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.
Our general opening hours are:
We are open the following Saturdays in 2022
Entry is Free.
The Education and Heritage Centre is situated on the corner of Murray and Irwin Streets, Perth, near Royal Perth Hospital.
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.
Dates: Saturday 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December
Time: 9am – 10am
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:
These sessions are proudly presented in partnership with DADAA.
DFES is offering two primary school aged education programs.
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.
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.
DFES’s Education and Heritage Centre is accessible to wheelchairs.
The DFES Education Centre can be contacted during opening times on (08) 6381 1110 or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.