Fire brigade and police open days

Here’s a list of fire brigade and police open days for families in Belgium. Grab your firefighter costume and enjoy!

We went to the fire brigade and police open day in Overijse and it was a great experience for the kids.

You’ll find the looong list of fire brigade and police open days at the end of this post. This list will get updated when the next open day events are announced 🙂

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Overview
Practical stuff
Address
Nearby
List of open days
Map

Overview

In Overijse both the fire brigade and the police have their open day on the same day. They are also very close to each other, so it’s a good idea to do both!

At the fire station you will find the fire engines and a jumping castles waiting for you

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The biggest hit was the ride with the fire engine!!

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There are more vehicles indoors and you can ask the firefighters details about everything! Kids can also sit at the driver’s seat 🙂

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There are also games for kids, like a game for younger kids where they learn about fire fighting (in Dutch) and an escape room with smoke for the older ones

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There are demonstrations throughout the day. We saw firemen evacuating someone using a fire engine and extending its ladder…

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…and we saw an evacuation where they brought someone from the rooftop to the ground floor using just rope

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Then we headed to the police station, where we got a ride with a police van!

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There was also a jumping castle and several other police themed games for kids

All in all it was a fun day out!

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Practical stuff

*Open: the open days are once a year and they are on different dates for every police station/fire brigade. Most seem to happen in September, although there are a few in spring. Keep an eye on the list belo for the new dates!
*Cost: free entrance
*Stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly
*There are drinks and burgers at the fire station in Overijse
*Dogs are allowed
*Parking: you will need to find a parking place in the streets nearby
*Keep in mind that these events attract many families and there might be queues for a ride!

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Address

Hulpverleningszone Oost – Brandweerpost Overijse (fire brigade)
Schavei 77, 3090 Overijse
https://goo.gl/maps/xvHrXyKCjJHWaGcv8

Politiezone Druivenstreek (police station)
Brusselsesteenweg 145G, 3090 Overijse
https://goo.gl/maps/zzo8pvg8zqJH7HLfA

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List of open days

*The events are ranked by date
*Distances are from Schuman, Brussels
*The ones that are about half an hour away by car from Schuman, Brussels, are underlined

Aarschot – fire brigade – 22.05.2022
*Boudewijnlaan 4, 3200 Aarschot (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/jxKiSvBtJrzCRbrp9
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100068630940900

Balen – police – 11.06.2022
*Vredelaan 2, 2490 Balen (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/G5nZ9xCfUBnHTfHw6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/brandweerpostbalen/

Ghent Melle – fire brigade – 18.06.2022
*Brusselsesteenweg 148, 9090 Melle (about 45 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/toWYiHJxbSYLFD5c7
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/bwzcPostMelle/

Ghent Assenede – fire brigade – 26.06.2022
*Roggestraat 70, 9000 Gent (about 45 minutes )
https://goo.gl/maps/P5LhbuhY76BSBu6X9
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerzoneCentrum

Kontich – fire brigade – 26.06.2022
*Witvrouwenveldstraat 32, 2550 Kontich (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/vu22WWpUnibw411HA
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/Postkontich/

Brugge – fire brigade – 27.08.2022
*Pathoekeweg 215, 8000 Brugge (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/DFT34MFQin5hSRpn9
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerpostBrugge

Lokeren – fire brigade – 01.09.2022
*Pompiersstraat 2, 9160 Lokeren (about 1 hour 10 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/6XtjUUhqhToDBsDZ6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/brandweer.lokeren.5

Tienen – fire brigade – 04.09.2022
*Diestsesteenweg 360, 3300 Tienen (about 35 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/D2zoxBTE3yH3UAxe6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerTienen

La Louvière – fire brigade – 10-11.09.2022
*Bd du Roi Baudouin 1, 7100 La Louvière (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/txezYY3d8XXZ8hTdA
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100069292912728

Hannut – fire brigade – 11.09.2022
*Rue Joseph Wauters 65, 4280 Hannut (about 40 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/cCTkptrFvqzqCSFD8
*Halloween event on 29.10.2022 at 17.30, see here (kids EUR 10, adults EUR 16, you need to register for this event)
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/PompiersPoliceHannut/

Zele – police – 11.09.2022
*Poststraat 1, 9240 Zele (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/9PMvoocUCdqkGpbw5
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/PZBerlareZele/

Ghent Merelbeke – fire brigade – 11.09.2022
*Kloosterstraat 28, 9820 Merelbeke (about 45 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/1pXCpJ1o4kroa2jU6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/brandweermerelbeke

Aywaille – fire brigade – 17.09.2022
*Playe 4920, Aywaille (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/DK4798KwfzJgCEfM7
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2076148649121153/

Vilvoorde – fire brigade – 18.09.2022
*Rondeweg 11, 1800 Vilvoorde (about 25 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/et8XUxAtEmsiFuU56
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandweer-Vilvoorde/290767950974694

Opwijk – fire brigade – 18.09.2022
*Heiveld 13A, 1745 Opwijk (about 35 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/ePaFZHskqDNrnD9t9
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067908754603

Tollembeek – fire brigade – 18.09.2022
*Hernestraat 51, 1570 Galmaarden (about 50 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/CPCpVZm4EER3nbA87
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064561341183

Diest – fire brigade – 18.09.2022
*Schaluinstraat 2, 3290 Diest (about 40 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/57ooGvSWo7XG4dL97
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100068329550015

Ghent Zelzate – fire brigade – 18.09.2022
*Burg. J. Chalmetlaan 56, 9060 Zelzate (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/PKkZH8c9KP7o3QZ57
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064829139391
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerzoneCentrum

Sint-Truiden – fire brigade – 18.09.2022
*Zepperenweg 26, 3800 Sint-Truiden (about 50 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/tiGCZ2FK8fVZyRcM6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064835014572

Gembloux – fire brigade – 22.09.2022
*Rue du Stordoir 50, 5030 Gembloux (about 35 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/BrEgvGNj5aMFi1GC8
*Keep an eye on the next open day here: https://www.facebook.com/amicale.pompiers.gembloux

Bree – fire brigade – 22.09.2022
*Bocholterstraat 15, 3960 Bree (about 1 hour 15 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/NjwAsJ9tfzXdgemYA
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/577335677308544
https://noord-limburg.hulpverleningszone.be/pagina/opendeurdag-brandweer-bree

Nivelles – police – 24.09.2022
*Chau. de Charleroi 71, 1400 Nivelles (about 35 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/kSdhPAx9JYgj41fC8
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/PoliceNivellesGenappe

Oostduinkerke – fire brigade – 24.09.2022
*Schoolstraat 6, 8670 Koksijde (about 1.5 hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/LEMpz1cZXto3chU99
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerODK

Wavre – police – 25.09.2022
*Chau. de Louvain 34, 1300 Wavre (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/s5a6hXvt2mSsc5L68
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/zonedepolicedewavre

Ghent Lochristi – fire brigade – 25.09.2022
*Koning-Boudewijnlaan 7, 9080 Lochristi (about 50 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/mhYKqDd9fpxW1v6C6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/brandweerlochristi
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerzoneCentrum

Schoten – police – 25.09.2022
*Gellenberg 18, 3210 Lubbeek (about one hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/wsaq42oSr9pEHyJb8
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067676573107

Maldegem – fire brigade – 25.09.2022
*Molenstraat 160, 9900 Eeklo (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/rVCr8inSZBwD9yiVA
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/hvzmeetjesland/

Westhoek Ieper – fire brigade – 25.09.2022
*Minneplein 1a, 8900 Ieper (about 1.5 hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/xeC9DGRAviXnxQaK6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/brandweerieper

Beringen – fire brigade – 25.09.2022
*Zwarte-Brugstraat 1, 3500 Hasselt (about 50 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/9UK49fBctF4AQzbD7
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/BrandweerZWL

Overijse – fire brigade and police – 02.10.2022
*Schavei 77, 3090 Overijse (about 25 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/oJj9dyaXoDjWt5X56
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandweer-Overijse/533156723368334

Brussels – fire brigade – 02.10.2022
*Av. de l’Héliport, 1000 Bruxelles [50.859920, 4.352412] (8 minutes by car or 15 by metro)
https://goo.gl/maps/CDfoq3MFFCAMbTqk8
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/pompiers.brandweer.brussels

Oostkamp – police, fire brigade and Red Cross – 02.10.2022
*Siemenslaan 6, 8020 Oostkamp (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/4AkR6noxYD4ZoRSr7
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/PZHetHoutsche
https://www.facebook.com/HVZZone1

Huy – fire brigade – 02.10.2022
*Rue de la Mairie 30, 4500 Huy (about an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/wmAqhK4E7vm6HfhA9
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/AmicalePompiersHuy/

Hamme – fire brigade – 02.10.2022
*Kazernestraat 2, 9220 Hamme (about 50 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/7ky4tLNjVq2PfnS79
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064598899561

Éghezée – fire brigade – 02.10.2022
*Chau. de Namur 28, 5310 Éghezée (about 40 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/eiX4MksMUVk1W5k88
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/amicaleeghezee

Lubbeek – police – 02.10.2022
*Gellenberg 18, 3210 Lubbeek (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/sDvBY3wnH4UDbgJ28
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067676573107

Aarschot – police – 02.10.2022
*Demervallei 6, 3200 Aarschot (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/i5gsqDB5rES6NPoJ6
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/politieaarschot/

Brugge – police – 02.10.2022
*Lodewijk Coiseaukaai 3, 8000 Brugge (about 1 hour 15 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/HRrTF1fJ9DKaohDP9
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/pz5444/

Mortsel – police – 02.10.2022
*Drabstraat 174, 2640 Mortsel (about 40 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/mqkjgxPQnUZMA39FA
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/Politie-MINOS-249787195072726/

Genval – police – 08.10.2022
*Rte de Genval 157, 1380 Lasne (about half an hour)
https://goo.gl/maps/pPPY9j62KVnusY3J7
*Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/780594456637433
*Keep an eye on the next open day here:
https://www.facebook.com/Zp.de.la.Mazerine

Namur – fire brigade – 09.10.2022
*Chau. de Liège 55, 5100 Namur (about 45 minutes)
https://goo.gl/maps/rf4dX7ComHv56Uqa8
*See Facebook event here
*Keep an eye for the next open day here: https://www.facebook.com/portesouvertespompiersnamur/

This list will keep getting updated and new ones will be added 🙂

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