National History Museum

History of the Mangaung Fire Brigade

A temporary exhibition about the history of fire fighting in Bloemfontein / Mangaung, in partnership with the Mangaung Fire Brigade Museum, is currently on show at the National Museum.  The exhibition showcases antique equipment, tools and gear from the Mangaung Fire Brigade Museum's extensive collection. These authentic articles show the technological advancement of fire fighting practices over time. They also illustrate the challenges, vulnerabilities and limitations posed by equipment available at the time and how these aspects were overcome by inventive strategies and innovations.