Fire Department Museum

Emmy -- June 22nd, 2007

I went to the Public Safety building with a co-worker today and learned of the museum that the fire department put together on their floor of the building. I didn’t have a chance to look at very much of it but it appeared to be very interesting and well put together. The women who helped us were very friendly and told me that the museum was open from 9 until 4 during the week. I guess this might be old news to some, but since I didn’t know it was there I thought others might be interested. Its not a very large space so I think it would be best for families or individuals, but it looked like those that created it took great care. Enjoy!

3 Responses to “Fire Department Museum”

  1. Emmy, I was there as well while looking for some info on another restaurant property. The current Fire Cheif was there and spent 45 minutes explaining in detail every item they have on display. If anyone goes, it is on the 3rd floor but you must check in first at the window to the left, then up the elevator.

    Be sure to check out the cool pics of the Ladies Aux from back in the 40’s. They had some cool uniforms!

    The displays give you a great look at the advances in technology. On the wall near the windows are “extinguisher bombs” that are made of glass. You would throw them into the fire and it would put the fire out with a chemical reaction. I attended 3 different fire fighting schools when I was enlisted but this is so cool to have this stuff open to the public and not stuffed in a closet somewhere!

    Enjoy !

  2. Marty says:

    Emmy, get back to work.

  3. Thanh says:

    My understanding is that most, or maybe a lot, of the items at that Museum belong to the current fire chief, Chief Larry Shifflett. Or if they don’t belong to him and instead belong to the Fire Department, then he was the one who has been collecting the items. Apparently he is quite the collector. I’ve visited the Museum before and its pretty cool.

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