Sound the alarm, Slide down the Pole, Grab your gear, We’re ready to roll!
If you’re planning a BOMBAstic firemen theme birthday party for your child, you’ve landed to the perfect place as we’ve got the most comprehensive information for you (with free downloadable templates!). We share with you 10 things you need to know to organise your kid’s birthday party at a Fire Station in Malaysia.
Information here is gathered by directly enquiring Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) and asking friends / family who have organised a birthday party at the Balai Bomba TTDI. Don’t worry, other Balai Bomba would have similar procedures.
- Which fire station / Balai Bomba
Choose a fire station that is near and convenient to you. Call to enquire with the fire station if they allow birthday parties to be held at their station. No, the number is NOT 999 as this is not an emergency you’re not dying :p Look for the branch’s direct contact number and speak to their friendly staff. Here’s a list of phone numbers of Balai Bomba in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Most branches accept birthday parties at their station, however the more popular ones are Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Sri Hartamas. Due to the high number of birthday parties at these stations, they might be booked by others as early as 2 months ahead! So it’s best if you plan at least 3 months ahead. Better be kiasu la ha!
Write in a formal request letter to the Fire Station stating your intention to hold a birthday party cum educational visit. Important details to include are date, time, and number of kids / adults. Bahasa Melayu or English, doesn’t matter, even rojak also can :p We know you were all pumped up about this party but scratching your heads just about now kan don’t know how to write the application letter. Don’t worry, we’ve prepared a sample letter for you which you can download for FREE from IzsyPizsy. Choose between English version or Bahasa Melayu version. Yes, you’re welcome 🙂 You can e-mail the letter to the Ketua Balai but it’s actually better to hand in the printed letter in person to the officers at the Balai Bomba.
Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
Address: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Nama Ketua Balai Bomba : PKPgB Armdan bin Mahat
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
General Number: 03 – 7728 4444
General E-mail : email@example.com
Wait for 1-2 weeks for their approval. If you don’t hear from them, contact them to check on your approval status. If approved, they’ll provide you a letter which you’ll need to collect and bring with you on the event day. Don’t get upset if they’ve misplaced your application letter because surprise surprise they receive so many request letters! They’re just THAT popular. Anyway, no point kecoh-kecoh, just resubmit your request letter and give them some time for the approval process.
So how much do they charge? Believe it or not it’s absolutely FREE. No charges for venue or for the activities to entertain the kids. However it’s generally understood that you provide some token of appreciation in the form of food and drinks for the firemen involved. They also welcome monetary contributions.
Please keep your invitees within the number of pax you’ve specified in your application letter (point 2). Remind your guests to bring towel and extra clothing as this party will be wet, wet, wet. Ladies are not encouraged to wear dresses / skirts as some activities may involve climbing big fire trucks and sliding down poles (unless you want to steal the show of course). Also remind them to bring waterproof phone/camera casings if they wish to capture the moment.
- Tables and chairs
There are limited chairs at the fire station (approx 10 seats) catered for elderly or pregnant women. You’ll have to bring your own tables and chairs, although not necessary as the kid’s will mostly be sitting on the floor or running around and about. If you do wish to have your tables and chairs set up, please be sure to not block any of the Fire Trucks in & out access. Ask the firemen in-charge on how early you can come to set up, as they usually allow you to come the day before depending on circumstances.
You’ll have to bring your own food and drinks as they only provide venue and activities. Please cater HALAL food as most firemen involved are muslim and they’ll join in the feast with you (point 4). We would highly recommend light snacks and finger food, especially if you do not plan to bring in your own table and chairs. Besides, the birthday party will be jam packed with activities and running around, easy-to-go food would be ideal.
They allow you to bring in decorations which you can set up as early as the day before (depending on availability). Remember to keep it simple and not obstruct the area. Also you should not paste your decorations against the wall as it may leave stubborn residue. Best to use support stand which you could rent from us like one of our clients, Chloe, did here. She rented our backdrop stand, 12 inch cake stand and 5 tier cupcake stand – all for
RM200 RM150 less than RM100! View the rest of our rental props on our rental catalog.
The firemen incharge will start off with a briefing / talk on safety procedures during a fire. Your kids will get familiarise with the “Stop, Drop and Roll” drill and how to call 999 if there is an emergency. They’ll also show you their uniform and gears which you’ll get a chance to try them on. Next, everyone (young and old) get to go onto fire truck rides around the fire station with the siren on! And once the fire engine ride is done, time for some water fun!
In total you’ll be spending 3 hours from start to finish. You won’t realise the time fly by when you’re having so much fun with the water activities. We highly recommend that you have your child’s birthday party at the fire station for a different kind of experience for your family and friends.
There you have it, 10 tips you need to know to organise your child’s birthday party at a Balai Bomba – it’s really all you need. Don’t worry too much, just go with the (water) flow and have fun! We have more tips shared on our facebook page which you won’t want to miss. See you there!