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The museum is now based in a purpose built building at the new Watford Fire Station, in the Lower High Street, behind Tesco's and virtually opposite Watford Museum.

Photo from Watford Fire Brigade Museum
Photo from Watford Fire Brigade Museum
Photo from Watford Fire Brigade Museum

Two ex-Fire Service Officers (Roger Middleton and Ian Strudwick) look after following:

  1. An 1850s manual hand pump from Barley near Royston.
  2. An 1850s wooden Escape Ladder with hose box, possibly from a large mansion in the Watford area.
  3. An 1863 manual hand pump from the Tring Park Estate.
  4. An 1896 Shand-Mason horse-drawn steam fire pump, ex-London Fire Brigade.
  5. A 1900s Hose Cart - on loan from Watford Museum.
  6. A 1937 Leyland open-bodied Pump Escape, based at St Albans in the 1960s.
  7. A 1942 Dennis No. 2 Trailer Pump, from Berkhamstead.
  8. A Second World War Scammell wheelbarrow pump.

There is also a substantial collection of various items of fire service equipment/uniform/documents (old and new), with a large and varied photographic display of fire appliances, fire/incident scenes and local fire history.

Photo from Watford Fire Brigade Museum
Photo from Watford Fire Brigade Museum
Photo from Watford Fire Brigade Museum

Our Open Days for 2014 are as follows:

  • 26th April
  • 17th May
  • 14th June
  • 12th July
  • 9th August
  • 6th September

Open from 1pm to 4pm.

We are always on the lookout for Fire Brigade memorabilia that deserves a good home and is perhaps currently gathering dust in a shed or attic. We can be contacted by email at firemuseum@watfordmuseum.org.uk or through Watford Museum.