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DFES Education and Heritage Centre




The DFES Education and Heritage Centre opening hours are

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

For all school visit enquiries, please call the Children and Youth Team on 6381 1112 or 6381 1113 or email - educationandheritage@dfes.wa.gov.au.

We look forward to seeing you at the Centre!



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

The Centre is open on the first and third Saturday of each month (10am to 2pm)

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

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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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