Hertfordshire Fire Brigade Museum

Hertfordshire Fire Brigade Museum
Fire Station
Lower High Street
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 2AG
England

Website

www.watfordmuseum.org.uk/firemuseum

E-mail

firemuseum@watfordmuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01923 232297

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The museum is based in a purpose-built building at the new Fire Station, Lower High Street, Watford, opened in November 2009.
We have a substantial collection of various items of fire service equipment, uniform and documents, old and new, along with a large and varied photographic display of fire appliances, fire/incident scenes and local fire history.

We are always on the lookout for Fire Brigade memorabilia that deserves a good home and is perhaps currently gathering dust in a shed or attic.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Wed 9.30-11.30am (maintenance days with very limited viewing).

There is also a series of Open Days on Saturdays, when the museum will be open between 13.00-16.00: please contact us for more information.

Admission charges

Free admission, but donations are welcome as the Museum is run on a voluntary basis by ex-firefighters.

In addition to the larger items listed below, there is also a substantial collection of various items of fire service equipment/uniform/documents (old and new), with a large and varied photographic display of fire appliances, fire/incident scenes and local fire history.

Collection details

Social History, Land Transport, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • 1850s manual hand pump from Barley near Royston
  • 1863 manual hand pump from the Tring Park Estate
  • 1896 Shand-Mason horse-drawn steam fire pump, ex-London Fire Brigade
  • 1900s Hose Cart - on loan from Watford Museum
  • 1937 Leyland open-bodied Pump Escape, based at St Albans until the 1960s
  • 1942 Dennis No.2 Trailer Pump, from Berkhamstead
  • WW2 Scammell wheelbarrow pump
  • Fire service uniforms and equipment
  • Merryweather 50ft (15m) steel escape ladder from a 1984 Dennis Water Tender Escape
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