Boston Fire Museum

Boston Fire Museum 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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SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
01/24/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES
01/23/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES

WATER TOWERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
01/22/2021

WATER TOWERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT DRILL SCHOOL - UNFORTUNATELY NO INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE - HELP NEEDED WITH A DATE AND NAMES.
01/21/2021

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT DRILL SCHOOL - UNFORTUNATELY NO INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE - HELP NEEDED WITH A DATE AND NAMES.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - 5 ALARMS IN CHARLESTOWN
01/19/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - 5 ALARMS IN CHARLESTOWN

The SLEEPER ST. FIRE of January 15, 1948 was "around the corner" from Engine 39 which was stationed at 344 Congress St.,...
01/18/2021

The SLEEPER ST. FIRE of January 15, 1948 was "around the corner" from Engine 39 which was stationed at 344 Congress St., South Boston. Today, that Historic Congress Street Fire House is the home of the Boston Fire Museum and the Boston Sparks Association.

This day in 1983, the quarters of the Boston Sparks Association was destroyed in a 2 Alarm fire that was caused by arson...
01/17/2021

This day in 1983, the quarters of the Boston Sparks Association was destroyed in a 2 Alarm fire that was caused by arsonists. In the months before the fire, members of the BSA were working to establish the Boston Fire Museum.

Photos of the fire and the BSA quarters courtesy of Bill Noonan.

Boston Fire Department Ladder 17 has been serving Boston since 1891.  Now responding from 200 Columbus Ave. Ladder 17 co...
01/16/2021

Boston Fire Department Ladder 17 has been serving Boston since 1891. Now responding from 200 Columbus Ave. Ladder 17 covers the Downtown, Back Bay and South End communities

On January 14, 1914, in frigid weather, the Boston Fire Department struck 4 Alarms on Box 219 and 1 Alarm on Box 231 for...
01/14/2021

On January 14, 1914, in frigid weather, the Boston Fire Department struck 4 Alarms on Box 219 and 1 Alarm on Box 231 for a fire in the Bacon Store at 2175 Washington St., Roxbury.

Ladderman James Hackett was killed by a falling wall while operating the deck gun on Engine 37’s wagon.

The 107 year old photos are from the scrapbook of Tom Swan.

DECEMBER 19, 1906 - 4 ALARMS ON BOX 42 FOR THE FIRE AT TREMONT & BROMFIELD STREETS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON.
01/12/2021

DECEMBER 19, 1906 - 4 ALARMS ON BOX 42 FOR THE FIRE AT TREMONT & BROMFIELD STREETS IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON.

A GOOD LOOKING APPARATUS ……. OPEN CAB ……. 2 FIREMEN USUALLY ON THE BACK STEP ……. 2 HIGH PRESSURE DECK GUNS ……. LOWRY HYD...
01/11/2021

A GOOD LOOKING APPARATUS ……. OPEN CAB ……. 2 FIREMEN USUALLY ON THE BACK STEP ……. 2 HIGH PRESSURE DECK GUNS ……. LOWRY HYDRANT ……. CHAINS ……. AND THE BEN ELLIS COMPANY NEXT DOOR TO THE FORT HILL SQUARE FIRE HOUSE.

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 44 AND THE SAME AREA 85 YEARS LATER.  ........... INTERESTING COMPARISON
01/09/2021

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE 44 AND THE SAME AREA 85 YEARS LATER. ........... INTERESTING COMPARISON

ENGINE 38 SERVED THE WATERFRONT AREA OF SOUTH BOSTON FROM 1891 TO 1947.  THE FIRE HOUSE OF E 38 IS THE CURRENT HOME OF T...
01/08/2021

ENGINE 38 SERVED THE WATERFRONT AREA OF SOUTH BOSTON FROM 1891 TO 1947. THE FIRE HOUSE OF E 38 IS THE CURRENT HOME OF THE BOSTON FIRE MUSEUM AND THE BOSTON SPARKS ASSOCIATION.

ENGINE 22, A SOUTH END COMPANY, HAS BEEN SERVING BOSTON SINCE 1873.
01/07/2021

ENGINE 22, A SOUTH END COMPANY, HAS BEEN SERVING BOSTON SINCE 1873.

ENGINE 35, A "DOWNTOWN COMPANY" WAS IN SERVICE FROM 1890 to 1947.
01/05/2021

ENGINE 35, A "DOWNTOWN COMPANY" WAS IN SERVICE FROM 1890 to 1947.

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ACTION - Unfortunately no information on date, location, etc.
01/04/2021

BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IN ACTION - Unfortunately no information on date, location, etc.

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - RESCUE 1 HAS BEEN SERVING SINCE  1915.  RESCUE 2 BEGAN SERVICE IN 1926.
01/03/2021

SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES - RESCUE 1 HAS BEEN SERVING SINCE 1915. RESCUE 2 BEGAN SERVICE IN 1926.

FROM ALL OF US AT 344 CONGRESS ST., IN THE SEAPORT SECTION OF BOSTON ..... HAPPY NEW YEAR!
12/31/2020

FROM ALL OF US AT 344 CONGRESS ST., IN THE SEAPORT SECTION OF BOSTON ..... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

UNTIL THE 1970'S, RAILROAD BOX CARS WERE A COMMON SIGHT ALONG ATLANTIC AVE. AS THEY SERVED THE FISHING INDUSTRY.
12/30/2020

UNTIL THE 1970'S, RAILROAD BOX CARS WERE A COMMON SIGHT ALONG ATLANTIC AVE. AS THEY SERVED THE FISHING INDUSTRY.

The Fire Boats and Marine Companies of the Boston Fire Department have been protecting the vast waterfront areas of Bost...
12/29/2020

The Fire Boats and Marine Companies of the Boston Fire Department have been protecting the vast waterfront areas of Boston and neighboring cities since 1873.

ENGINE 25 SERVED "DOWNTOWN" FROM 1873 TO 1981.
12/28/2020

ENGINE 25 SERVED "DOWNTOWN" FROM 1873 TO 1981.

ENGINE 2 HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD FOR 160 YEARS.
12/27/2020

ENGINE 2 HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD FOR 160 YEARS.

AMAZING LADDER WORK BY THE BFD.
12/26/2020

AMAZING LADDER WORK BY THE BFD.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS’Twas the night before Christmas, and all over town         The fire bell echoed, bangin...
12/24/2020

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

’Twas the night before Christmas, and all over town
The fire bell echoed, banging its sound

The firefighters came running from far and from near
They raced to the engine, donning their gear

And I in my boots, my bunkers, and hat
Jumped onto the engine to see where we at

The chief says "a house filled with smoke”
At the corner of Maple and Oak

Smoke poured from all sides, from up, and from down
Yet up on the roof there is none to be found.

So up to the roof we raised us a ladder
And climbed to the top to see what's the matter

I went to the chimney and what did I see
But a fellow in red stuck up to his knees

Well, we huffed and we pulled until he came out
Then he winked with his eye and said with a shout

These new chimneys, they make then too small
For a fellow like me, not skinny at all

With a twitch of his nose he dashed to his sleigh
And called to his reindeer, UP - UP and AWAY

We smiled as he flew out of sight
Saying thank you Firefighters and to all a Good Night

ENGINE 26 SERVED "DOWNTOWN" FROM 1874 to 1981.
12/23/2020

ENGINE 26 SERVED "DOWNTOWN" FROM 1874 to 1981.

ENGINE 40 SERVED THE EAST BOSTON COMMUNITY FROM 1891 to 1981.
12/22/2020

ENGINE 40 SERVED THE EAST BOSTON COMMUNITY FROM 1891 to 1981.

NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF THE TIRE PLANT FIRE IN SOUTH BOSTON 70 YEARS AGO.
12/21/2020

NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF THE TIRE PLANT FIRE IN SOUTH BOSTON 70 YEARS AGO.

RESPECT YOUR FIRE HYDRANT ....... IT MAY BE NEEDED ........ BE PREPARED!
12/20/2020

RESPECT YOUR FIRE HYDRANT ....... IT MAY BE NEEDED ........ BE PREPARED!

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY PICTURES FROM SCRAP BOOKS DO NOT PROVIDE INFORMATION SUCH AS WHERE, WHEN, WHO, ETC.
12/19/2020

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY PICTURES FROM SCRAP BOOKS DO NOT PROVIDE INFORMATION SUCH AS WHERE, WHEN, WHO, ETC.

WITH MODERN HOSE YOU RARELY SEE WHAT WAS A COMMON SIGHT IN THE PAST.
12/17/2020

WITH MODERN HOSE YOU RARELY SEE WHAT WAS A COMMON SIGHT IN THE PAST.

Newspaper articles from 78 years ago!AT THE HEIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON - December 15, 1942 - Sallinger’s De...
12/16/2020

Newspaper articles from 78 years ago!

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING SEASON - December 15, 1942 - Sallinger’s Department Store, 501-507 Washington St, Downtown Boston. Fire started in the basement of the 7 story store and extended up. The automatic alarm was received and followed by Box 1461 at 2340 hrs, 5 alarms were sent, damage was well over $1 million and many firemen were overcome by the dense smoke.

History provided by Bill Noonan!

The Raymon L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston is named in memory of the 8 Boston longshoremen who wer...
12/15/2020

The Raymon L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston is named in memory of the 8 Boston longshoremen who were killed on the Black Falcon freighter.

76 YEARS AGO ...
12/14/2020

76 YEARS AGO ...

ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1973, A FULLY LOADED GRAVEL TRUCK, HEADING TO LOGAN AIRPORT, CRASHED INTO A COLUMN ON THE BOSTON SIDE O...
12/12/2020

ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1973, A FULLY LOADED GRAVEL TRUCK, HEADING TO LOGAN AIRPORT, CRASHED INTO A COLUMN ON THE BOSTON SIDE OF THE MYSTIC (TOBIN) BRIDGE, COLLAPSING THE UPPER DECK.

ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1973, A CONFLAGRATION THREATENED CHELSEA, THE CITY ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE MYSTIC BRIDGE.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM ALL OVER EASTERN MASS. AND RHODE ISLAND RESPONDED TO HELP THE CHELSEA FIRE DEPARTMENT. MANY APPARATUS TRAVELED ON THE UNDAMAGED SIDE OF THE CLOSED BRIDGE, ESCORTED BY THE MASS. STATE POLICE.

BRIDGE TRAFFIC WAS RESTORED AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF EMERGENCY REPAIRS.

ENGINE 10 HAS BEEN SERVING SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1862.
12/10/2020

ENGINE 10 HAS BEEN SERVING SECTIONS OF BOSTON SINCE 1862.

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344 Congress St
Boston, MA
02210

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?