Engine House No. 5 Museum

Engine House No. 5 Museum Engine House No. 5 originally constructed in the city of Grand Rapids in 1880. Torn down in 1981 and reconstructed as a Fire Museum in 1984.

Engine House No 5 was originally constructed in 1880 on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids Michigan on the corner of Leonard and Monroe Streets. This historic station served the Grand Rapids community for 100 years. In 1980 she was slated for demolition in order to make way for a brand new fire station to be located in her footprint. A deal was negotiated and the building was purchased for $1.00 Beginning in the fall of 1980 (on the station's 100th birthday) the building was disassembled brick by brick, transported to its currant location in Allendale and put in storage. The process took 10 weeks and 2 days. Plans were finalized for the fire museum and reconstruction began in 1981. Construction was completed and the museum was officially opened to the public in May 1986. Guided group tours are available by appointment. Adults $3 Children under 12 free

04/01/2019

We are closed this week for spring break.

03/26/2019

Engine House No. 5 Museum wants to congratulate Matt Keusch for being named Grand Rapids Fifefighter of the Year!

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03/18/2019

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02/28/2019

Engine House No 5 and Hammer & Thread will be closed Friday March 8th 2019 for mid winter break.

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02/20/2019

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Steam engine expo continues through 4pm today.
02/17/2019

Steam engine expo continues through 4pm today.

More steam expo pictures. These are some very cool miniature steam engines.
02/16/2019

More steam expo pictures. These are some very cool miniature steam engines.

02/16/2019

The 1/3 scale steam tractor that is on display for you today. 10am to 4pm.

02/14/2019

Engine House No 5 Museum will be closed this week in preparation for the Model Steam Engine Expo this weekend.

Turn the TV off and come check out the Model Steam Engine Expo at Engine House No. 5 Museum.  Watch miniature steam engi...
02/09/2019

Turn the TV off and come check out the Model Steam Engine Expo at Engine House No. 5 Museum. Watch miniature steam engines at work. Invite your friends!!

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01/30/2019

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Tired of winter yet?  Looking for something to do to get out of the house.  Don't miss this upcoming event.The invention...
01/30/2019

Tired of winter yet? Looking for something to do to get out of the house. Don't miss this upcoming event.

The invention of the steam engine changed the world. Before the steam engine existed, factories had to be located by rivers. The rivers provided the power for the factories. Once the steam engine was invented, factories could locate anywhere. ... A second impact of the steam engine on the Industrial Revolution was the impact it had on transportation. Come see working model steam engines and meet the people who can tell you how steam engines work.

Thank you Knights of Columbus for volunteering to help with the holiday train and village dismantling. The many hands of...
01/13/2019

Thank you Knights of Columbus for volunteering to help with the holiday train and village dismantling. The many hands of the volunteers turned a large project into a quick 3 hour cleanup. It’s so great to have an organization such as these Knights who provide support to their community.

Today we were honored to provide a tour to the family (Great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren) of former Gran...
12/31/2018

Today we were honored to provide a tour to the family (Great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren) of former Grand Rapids Fire Department (GRFD) Captain Clifford Warner. Captain Warner was a member of GRFD from 1919 to 1948 serving the majority of his career in Engine House No. 4 (1919-1938) and then moving to Engine House No. 3 until his retirement in 1948. At the time of his retirment Captian Warner commanded the Aerial ladder company at No. 3.

More information about Captain Warner and his career will soon be on display at the Engine House No. 5 Museum.

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12/04/2018

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This past weekend’s food drive was made possible by some generous businesses and great people.  Thank you to Chemical ...
12/04/2018

This past weekend’s food drive was made possible by some generous businesses and great people. Thank you to Chemical Bank of Allendale for your sponsorship that helped offset costs. Thank you to West Shore Fire, Inc. of Allendale for the last minute fire engine repair. Thank you to Ron Brown for donating the fire engine to the museum that is used for this event. And thank you to the volunteers who opened their homes and organized each Santa stop. Joal & Sunshine Dykstra, Joe and Maria Klesney, Heather and Andy Ruster, Angela Weldon, Kali and Paul Steck, Christina Knizner, Brian and Jacquelyn Northup, Brad and Richelle Beardsley Rhowmine, Chris and Deb Kiel Steele, Tom and Sabrina Van Wyk and Kim R. Tarpley - Thomas. The team work of everyone coming together for Stuff-The-Firetruck allowed us go the extra mile for St. Luke University Parish's food pantry to help those in need in our community.

11/30/2018

One hour and counting....

Cyber Monday is tomorrow.  You can tackle that AND Giving Tuesday all at once.  Just use the link below and amazon will ...
11/26/2018
Engine House No. 5 Museum

Cyber Monday is tomorrow. You can tackle that AND Giving Tuesday all at once. Just use the link below and amazon will donate back to your community!

With holiday shopping fast approaching here is an easy way to both shop online and make an impact locally. Same Amazon shopping. Same prices. When you use this link for Smile.Amazon.com .5% of your purchase price will be donated back to Engine House 5 Fire Museum THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!

Opening day of the Christmas Village and Train display.  Had a great number of smiling faces.
11/25/2018

Opening day of the Christmas Village and Train display. Had a great number of smiling faces.

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11/20/2018

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11/20/2018
Support Engine House No 5 Foundation by shopping at AmazonSmile.

With holiday shopping fast approaching here is an easy way to both shop online and make an impact locally. Same Amazon shopping. Same prices. When you use this link for Smile.Amazon.com .5% of your purchase price will be donated back to Engine House 5 Fire Museum THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Engine House No 5 Foundation. Support us every time you shop.

Engine House No. 5 staff have been busy building a Christmas Village and Train Display for all to enjoy.  After a couple...
11/19/2018

Engine House No. 5 staff have been busy building a Christmas Village and Train Display for all to enjoy. After a couple of weeks of prep work at home the display was moved to the Engine House this past weekend and received its final assembly. 78 total man hours was involved in building the display which includes 46 buildings, 3 working trains, over 30 trees, and a great deal of village folk going about their winter holiday activities . A couple of teaser pictures are included. The display will debut to the public Saturday, November 24th between 10am and 4pm and will remain on display through the holiday season. Bring the family and check it out.

Santa Clause is coming to town
11/05/2018

Santa Clause is coming to town

Happy Halloween 🎃
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween 🎃

Happy Halloween! 🎃 An eerie photo taken in the Engine House No.5 last year... Hope everyone has a fun and safe day!

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10/28/2018

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Grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs supports the programs and services that we provide. Thanks fo...
10/25/2018

Grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs supports the programs and services that we provide. Thanks for all you do for our community!
#ThankfulThursday

Today we had the privledge to visit with the great great granddaughter to Captain Truman Smith of the Grand Rapids Fire ...
10/25/2018

Today we had the privledge to visit with the great great granddaughter to Captain Truman Smith of the Grand Rapids Fire Department.
Truman Smith, born in 1848, served with Company B, 8th Regiment Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War, was captured by the Confederate soldiers becoming a prisoner of war, and survivor of the Sultana disaster. In 1878 Truman Smith began his career as a Grand Rapids firefighter. In 1879 he became foreman of Engine 6 until 1880. In 1880 the new Engine House No. 5 was built to take the place of both old No. 5 and old No. 6. Hose cart No. 6 which was under charge of Truman Smith was moved to the new Engine House No. 5. Henry Bettinghouse was given charge of Engine House No. 5. After 2 weeks with this new arrangement, Truman Smith sent in his resignation. After Henry Lemoin's appointment to Fire Marshal in the fall of 1880 he ordered Truman Smith to go to the new Engine House No. 6 and take command. Before the execution of the order, affairs at No. 5 demanded immediate attention and Mr. Lemoin requested that Truman Smith take charge of No. 5's company. In the sping of 1881 John Horton was given charge House No. 5 for about 4 months until his resignation. Mr. Lemoin then gave Truman Smith full charge of Engine House No. 5. From that time forward Truman Smith remained Captain of Engine House No. 5 until his retirement in 1915. Captain Truman Smith was "The Fire King of the 5th Ward".

Huge thank you to the Knights of Columbus that came out yesterday and helped spruce up the place. With your help we got ...
10/21/2018

Huge thank you to the Knights of Columbus that came out yesterday and helped spruce up the place. With your help we got so many things checked off the maintenance list. Thank you!!

We are sad too. :(
10/17/2018

We are sad too. :(

10/13/2018

We are closed today. Join us from 4:00 to 8:00 for Merchants and Makers at Engine House 5!

Engine House No. 5 Museum wants to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the Allendale Fall Festival. Here are a few pict...
09/23/2018

Engine House No. 5 Museum wants to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the Allendale Fall Festival. Here are a few pictures from the Firefighter Challenge that both children and adults came out to give it a go. And thank you to our volunteers who came out to help put this on.

The Engine House No. 5 Museum will be closed Saturday, September 22 so that we can participate in the Allendale Fall Fes...
09/19/2018

The Engine House No. 5 Museum will be closed Saturday, September 22 so that we can participate in the Allendale Fall Festival. Come visit us and give the Firefighter Challenge a try during the Festival.

Save the date
08/17/2018

Save the date

07/06/2018

Engine House No 5 will be closed Saturday July 21st.
If you are making a special trip please send us a note and we can make an appointment for a tour.

06/02/2018

Our Victorian Lady Tea today was a ton of fun. Thank you Wendy with "Lost Arts" for a great afternoon.
This event was made possible by a grant from Michigan Council For Arts & Cultural Affairs

Classic Retrovision Milestones
05/31/2018

Classic Retrovision Milestones

41 years ago today, the final episode of Emergency! aired. It debuted as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1972, on NBC, replacing the two short-lived series The Partners and The Good Life, and ran until May 28, 1977, with six additional two-hour television films during the following two years.
Emergency! was created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, both of whom were also responsible for the police dramas Adam-12 and Dragnet. Harold Jack Bloom is also credited as a creator; Webb does not receive screen credit as a creator in the show's original TV-movie pilot, being only credited as its director.
The series starred Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as two specially-trained firefighters who formed Squad 51, part of a then-innovative field known as paramedics who were authorized to provide initial emergency medical care to victims of accidents, fire and other incidents in the field. The plot of the initial pilot film described the passing of state legislation, signed by Governor Ronald Reagan, and was called the The Wedsworth-Townsend Act. It allowed the creation of paramedic units. Squad 51 worked in concert with the (fictional) Rampart General Hospital medical staff (portrayed by Robert Fuller, Julie London, and Bobby Troup), who took over each patient's case from the paramedics who worked in the field.
Nearly 30 years after Emergency! debuted, the Smithsonian Institution accepted Emergency! memorabilia into its National History Museum, public-service section, including their helmets, turnouts, biophone, and defibrillator.
he show had a relatively ensemble cast. The series follows the early years of the paramedic program in the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) with the focus on the personnel of Fire Station 51 A Shift, in particular of young firemen/paramedics John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe). The paramedics coordinate with the Emergency Room (ER) staff of Rampart General Hospital: head physician Dr. Kelly Brackett (Robert Fuller), head nurse Dixie McCall (Julie London), neurosurgeon Dr. Joe Early (played by Julie's real-life husband Bobby Troup), and young intern Dr. Mike Morton (Ron Pinkard).
To train for their parts, the actors, Mantooth and Tighe, "...sat in on paramedic classes" (although they never took any written exams) "and rode out on extensive ride-a-longs with LACoFD".[4] In an interview with Tom Blixa of WTVN, Mantooth said that the producer wanted them to train so that they would at least know the fundamentals and look like they knew what they were doing on camera. Mantooth mentioned that unless you take the written course you are not a paramedic and that "if anyone has a heart attack, I'll call 911 with the best of them".
Randolph Mantooth (Firefighter/paramedic John Gage) became an advocate for firefighters and paramedics after the filming of Emergency! stopped. He gives speeches and makes appearances all over the country at special events.
An unusual aspect of the casting of the hospital staff was that Julie London and Bobby Troup were better known for their work as musicians (Troup wrote the jazz standard "Route 66"). London was producer Jack Webb's ex-wife.
The crew of Engine 51 was Chester "Chet" Kelly (Tim Donnelly), Marco Lopez (Marco Lopez, an actor using his real name), Mike Stoker (LACoFD firefighter Mike Stoker as himself), Captain Dick Hammer (LACoFD Captain Richard Hammer as himself - first season/episodes 2-9; later, John Smith - first season/episodes 10 & 11), Captain Henry "Hank" Stanley (Michael Norell, during the remaining seasons. 51s C shift Captain Gene "Captain Hook" Hookrader also led A shift in couple of later episodes). LACoFD Dispatcher Sam Lanier portrayed himself in an uncredited voice role (over the radio) throughout the series, and he is also occasionally shown in a brief clip at the dispatch office just before a dispatch is heard in later seasons. Lanier was an actual LACoFD Dispatcher and retired from the department shortly after Emergency! finished.
Lopez spoke Spanish, and occasionally translated for the crew when a victim or onlooker spoke Spanish but no English. Lopez had done this occasionally on Dragnet as well.
Other recurring characters included Battalion Chiefs Conrad (Art Balinger), Sorensen (Art Gilmore), Miller, and McConnike (William Boyett), Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Vince (Vince Howard), and recurring ambulance attendants Albert "Al" (Angelo DeMeo) and his assistant, George (George Orrison). Boyett was also a regular on Adam-12, playing Sergeant MacDonald.
While Webb's Dragnet and Adam-12 followed a pair of detectives and patrolmen respectively, Emergency! followed the firemen and paramedics of Station 51, and the emergency room staff of Rampart General Hospital.
Typical episodes begin with the firemen and paramedics at the station going through such routines as cooking, cleaning equipment, or sleeping until a call comes from the dispatcher describing the "emergency" and its location. The call prompts the crew to immediately stop their routine and respond with organized precision. The firemen and paramedics go to the scene where the emergency is worked, usually in conjunction with a call to Rampart General Hospital with updates and for advice on medical procedures. Many times the plot follows the accident victims and paramedics to Rampart. Other plot lines end at the scene. When an event has ended, the crew return to Station 51 and resume their routines until another call is dispatched.
When the show first started, the creator & Executive Producer, Robert A. Cinader, asked the writers to get all the rescues that were to be portrayed on the show from a fire station’s logbook. He told them it didn’t have to come from just LAcoFD or Los Angeles or even California, but it did have to come from someone’s logbook.[4] Along the same line, the show was technically accurate as every script was fact-checked and approved by the show’s technical consultants, Dr. Michael Criley (the man who created LAcoFD Paramedic program) and LAcoFD Battalion Chief, James O. Page. There were always real paramedics serving as technical advisors on set every day for further technical advice.
Because of the greater scope of its format, Emergency! was a full-hour series, where Dragnet and Adam-12 were half-hour shows,
Actual local disasters were worked into some story lines, such as the 1971 Sylmar earthquake which destroyed the newly completed Olive View Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley; and the 1973 "Crenshaw Fire" brush fire on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
A partial list of guest stars includes Vic Tayback, Adam West, Richard Jaeckel, Marion Ross, Mark Harmon, Erik Estrada, Henry Jones, Jackie Coogan, Anne Lockhart, Dabbs Greer, George Ives, John Carradine, Ron Masak, Nick Nolte, Seymour Cassel, Jeanette Nolan, Robert Alda, Mariette Hartley, Jamie Farr, Bruno Kirby, Jock Mahoney, Michael Lerner, Melissa Gilbert, Kim Richards, John Travolta, Ruth Buzzi, Larry Csonka, Dick Butkus, Jack Carter and Sharon Gless.
Future Eight is Enough stars Dick Van Patten and Grant Goodeve made guest appearances on separate episodes, then current Adam-12 stars Martin Milner and Kent McCord made a guest appearance on the pilot of a two-part episode, while sports figures Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Spitz made cameo appearances on two separate episodes. Future Kojak stars Mark Russell and Kevin Dobson made cameo appearances in various episodes. Relatives and friends of the cast of Emergency! made guest appearances on various episodes, including those of London's and Troup's children, Ronne and Kelly, while Cynnie Troup was script supervisor. Mantooth's brother Donald and Fuller's ex-Laramie co-star John Smith each made a guest appearance on separate episodes early in the 2nd season, and former Leave It To Beaver star Tony Dow made an appearance in season one as a looter.
Emergency! was a third-generation spin-off, having been spawned from Adam-12, which itself was spun off from Jack Webb's Dragnet. All three series take place in the same universe and depict different aspects of the public safety infrastructure of Los Angeles, California.
Characters from Emergency! and Adam-12 "crossed over" twice. The police officers appeared briefly in the pilot episode of Emergency!, and the firefighter/paramedics appeared in the Adam-12 episode titled "Lost and Found." Unusually, however, in the Emergency! episode titled "Hang-Up", there was a subplot in which the crew of Station 51 watched the television show Adam-12, despite supposedly sharing a fictional universe with those characters.
Emergency! spun off an animated version called Emergency +4 which ran on NBC Saturday mornings from 1973 to 1976, and featured four teenagers who participated in adventures with the firefighter/paramedics.
Mantooth's Gage and Tighe's DeSoto appeared in the tenth episode of Sierra, another Webb/Cinader production centered around a pair of National Park Service rangers, which appeared for only a partial season in 1974. In that episode, "The Urban Ranger", the two paramedics participate in mountain rescue training and get involved in many of the episode's subplots. Following recurring themes from Emergency!, Gage continues to fail in his attempts to get a date, while DeSoto briefly considers changing careers to become a park ranger.
The "905-Wild" episode of Emergency!, broadcast during Season 4 on March 1, 1975, was intended to be the pilot for a new show created and produced by Jack Webb. The series was to have been about the adventures of two Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control officers, and the staff of a county animal shelter. The episode featured Albert Popwell and Mark Harmon as the officers and David Huddleston and Gary Crosby in supporting roles. It failed to sell, and a follow-up show was never produced.
Squad 51 briefly appeared in the CHiPs episode "Cry Wolf" (ep. 18 season 1), where it can be seen responding from the station to a false accident report. Further in the episode "MAIT Team" (ep. 15 season 2), Engine 51 and Squad 51 can be seen responding from the station to a traffic accident. Again in the episode "Hot Wheels" (ep. 8 season 3) Squad 51 arrives on the scene of a traffic accident.
Fire Station 51 also briefly appeared in an episode of Quincy, M.E., as an LAFD Fire Station. The episode later showed LAFD paramedics supposedly from that station on a cardiac arrest call.
Station 51 appears in the 1990 TV movie "The Great Los Angeles Earthquake", in a segment where all Los Angeles police and fire personnel are deployed to prepare for a massive Southern California earthquake.
The show was first syndicated in 1976, after the fifth season. Local stations mainly aired it between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Eastern (3:30 to 5:00 Central) for the same viewers that were its most loyal audience on NBC, elementary school-aged children. Emergency!, however, was not nearly as successful in reruns as Dragnet 1967-70 and Adam-12 were. When the program was first syndicated, it went by the title Emergency One! (the stock title "Emergency!" appeared with the word "One" fading in beneath) to avoid confusion with the new episodes still airing Saturday nights on NBC and continued to be called that when the TV movies aired as well. The syndicated episodes would revert to the original title, Emergency!, in 1979. Renaming programs for syndication was commonplace until the 1980s. Although in the early 2000s it had a brief run on TV Land, Emergency! had been rarely seen in recent times because the series had come under the ownership of the Jack Webb Estate.

Photo: Pictured (left to right): Ron Pinkard, Kevin Tighe, James McEachin, Mike Stoker, Robert Fuller, Bobby Troup (seated), Marco Lopez, Tim Donnelly, Randolph Mantooth [photo from the 1998 convention]

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