Review // BRIO Central Fire Station & Firefighter Helicopter

When it comes to toys, there is one brand you know you can trust to be durable, ethical and high quality, and that is BRIO. I’ve grown up with BRIO, I have fond memories of my brothers playing with their railway train sets and now I get to re-create some of those special moments with Riley and Harry.

I’m a huge fan of wooden toys, I think they look so much nicer and although I’m not strict about not buying plastic toys, I do secretly wish I could get rid of them all in favour of wooden ones.

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We were recently sent the BRIO Central Fire Station and BRIO Firefighter Helicopter to review. As with most little boys, Riley and Harry are obsessed with anything transport related, including emergency vehicles, so I knew both products would make a wonderful addition to their growing collection of BRIO toys.

BRIO CENTRAL FIRE STATION £69.99

The BRIO Central Fire Station is part of the BRIO World collection and is perfect for imaginative play and acting out all sorts of rescue scenes.

What’s in the box?

BRIO Central Fire Station

The set is made up of 12 pieces including 1 x fire station, 1 x slide, 1 x fire engine, 1 x fire trailer, 2 x firefighters, 2 x hose reels, 1 x fire, 1 x chain saw and 2 x track pieces.

BRIO toys are usually made entirely of wood, gorgeously painted in bright colours and built to last…so I was slightly disappointed when I opened the box and discovered that the entire contents were plastic except for the wooden railway track. Granted it’s durable, high quality plastic but it’s still plastic.

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That aside though, the set is brilliant and perfect for inspiring open ended play. The fire station itself is very realistic and has two levels. When the alarm sounds (a make believe one I should add), children can slide the firemen down the slide to the fire engine which is waiting below and ready for action. It comes complete with working lights and sounds and uses a magnet to connect to the trailer.

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The trailer does not have lights and sounds like the fire engine, but it does have an extending ladder and functioning hose reel. The firemen’s hands clip perfectly into place on the end of the water hose, so when they arrive at the scene they can unreel the hose from the trailer and use it to put out the pretend fire.

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The fire station also has a helipad on top, so the bravest of firemen can climb to the roof and take off in the firefighter helicopter.

BRIO FIREFIGHTER HELICOPTER £11.99

The BRIO firefighter Helicopter is also part of the BRIO World collection and can be used independently or in conjunction with the helipad on the BRIO Central Fire Station.

What’s in the box?

BRIO Firefighter Helicopter

This set is made up of 3 pieces including 1 x helicopter, 1 x pilot and 1 x water supply.

As with the Fire Station, the items in this set are also made of plastic.

Children can open the window door to place the pilot in his seat before taking off to fly over the city and make sure all is well. The water supply is easy to bring along as it uses a magnet to connect to the base of the helicopter.

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Overall thoughts?

I have to say, after my initial disappointment over the plastic, I am thoroughly impressed with both the BRIO Central Fire Station and the BRIO Firefighter Helicopter. They are durable and of an excellent quality so I feel confident that the boys are going to get plenty of play out of them without the showing of wear and tear.

The playsets have inspired lots of imaginative firefighting and rescue play for Riley and Harry. Both of them happily played with the products and as they are fully compatible with other BRIO World playsets, they were able to easily add it to their BRIO Safari Railway and other pieces of track to build their own city.

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Harry especially loves sliding the firemen (and trains) down the slide. Riley on the other hand prefers to use the fire engine and trailer on the wooden train track to race to an emergency and put out the fire. I find that the lights and sounds on the fire engine enhance and bring some realistic elements to the play and it isn’t overly loud or annoying either.

As with all BRIO toys, these playsets are great for encouraging creativity and if used in conjunction with the railway sets, they offer the added bonus of developing logical thinking and motor skills too.

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The BRIO Central Fire Station has a RRP of £69.99 and the BRIO Firefighting Helicopter has a RRP of £11.99. Both products are suitable for children aged 3years+ and are available to purchase from a variety of online retailers.

Disclaimer: I was sent the BRIO Central Fire Station and BRIO Firefighting Helicopter for the purpose of this review. Love From Mummy will always provide honest opinions, beliefs or experiences on products reviewed and we will only recommend products or services that we feel are of benefit to our readers.

6 Comments

  1. 28 September, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    I love Brio, such a classic and they look nice too don’t they. Not just plastic tat! My boys love their emergency vehicles, we do have rather a lot! x
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    • 1 October, 2016 / 11:54 pm

      Haha – we do too! The boys tend to get new bits for birthdays and Christmas, so the collection just keeps growing and growing! xx

  2. 28 September, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Oh it’s a shame most of the set is plastic when you were expecting wood. Wooden toys are usually so much more durable which is good for younger kids. It still looks like quite a fun toy though, Brio usually get it right!
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    • 1 October, 2016 / 11:53 pm

      I have to say, considering my initial disappointment over it not being made of wood, i’ve been pleasantly surprised by the set. Being made of plastic hasn’t affected the quality or durability of the products at all so they get a big thumbs up from us!xx

  3. 29 September, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    We love Brio, such a classic and easy to add to and expand every birthday and Christmas

    • 1 October, 2016 / 11:48 pm

      Exactly – the boys tenf to get new additions and sets for birthdays and Christmas so the collection just keeps growing and growing. Not that i mind, i actually quite enjoy playing with the train sets lol xx

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