A display, dedicated to the volunteer firefighting in 17 century, has opened in the People’s Museum of Firefighting in the town of Pochep, Bryansk Region. Fire carriage with a water barrel, fire-warden’s carriage and many other vintage pieces of equipment were restored. The main piece of the display is a prototype of a lookout tower. These towers were occupied by servicemen, who protected the town against enemies and other troubles, like fires.
The town of Pochep, like every other city, had many fires over its history. The largest fire in the town’s history occurred on 13 August 1873. Tar caught fire on the market in the center of the town. Barrels exploded due to high temperature, throwing shrapnel around. Ground and even water in the nearest river were burning because of a tar layer on them. Fire completely destroyed the town’s center and over 300 houses.
Today this museum is the fire safety and volunteer firefighting propaganda center. Over 5,000 people visit the museum every year. All museum’s exhibits participate in exhibitions, fairs, displays of vintage and modern fire and rescue equipment. In 2010, the Firefighting Equipment Display from Bryansk Region took part in the All-Russian Contest “The Best Museum of the Emergencies Ministry”, taking the second place.
History of volunteer firefighting service is of great importance. Firefighting traditions were also strong in our country. The Pochep Museum carefully keeps all of these traditions, propagates fire safety and supports volunteer firefighters.