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DFES Education and Heritage Centre



Dear Visitors

The DFES Education & Heritage Centre

Will close from Wednesday 11th December 2019 and reopen Tuesday 21st January 2020.

We apologise for any inconvenience, from our volunteers and staff we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Have a safe and happy festive season.

School Visit Enquiries for 2021: Please call the School Aged Education Team on 6381 1112 or 6381 1113 Email - educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au.

Thank you Centre Volunteers and Staff



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.

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Weekend Opening Times

Weekend opening!

You can now visit the Education and Heritage Centre on a Saturdays

The Education and Heritage Centre team have some exciting news. We will continue trial weekend opening on the first and third Saturday of the month, from 10am - 2pm.

The trial is a great initiative that will result in increased exposure for the Centre and will provide opportunities for members of the public that work during business hours to visit the Centre and experience all that it has to offer.

Dates for the remainder of 2020:

• July 4th and 18th • Oct 3rd and 17th
• Aug 1st and 15th • Nov 7th and 21st
• Sept 5th and 19th • Dec 5th

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Opening Times

DFES’s Education and Heritage Centre is open from 10am to 3:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and admission is free.

Admission Costs

Entry is Free.

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How to Find Us

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

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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.

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Special Events

The Centre runs a variety of special events throughout the year. These include Perth Heritage Day (one Sunday in October) as well as Firefighter talks at the Centre. Please contact us for further information on the dates and times of these events.


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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 email us at educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au.

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School Holidays

The Centre welcomes all casual visitors during school holidays.
However, WE DO NOT ACCEPT GROUP BOOKINGS during this time.

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

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Awards acknowledging DFES's Education and Heritage Centre redevelopment include:


High Commendation WA Heritage Awards – for outstanding heritage interpretation of a place


Winner Australian Safer Community Awards (WA)


High Commendation WA Architecture Awards

Awards acknowledging DFES School Aged Education Programs include:


High Commendation 2014 Resilient Australia Awards - State Government Division

State Winner 2014 Resilient Australia Awards - State Government Division WA

These awards were awarded to the Department of Fire & Emergency Services in partnership with the Department of Education (WA).


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Media Coverage

Education and Heritage Centre Opens

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