Auckland Fire Brigade Museum and Historical Society
The Auckland Fire Brigade Historical society was formed in 2010 by a small group of guys called together by a senior fire commander. The 100+ year history of Auckland and surrounding brigades was disappearing and needed to be saved. In 2016 it was decided to change the name to Auckland Fire Brigade Museum & Historical Society to better reflect our coverage of all region fire brigades past and present and our aim to open a museum
We have from day one received support from the New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) in our region (A nationalised fire department now called Fire & Emergency New Zealand or FENZ) and were given space for storage, but due to operational requirements have had to move several times. Currently we have several small rooms at Fire HQ in the city and another room at a suburban out station.
Due to major organizational changes in senior FENZ management we are still awaiting a decision on where we can actually set up our Museum but hopefully that will be decided by mid-2021.
Our displays at present are limited to a large glass cabinet and two medal cabinets in the FENZ Auckland HQ building. We are also privileged to own a fully restored 1940 Ford V8 fire truck and a 1964 English Karrier, the last of 14 ordered by the Auckland brigade. These vehicles are currently stored at a fire station in the west of the city.
We are also privileged to own a fully restored 1940 Ford V8 fire truck and a 1964 English Karrier, the last of 14 ordered by the Auckland brigade. These vehicles are currently stored at a fire station in the west of the city.
In November 2019 the society arranged a display in conjunction with a local transport museum fire section to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Central fire station. Vehicles from both organizations took pride of place in the station for the weekend to recreate a 1960’s feel. We have also recently signed a Memorandum of
understanding with this transport museum and are working on one with FENZ Auckland to ensure our future and to be able to work together on future projects including our own museum and the 150th celebrations in 2024.
Check out our website www.afbhs.co.nz and follow us on Facebook @firehistorical
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