The Fire Museum of Hsinchu City was opened on June 7, 2002. The original building was completed in 1937, and is the only survivor among these types of buildings which were built during the Japanese Occupational Era. As the ways of communication then were not advanced, the building was constructed to make it convenient for fire fighters to look far away at heavy smokes from the bell tower when they had to ascertain fire spots and go fight the fires. After being established as a museum, it has held the function of a fire prevention mini-museum as well as its role as a fire museum. It does not only display artifacts and the history of fire fighting, but also has educational functions regarding prevention of fires; Furthermore, the museum still reserves the fire-fighting function for a squad. Fire engines, fire-fighting equipments and slide poles used by fire fighters when they’were on duty during the Japanese Occupational Era are exhibited in the large lobby. There is also areas designed for the public to experience the escape from a fire spot, the extinguishment of fire and the operation of fire-fighting facilities. There are also a fire-fighting theater, a multimedia theater, and a first aid teaching area. Words,charts and informative pictures are used in the bell tower to make exhibitions regarding natural disasters (third floor), outdoor activity safety (fourth floor), and fire-fighting safety (fifth floor). Special features of the bell tower, righteous acts of the fire fighting body, pictures taken from the air of the city during Japanese Occupational Era, and the megaphones used for communications during earlier disasters (tare located on the sixth floor) .