Fire

Fire

Fire

An exhibition on fire hazards and fire brigades

The Technische Sammlungen presents one of Germany’s largest and oldest collections dedicated to the history of fire hazards, fire protection and firefighting. The exhibition spans a wide range of themes, from the catastrophic blazes in old cities to the destruction of Dresden in the spring of 1945, from the bucket brigades of past centuries to the highly equipped fire-fighting technology of the present. The only preserved steam-driven fire engine in Germany from 1913 is one of the collection’s main attractions, alongside hand sprayers from the 16th century and garments made of burlap: the protective clothing of the first gymnasts’ fire brigade in Saxony. 

Fire fighters from Dresden tell of the attraction and dangers of their profession. In the fire laboratory, visitors are invited to discover the nature of fire, to test themselves in dealing with its dangers and explore its fascinating powers.