Local fire stations
(www.bomba.gov.my). InI case you did didn’t’t k know, your l local l fi fire stationt ti could ld b be one whichhi h h hostst kids’ birthday parties. Organised by the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, these parties double as public awareness programmes and cost absolutely nothing. Just bring your own cake, feel free to put up your own décor, and make sure that any catered food is halal. Chairs and tables will be set up by the fire station’s staff.
Each two-hour long programme opens with an information session to teach the kids about fire safety. The firemen then display their speed and finesse by rapidly reacting to a pretend emergency call and sliding down the fireman pole. Later, the kids are suited up in junior-sized firemen uniforms and invited to hop onboard a fire truck, which will circle around the neighbourhood. Most parties wrap up with fun and games; the kids are shown how to handle a water hose and needless to say, things get very wet!
Most stations in KL are willing to hold a party for you, but the ones in Hartamas, Keramat, TTDI, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya are especially popular. While most stations accommodate up to 20 kids, larger ones like the Hang Tuah Fire Station are recommended for larger parties. The best time slot to book is from 10am until 12noon. Bring a change of clothes as the kids are likely to get wet. While this public awareness programme is free of charge, contributions are welcomed. To book your party, write in to the head of the specific station you’re keen on; a complete directory of fire stations in the country is available on www. bomba.gov.my.