Education and Heritage Centre

We will be closed from Tuesday 12th December and will reopen Tuesday 9th January.  From the Centre Volunteers and Staff, we wish you a safe and happy festive season.

The DFES Education and Heritage Centre offers a fun, interactive and free experience in the heart of Perth.

The Centre is located in the fully restored Perth Central Fire Station (established in 1900) and showcases the history and heritage of the WA Fire Brigades. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about natural hazards through our interactive and educational displays.

The Centre is also the custodian of the DFES Heritage Collection and Vintage Fleet. Research and care are carried out with the valuable assistance of the Education and Heritage Volunteer and Emergency Services Unit.

Acknowledgement of Country

DFES acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples throughout the state of Western Australia as the Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, work and volunteer. We recognise Aboriginal peoples’ continued connection to land, waters, and community, and pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

Perth Central Fire Station is situated within Boorloo (Perth) the traditional land of the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation.

​Karla (Fire)

What you’ll see and do

Plan your visit

The DFES Education and Heritage Centre welcomes visitors of all abilities and ages. We aim to provide an inclusive, accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Please use the information below to help plan your visit and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Getting here
Open hours
Entry is free
Visitor and accessibility information

Activities and events

School excursions and group bookings

From students, Scouts and vacation care to seniors and community organisations, a group visit at the DFES Education and Heritage Centre promises to be a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Join us as a volunteer

Do you have a passion for WA history and Perth’s much-loved heritage-listed buildings? Perhaps you’re technological minded and would like to share your knowledge on our historic and modern fire appliances and firefighting equipment? Or maybe you just want to drive an old fire truck?

If one or more of the above sounds like you might like to become involved with one of our volunteer programs! See below for current opportunities.

Our volunteers are proud members of the registered Education and Heritage Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services (VFES) unit.

Front-of-house volunteers
Behind-the-scenes volunteers
Vintage Fleet volunteers

DFES Heritage Collection

The DFES Education and Heritage Centre is located in the state-heritage listed Perth Central Fire Station. The Centre houses the DFES Heritage Collection and is responsible for the DFES Heritage Fleet of historic fire appliances. The ongoing research and care of the Collection and Fleet is carried out with the valuable assistance of volunteers from the Education and Heritage VFES (Volunteer and Fire and Emergency Services) unit.

Firefighters Memorial Grove

On 23 July 2000, the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park was unveiled to mark the centenary of fire services in WA and honour the contribution of career and volunteer firefighters in protecting our State.

Located on Forrest Drive, the memorial includes a granite arc representing the base of a burnt out tree and a ten tonne rock symbolising a flame, which reflects the impact and role of fire.

More about the Firefighters Memorial Grove

Fallen Firefighters Honour Roll

Kevin Corbey
Grant Cowper
Ian Ding
Ian Oliver
Maurie Parker
David Parkin
Ian (Gary) Peat

Contact us

The DFES Education and Heritage Centre can be contacted via email or by phone during opening hours on (08) 6381 1110.

More Information

Education and heritage overview

The history of disaster response in our State.

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Schools and young people

Research shows a large number of young people in Australia want to learn more about natural hazards.

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Young people misusing fire

To reduce fire risk behaviour, children should be taught from a young age that fire is not a toy.

Learn more