We’d never noticed, but Bukit
They, along with almost all other fire stations dotted around Singapore, have a Fire Station Open Day every Saturday.
Yeah, we’ve been in Singapore for over two years now, and never knew that there was this open day on every Saturday. Thankfully, my gf Candice sussed it out and based on her recommendation, we took the kids there a couple of weeks ago.
The kids loved seeing the firemen, all dressed up. And the guys there were excellent with kids, so patient, and so friendly. We weren’t the only ones taking photos, they were whipping out their phones to take pictures of the kids too. It was a total photo party between all of us – haha!
They gave us a talk about the fire engine, and showed us how all the fire fighting equipment was jam packed into the sides. The kids gawked.
We got a chance to hop in the fire engine and take the wheel, as well as sound the siren! Hunter was pretty blown away and daunted by climbing into the huge fire engine, but he got over his fear and did it. He loves fire engines that much 😉
They also had these smaller vehicles, that had a name, but I’ve forgotten. These were also fully equipped with hoses and a cool bright red. We also got a chance to climb into and explore these!
The firemen did a fire pole demonstration, much to the kids’ awe. I was pretty impressed as well – it seemed kinda scary, and they scooted down FAST!
We also got a chance to try on the full firemen safety suit, which one of the guys gamely tried on. He must’ve been sweltering in there…
Then, the most exciting part, we got in an ambulance! They were super nice and let both kids clamber all over it. Hunter was a bit nervous, but Carter was RIGHT IN THERE, jabbing his fingers everywhere and sussing it all out.
Carter was a very willing participant and let the ambulance folk hook him up to a heartbeat machine! They stuck these pads all over him, with wires sticking out, and both kids got to see his heartbeat on the screen (125 bpm).
And then it was water play time! The kids got a chance to hold on to the fire hose. The jet is phenomenal, and obviously they turned it down to a drizzle for the kids to play with. Carter leaped right in and got himself thoroughly soaked!
They also had these bright red fire bikes, which I thought were super cool. Even though Carter’s expression says likewise.
After about 1.5 hours there (the time flew by!), we all got together for a group photo. We had SO much fun that morning.. and the kids really learned a lot. In fact, we did this weeks ago, but Hunter still remembers the experience and asks to go again. Guess it really appeals to kids.
Cannot believe it’s free, and such an excellent activity to do with kids on a Saturday morning! We’re already planning our next visit.