Pune is ornamented with several museums that celebrate history and miniatures among other things. Adding to this valuable centres, a first of its kind fire and rescue museum — Late Keshavrao Narayanrao Jagtap Fire Brigade Museum was inaugurated on the 18th of December 2016. The carefully curated collection boasts of the Rolls-Royce Vintage Dennis fire brigade used in 1961 Panshet Dam burst rescue operations.
People usually do not realise the importance of fire brigades and fire men. This museum is meant to increase an awareness about them, the old and new equipment, the techniques used in a fire disaster and so on. The museum is spread over the ground and first floor. The ground floor has a 1956 vintage fire engine, which cost about Rs. 88,000 back then. On the first floor, one will find all the equipment used in fire management, like different suits, wireless sets, rescue belts, monitors to spray water (which are mounted on the fire engine), emergency lights, special cameras which let you see through the smoke and more.
The museum has made cut-outs of faceless fire men. One can just place one’s face on a cut-out and get a picture clicked. Another attraction at the museum is a Ganapati made of waste equipment. In a corner is a water body with a boat floating in it, highlighting how fire men are also trained to rescue in floods.
There are also display panels with pictures and information put up for people to read about how a fire brigade works. PMC has also set up a stage to show people how a fire can take place, what the fire brigade does and how should one protect oneself in case of such calamity. Going forward, they are planning to have a three-minute live model show for the same.
The museum has around 100 antique fire equipment that were used in various rescue operations, and a hall which will be used for staff training and film shows regarding the functioning of the fire brigade.