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The Museum has a wide range of exhibits large and small, including fire engines, firefighting equipment, breathing apparatus, uniforms, helmets and specialised technology used in fighting fire. There are also many historical illustrations of fires, fire engines and equipment. Housed in its own Fire Station, one of the finest exhibits on display is the horse drawn “Bromley Steamer” Fire Engine dating from 1897.  

The Museum also contains an extensive archive of records of personnel, stations and important events dating back to the many early Volunteer Fire Brigades in Kent, as well as many photographs of those brigades. Other exbibits show the successes and tragedies of Kent’s noble brigades during peacetime and both World Wars, as well as changes to uniform and equipment over time,

In the pages which follow, you will see pictures of exhibits, many of which are on display, as well as historical photographs which are part of the collection.

The pictures are grouped under the following headings:

Early Firefighting

The Victorian Era

20th Century up to WWll

The War Years and the National Fire Service

Post War to the Present Day