Built to the Edwardian style of architecture, popular in that period, the Singapore Central Fire Station, now over 100 years old is a national monument – distinctive and important in its history.
Built in 1908, the Station was a great necessity at the time when Singapore city saw many fires which caused great loss and damage. The iconic red brick facade with white trimmings complete with a watch tower – which at 30 meters high was the highest point in the city at the time is still maintained with the old equipment and historic atmosphere.
The construction of the Central Fire station accounted for a dramatic decrease in fire related damage, especially during the second world war when the station itself came under attack. The Fire Brigade Superintendent at the time Montague Pett, worked hard for the development of the profession and fire fighting in Singapore rose to a professional level.
The Station not only has the lookout tower but also includes quarters for the firemen and several other facilities. It was built to support horse drawn fire wagons as well as the motorised ones.
In 1998 the Central Fire Station was declared a National Monument and later in 2001 it came under the purview of the Civil Defence Force. Under this Department part of the Fire Station was converted into a gallery and museum of sorts depicting historic images of Singapore and the role and journey of fire fighting in the city. The Civil Defences’ development too can clearly be ascertained. Interactive stations offer close up and personal experiences of what fire fighting entails and the emotions and thoughts behind fire fighters and rescuers in a mission. The tour up the watch tower is perhaps the highlight of the tour of the Fire Station.
For those visiting the country, and interested in historic sites and tales, a visit to the Central Fire Station is a must. For those looking out for hotels in Singapore from which to base themselves, consider the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Singapore with its convenient location and luxury amenities and facilities. It is one of the best Singapore hotels to choose from.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.