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Overview

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Education and Heritage Centre is located in the original Perth Central Fire Station. The building was commissioned under the authority of the Western Australian Fire Brigades Act of 1899 and was the first purpose built fire station in Western Australia.

This building of historical diversity boasts a Federation Romanesque architectural style, it was registered on the Western Australian State Register of Heritage Places in 1989.

Now refurbished, the old station characterises both past and present emergency services’ through displays dedicated to the history of Western Australian (WA) fire services and a natural hazards and disasters education gallery.

The building stands as a permanent and majestic reminder of Perth’s rich social and architectural history. In 2011, the centre earned a High Commendation (WA Heritage Awards) for outstanding heritage interpretation of a place.

Today the centre showcases a heritage trail offering a history of each room, vintage fire service appliances and exhibition space featuring the history and stories about fire brigades, hazards and emergency responses.

DFES invites visitors to explore the building’s unique heritage and learn about WA’s natural hazards.

Welcoming over 18, 000 visitors a year the centre houses a large archive of emergency services’ historic documents and photographs and a display of vintage fire appliances (engines).

The centre is open to the public and offers an interactive, interesting and fun experience for schools, tourists, families and community groups. Tours, open days, holiday activities and curriculum-linked education programs are available free of charge.

If you would like to know more about the centre access the links below. You can also join the subscription list to be updated on events, displays and other information about the centre.

Opening Times

Our general opening hours are:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10am to 3pm and
  • the first and third Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

We are open the following Saturdays in 2022

  • Jan      15th
  • Feb      5th and 19th
  • March  5th and 19th
  • April     2nd and 9th (16th closed)
  • May     7th and 21st
  • June    4th and 18th
  • July     2nd and 16th
  • Aug     6th and 20th
  • Sept    3rd and 17th
  • Oct      1st and 15th
  • Nov     5th and 19th
  • Dec     3rd

Admission Costs

Entry is Free.

How to Find Us

The Education and Heritage Centre is situated on the corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth, near Royal Perth Hospital.

Location Map

Visitor Facilities

There is no parking available at the centre.

Public car parking is available at the City of Perth Fire Station Car Park and Pier Street.

The Centre is within walking distance of both the Perth and McIver train stations, or can be reached via the Red Cat bus (disembark from Stop 27 -Royal Perth Hospital).

There are public toilets, including disabled facilities and a baby change table in the building. There are no refreshments available at the Centre; however, there are cafes nearby.

Early Morning Sensory-Friendly Sessions

Dates: Saturday 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December

Time: 9am – 10am

Cost: Free

On the first Saturday of the month we host an early access session to support children with autism and their families to explore and enjoy the DFES Education & Heritage Centre.  

What you can expect:

  • Staff trained in disability awareness to welcome you.
  • A friendly supportive environment with limited visitors who are there for the same reason as you.
  • Lighting and sound levels adjusted (where possible) for a low sensory experience (these will return to normal levels from 10am).
  • A designated quiet area for those needing to take a break.
  • A sensory touch table with objects to handle.
  • A Visual Story with details on what you can expect on your visit.

Bookings:

  • Bookings are essential to keep session numbers at a comfortable level.
  • Bookings can be made via email educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au
  • Please provide the date you’ll like to attend and the number of adults and children attending.
  • Feel free to let us know about any special sensory needs or access requirements.

These sessions are proudly presented in partnership with DADAA.

School Excursions to the Centre

DFES is offering two primary school aged education programs.

  • Emergency Helpers in the Community and Me! (Preprimary to Year 2)
  • Home Fire Safety (Year 2 to Year 7)

More information is available under School Education.

Please contact DFES School Aged Education Officers on 6381 1112 or 6381 1113 (Tuesdays or Wednesdays) or book now with the Excursion Booking Request Form.

Non-School Groups

The Centre also welcomes excursions from a variety of groups including early childhood (e.g. playgroups or preschools); home-school; vacation care; youth (e.g. Scouts or cadets) and community (e.g. seniors).

All non-school group bookings with children/students are self-guided.

Sessions are available on Thursdays and Saturdays during term and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during the school holidays.

You check available dates and book using our Non-School Group Excursion Booking Request Form.

Accessibility

DFES’s Education and Heritage Centre is accessible to wheelchairs.

Contact Us

The DFES Education Centre can be contacted during opening times on (08) 6381 1110 or you can send an email to educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au.

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