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Ian Moore tries on a brass fire helmet to be offered for sale when the revamped Ashburton Fire Museum is open.

They are made of brass, shiny, and one could be yours when the shop at the expanded Ashburton Fire Museum is opened.

These fireman’s helmets will be big-tickets items at the Fire Sale shop when it opens.

There will also be a range of lower-priced goods.

Retired fireman Ian Moore and helpers are working on the shop, which is being created as part of the expanded museum.

It has more than doubled in size, and the new building has been joined to the original at the Plains Museum in Tinwald.

The driving force behind the project, Peter McQuarters, said the museum was always well supported, but the expansion had brought more volunteers out of the woodwork, and Ashburton businesses had been very generous with time and goods for all that is planned.

The fire tower, next to the museum, has been cleaned and re-coated, and there are big plans for the interior of the museum.

A $5000 donation from the Ashburton MSA will be used for an audio-visual display, central to the new museum.

The museum’s collection of fire trucks and gear is considered one of the best in the country, and the expanded museum will allow it be to be displayed properly.

Mr Moore, the former Willowby fire chief, is dividing his time between the museum and other wood-working projects, and he picked up his woodworking skills, initially, by making toys.