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6571-1: Flame Fighters
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Apart from minifigs and some decorations, the inventory is ~98% accurate; I had to develop a custom part for the Fire Chief's car (since the available pantograph has a different connector) and slightly changed the front wall to include an appropriate "Firefighters" logo, but the rest of the structures are perfect replicas.

=MISSING PARTS=
https://rebrickable.com/parts/2881/hinge-train-pantograph-shoe/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/6160c01/window-1-x-4-x-6-frame-with-3-panes-with-fixed-trans-light-blue-glass/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/6159/window-4-x-4-x-3-roof-with-centre-bar/

=MISSING DECALS=
https://rebrickable.com/parts/6100p01/baseplate-32-x-32-with-9-stud-straight-3-lanes-and-1-2-and-white-lines-print/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/168135/sticker-for-set-6571-168135/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/3834p01/minifig-helmet-fire-with-fire-logo-shield-print/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/973pb0099c01/torso-fire-flame-badge-red-belt-zipper-and-collar-print-black-arms-yellow-hands/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/973px121c01/torso-fire-flame-badge-red-belt-and-zipper-print-black-arms-yellow-hands/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/3626bpb0083/minifig-head-moustache-curly-and-full-plain-eyebrows-print-blocked-open-stud/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/973p29c01/torso-fire-air-gauge-and-pocket-print-light-gray-arms-black-hands/
https://rebrickable.com/parts/973px18c01/torso-shirt-with-pockets-print-white-arms-yellow-hands/

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This set no. 6571 'Flame Fighters' came out in 1994 as part of the Town's "Rescue" subtheme, and it was the last proper Lego fire station in the nineties (excluding various non-System series; see more below). Next fully-equipped Firefighters HQ only appeared over a decade later, already in the modern City, when set no. 7240 'Fire Station' was released in 2005.

(In the United Kingdom, 'Flame Fighters' were known as 'Central Fire Station' with the entire "Rescue" theme split into separate "Police" and "Fire" lines).

=ABOUT THE 'FLAME FIGHTERS'=
The overall build is excellent and just delightful—even though the station's interior is pretty scarce, it looks spectacular from the outside. I particularly enjoy the tower's harmonical architectural ensemble, with tilted lobby skylights mirroring inverted 3x4x4 windows on the top floor. What an excellent design!

The 'Flame Fighters' building stands on a custom 32x baseplate with 3 lanes, designed explicitly for firefighters and car mechanics. This part first appeared in 1981 and had been used in every Town fire station since.

The print is exclusive to the 'Flame Fighters,' though, with numbered driveways in a different order (reflecting the building's upgraded architecture). Where all previous "Fire" buildings had a tower in the middle with a garage on each side, the 'Flame Fighters' switched it up for a double garage standing left from the watchtower.

Aside from the fire station, the model includes three vehicles. The fire chief's "pimped" car looks a bit wonky for my taste, with a trunk raised as if it's a hotrod or dragster. The fire truck is fantastic, though. It features two storage units behind large hatches on each side (in addition to "cupboard" trunks). Above is a telescopic ladder on a rotating stand, plus the cabin has both doors and a roof hatch to seat the driver. And a firehose on a drum in the back, of course. Hard to believe all that fits on just a 2x12x4 chassis! Epic.

A helicopter deserves a brief mention, too—this full-sized aircraft with canopy and smooth rotor blades has quite an unusual fire extinguishing system, with two sprinkles placed on a "trailer mount" (Lego part #4596) attached to a hinged brick.

Accessories are decent, with two full sets of firefighters' gear, three walkie talkies, plus some extinguishers. So all that fire truck's extra storage comes in handy! None of the original minifig torsos are available on Mecabricks yet, unfortunately.

=FIRE STATIONS HISTORY=
The 'Flame Fighters' represented the fifth generation of a Town's fire station and remained in production for two more years (until the "Rescue" subtheme got canceled).

In 1997, Lego radically reformed the "Town," with the new modular philosophy allowing "faster construction of the models." Each element of the set now came bagged separately with its own instructions, so "your child will be able to construct one model and play with that and then move on to the next model."

These quotes above are from the UK retail '97 catalog; note the careful choice of words to waltz around the most significant change Lego failed to mention—radical simplification of all models. Instead of elementary bricks, most "Town" sets now had large, cumbersome molds for wheelbases, boats, airplanes. Gone are detailed bumpers and headlights, which became decals on large sloping bricks, etc.

What I think happened in the mid-nineties is that consumer protection laws and legal requirements became stricter (most likely, both in Europe and the US), probably some high-profile lawsuits with young kids swallowing tiny details, etc. If before that, all "Town" models came marked for "ages 5-12" (regardless of the size or complexity), the new range now had each set tagged individually. "From 5 years." All of them!

In retrospect, browsing various Lego databases today, it might appear as if Lego just added the new "juniorized" range to regular "Town." I wish that was the case, to be honest. Instead, Lego eliminated the classic "Town" altogether, including two of the longest-running core subthemes, Police and Fire, in favor of simplified builds where each brick is too large to swallow even for the dumbest five-year-old. So the next three police stations that came out in 1997, '99, and 2000 were all "junior" builds.

And it kept going on for a couple more years until Lego finally pulled the plug for a now dishonored "Town" and repackaged those dumbified 5+ builds in a new "City Center" theme in 1999-2000. What a shameful end to one of the most iconic brands in Lego history!

Lego resurrected some parts of the "Rescue" line-up in a separate "Res-Q" theme presented in 1998, but all eight sets depicted Coast Guard, no firefighters.

Same for the "World City" theme that appeared in 2003-'04 before the global LEGO City rebranding, which fairly represented "Police" and "Coast Guard," but again left firefighters overboard—the only two Fire-themed sets both were boats! No fire station, or even a proper fire engine.

Please find links to most Lego fire stations that are available on Mecabricks below:

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=SEE ALSO=

374-1: Fire Station (1978)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/GejebL1lvKX
by @bils21

6382-1: Fire Station (1981)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/LGVjK4zevnz
by @Hogi

6385-1: Fire House-I (1985)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/e8xaDdDPaB7
by @mathieub

6389-1: Fire Control Center (1991) -- Town, "RSQ911" subtheme
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/01w2rnqX28W
by @realdragonheart

6554-1: Blaze Brigade (1997) -- simplified "Town" set
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/mLvz8BGb2Aw

7240-1: Fire Station (2005) -- first in modern "City" era
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/qxov7ZMNj0D
by @rustem

7945-1: Fire Station (2007)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/7l2BM4eAa0N
by @Sebsan21

7208-1: Fire Station (2010)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/01w2rzOo28W
by @rustem

60004-1: Fire Station (2013)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/xGejeAQrjKX
by @rustem

60215-1: Fire Station (2019)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/VzvMVAA7aJp
by @ComputerFan09
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Cakery
1 month ago
People building old sets is like nostalgia
pizzicatoficw
1 month ago
@Cakery, agreed! Just something so nice about the retro builds; plus a chance to relive some childhood moments, or build some of the sets I only used to dream about when going thru catalogs, haha
Clif
1 month ago
@Cakery, not "like nostalgia", it IS nostalgia in the living (or non-living? lol) digital plastic
Cakery
1 month ago
@Clif man waking up early and cold fingers don't help at all! Yeah it is nostalgia
JohnRyan
1 month ago
Wow! This is cool!
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