Review // BRIO Firefighter Set

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.

Brio Firefighter SetThe 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?

Brio Firefighter Set

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.

Brio Firefighter Set Brio Firefighter Set

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.

Brio Firefighter Set Brio Firefighter Set

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.

Brio Firefighter Set Brio Firefighter Set

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.

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Overall thoughts? 

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.

Brio Firefighter Set

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.


  1. 23 November, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic toy. It’s so nice that you can add it to the rest of the brio collection.

    • 24 November, 2016 / 9:27 am

      I know, i love the fact it works in conjunction with any other wooden track so you can just keep building your collection! xx

    • 24 November, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Me too, you just can’t beat wooden toys in my opinion! Haha…don’t be fooled – they are most definitely not as clean as they look trust me! xx

    • 24 November, 2016 / 9:29 am

      I think wooden train sets are a firm favourite amongst most little boys aren’t they? (Although i actually quite enjoy playing with it all myself as well haha!) xx

  2. 24 November, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    What a great set.My three year old is just getting into this sort of thing. Using his imagination more. Definitely think will have to add to the christmas list, thanks for sharing.

    • 27 November, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      It’s perfect for pretend play and fuelling the imagination so definitely a worthwhile purchase! xx

    • 27 November, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      I honestly can’t recommend it enough, we’ve have so much of their stuff now and never had any problems with it! xx

  3. 29 November, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    My daughter loves Brio and loves playing with her uncles’ old sets from when they were younger. This one looks amazing. And lovely photos to show it off!x
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    • 30 November, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      My two play with their uncles old sets as well, i think that’s where their love for wooden trains stems from! xx

  4. 9 March, 2017 / 4:29 am

    My kids love Brio and they love to play with their friends. 🙂

    • 14 March, 2017 / 11:02 am

      I think Brio must be a staple in most toy boxes right?! It’s just brilliant fun for kids of all ages xx

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