Hall of Flame
Hall of Flame has six exhibit galleries. Visitors receive an exhibits
catalogue which describes all of the major exhibits.
These exhibits are
identified with a numbered plaque that corresponds to the description in the
are described with text cards and text mounted on pedestals.
| Within Gallery I is a
theater in which visitors can view
minute video which introduces them to the exhibit galleries.
The pictures below
show the six exhibit galleries.
|The photos above are a portion of the
exhibit in the museum's four apparatus galleries, the Wildland
Firefighting Gallery, and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes.
||Left: The museum's 50 seat theater displays helmets
and memorabilia as well as showing a ten minute introductory video.
|Attached to Gallery II
is the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, where visitors can view the
photographs and citations of over five hundred firefighters who have received
national awards for heroism. They can also view the names of the more than
two thousand firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1981, the
first year in which national records were kept.
They can also view the names, citations and photographs of thousands of other firefighters who have
received local awards for heroism or who died in the line of duty prior to 1981
in our computerized database. To obtain additional information about the
Hall of Heroes click Here.
Most visitors require at least an hour to
tour the galleries. It's not unusual for visitors with a special interest in firefighting
to spend several hours in the galleries.
One fire engine is available for boarding by
visitors. Picture taking is welcome. We have a large fire safety exhibit that contains
many hands on activities for children.
||A 1952 American La France Model 700 fire engine from
Miami, Arizona is available for boarding by visitors. The rig is
fully functional. We have removed ladders and hose to make access
|This 10,000 square foot gallery contains over
and horse drawn pieces of apparatus, dating from 1725 to 1890. They
are American, English, French, and Japanese.
There's a wide variety of engines,
ladder wagons, parade carriages, hose wagons, chemical wagons, a fire sled or
"pung", an aerial ladder wagon, and steam powered engines. Also on exhibit
are lithographs, engravings, prints, and paintings. There is a fine display of
over 100 insurance fire marks from all over the world.
|In this 10,000 square foot gallery are
over 20 motorized
pieces dating from 1897 to 1930. Most of the pieces are American.
Makers include American
La France, Seagrave, Ahrens-Fox, Mack, Howe, Brockway, Merryweather, Christie,
Among the rarest pieces is an 1897 Champion water tower that was motorized with a Christie tractor, a Waterous
gasoline powered pumper, a Brockway chemical car, and a pair of elegant
American La France Type 400 Senior fire engines dating from the mid 1930s.
Braidwood body style fire engine built in London in 1913 was used by the
fire department of Lima, Peru.
All of these pieces are fully restored. A 1952 American La France Model 700
engine from Miami, Arizona is available for boarding.
|This gallery of 5,000 square feet contains
rotating exhibits of restored motorized pieces.
On permanent display are a 1951 Mack Model A
fire engine, a 1955 American La France aerial truck, a 1955 Seagrave Quad Anniversary Model engine,
and a 1967 ERF/HCB-Angus
"pump/escape" fire engine from the Nottinghamshire Fire Brigade.
temporary exhibit are a 1966 Mack Model C engine, a 1948 Buffalo fire
engine, and a 1948 Willys/Howe Jeep fire engine.
Also in this
gallery are three operating alarm room exhibits.
One Gamewell semi automatic system dates from 1925 and was used in
Glendale, California. A second system was custom made by the Phoenix Fire Department in 1956 and
was one of the earliest binary systems to make full use of telephone capabilities. The
third system is a Protectowire operating system that demonstrates an effective alarm
system using a specially constructed thermal cable.
Our new storage
building allows us to move pieces from the exhibit to temporary storage
and allows us to install temporary exhibits. Most of these new
exhibits will be displayed in Gallery III.
|This 5,000 square foot gallery contains three fine aerial
trucks made by American La France, Seagrave and Pirsch, as well as a fully
restored 1930 Ahrens-Fox Quad fire engine that is driven annually in the
Fiesta Bowl Parade.
The Seagrave and Pirsch aerials are entirely original.
Behind the Ahrens Fox is a fully restored 1935 Ford / Pirsch flathead V-8
fire engine from Slinger, Wisconsin.
Also on display in this
gallery are over 4,000 arm patches from fire departments all over the world.
A printout of the patch collection allow visitors to quickly locate patches from their city, state, or province.
Gallery IV also contains a large Fire
Safety Learning Area consisting of a mini-theater, a two
room Safety House, and a large practical application area.
Firefighting Hall of Heroes
The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes is a 3,000 square foot gallery that
addresses the human element of firefighting.
In this gallery can
be found the names of thousands of American firefighters who have died in
the line of duty. The names and citations for thousands of
firefighters who have been recognized for acts of heroism are also found in
|The gallery also contains
exhibits which describe the history of the volunteer and paid structural
firefighters and wildland firefighters.
A special display honors the
firefighters, police officers and Port Authority officers who lost their
lives on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. For more information go the the National
Firefighting Hall of Heroes page on this website.
||This 2,500 square foot
gallery deals with the history of wildland firefighting in the United States.
It includes a replica of a lookout cabin, several pieces of apparatus,
an exhibit of wildland firefighting aircraft scale models, a wide variety
of tools, and exhibits about the smoke jumpers, hotshots, helitack crews, engine crews and
Class II crews which make up the
firefighters of the state forestry
departments, rural fire protection districts and the U.S. Forest Service,
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and National Park Service.
more information go to the Wildland Firefighting
Gallery page on this website.