For over three decades Chris Berry has built a formidable collection of firefighting pieces. The now retired firefighter and engine keeper, with 22 years of dedicated service under his belt, began collecting pieces after the discovery of a brass firefighting helmet while fitting out a retired firefighter’s kitchen.
Chris’s vision was to house the 2,000 plus artefacts in a museum, the old Coolamon Fire Station being the perfect fit. The Coolamon Fire Museum is used to educate others about the brave firefighters, the equipment they used and the working conditions. Items come from all over Australia and the world, including Peru and Africa, and include old breathing apparatus from the 1800s, over 100 fire helmets and mannequins dressed in full firefighting uniforms.
And Chris’ favourite piece? The old Coolamon Fire Station bell which 40 years ago was taken down and, after a two year search, found in a local garage. It is now restored to its original position.
“It is the final piece, it finishes the museum and brings back childhood memories for many locals,” Mr Berry said.
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