On the 3rd of September 2016 the Fire Brigade of Hengelo organised an open House. The occasion for this event was the 25th anniversary of the Stichting Historie Brandweer Hengelo (SHBH), a foundation that preserves the history of the Fire Brigade in Hengelo.
Part of the Open House was a parade with historical fire engines through the city centre of Hengelo.
Besides this, visitors were able the have a look of the present material of the fire brigade and several demonstrations could be watched. Children could also play with the hose and extinguish “fires”.
In the early morning of 30 March 2016 the DE Dessert Meesters factory in Hengelo (formerly van der Poel Desserts) was destroyed by a massive fire. Fire engines from the whole region were alarmed to battle the fire. Several appartment blocks were evacuated because of the flames and the presence of tanks containing nitrogen.
Police investigation has now revealed that the fire was started by arson.
In the evening of May 12 2015, the company Van der Wurp in Enschede fell victim to a large fire. It took several hours and 12 Fire Engines/Ladders to conquer the fire. The Fire Brigade could not save the building and concentrated on preventing the fire to spread to other buildings.