Besides that beautiful Varadero beach, Matanzas also has treasures of historical nature. One of them is the Firefighting Museum, first of its kind in Cuba and acknowledged as a National Monument.
The museum’s heritage exceeds three thousand pieces which are exhibited along its three rooms. Among them you can find true gems of old technologies used to put out fires, as it is the case of the first fire engine with a steam pump the city had in 1864. Among other things of significant value there are a few medals of the Red Cross in Matanzas, which has the merit of having been the first in all Latin America.
Exhibitors, objects and photographs tell the story of the deeds of the fire department from Matanzas. One of the most important of these was the creation of the first free clinic for poor children, which was built with personal funds and turned out to be of great help for the area.
On the other hand, this museum has the added value of being located on the premises of the current fire station of the city of Matanzas, so who knows?, it may happen that when you visit, while you are listening to the guide’s explanations, the fire alarm might suddenly go off.
Translation: Beatriz Rodríguez