Organised firefighting began in ancient Rome, and it has a long tradition in this area. Fires were a part of the town’s everyday life and the eternal enemy that never sleeps. Firefighting developed quickly in the 19th century, during this period of strong economic growth. This growth also brought a rise in the number of fires, so it was necessary to organise local fire brigades and increase security. Many fire departments were formed during that time.

The Karlovac Volunteer Fire Brigade was founded on May 4, 1871, initiated by the mayor, Dr. Ivan Šimunić. This was the beginning of the organised firefighting in the Karlovac County.

Modern-day Karlovac firefighters have opened this museum dedicating it to the long tradition and gratitude to all those who contributed to the development of firefighting in this area. There are over a thousand exhibits from the 19th and the 20th centuries at the museum.  

The firefighters invite you to see this valuable exhibition! If you wan to learn more on the history of firefighting, on the Karlovac social life at the turn of the 20th century or get to hear the story of the adored Otilia, who consecrated the firefighters’ flag, do not miss a visit to this museum!


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