Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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The long and proud history of our local fire and rescue services is portrayed at the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum in Rochdale.
The region has played a significant role in the development of firefighting and fire engineering: Manchester formed England’s first municipal fire service in 1826, whilst the country’s earliest motorised fire engine was delivered to Eccles in 1901. Greater Manchester was also well-known as an important centre of manufacture for fire engines, fire hose and equipment.
Originally opened in 1983 as the Brigade Museum of the then Greater Manchester County Fire Service, the Museum has operated as an independent, charitable trust since 2010. Through a unique Partnership Agreement, the Museum Trust retains its close ties with the Fire and Rescue Service, which is a major stakeholder and corporate member.
The Museum is located on the site of the former Rochdale Fire Station and opens on a regular basis. Twenty-three larger exhibits (the oldest dating from 1741) make up the appliance fleet, supported by many other items of firefighting equipment, uniforms, models, medals and insignia, paintings, curios and other objects. Some parts of the Museum are laid out to represent period tableaux, including a Victorian fire station and a Second World War “Blitz” scene..
Fire appliances and volunteers from the Museum can also be regularly seen supporting our local fire station open days and other public events.
An extensive archive, images and sound recording collection is maintained, and research enquiries are welcome .Please contact the Museum in the first instance.
An accredited education service offers sessions for pupils and students of all ages, from reception to A-level. Regular topics include The Great Fire of London, People Who Help Us, Victorians, Uniforms and The Blitz. For full details of how to arrange a school visit, plus study material and summaries of the topics available, please visit the Museum’s website.
The Museum opens every Friday (except Bank Holidays) and on the first Sunday of the month (except January), from 10am to 4pm. Pre-booking is not required for individual visitors, but please contact the Museum beforehand for groups or for school visits. Admission is free for general visitors, with a small charge for educational sessions.
Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
Old Fire Station
Tel: 01706 341219
In partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
Register Charity No. 1143966