Friendship Fire Company

Friendship Fire Company The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association assists in the preservation of the historic fire engine house on Alfred Street in Alexandria, Virginia; supports the Alexandria Fire Department; and provides scholarships, and other benevolent and philanthropic services to the Alexandria Community.
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The Association promotes civic involvement, honors the legacy of its 18th-century founders--dedicated citizen firefighters--and values the contributions of our present-day first responders.

Operating as usual

05/20/2021

Ring it out loud and clear - on May 22, Friendship Firehouse Museum will be open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This 1857 bell in the Museum’s cupola was rung to alert of a fire in the city. Fun fact - it tolls in the key of D! Purchase tickets in advance at alexandriava.gov/shop for a discount for parties of two or more – advance tickets are only $2 for parties of up to ten. Free for Alexandria residents! #HistoricALX2U

04/15/2021

Enjoy the beautiful weather of spring and venture down to the Friendship Firehouse on April 17! The Museum will be open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first fire company in Alexandria, comprised of member volunteers from across the community. Check out early fire buckets, an elaborately decorated suction engine, and plus ceremonial capes. Purchase tickets in advance at alexandriava.gov/shop for a discount for parties of two or more – advance tickets are only $2 for parties of up to ten. Free for Alexandria residents! #HistoricALX2U

Timeline Photos
03/24/2021

Timeline Photos

For #WomensHistoryMonth, we're spotlighting some of the women of our department whose contributions make us who we are. Firefighter/EMT Amanda Donahue stays positive and encouraged so she can be the person she needed when she was growing up. #WHM

03/22/2021

Woot - this week we reopen! Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, and the Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum will be open 3 days a week, plus Friendship Firehouse once a month. For detailed times for each site, as well as safety protocols for guests, visit: https://www.alexandriava.gov/Historic

Timeline Photos
03/19/2021

Timeline Photos

For #WomensHistoryMonth, we're spotlighting some of the women of our department whose contributions make us who we are. Larosa Farmer is one of our shining stars on the administrative staff who gets her inspiration from women who speak up and take action for women's rights. #WHM

Timeline Photos
03/12/2021

Timeline Photos

REMINDER: We're springing forward this weekend for the start of #DaylightSavingTime. Don't forget to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries if needed when you change your clocks on Sunday. https://bit.ly/2uq7xRY

Timeline Photos
03/12/2021

Timeline Photos

For #WomensHistoryMonth, we're spotlighting some of the women of our department whose contributions make us who we are. Lt. Erin Mustian is inspired every day by her mom who was a single parent of 3. She never let anyone stand in the way of her dreams. #WHM

03/05/2021

ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT!
Fire Station 8 with retired Battalion Chief J. Dale Smith.

March 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Virtual Event
Register here to attend this event: https://forms.gle/WFJuL8jU7BXWRtNH8

In 1918, 14 men established the Halls Hill Volunteer Fire Department to
protect this largely African American community. While all firefighters donned bulky fire-resistant clothes and wielded heavy tools, the members of Engine Company 8 also
bore the heavy burden of official policy and tradition known as Jim Crow. The result was neglect and hostility from the white establishment.

Join retired Battalion Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department, J. Dale Smith, as he discusses the history of Firehouse 8 and interviews two of its oldest firefighters, Hartman Reed and his father, Jerome Smith.

Dale Smith is a veteran fire professional. He served thirty-one and a half years with the Arlington County Fire Department. He started his career assigned to fire station 8 in North Arlington. He served as a paramedic, Fire/EMS Lieutenant, Fire/EMS Captain, Deputy Fire Marshall, Staff Assistant to the Fire Chief, North and South Fire/EMS Battalion Chief, Planning Chief, and as the Logistics Chief. He received numerous awards over his career including the Valor Award. He is currently writing a book on the history of Engine Company 8.

Attendees must register before Wednesday, March 10. Please register here to attend this event: https://forms.gle/WFJuL8jU7BXWRtNH8

On the morning of the event (March 11) attendees will receive an email with zoom access information. This procedure is for your security.

This event is part of a series of free monthly public events provided by the Arlington Historical Society. Since the pandemic curtailed live events, AHS has been providing them free to the public via Zoom.

https://arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org/events/fire-station-8/

Timeline Photos
03/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Recognizing and honoring the women of AFD – from admin and first responders to IT – who continue to provide significant contributions to our department and the service we provide to our community #WomensHistoryMonth

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03/01/2021

Timeline Photos

We're ending our #BlackHistoryMonth profiles with Fire-EMS Chief Corey A. Smedley, the first African American fire chief of the City of Alexandria. #BHM

Timeline Photos
02/26/2021

Timeline Photos

Lt. Randolph Woodson, Jr. recognizes #BlackHistoryMonth by always honoring the trailblazers and mentors who paved the way. those who have a "burning passion for service, success, and excellence." #BHM

Timeline Photos
02/25/2021

Timeline Photos

Lt. Steven Smith is recognizing #BlackHistoryMonth by doing everything he can to leave a lasting legacy of integrity, positive representation, and community involvement. #BHM

Timeline Photos
02/24/2021

Timeline Photos

For the last week of #BlackHistoryMonth, some of our first responders share how they recognize #BHM and honor those who came before them. First up, Firefighter Alex Lee.

Timeline Photos
02/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Firefighter Genét Moore said she recognizes #BlackHistoryMonth "by honoring the ones who put in the work before me and not staying complacent because I understand now more than ever that we’re nowhere near the finish line." #BHM

02/24/2021

An exciting update about Friendship Firehose Museum’s 1858 Prettyman hose reel carriage. As you may remember, it has been at conservator Josiah Wagener’s shop for the past year and work is progressing well. While carefully removing many generations of paint he has determined, “The earliest finish coat on the wheels was a scarlet color with gold, blue, and white pinstriping.” Extraordinary! He has also polished and lacquered the hose reel’s beautiful brass features. The hose reel will be returning in late spring. #HistoricALX2U

Photos from Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA's post
02/01/2021

Photos from Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA's post

Historic Alexandria, VA
12/08/2020

Historic Alexandria, VA

Need some fun educational activities to enjoy over Winter Break? Let Historic Alexandria do all the work for you! Purchase our Winter in Alexandria kit - ONLY 14 LEFT - for $25 and you will receive instructions and supplies for over 10 different activities, shipped directly to you on December 11. A perfect way to keep elementary-aged children engaged! https://shop.alexandriava.gov/Products/WinterinAlexandriaKit.aspx?skuid=6005864k #HistoricALX2U

Historic Alexandria, VA
12/03/2020

Historic Alexandria, VA

It might be cold outside, but it is always warm at the Friendship Firehouse Museum! Tour the museum on December 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m and pick up this year’s beautiful Hose Reel ornament. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first fire company in Alexandria. Today the Friendship Firehouse, built in 1855, houses buckets, hoses, axes, and Friendship’s mid-19th century suction engine. In order to maintain physical distancing, reserve your entry time in advance at a steep discount! Make your reservation today: alexandriava.gov/shop. #HistoricALX2U

12/03/2020
www.friendshipfirehouse.net

Special One-Day Opening of Friendship Firehouse Museum

Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 S. Alfred St
Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$2
Friendship Firehouse Museum will be open to the public 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2020. As city museums reopen, they will initially operate at 25% capacity. In order to reserve a space and maintain physical distancing, purchase your entry time in advance at a steep discount. Instead of paying per person for admission, advanced tickets are only $2 for your entire group of up to ten people. Purchase one $2 ticket for up to ten people in your party.
In lieu of individual tickets, select one entrance time for your group and present your emailed receipt. Alexandria residents visit for free, but please reserve a time. If you have already purchased a Key to the City ticket, choose that option to reserve your entrance slot and present your Key to the City upon arrival. Tickets are available at The Alexandria Shop. Don't forget to visit the museum shop and pick up this year's Historic Alexandria ornament featuring Friendship Firehouse Museum's Prettyman Hose Carriage!
The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first fire company in Alexandria. Friendship members were volunteers motivated by their concern for the property and well-being of the community. Today the Friendship Firehouse, built in 1855, is a museum open to the public. Buckets, hose, axes, Friendship’s mid-19th century suction engine – elaborately decorated with the company’s clasped-hands insignia - are on view.
Safety Measures
We have enacted additional measures to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. We ask that visitors:
Wash hands upon arrival (in museum restrooms or at hand-sanitizing station at the entrance).
Wear a face covering while visiting as required by the Commonwealth of Virginia (exceptions include children under 10 and people with health conditions that do not allow them to wear face coverings).
Follow one-way traffic patterns through the museum and maintain physical distancing.
Limit group sizes to less than ten people.
Please do not touch exhibits or displays.
Museum staff are implementing safety standards based on Department of Health recommendations, including:
Requiring all staff wearing face coverings in the building.
Enhanced daily cleaning, including disinfecting high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
Providing hand sanitizer and tissues throughout the museum.
Restricting admission to timed entry to ensure physical distancing.
Installing plexiglass sneeze guards at shop counters.
Friendship Firehouse Museum is located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town, Alexandria. For more information please visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net.; or contact the museum by calling 703.746.3891.
For reasonable disability accommodation, contact [email protected] or 703.746.4994, Virginia Relay 711.

Historic Alexandria, VA
11/09/2020

Historic Alexandria, VA

The annual Historic Alexandria Holiday Ornament has arrived! This year highlights the Friendship Firehouse Museum Hose-Reel Carriage. Friendship Fire Company purchased the hose-reel carriage in 1858 from coachmaker and Friendship member Robert F. Prettyman. The hose carriage is currently receiving professional conservation. After a meticulous paint analysis and examination, it will be restored to its original ornate paint scheme of blue with gold embellishments. This ornament is $20 and can be purchased online or at the open Historic Alexandria Museum Shops: https://shop.alexandriava.gov/Products/FriendshipFirehouseHoseReelOrnament(2020).aspx?skuid=6005838 #HistoricALX2U

Smoke alarm testing and maintenance
10/10/2020
Smoke alarm testing and maintenance

Smoke alarm testing and maintenance

Smoke alarms save lives (they reduce the risk of dying in a fire in half), but they need to be working properly to protect you. Make sure your smoke alarms a...

Making a Home Fire Escape Plan
10/09/2020
Making a Home Fire Escape Plan

Making a Home Fire Escape Plan

Having a home fire escape plan can make a life-saving difference in a fire. Here’s how to make one!

Historic Alexandria, VA
10/07/2020

Historic Alexandria, VA

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Friendship Firehouse Museum will be open October 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first fire company in Alexandria, comprised of member volunteers across the community. Today the Friendship Firehouse, built in 1855, houses buckets, hoses, axes, and Friendship’s mid-19th century elaborately decorated suction engine. Guests are required to purchase of timed tickets in advance at alexandriava.gov/shop. Tickets are $2 to reserve an arrival time for you and your party, or free for Alexandria residents. #HistoricALX2U

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA
10/06/2020

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA

Due to the pandemic, our annual wreath laying & memorial service at Ivy Hill Cemetery to honor those who have died in the line of duty will be closed to the public and recorded for later viewing. AFD will make video of the ceremony available to the public on Oct. 10 https://www.alexandriava.gov/118169

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA
08/24/2020

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA

The next recruitment process for the Alexandria Fire Department is scheduled to begin this Fall! For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/firerecruitment

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden
08/01/2020

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden

In honor of the 246th birthday of our friends at the Friendship Fire Company we wanted to share this interesting historical connection between our two sites!
https://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/historic/info/attic/2019/Attic20190523Friendship.pdf

246 Years: Celebrate the Friendship Fire Company at Home
07/28/2020
246 Years: Celebrate the Friendship Fire Company at Home

246 Years: Celebrate the Friendship Fire Company at Home

ALEXANDRIA, VA – This year marks the 246th birthday of the Friendship Fire Company. Usually it is celebrated with a festival. But because of public health concerns, the celebration will have to take place from home. An important part of this city’s history, the Friendship Fire Company is known a...

246 Years: Celebrate the Friendship Fire Company at Home
07/28/2020
246 Years: Celebrate the Friendship Fire Company at Home

246 Years: Celebrate the Friendship Fire Company at Home

ALEXANDRIA, VA – This year marks the 246th birthday of the Friendship Fire Company. Usually it is celebrated with a festival. But because of public health concerns, the celebration will have to take place from home. An important part of this city’s history, the Friendship Fire Company is known a...

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA
07/23/2020

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA

Today, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic granted Whitaker’s wish for a playground in his neighborhood, and cut the ribbon for the new Woodbine Tot Lot. Mayor Justin Wilson, Fire Chief Corey Smedley, Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, and other City officials joined community members, donors, and supporters for the special event this morning. Engine 203 also dropped by to celebrate Whitaker and present him with some AFD swag.

06/23/2020
AlexFireDept Stattion 206 Virtual Tour

We’ve come a long way from the bucket brigades and suction pumps, but always firefighters look to new technologies to enhance their skills.

Virtual tour and comments from firefighters as to the daily life in a Fire Station 206 in Alexandria Virginia

06/12/2020
Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA

Fire Department, City of Alexandria, VA

Congratulations to the T.C. Williams High School Class of 2020 from the members of the Alexandria Fire Department. We know you will do great things! Best wishes and good luck! Alexandria City Public Schools

Yesterday, on Friday June 5th, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association wrapped up their six weeks of feeding the...
06/06/2020

Yesterday, on Friday June 5th, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association wrapped up their six weeks of feeding the local firefighters. Each week, through sponsors, we fed approximately 90 firefighters. We thank them so much for their services, and being out there on the front line. We also want to thank Foster’s Grille for their support.

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107 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA
22314

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Hagerstown, Md. Morning Herald, 2/20/1954.
Smoldering resentment: Alexandria, Va., walking tour will look at how volunteer firefighters dealt with Federal occupation during the Civil War. Latest reporting from the Picket.