I’ve mentioned before about mine and the boy’s love of BRIO and we’ve had some fantastic opportunities to review some of their playsets in the past including the BRIO Safari Railway and the BRIO Central Firestation & Firefighter Helicopter. Recently, we were asked if we would like to review the BRIO Firefighter Set and I didn’t hesitate in saying yes because I knew the boys would love it.
The BRIO Firefighter Set is part of the BRIO World collection, so it works perfectly withothers sets in the range and is brilliant for imaginative play and acting out all sorts of rescue scenes.
What’s in the box?
The BRIO Firefighter Set is made up of 18 pieces including 10 x pieces of track, 1 x fire engine, 1 x fire train, 1 x fire trailer, 1 x gas station, 1 x level crossing, 1 x firefighter, 1 x tree and 1 x fire.
As with most BRIO toys, the set is made from a mixture of sustainable beech wood and plastic, gorgeously painted in bright colours and built to last. I mentioned in a previous review about being surprised and a little disappointed by the introduction of plastic into their toys, but actually, it’s growing on me and it really doesn’t affect the quality, playability or durability of the toys at all. If anything, it makes it better and enhances the whole play experience.
Other than constructing the track, there is no assembly required so the set is pretty much ready to play with straight out of the box. There are enough track pieces included with the set to build a full circuit and the instructions contain a diagram of how the finished track should look. You can follow that or use additional track pieces to build your own design.
The BRIO Firefighter set is great and perfect for inspiring imaginative open-ended play. We have accumulated quite the collection of BRIO track and accessories, so Riley and Harry like to build a massive track, complete with houses, stations, buildings, people etc. and pretend that a fire has broken out somewhere.
As we happen to already have the BRIO Central Firestation, the boys pretend that the alarm rings there and the firefighters jump down the slide to the fire engine and fire train waiting below. One of them will race the fire engine to the scene, while the other will drive immediately to the gas station and fill the fire train with water and gas, before heading over to the fire as well.
It’s brilliant…and as a parent, I find it fascinating to see how much they’ve picked up from the world around them and put it into their play.
The fire engine comes complete with working lights and sounds and can be connected to the trailer or used on its own. The boys prefer to use it separately and hook the trailer up to the fire train instead. The trailer does not have lights and sounds like the fire engine, but it does have an extending ladder and blue 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.
The BRIO Firefighter set has inspired lots of imaginative firefighting and rescue play for the boys and it’s been so much fun to sit and watch them. Most of the time I join in myself, so it’s a great product that the whole family can enjoy, especially if it’s used in conjunction with other sets. Speaking of which, it’s fully compatible with other BRIO sets and track pieces so there’s plenty of opportunities to extend your collection and build a town, a city, a farm, an airport – the possibilities really are endless.
The BRIO Firefighter Set has been produced to a really high quality – which is something I’ve come to expect from the premium brand – and that quality is yet to be beaten. I genuinely can’t fault the Firefighter set or any of their other products at all. Though they can be on the pricey side when compared to other brands, they are definitely a worthwhile investment.