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Tasmania Fire Museum

The 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 artefacts,
  • 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 it's 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 Museum currently has public display sites at the Tasmanian Transport Museum, Anfield St., Glenorchy (open every 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoon) and in the Hobart Fire Brigade 1911 old Head station, Argyle St. Hobart (access on weekdays by prior arrangement only). Other public display sites are planned for Burnie and Launceston. The Museum also showcases its appliances at community events such as Christmas parades and local fairs and fetes.

As a volunteer brigade of the Tasmania Fire Service, the 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 our display sites, will have had "hands on" experience of the appliances and other artefacts you will see.

Appliances in the Museum's fleet, all of which served in Tasmania, include a (# pictured below):

  • # 1826 hand drawn manual fire pump, Van Diemens Land's (Tasmania's) first fire fighting appliance.
  • # 1898 hand drawn hose reel cart.
  • # 1913 Leyland turntable ladder, Hobart's & Tasmania's first motorised fire appliance.
  • 1928 Dennis urban pumper/hose carriage.
  • 1929 Chevrolet urban hose carriage.
  • # 1935 Dodge urban pumper/hose carriage, Burnie's second motorised fire appliance.
  • # 1938 Ford hose carriage with a 50 foot (15 m) Morris Ajax wheeled escape ladder.
  • # 1941 Ford V8 flat head urban pumper hose carriage.
  • 1943 Chevrolet hose carriage, acquired under the WW II lend lease program for the EZ Co. zinc smelter, Risdon.
  • 1952 John Morris 60 foot (18 m) escape ladder, Tasmania's largest ever item of manually operated firefighting equipment.
  • # 1955 Dennis F8 pumper/hose carriage.
  • # 1963 TK Bedford/Simon Snorkel hydraulic platform, the first such appliance into service in the southern hemisphere.
  • 1964 International AB160 urban hose carriage/pumper.
  • # 1965 Bedford RLHZ 4x4 rural heavy pumper, ex British AFS.
  • # 1966 Volkswagon industrial fire appliance, purpose built for the Cadbury chocolate factory, Claremont.
  • 1969 Dennis "D" series urban pumper/escape.
  • # 1970 Bedford RLHC 4x4 rural heavy tanker.
  • 1971 International C1600 urban pumper/hose carriage.
  • 1975 International D1410 4x4 rural medium tanker.
  • 1978 International ACCO 1810A urban medium pumper.

The Museum also has in its care a wide variety of photographs, books and items of fire service equipment.

The Museum markets a range of fire service books, souvenirs and memorabilia to raise funds to assist in the maintenance and restoration of fire appliances belonging to the Museum.

More information about the Museum, its display sites and a price list, can be obtained by sending an e-mail to museum@fire.tas.gov.au

1826 Hand drawn manual fire engine 1898 Hand drawn hose reel cart
1913 Leyland 70' turntable ladder 1935 Dodge urban hose carriage/pumper
1939 Ford hose carriage/escape 1941 Ford urban hose carriage/pumper
1955 Dennis 8 urban pumper 1963 TK Bedford/Simon snorkel hydraulic platform
1965 Bedford RLHZ 4x4 rural heavy pumper 1966 Volkswagon industrial fire appliance, purpose built for the Cadbury factory, Claremont
 
1970 Bedford RLHC 4x4 rural heavy tanker