A volunteer force formed in 1871, the Firefighters of Karlovac are treated with significant reverence. Only 15 years after the city was founded in 1579, much of the town burned down. The streets of the historic centre were then laid out in such a way that fire could not cause so much damage again. But fires did break out, which is why mayor Dr Ivan Simunić established and equipped this vital local unit. Bright red vintage engines, strange-looking pumping machines and incongruously folksy uniforms line this expansive exhibition space, which backs onto an actual fire station.