Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery to hold fun day this Sunday

     The Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery Fun Day will be held this Sunday (November 19), offering a variety of fun-filled programmes for members of the public to learn more about the history of the fireboat Alexander Grantham and sea rescue services in Hong Kong. Members of the public are invited to attend and admission is free.

     The ship's wheelhouse and crew cabin will be open to the public on Fun Day to enable them to see the original working conditions for the firefighters on the fireboat. Other not-to-be-missed activities will include "Jumping in Fireboat Elite Bouncer", "Be a Firefighter" photo-taking sessions, a display of rescue equipment, firefighting equipment demonstrations, sharing sessions with retired firefighters who used to work on the fireboat, magic performances and a live band show by firefighters.

     The Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will also demonstrate 3D scanning technology and introduce details of the propeller restoration work to the public.

     The Fun Day will be held from 10am to 6pm. All programmes will be conducted in Cantonese. A fireboat water spray performance, one of the annual fun day highlight programmes, is scheduled to take place at 2pm (subject to cancellation in case of emergency or rescue mission).

     Other special programmes, including a training session on "Become a Junior Firefighter", restoration of Fireboat Alexander Grantham guided tours and an on-board Christmas party will be held in December to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the gallery.

     The fireboat Alexander Grantham went into service in 1953. Before being decommissioned in 2002, it served as the flagship of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department's fireboat unit, responding to fire alarms and conducting rescue operations both in Hong Kong waters and along the regional coastline. As well as being the first boat preserved as an historical relic in Hong Kong, it is also the largest "Made in Hong Kong" item in the Hong Kong Museum of History's collection.
     The above programmes are jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Fire Services Department. For details, please visit the website at or call 3580 6770.
     The Fireboat Alexander Grantham Exhibition Gallery is located at Quarry Bay Park, Hong Kong.

Ends/Monday, November 13, 2017
Issued at HKT 11:00