The Tasmania Fire Museum joined our museum site in Glenorchy in 2003. The Tasmania Fire Museum building can accommodate three (3) fire engines and a variety of smaller appliances, including fittings, fire extinguishers, uniforms and badges. The engines on display are often rotated from within their collection located off site.
Fire engines displayed have included:
- Hobart Fire Brigade Ford trucks (dating from 1939);
- Tasmania Fire Service 1969 Dennis ladder truck;
- TFS 1966 Ford F350 rescue vehicle;
- Rural Fires Board Bedford tanker (built in 1970); and
- Converted Volkswagen utility van, originally owned by Cadbury.
The Tasmania Fire Museum was formed in 1979 with the following aims:
- to conserve all aspects of Tasmania’s fire service heritage through the acquisition, restoration and interpretation of fire service artifacts;
- to arrange for display of the collection, throughout Tasmania;
- to promote awareness of the fire service and to meet the growing interest and enjoyment of the wider community in its cultural heritage of which the fire service is a part; and
- to honour the dedicated service to the community by both volunteer and career fire service members.
The Tasmania Fire Museum is open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at our site in Glenorchy, and at the historic Hobart Fire Brigade station located at 77-79 Argyle Street in Hobart on Monday to Thursday by prior appointment.
As a volunteer brigade of the Tasmania Fire Service, the Tasmania Fire Museum draws its membership only from serving and retired, career and volunteer Tasmanian fire service members. This means the curators you will meet at any of their display sites will have had “hands on” experience of the appliances and other artifacts you will see.
For more information visit the Tasmania Fire Service Website.