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Essex Fire Museum launches new App

Enjoy a virtual visit to the Essex Fire Museum in Grays thanks to a new tablet app which is available for download now.

The application combines new and old and brings the best of the museum to your fingertips through tablet technology. Users can learn all about the work firefighters do and the equipment and vehicles they use as well as learning about the history of the fire service including a special section on the work carried out by firefighters in Essex during the Second World War.

The new app not only allows virtual visitors to take a tour of the museum without even leaving home it has also been designed to enhance the visitor experience at the museum as it guides visitors round the exhibits.

It was officially launched at Grays Fire Station and Museum Open Day on Saturday July 25.

The application has been developed thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant. As well as creating the application a team of volunteers also captured an oral history of firefighting in Essex. These recordings have been used as the basis for much of the information found in the app. They have been preserved by the Essex Records Office and the Essex Fire Museum, where they are available on request.

Andrea MacAlister, Museum Manger, said: “We are extremely proud of the application and delighted it is now available to download for free. It has been created thanks to commitment and hard work of our dedicated volunteers and officers.

“The application allows virtual access to the museum as well as enhancing the experience of those who visit the museum by creating an audio tour of the exhibits found there.

“Just like the museum itself the app has been designed to be an interactive, fun and family friendly way to learn about the history of the fire service and the best ways to stay fire safe today.

“Essex Fire Museum is a treasure trove of firefighting memorabilia and equipment and now thanks to this app it can be enjoyed by anyone anywhere in the world.”

The App is available for iPad and Android devices. Download it here: Apple iPad or Android Devices

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