Firefighters around the world are a fine breed – committed, strong, proud – no matter the location. With a son who is a firefighter, we asked our guide today to take us to a Hobart Fire Station. We have the honor of being the first tourist to ask for such a visit…..even our local guide had never been inside!!
The station has a museum with cool old fire trucks, the neatest a 1966 VW Van, once owned by Cadbury Chocolate (who has a plant here). It only has 1000 miles on it and the fire department told us that when it needed service, the local VW dealer gave them the 1000 mile check-up free!!!. We bet VW would love this for their own collection. Rare indeed.
Here, firefighters deal with the usual high-rise and house fires but their biggest concern is a brush fire up in the mountains. The ambulance crew and paramedics are a separate team, not firefighters. We asked if there was a special scuba team of firemen for any harbor incident and were quickly told, no, that fell to the Police Department!