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Skansen firestation in the snow - Bergen, Norway

Skansen firestation in the snow. The city of Bergen was covered with some 25 to 30 cm of snow on Saterday December 19, 2009. Quite an unusual large amount. Albeit its location at a latitude of 60°20'N (almost as north as for instance Anchorage, Alaska), the climate is very mild with on average only a few days of snow each year.


The old fire station at Skansen is located on one of the hills surrounding the city of Bergen, Western Norway. The fire station is constructed in 1903 after a major fire on September 22nd, 1901 destroyed a large part of the city center.


Inside the fire station there was room for one fire wagon, a stable room for one horse and a work room. On the first floor the fire chief had a flat, and the watchman sat in the tower, where he had a telegraph and a direct telephone line to the main fire station in town.


Skansen fire station was not in use during daytime. At night the station had a watchman awake in the tower and a fireman on duty while he slept, unless, of course there was a fire.


The station acquired its first fire engine in 1936. At this time the last horse, Olav, was retired. He was given a new position in the municipal waste disposal service. The fire station was closed down in 1969, and today Buekorpset – the Drummer Boys Battalion – keeps guard at Skansen.


HDR from three handheld exposures. Processed in Photomatix.


Enjoy it better large and on black.

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Taken on December 20, 2009