Minister's commitment to heritage preservation following Museum visit

The Minister for Victims and Community Safety has visited a new museum celebrating Scotland’s rich fire and rescue heritage, ahead of its official opening.

The visit, which took place on Wednesday, 9 August, was marked by a series of engaging interactions and a guided tour of the museum's fascinating exhibits.

Minister's commitment to heritage preservation following Museum visit

MSP Siobhian Brown was welcomed by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) Deputy Chief Officer Stuart Stevens, Deputy Head of Prevention and Protection Cathy Barlow, and Local Senior Officer for the City of Edinburgh David Dourley.

During the tour, the Minister was guided by Watch Commander Dave Farries QFSM and Visitor Experience Team Leader Quonya Huff.

The museum features artefacts dating back almost two hundred years, including fire appliances, uniforms, and equipment.

The interactive session also facilitated an exchange of ideas about preserving heritage treasures and making them accessible to the wider public.

SFRS Deputy Chief Officer, Stuart Stevens said: “The visit today underscores the importance of our efforts and recognises our museum's invaluable role in educating and inspiring future generations."

Victims and Community Safety Minister Siobhian Brown appreciated the opportunity to visit the museum to hear about the origins of the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh.

She said: “It was interesting to see first-hand how the fire and rescue service in Scotland has evolved throughout the years whilst consistently playing a vital role in protecting our communities.

"I am committed to ensuring the service continues to keep Scotland’s communities safe. With this in mind, I was delighted to learn more about the important work the museum does on community safety education and engagement.”

The museum, which stands as a testimony to SFRS's rich history, has had more than 2,200 visitors since it opened its doors to the public at the end of June 2023.

Further information about the museum can be found on the Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage website.