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“Fire Service Museum - Nice Dennis fire engines on display”

The Fire Services Museum
Ranked #108 of 257 things to do in Macau
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

The First Service Museum (free to visit) is located on Estrada de Coelho do Amaral, a five minute walk from the cluster of World Heritage attractions at Camoes Square. The museum is housed in the easily recognisable 1920's European style building and includes two halls of items on display, that are worth 15-30 minutes if you have an interest in such matters.

The first hall features two British made fire engines, which were used in Macau during the early days of the territories public fire services. There are also 4 separate Chinese made water pumps on display, which were historically used by locals to deal with fires prior to public firefighting services being available in Macau. These were neat to see and read about. Information for all displays within the museum are light and easy to read.

The Second Hall features various fire service items of a historic nature including old boots, hats, wooden water pump implements, electronic board, firefighting tools and even a neat little collection of fire engine collectable cars.

Overall, this was a neat speciality museum that makes a quick visit if you are in the area. Not sure would recommend to those with limited time in Macau but it would be worth finding if you are here for a few days or are a fire engine enthusiast.

Thank BradJill
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Reviewed November 20, 2008

Dennis fire trucks aficionados will be pleased to know that the Macau Fire Services Museum is home to two well preserved historical vehicles from Guildford factory, marked as M-01-25 and M-01-27.

Dennis M-01-27, I believe, is a Low Load 60/70HP model which first saw service in the early 30s. Popularly known as Dennis Big 6, the vehicle specifications include White and Poppe 6 cylinder petrol engine rated at 45hp with a bore and stroke of 110 x 140mm. (Peter Williams)

Mounted at its center is a Dennis No. 3, 900gpm pump. It has a transportable aerial ladder at its rear mounting to cope with Macau rising skyline.

Next to 27, is M-01-25, a 1944 Dennis Light 4 open cab with a 4 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine with about 70 bhp (Ron Hozack).

Besides the British-made Dennis, the museum commonly known by its colonial namesake - Museu Dos Bombeiros (Address - Estrada de Celho do Amaral. Free Admission) – offers visitors the opportunity to relish at firemen paraphernalia in halls the size of two basketball courts. The exhibits go a long way to help one appreciates the fire fighting legacy in this ex-Portuguese colony and definitely worth the 15 minutes walk from the Ruins of St. Paul’s.

From its strategic location in the heart of the Inner Harbor, the former Central Fire Station served diligently until a typical dilemma in land scarce Macau caught up with it.

Macau was in desperate need of a modern centre command facility. Fortunately, compromise was reached and this fabulous European structure was preserved as the museum. In no time, a new Fire Brigade Headquarter began to take shape right at its backyard and now is home to an impressive fleet of Scania and Mercedes.

The 350 square meter museum is not on everyone’s must-see list but my visit there in November 2008 was pleasantly rewarding.

Visitors can view rare footages of fire fighting and rescue missions. One section is devoted to how firemen rescued suicidal desperadoes from Macau’s skyscrapers.

Others may not be so lucky but my guess is gruesome photos don’t fit in a museum dedicated to Macau’s rescue elite.

The museum is manned by members of Macau Fire Services but communicating with them in English is a challenge if we need information beyond the captions.

Fire fighting enthusiasts flying in and out of the Macau International Airport should also look out for Iveco Magirus 260-32AH/DL 50 - at the main runway. The chance to see one of the world’s most advanced Airport Fire Fighting Vehicle is perhaps the perfect eye-opener to discover the fire fighting heritage in Macau.


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