Past Event17 Mar 2024

150 Years of Firefighting in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

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The Cloud, Queens Wharf

Family & Kids

Get down to The Cloud on Auckland's Queens Wharf on Sunday 17 March for a free open day celebrating 150 years of firefighting in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Join firefighters past and present as they mark the 150th anniversary of the Auckland Fire Brigade with exhibitions, displays and exciting demonstrations. This is your chance to get a close look at original fire trucks and equipment dating back to the 1800s as well as the modern appliances used today. Bring the whole whānau to The Cloud for a fun day for firefighter enthusiasts young and old.


Fire and Emergency NZ’s partner agencies including NZ Police, Hato Hone St John, Auckland Emergency Management, NZ Defence Force, Red Cross and others will also be taking part.

Find out more at the Celebrating 150 years of firefighting in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Facebook page.

Plan your journey ahead of time to avoid the traffic and parking. 

What's happening on the day

  • Get up close to original fire trucks and equipment dating back to the 1800s, including rare exhibits from the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and the Auckland Fire Brigade Historical Society.
  • Fire appliances and specialist gear used by Fire and Emergency NZ in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland today.
  • Demonstrations by Fire and Emergency’s specialist High Angle Rescue and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams.
  • Exhibitions of archival material telling the rich history of firefighting in the region.
  • Displays highlighting the trailblazing Auckland men and women who contributed to the creation of today’s firefighting and emergency response.
  • Fire safety, risk and readiness interactive activities and education resources.

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