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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Photos from Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 IAFF's post
06/24/2021

Photos from Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 IAFF's post

49 YEARS AGO, JUNE 17, 1972THE VENDOME HOTEL FIRE Fire Lieutenant  John E. Hanbury, 46, Ladder 13Fire Lieutenant  Thomas...
06/17/2021

49 YEARS AGO, JUNE 17, 1972
THE VENDOME HOTEL FIRE

Fire Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, 46, Ladder 13
Fire Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, 52, Engine 32
Firefighter Richard B. Magee, 39, Engine 33
Firefighter Joseph F. Boucher, 28, Engine 22
Firefighter Paul J. Murphy, 36, Engine 32
Firefighter John J. Jameson, 52, Engine 22
Firefighter Charles E. Dolan, 47, Ladder 13
Firefighter Joseph P. Saniuk, 47, Ladder 13
Firefighter Thomas W. Beckwith, 35, Engine 32

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE! NEVER FORGET!

49 YEARS AGO, JUNE 17, 1972
THE VENDOME HOTEL FIRE

Fire Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, 46, Ladder 13
Fire Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, 52, Engine 32
Firefighter Richard B. Magee, 39, Engine 33
Firefighter Joseph F. Boucher, 28, Engine 22
Firefighter Paul J. Murphy, 36, Engine 32
Firefighter John J. Jameson, 52, Engine 22
Firefighter Charles E. Dolan, 47, Ladder 13
Firefighter Joseph P. Saniuk, 47, Ladder 13
Firefighter Thomas W. Beckwith, 35, Engine 32

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE! NEVER FORGET!

THE 128th ANNUAL BOSTON FIREMAN'S MEMORIAL SUNDAY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JUNE 13, AT 0930, AT FOREST HILLS CEMETERY.NEV...
06/12/2021

THE 128th ANNUAL BOSTON FIREMAN'S MEMORIAL SUNDAY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JUNE 13, AT 0930, AT FOREST HILLS CEMETERY.

NEVER FORGET!

SCRAPBOOK MEMORY
06/03/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORY

SCRAPBOOK MEMORY

05/31/2021
ENGINE 39 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH BOSTON & SEAPORT SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1891.
05/21/2021

ENGINE 39 OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH BOSTON & SEAPORT SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1891.

77 YEARS AGO TODAY - MAY 19, 1944The 5 story brick building at 610 Parker St., Roxbury, occupied by Great Eastern Paper ...
05/19/2021

77 YEARS AGO TODAY - MAY 19, 1944

The 5 story brick building at 610 Parker St., Roxbury, occupied by Great Eastern Paper and was the former Burkhardt Brewery, 5 alarms, Box 2361 with 4th alarm skipped, damage was $37,771.

Deputy Chief John McDonough, Deputy Chief William Quigley and Chief of Department Sam Pope were the bosses, Water Tower 2 did operate, some companies operated for hours.

History courtesy of William Noonan!

77 YEARS AGO TODAY - MAY 19, 1944

The 5 story brick building at 610 Parker St., Roxbury, occupied by Great Eastern Paper and was the former Burkhardt Brewery, 5 alarms, Box 2361 with 4th alarm skipped, damage was $37,771.

Deputy Chief John McDonough, Deputy Chief William Quigley and Chief of Department Sam Pope were the bosses, Water Tower 2 did operate, some companies operated for hours.

History courtesy of William Noonan!

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIESNOVEMBER 1, 1915 FIRE IN THE EAGLE STREET CAR BARN OF THE BOSTON ELEVATED RAILROAD, 384 E. EAGLE ST, E...
05/16/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

NOVEMBER 1, 1915

FIRE IN THE EAGLE STREET CAR BARN OF THE BOSTON ELEVATED RAILROAD, 384 E. EAGLE ST, EAST BOSTON.

A SPECTACULAR FIRE ON BOX 648, AT 7:16 PM. 4 ALARMS WITH THE 2ND ALARM SKIPPED, AT LEAST 22 PASSENGER CARS AND 2 SNOW-PLOWS WERE DESTROYED.

DAMAGE $261,574

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

NOVEMBER 1, 1915

FIRE IN THE EAGLE STREET CAR BARN OF THE BOSTON ELEVATED RAILROAD, 384 E. EAGLE ST, EAST BOSTON.

A SPECTACULAR FIRE ON BOX 648, AT 7:16 PM. 4 ALARMS WITH THE 2ND ALARM SKIPPED, AT LEAST 22 PASSENGER CARS AND 2 SNOW-PLOWS WERE DESTROYED.

DAMAGE $261,574

THE BOWDOIN SQUARE FIREHOUSE FROM THE FILES OF BOSTON FIRE LT. HUGH McMAKIN.ON NOVEMBER 10, 1930, THE BOSTON FIRE DEPART...
05/14/2021

THE BOWDOIN SQUARE FIREHOUSE FROM THE FILES OF BOSTON FIRE LT. HUGH McMAKIN.

ON NOVEMBER 10, 1930, THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT OPENED A NEW FIREHOUSE ON CAMBRIDGE STREET IN BOWDOIN SQUARE ON THE NORTH SLOPE OF BEACON HILL.

AN IMPOSING BUILDING WITH SEVEN APPARATUS DOORS, IT WAS KNOWN TO MANY FIREMEN AS “THE BIG HOUSE.”

AFTER ONLY 33 YEARS OF SERVICE, THE FIREHOUSE WAS CLOSED ON OCTOBER 28, 1963 AND DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA KNOWN AS GOVERNMENT CENTER.

A NEW FIREHOUSE WAS OPENED AT 200 CAMBRIDGE ST. FOR ENGINE 4 AND LADDER 24.

IF THE "BIG HOUSE" WAS IN SERVICE TODAY IT WOULD BE LOCATED BETWEEN BOWDOIN AND SOMERSET STREETS.

We join all members of the fire service in expressing our condolences to the family and friends of New Haven Firefighter...
05/13/2021

We join all members of the fire service in expressing our condolences to the family and friends of New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres who died in the “Line of Duty” at a house fire earlier today.

We join all members of the fire service in expressing our condolences to the family and friends of New Haven Firefighter Ricardo Torres who died in the “Line of Duty” at a house fire earlier today.

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

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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?