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.
WATER TOWERS OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT DRILL SCHOOL - UNFORTUNATELY NO INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE - HELP NEEDED WITH A DATE AND NAMES.
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., 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 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 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 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.
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
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.
ENGINE 35, A "DOWNTOWN COMPANY" WAS IN SERVICE FROM 1890 to 1947.
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.
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.
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.
ENGINE 2 HAS BEEN SERVING THE SOUTH BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD FOR 160 YEARS.
AMAZING LADDER WORK BY THE BFD.
‘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.
ENGINE 40 SERVED THE EAST BOSTON COMMUNITY FROM 1891 to 1981.
NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF THE TIRE PLANT FIRE IN SOUTH BOSTON 70 YEARS AGO.
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.
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 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 were killed on the Black Falcon freighter.
76 YEARS AGO ...
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.
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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