Fun For Free SG: Central Fire Station

by - Thursday, August 07, 2014

Where can you go on a Saturday morning? How does a visit to the fire station sound?

Do you know that the fire stations in Singapore (except for Jurong Island Fire Station) is opened for public visits on every Saturday morning? And it is FREE!! You will get the chance to go on the fire engines and ambulances, try out the water jet and watch the firemen slide down the pole. Sometimes you could even witness a real call and witness how the ambulances and fire engines roll out on a real mission.

Previously, we had visited the fire station near our house and it was an eye-opener for us. This time we visited the Central Fire Station. 

The watch tower

The friendly SCDF team sharing about the functions and the equipments on the ambulance. Do you know the number to call for a non-emergency ambulance? They also shared about some of their experiences during their rescue missions. For example, inconsiderate people who refuses to exit the lift to allow the SCDF personnels to push the stretcher and equipments in or drivers who do not give way when they see the ambulance. Every second counts, so please be more considerate when you see them.

Next, they showed us how to put on the fire jacket, which is super thick and heavy. It helps to protect the firemen from the blazing hot fire when they are fighting a fire. They also shared that when a building is on fire, we should not take a lift to the floor that is on fire. The fire from outside the lift will gush into the lift the moment the lift door opens and one will be burnt to death.

The fastest way to unroll the water hose is to throw it. Before throwing, remember to shout 'Jaga!' to alert the people in front to stay clear.

Next up, we watched the firemen slide down the sliding pole. This might look easy but it is quite dangerous because pole is very slippery. Big J wanted to try sliding down and we had a hard time telling him that it is not for small children.

The Red Rhino is a Light Fire Attack Vehicle. Compared to the normal fire engine, this is smaller and very light weight which allows it to reach the destination in the shortest time possible. It comes equipped with a water mist gun for putting out small fires. Visitors can get to try out the water mist gun.

Small J being amazed by the water mist gun

We also got to watch a demonstration of putting out a fire and saving a victim from a vehicle on fire. After the demonstrations, visitors are welcome to try putting out the fire using the water jet.

We are free to roam around to try out the fire engines and ambulance. The firemen are friendly and helpful too!

Exploring the different kinds of fire engines

Trying out the ambulance

How do you like my new car?

Fire Station Open House
Where: All the fire stations in Singapore except for Jurong Island Fire Station. (Do check out the SCDF website to see if any fire stations are closed.)
When: Every Saturday, 9.00am to 11.00am. The tour usually last one hour.
How: Walk-in to the fire station of your choice. If your group has more than 10 persons, you will need to do a booking here.
Questions: FAQ

#CentralFireStation #SCDF #FunForFreeSg

Feeling the heat already? Hop on over to Prayerfull Mum's blog as she brings some 'splash' in the city. Stay onboard the train to spot 2 iconic symbols at the Merlion Park and the Esplanade. 

Having been away in the States for the last 2 years, this mum loves to bring her almost 4-year-old daughter to explore Singapore and become backyard "tourists" all over again. Stay tuned to see what one can do for FREE in SG!


This is part of the Fun For Free SG blog train driven by The Gingerbreadmum. Can't get enough of FUN FOR FREE SG venues? Here's the whole list - 31 days of free fun in Singapore! This list will be updated regularly; you will be able to click on the location to be brought directly to the blog post when it goes "live":

1 Aug: Tiong Bahru Park by Gingerbreadmum
2 Aug: Queenstown Heritage Trail by Princess Dana Diaries
3 Aug: Jurong Regional Library by Finally Mama
4 Aug: Maritime Gallery by Peipei Haohao
5 Aug: Singapore Philatelic Museum by Kids R Simple
6 Aug: Sculptures of Singapore by Gingerbreadmum
7 Aug: Fire Station by The Js Arena
8 Aug: Esplanade + Merlion Park by Prayerfull Mum
9 Aug: Bukit Batok Nature Park by Meeningfully
10 Aug: Lower Pierce Reservoir Park by The Kam Family
11 Aug: I12 Katong - water playground by Universal Scribbles
12 Aug: IMM by Mad Psych Mum
13 Aug: Tampines 1 Water Playground by Amazingly Still
14 Aug: Sengkang Riverside Park by Itchy Finger Snap
15 Aug: East Coast Park by Toddly Mummy
16 Aug: Sembawang Shopping Centre Playground by Joey Craftworkz
17 Aug: Animal resort by Raising Faith
18 Aug: Botanic Gardens by Mum's The Word
19 Aug: Police Heritage Centre by Mummy Ed
20 Aug: MacRitchie trail by Scrap Mum Loft
21 Aug: Road Safety Park by Miracule
22 Aug: Marina Barrage by J Babies
23 Aug: Gardens By The Bay, Children's Garden by Finally Mama
24 Aug: Changi Airport T3 by Mother Kao
25 Aug: Hunting for Saga Seeds by Mum in the Making
26 Aug: Changi Airport T1 by Growing with the Tans
27 Aug: Pasir Ris Park by Ingspirations
28 Aug: Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove by My Lil Bookworm
29 Aug: Vivocity Play Area by Amazingly Still
30 Aug: Punggol Promenade + Punggol Waterway by Chubby Anecdotes
31 Aug: Westgate Wonderland by Xavvylicious

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  1. One of our boy's all time favourite Sat outings! Wish we could go every week :) He was a little terrified of the biggest fire engine though - they look cuter in miniature, hah