Boston Fire Museum

Boston Fire Museum NOTE: The museum will be closed a few months for renovation - 5/11/2021. The goal of the Museum is to preserve and display fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area and educate the public on fire safety.
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FROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF LT. HUGH McMAKIN.JOHN V. STAPLETON JOINED THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ON FEBRUARY 1, 1924.  CHIEF S...
05/10/2021

FROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF LT. HUGH McMAKIN.

JOHN V. STAPLETON JOINED THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ON FEBRUARY 1, 1924. CHIEF STAPLETON SERVED AS CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT FROM NOVEMBER 1, 1950 UNTIL HE RETIRED ON JUNE 5, 1956.

LADDER 24 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN COVERING THE BEACON HILL AREA OF THE CITY SINCE 1905. BFD LADDER 26 HAS...
05/08/2021

LADDER 24 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN COVERING THE BEACON HILL AREA OF THE CITY SINCE 1905.

BFD LADDER 26 HAS BEEN SERVING THE FENWAY & ROXBURY NEIGHBORHOODS OF BOSTON ALSO FROM 1905.

MEMORIES KEPT BY A HOBBYISTLADDER 21 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING IN EAST BOSTON SINCE 1905.MAXIM FIRE...
05/07/2021

MEMORIES KEPT BY A HOBBYIST

LADDER 21 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING IN EAST BOSTON SINCE 1905.

MAXIM FIRE APPARATUS WERE MANUFACTURED IN MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - BRIEF NOTES ON THE BACK OF THE PICTURES.
05/05/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - BRIEF NOTES ON THE BACK OF THE PICTURES.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - FIRE INVESTIGATION
05/04/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - FIRE INVESTIGATION

FULTON ST.  IS IN THE NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD OF BOSTON.
04/30/2021

FULTON ST. IS IN THE NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD OF BOSTON.

MEMORIES FROM A SCRAPBOOK
04/28/2021

MEMORIES FROM A SCRAPBOOK

THE BOSTON FIRE ALARM OFFICE HAS STRUCK SIGNAL 10-15 ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF LEO D. STAPLETON, COMMISSIONER AND CHIEF ...
04/26/2021

THE BOSTON FIRE ALARM OFFICE HAS STRUCK SIGNAL 10-15 ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF LEO D. STAPLETON, COMMISSIONER AND CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT,
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, RETIRED.

COMMISSIONER STAPLETON
A GREAT MAN!
A VETERAN OF WW II
A DEDICATED FAMILY MAN!
AN OUSTANDING AUTHOR!
AN EXTRAORDINARY FIREMAN!
A CHARISMATIC LEADER!
A TRUE BOSTONIAN!
A FRIEND OF THE BOSTON FIRE MUSEUM &
THE BOSTON SPARKS ASSOCIATION!

WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY TO THE MEMBERS OF THE STAPLETON FAMILY, ACTIVE AND RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE MANY FRIENDS OF COMMISSIONER STAPLETON ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

REST IN PEACE COMMISSIONER!

THE BOSTON FIRE ALARM OFFICE HAS STRUCK SIGNAL 10-15 ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF LEO D. STAPLETON, COMMISSIONER AND CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT,
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, RETIRED.

COMMISSIONER STAPLETON
A GREAT MAN!
A VETERAN OF WW II
A DEDICATED FAMILY MAN!
AN OUSTANDING AUTHOR!
AN EXTRAORDINARY FIREMAN!
A CHARISMATIC LEADER!
A TRUE BOSTONIAN!
A FRIEND OF THE BOSTON FIRE MUSEUM &
THE BOSTON SPARKS ASSOCIATION!

WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY TO THE MEMBERS OF THE STAPLETON FAMILY, ACTIVE AND RETIRED MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE MANY FRIENDS OF COMMISSIONER STAPLETON ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

REST IN PEACE COMMISSIONER!

106 YEARS AGO TODAY - THE SUSPENDER FACTORY FIRE - A BUSY SATURDAY IN SOUTH BOSTON.THE FIVE STORY BUILDING AT THE CORNER...
04/24/2021

106 YEARS AGO TODAY - THE SUSPENDER FACTORY FIRE - A BUSY SATURDAY IN SOUTH BOSTON.

THE FIVE STORY BUILDING AT THE CORNER OF EAST 1ST STREET AND K STREET WAS FULLY INVOLVED ON A WINDY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 24, 1915. 5 ALARMS WERE STRUCK ON BOX 136 FOR THE FIRE IN THE BUILDING KNOW AS THE SUSPENDER FACTORY.

ANOTHER ALARM WAS STRUCK FOR A FIRE IN A SCHOOL LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF 4TH STREET AND L STREET.

THE 2nd FIRE WAS APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE, AS THE CROW FLIES, FROM THE 5 ALARM FIRE AND WAS PROBABLY CAUSED BY FIRE BRANDS CARRIED BY THE STRONG WIND.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENTENGINE 37 HAS BEEN SERVING THE ROXBURY / FENWAY SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE...
04/23/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

ENGINE 37 HAS BEEN SERVING THE ROXBURY / FENWAY SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1890.

ENGINE 42 HAS BEEN SERVING THE ROXBURY SECTION SINCE 1893.

IN 1920, ENGINE 51 WAS ORGANIZED TO SERVE THE BRIGHTON SECTION OF BOSTON.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESNO DETAILS ON LOCATION OR THE INCIDENT PROVIDED!
04/22/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

NO DETAILS ON LOCATION OR THE INCIDENT PROVIDED!

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
04/20/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 50 HAS BEEN SERVING CHARLESTOWN FOR 103 YEARS.
04/18/2021

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 50 HAS BEEN SERVING CHARLESTOWN FOR 103 YEARS.

66 YEARS AGOFROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF HUGH McMAKIN, LIEUTENANT, BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, RETIRED
04/16/2021

66 YEARS AGO

FROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF HUGH McMAKIN, LIEUTENANT, BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, RETIRED

66 YEARS AGOFROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF HUGH McMAKIN, LIEUTENANT, BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT - RETIRED
04/16/2021

66 YEARS AGO

FROM THE SCRAPBOOK OF HUGH McMAKIN, LIEUTENANT, BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT - RETIRED

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESPROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN A FEW DAYS AFTER THE  CHELSEA FIRE / CONFLAGRATION OF APRIL 12, 1908 SH...
04/14/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN A FEW DAYS AFTER THE CHELSEA FIRE / CONFLAGRATION OF APRIL 12, 1908 SHOW HOW THE COMMUNITY WAS DEVASTATED BY THE FIRE.

CHELSEA, MASSACHUSETTS IS JUST ACROSS THE MYSTIC RIVER AND CHELSEA CREEK FROM THE CITY OF BOSTON.113 YEARS AGO TODAY, AP...
04/12/2021

CHELSEA, MASSACHUSETTS IS JUST ACROSS THE MYSTIC RIVER AND CHELSEA CREEK FROM THE CITY OF BOSTON.

113 YEARS AGO TODAY, APRIL 12, 1908 – THE 1ST GREAT CHELSEA FIRE CONSUMED 492 ACRES OF LAND AND DESTROYED 2,822 BUILDINGS BEFORE BEING EXTINGUISHED.

NEARLY HALF THE CITY WAS DESTROYED IN THE FIRST OF TWO GREAT FIRES / CONFLAGRATIONS THAT WOULD DEVASTATE CHELSEA IN THE 20TH CENTURY.

THE 1908 FIRE LEFT 18,000 PEOPLE, 56 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION, HOMELESS.

THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT SENT THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES TO CHELSEA, ENGINES 6, 5, 11, 36, 27, 39, 26, 8, 10, 33, 9, 40, 4 AND 15 - - LADDER COMPANIES 21 AND 22.

BOSTON FD FIREBOAT ENGINE 44, THE ANGUS J. McDONALD, ALSO RESPONDED TO THE FIRE.

THE SECOND GREAT CHELSEA FIRE WAS A CONFLAGRATION THAT OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 14, 1973.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
04/11/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

LADDER 17 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH END AND BACK BAY NEIGHBORHOODS SINCE 1891.
04/11/2021

LADDER 17 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH END AND BACK BAY NEIGHBORHOODS SINCE 1891.

ENGINE 4 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE BEACON HILL AND DOWNTOWN SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1860.
04/10/2021

ENGINE 4 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE BEACON HILL AND DOWNTOWN SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1860.

ENGINE 3 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH END NEIGHBORHOOD OF BOSTON SINCE 1859.
04/08/2021

ENGINE 3 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH END NEIGHBORHOOD OF BOSTON SINCE 1859.

ENGINE 2 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING IN SOUTH BOSTON SINCE 1860.
04/06/2021

ENGINE 2 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING IN SOUTH BOSTON SINCE 1860.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
04/05/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

FROM ALL OF US AT THE HISTORIC CONGRESS STREET FIREHOUSE .....
04/04/2021

FROM ALL OF US AT THE HISTORIC CONGRESS STREET FIREHOUSE .....

FROM ALL OF US AT THE HISTORIC CONGRESS STREET FIREHOUSE .....

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
04/03/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

53 YEARS AGO, MARCH 29, 1968, 5 ALARMS IN 5 MINUTES, BOX 1539, 0217 HRS FOR THE “FIRST CHURCH” IN BOSTON, 288 BERKELEY S...
04/02/2021

53 YEARS AGO, MARCH 29, 1968, 5 ALARMS IN 5 MINUTES, BOX 1539, 0217 HRS FOR THE “FIRST CHURCH” IN BOSTON, 288 BERKELEY ST, AT MARLBOROUGH ST. AFTER THE 5 ALARMS MORE COMPANIES WERE CALLED AS THE FIRE EXTENDED TO SEVERAL LARGE APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN THE AREA.

DISTRICT CHIEF LEO STAPLETON WAS IN DISTRICT 4, DEPUTY FRED CLAUSS WAS IN DIVISION 1 AND ACTING CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT, DEPUTY CHIEF FRANCIS X. FINNEGAN WAS THE BOSS.

COMMISSIONER WILLIAM FITZGERALD ALSO RESPONDED AS DID MAYOR KEVIN H. WHITE WHO LIVED NEAR BY.

Comment provided by Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department, retired

53 YEARS AGO, MARCH 29, 1968, 5 ALARMS IN 5 MINUTES, BOX 1539, 0217 HRS FOR THE “FIRST CHURCH” IN BOSTON, 288 BERKELEY ST, AT MARLBOROUGH ST. AFTER THE 5 ALARMS MORE COMPANIES WERE CALLED AS THE FIRE EXTENDED TO SEVERAL LARGE APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN THE AREA.

DISTRICT CHIEF LEO STAPLETON WAS IN DISTRICT 4, DEPUTY FRED CLAUSS WAS IN DIVISION 1 AND ACTING CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT, DEPUTY CHIEF FRANCIS X. FINNEGAN WAS THE BOSS.

COMMISSIONER WILLIAM FITZGERALD ALSO RESPONDED AS DID MAYOR KEVIN H. WHITE WHO LIVED NEAR BY.

Comment provided by Bill Noonan, Boston Fire Department, retired

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESUNFORTUNATELY NO DETAILS OF DATE, LOCATION, ETC.PLEASE SHARE SO WE MAY BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO S...
04/01/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

UNFORTUNATELY NO DETAILS OF DATE, LOCATION, ETC.

PLEASE SHARE SO WE MAY BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO SERVED ON THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

IN 1868, THE CITY OF ROXBURY WAS ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF BOSTON AND ROXBURY STEAM ENGINE 3 BECAME ENGINE 13 OF THE BOSTON...
03/31/2021

IN 1868, THE CITY OF ROXBURY WAS ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF BOSTON AND ROXBURY STEAM ENGINE 3 BECAME ENGINE 13 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

ENGINE 13 CONTINUED TO SERVE THE ROXBURY SECTION OF THE CITY UNTIL 1967 WHEN THE COMPANY BECAME THE RESCUE - PUMPER UNIT.

THE RPU COMPANY WAS DEACTIVATED IN 1972 WHEN RESCUE 2 WAS ORGANIZED.

RESCUE 2 CONTINUES TO SERVE AS THE RESCUE COMPANY IN DIVISION 2 OF THE BFD.

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 11 SERVED THE EAST BOSTON COMMUNITY FROM 1866 TO 1981.ENGINE 15 OF THE BFD SERVED IN SOUTH...
03/30/2021

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 11 SERVED THE EAST BOSTON COMMUNITY FROM 1866 TO 1981.

ENGINE 15 OF THE BFD SERVED IN SOUTH BOSTON FROM 1869 TO 1954.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESTHEY SERVED THE MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH DISTINCTION FROM THE 1920’S TO THE 1940’S.T...
03/29/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

THEY SERVED THE MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH DISTINCTION FROM THE 1920’S TO THE 1940’S.

THEY DID THE WORK!

A SAD BUT NECESSARY ENDING!

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESFIRE PREVENTION PARADES IN BOSTON
03/27/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

FIRE PREVENTION PARADES IN BOSTON

ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 AT 2:42 PM,  THE BOSTON FIRE ALARM OFFICE STRUCK BOX 1579 FOR A BUILDING FIRE AT 298 BEACON...
03/26/2021

ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 AT 2:42 PM, THE BOSTON FIRE ALARM OFFICE STRUCK BOX 1579 FOR A BUILDING FIRE AT 298 BEACON STREET IN THE BACK BAY SECTION OF BOSTON.

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 33 WITH AN OFFICER AND THREE FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO THE ALARM OF FIRE FROM THEIR QUARTERS AT 941 BOYLSTON STREET, ARRIVING ON SCENE AT 2:45 PM. ENGINE 33 WAS THE FIRST COMPANY TO ARRIVE AND REPORTED SMOKE SHOWING FROM THE FIRST FLOOR OF A FOUR STORY BRICK BUILDING.

SEVEN YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE 9 ALARM FIRE AND THE LINE OF DUTY DEATHS OF BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS, LIEUTENANT EDWARD WALSH AND FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL KENNEDY. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE!

NEVER FORGET!

ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 AT 2:42 PM, THE BOSTON FIRE ALARM OFFICE STRUCK BOX 1579 FOR A BUILDING FIRE AT 298 BEACON STREET IN THE BACK BAY SECTION OF BOSTON.

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 33 WITH AN OFFICER AND THREE FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO THE ALARM OF FIRE FROM THEIR QUARTERS AT 941 BOYLSTON STREET, ARRIVING ON SCENE AT 2:45 PM. ENGINE 33 WAS THE FIRST COMPANY TO ARRIVE AND REPORTED SMOKE SHOWING FROM THE FIRST FLOOR OF A FOUR STORY BRICK BUILDING.

SEVEN YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE 9 ALARM FIRE AND THE LINE OF DUTY DEATHS OF BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS, LIEUTENANT EDWARD WALSH AND FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL KENNEDY. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE!

NEVER FORGET!

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESPHOTOGRAPHERS & REPORTERS TELLING THE STORY!
03/25/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

PHOTOGRAPHERS & REPORTERS TELLING THE STORY!

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
03/24/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESBOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT - FIRE BOATSENGINE 31 SERVED FROM 1873 to 1976.ENGINE 44 SERVED FROM 1895 to 19...
03/23/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT - FIRE BOATS

ENGINE 31 SERVED FROM 1873 to 1976.
ENGINE 44 SERVED FROM 1895 to 1954.
ENGINE 47 SERVED FROM 1909 to 1976.

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Red Line to South Station then a short walk to 344 Congress St., South Boston. The museum is just down the street from the Hood Milk Bottle. You will know it when you see it.

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Thanks for the good time!
It was nice meeting you & Sparky on Boston Common this morning during the MDA Muscle Walk
Final sketch!
One more
Thanks again for hosting us, we always have great sketching sessions at the Boston Fire Museum! Here is a selection of the sketches from yesterday!
Closed despite 3 different websites saying they were open tonight.
Working next today,my Dad was a Firefighter for the City of Waltham Ma.he has since passed.I still have his helmet.i saw you have a bunch hanging.I was wondering if you would take it I don’t know if you take one from outside of the city.I don’t know what else to do with it.this way my family can honor him.that
It was a rainy day in Salem, but we had a fantastic handtub muster anyway! https://www.facebook.com/handtubmusters/videos/10156284834737535/
If you're on the North Shore tomorrow, stop by Salem Willows and see some handtubs in action! https://www.facebook.com/handtubmusters/videos/10156042567027535/
My father, Felix "Dick" Cosgrove Engine 2 in Southie. I think this is back in the 60's.
Just visited the BFM today. Thank you very much for the warm welcome, we will bring it with us to Hungary. It was great to see a piece of Boston history.
do you guys have a lowry hydrant down there?