Century-old fire station goes back to its old look

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GEORGE TOWN: The Central Fire Station at the end of Beach Street here, one of Malaysia’s oldest fire stations still in operation, has restored its original infrastructure and signage first used 111 years ago.

The words ‘Central Fire Station 1908’ are clearly seen in large black lettering, replacing the previous red signboard.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the staff of the Fire and Rescue Department has taken the initiative to restore the signage, in accordance with the George Town World Heritage Site Special Area Plan

“This Lebuh Pantai Fire and Rescue Station Building is an iconic structure classified under Category I of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site,” he told reporters after inspecting the building today.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Moktar, who was present, said the rebranding is to capitalise on its tourist appeal by highlighting its status as the first fire station in the state.

Apart from the signage, Saadon said, the shape of the building and some of its features would be maintained to comply with the conditions of the George Town World Heritage Site Special Area Plan.

One of the iconic features of the building’s structural design is its combination of different architectural styles, classical façade merging with its Mughal-style four-storey tower with hints of influences from the Edwardian era of architecture.

He said to save costs, the restoration and preservation works were done mostly on the exterior of the fire station.