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.
Boston Fire Museum
THE FIRE MUSEUM IS CLOSED.
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STAY HEALTHY AND
LET'S PROTECT EACH OTHER.
SUGGESTION ....... Today, purchase new batteries for your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. And tonight, follow the recommendation from the members of the Boston Fire Department.
We extend congratulations to Boston Fire Commissioner and Fire Chief Joe Finn on his retirement!
Commissioner Finn served the citizens of Boston for 36 years, and provided exceptional leadership to the Boston Fire Department. He was a strong supporter of the Boston Fire Museum and the Boston Sparks Association
Best wishes, Commissioner! You will be missed. We look forward to the days when you visit the fire museum.
The museum will be open on Saturday, March 7, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. We will welcome guests celebrating two birthday parties, along with visitors to the museum.
The museum will have hand sanitizer available.
The museum will be busy tomorrow, LEAP DAY, FEBRUARY 29, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. With many visitors and 2 birthday parties, it will be an exciting day.
Reservations are not required, admission is free. Be sure to speak to our dedicated guides. We look forward to your visit.
After many requests, just in time for St. Patricks Day, the museum is pleased to announce that a limited number of Boston Fire Department Irish Tee Shirts are available for sale.
The $20 short sleeve shirts are 100% heavy weight cotton. They are available in the Boston Fire Museum on any Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
EMail orders should be sent to: [email protected]. $20 per shirt plus $5.00 for shipping if ordered by email.
Recent visitors to the museum included Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown, Chaplain of the Leominster MA Fire Department. Chaplain Brown is also a Deputy Chief in the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains.
The role of Fire Chaplains as both spiritual leaders and counselors gives the Massachusetts firefighting community a critical safety net when crises and tragedies occur. Chaplains’ expertise in critical stress management ensures that our state’s bravest men and women are provided with professional resources when dealing with trauma and loss.
Chaplain Brown enjoyed her visit to the museum. We know you will also. The museum will be open on Saturday, February 22, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
We look forward to your visit.
Saturday, February 15, will be a sunny but cold day. Dress warmly as you visit Boston. Come to the fire museum where it will be warm and friendly.
The museum will open at 9:30 AM and close at 4 PM.
The museum is free admission, donations are always appreciated. We look forward to your visit.
The wait is over! St. Patrick’s Day Tee Shirts and Hooded Sweat Shirts are now available in the museum store. Colors are gray, navy or black.
The popular hooded sweat shirts is a special order so don’t wait, come to the museum and place your order.
The museum will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
What happened to January? It seems that we just took down the holiday decorations a couple of days ago. And now it is Saturday, February 1st.
The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Visit and help us celebrate the arrival of February.
The picture shows the Bowdoin Square fire house that opened in 1930 and closed in 1963. Today, the location is at the corner of Bowdoin and Cambridge Streets in the Government Center area. Looking down Cambridge St. you can see Cambridge in the distance.
Visit the museum and tells us your memories of "The Big House."
Every item on display in the museum tells a story of how the members of the Boston Fire Department did their job. And so it is with the Riot Shield assigned to Boston Firefighter Joseph Hoar.
In the late 60’s into the mid 70’s, firefighters, riding on the “back step” of fire engines, or on the sides of a ladder truck were exposed to rocks, bricks, lumber, bullets and other dangerous items thrown at them as they responded to or operated at fires and emergencies. Especially vulnerable was the firefighter who was tillering an aerial ladder truck. Periods of “civil unrest” existed in Boston and the BFD firefighters became a target as they were working to help the residents of the city. One BFD Fire Lieutenant was shot in his hand.
The Riot Shields were designed to provide basic protection to the firefighters.
Many thanks to Boston Fire Department District Chief James Hoar for donating the Riot Shield that was used by his father, Joseph Hoar. Firefighter Joe Hoar served the citizens of Boston from July, 1948 to January, 1982.
The museum will be open on Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. We look forward to your visit. There is no fee required to visit the museum.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
SNOW STORM COMING
9:30 AM to 3 PM
The locally, world famous, Boston Fire Museum, will be open on Saturday, January 11, from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
The weather bureau has promised a warm day to enjoy Boston. We know you will have a great experience when you visit the museum.
We look forward to your visit. And remember, there is never an admission fee although donations are appreciated.
WELCOME 2020 - WELCOME ONE & ALL
The museum will be open Saturday, January 4th from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
We look forward to your visit.
Our Question & Answer board has been updated.
IN 2019 WHICH FIRE COMPANIES WERE THE BUSIEST IN BOSTON?
LADDER 4 RESPONDED 4,387 TIMES FROM THEIR FIREHOUSE ON DUDLEY ST., ROXBURY
ENGINE 21 RESPONDED 4,221 TIMES FROM THEIR FIREHOUSE ON COLUMBIA RD., DORCHESTER
Museum staff members Will Warnock, Cathy Warnock, Chris Kelley and Sparky are participating in the “TOUCH A BOAT - TOUCH A TRUCK” organized by Boston Harbor Now in the area of the Envoy Hotel and the Moakley Federal Courthouse in the Seaport.
The family event is attracting a large attendance of families out celebrating on New Years Eve. If you are in the area, join in the fun.
Chris is the owner of the “retired” fire engine which served in Maryland for many years.
The final museum day of 2019 was another day with hundreds of visitors, a wonderful birthday party and happy but exhausted museum staff.
Happy New Year to everyone. We look forward to 2020 and many great days in the best museum in Boston.
Join us on Saturday, December 28, as we end another successful year in the museum. Open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Free admissions and all are invited.
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
The fire siren echoed, blaring it's sound
The firefighters came running from far and from near
And raced to the trucks quickly, donning their gear.
And I in my bunkers, my boots, and my hat
Jumped into the engine to see where the fire's at
Down at the corner of Fifth and of Oak
The dispatcher informed us " a house filled with smoke"
Smoke poured from all sides, from up, and from down
Yet up there on the roof there was none to be found
So up on the roof we raised us a ladder
And climbed to the top to see what was the matter
I came to the chimney and what did I see
But a fellow in red stuck up past his knees
Well we tugged and we pulled until he came out
Then he winked with his eye and said with a shout
These new fangled 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
As we rolled up our hoses he flew out of sight
God Bless our Firefighters and to all a Good Night
We had many adult visitors in the museum today but the children "stole the show” …….. again.
Photos from Boston Fire Museum's post
You never know who you will meet at a fire museum birthday party. For more information go to the following site. http://www.bostonfiremuseum.com/birthday/home/
On a Saturday of rain and wind, these children and adults had a great party in the fire museum.
Visit the museum and you can meet our 1926, Engine 38, which is similar to the apparatus on parade in this Leslie Jones photo.
The museum will be open on a rainy Saturday from 9:30 to 4. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.
Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library.
This evening, December 11th, members of the A-10 Rehab Team and the Fire Museum, welcomed visitors who were participating the Fort Point Neighborhood Holiday Stroll. Our coffee and hot chocolate were appreciated by everyone on this chilly evening.
Participating in the stroll was DON WALKER. We remember Don from the days when he was a member of the Boston Ambulance Squad (A-18 and A-19), and the Red Cross.
We had a great time reminiscing with Don about the great service the members of the Boston Ambulance Squad provided to the firefighters of Boston.
Welcoming Don were A-10 member Neil Miller and Fire Museum guide Mike Gerry.
A couple of pictures from another busy Saturday in the museum.
Saturday, December 7, will be a busy day for the museum staff. We are expecting many visitors in addition to two exciting birthday parties.
Visit the museum and hear the tragic story of the firemen of Engine 39. This picture was taken in front of the museum. A couple of weeks later, five members of E 39 and a District Chief were killed at a fire on February 5, 1898.
The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Please visit, we know you will have a great time.
20th Anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire
December 3rd, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Worcester Cold Storage Fire when 6 Worcester Firefighters were killed in the line of duty.
To preserve the memory of Lt. Thomas Spencer, Lt. Timothy Jackson Sr., Lt. James Lyons III, and firefighters Jeremiah Lucey, Paul Brotherton and Joseph McGuirk, the Worcester Fire Department will be holding a 20th anniversary memorial ceremony at the Franklin Street Fire Station, 266 Franklin St, on December 3rd, 2019 at 1800hrs.
In addition, there will be a “Pop-Up” “Worcester 6 Tribute Exhibit” inside the main hall of Union Station. The exhibit tells the timeline and story of that tragic day and the weeks to follow. It’s a great way to reflect or learn more about the Cold Storage Fire.
May the Worcester 6 Rest In Peace!
Last Saturday, museum guide Ed Williamson, welcomed Peter Pitocco, Chief of Special Operations, Haz Mat and Technical Rescue, Department of Emergency Services for Westchester County, New York.
Peter is based in Valhalla, NY. We hope you enjoyed your visit Peter. Stay Safe!
Another busy day in the museum. Thankfully we had a full staff of 10 guides and Sparky our popular fire house dog on duty.
THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY, NOV. 30
9:30 AM TO 4 PM
78 years ago this evening, November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in the history of the United States. 492 were killed in a fire that shocked the nation.
The following is information on the tragedy prepared by Boston Fire Department District Chief John Vahey. The report was prepared in 1982. Chief Vahey prepared the report for a talk he was giving on the tragedy.
We remember our fellow member Frank Baker, a Boston Fireman, husband, father and grandfather. Frank helped to establish the Boston Fire Museum. Rest In Peace Frank!
Many thanks to our fellow member Bill Noonan for posting this information.
Nov 26, 1993 Firefighter Francis J. Baker, 62 Engine 16 He died of injuries he received on Oct 12, 1993, while operating at Still/Box 3429. He had 36 years of service, RIP old friend.
November 23rd was another busy day in the museum. Two excellent birthday parties and many visitors.
In less than a week, the thoughts of many Bostonians will be of the Cocoanut Grove Fire. The 2nd worst fire tragedy in the history of our country happened on November 28, 1942. 492 men and women were killed at the Cocoanut Grove, a respectable nightclub in Boston.
The museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 23rd. When you visit we will review the history of what happened on that Saturday night, 78 years ago.
We look forward to your visit and remember there is no admission fee but donations are welcome.
The fire museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 16.
We ask everyone to remember Lieutenant Jason Menard of the Worcester Fire Department. Lieutenant Menard, married and the father of three children, was killed at a 4 alarm fire early Wednesday morning.
Rest In Peace Lieutenant!
Please offer your Prayers & Support for the Worcester Firefighters and their families. Another fire tragedy in the WFD. And yet, they continue to serve the citizens of Worcester. Bless Lt. Jason Menard! Bless them all!
Today was another wonderful day in the museum. From 9 AM to 4 PM we were busy with hundreds of visitors and two fantastic birthday parties.
Special thanks to museum guides Dick Felone, Nat Whittemore, Jim Daly, Chris Kelly, Dan O'Neill, Cathy Warnock, Ed Williamson, Will Warnock and Sparky our faithful mascot. Your enthusiasm makes the museum a welcoming place to visit on a cold November day.
Saturday, November 9, the museum will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Come in from the cold and wind. The warmth of our staff and the museum will make your day in Boston enjoyable. Free admission!
Patches, we have the one you are looking for.
Tonight - Get ready - Be sure you have new batteries!
The finest historical museum in Boston will be open on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. .......... Free admission!
Pictures of a "typical" Saturday in the Boston Fire Museum. Definitely, one of the happiest places in Boston. Saturday - October 19th
344 Congress St
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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