Fire and Rescue Day at MOTAT

Fire engines, sirens, rescue displays, demonstrations and education programmes about disaster preparation are just some of the exciting things on offer at MOTAT’s Fire and Rescue Day on Sunday 19 February.

The New Zealand Fire Service has been a major supporter of this event for many years and their fire engines will once again feature alongside MOTAT’s emergency vehicles. Firefighters will be on-hand to highlight key fire safety messages such as the importance of working smoke alarms and the dangers of unattended cooking. Fire drills and ‘explosions’ in the popular Kitchen Fire unit are sure to instil an unforgettable safety message in the minds of visitors.

MOTAT’s Visitor Engagement Manager Sarah Somerville says that the interactive games and displays are designed to teach youngsters some very serious lessons within a playful environment.

“This is a great opportunity for the Museum to partner with services such as the Fire Service, Red Cross and Civil Defence to help families stay safe in a disaster situation. If this fun day out can prevent even one house fire or fatality then it’s been a huge success,” says Ms Somerville.

Other activities and displays include:

  • An impressive collection of old and new emergency vehicles housed at MOTAT
  • Motor vehicle extraction and First Aid NZ CPR demonstrations
  • An amazing dog squad display at 1pm
  • MOTAT Live Day activities including steam train, double decker tram and armoured military vehicle rides
  • Little Flick fire engine rides
  • Fire hose target practice and Police laser speed activities for children
  • Face painting


Fire and Rescue Day starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Normal MOTAT admission fees apply.


For further information, photographs or interviews please contact:
Vanessa Hefer
Communications Advisor
Phone: 845 3703
Mobile: 021 340 518