenes from past.
|An overhanging fire rescue jump trampoline becomes at a projector screen for a vintage video.|
|Old engines with TV screens fitted into its side.|
|Getting into the driver's seat!|
|Miniature models on display.|
|Water pumping machines.|
|Photographs and other memorabilia.|
The second floor introduces what appears to be the 'modern day' SCDF, with sections on its latest gear and technology, as well as a corner showcasing recent operations and innovations.
|The artifacts are numbered and descriptions can be gleaned from a video screen at the side of the display.|
|More suit simulators to try.|
|This corner features 'cutting edge technology' literally! The power tools shown on the walls are design to be hand-held devices that slice through rubble and concrete!|
|Some interactive hands-on for the younger visitors: etch a design of a vintage machine or logos onto paper to take home!|
|Some recent operations overseas in disaster zones are featured here.|
|A small corner of a souvenir shop just as we are about to leave. Unfortunately, it was closing time for the museum at around 5pm and we did not have a chance to check this out.|
It had been a nice afternoon exploring the area. From what I understand, guided tours are available if you book in advance, and there's an interesting tower tour that's sometimes included as part of the programme that we did not get to check out.
Small, hidden and humble, but rich in history! It serves as a valuable resource that's creatively decked out with many interesting exhibits. However, bringing in a big group at any one time might be difficult as it is not very big, hence you may wish to book in advance for learning journeys or group visits.