Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre

Merseyside has a 180-year proud tradition of firefighting and has often been at the forefront of innovation and new technology during that time. It was in Liverpool that the world's first steam fire engine was put into service, decades before other cities.

Our Heritage and Education Centre has one of the largest photographic archives of any UK fire and rescue service, including more than 80,000 digitised files and pictures.

Located at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's headquarters in Bootle, the centre also houses memorabilia, vintage fire engines and equipment from past generations of firefighting. 

When can I visit?

The Heritage and Education Centre is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm, however visits must be pre-booked. 

How do I book a visit?

Please call 0151 296 4714 / 0151 296 4640 or email

Where is the Heritage and Education Centre?

The Heritage and Education Centre is located at Bridle Road, Bootle, L30 4YD.