The Museum of Fire History

The Museum of Fire History The Museum of Fire History: Discover a fascinating array of fire-fighting and fire house signaling equipment and memorabilia. Discover a fascinating array of fire-fighting and fire house signaling equipment and memorabilia.

Wonderfully displayed with alarms to pull, sirens to set off and bells to ring. The Fire Museum is available for school groups and adult tours.

The Museum of Fire History is made possible by the generous donation by Carlyle "Hap" Barnes in 2002 and is supported by the Barnes Foundation.

Operating as usual

Congratulations to Lieutenant Sean Lennon on his retirement. His 26 years of service to the City of Bristol has made an ...
11/13/2021

Congratulations to Lieutenant Sean Lennon on his retirement. His 26 years of service to the City of Bristol has made an impression on all who have served with him. The Museum of Fire History wishes him and his family the best, we will miss him!

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post
09/20/2021

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post

Photos from Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773's post

Photos from Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773's post
09/06/2021

Photos from Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773's post

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post
08/29/2021

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post
08/02/2021

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post

07/19/2021

That's a wrap!
Deputy Chief David Butkus and Captains Todd Correll, Jeff Neumann and Jim Plaster spent last week interviewing almost 100 entry level candidates.

Their oral scores will be averaged with their written scores, and points for Bristol residency and military service added, which will result in a certified hiring list that will be good for the next two years.

With over 15 retirements anticipated before June 30, 2022, members of the Fire Commission will be doing interviews over the next few weeks with the hope of selecting the first round of new hires to go to the Fire Academy in August, if they are not already certified.

Photos from Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773's post
05/21/2021

Photos from Bristol Firefighters IAFF Local 773's post

Thank you to our Bristol All Heart essential workers. Including Jay Kelly and all the Bristol Firefighters!
04/20/2021

Thank you to our Bristol All Heart essential workers. Including Jay Kelly and all the Bristol Firefighters!

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post
01/31/2021

Photos from Bristol Fire Department's post

Love the new red bay doors on Headquarters downtown!
01/15/2021

Love the new red bay doors on Headquarters downtown!

The next time you are driving downtown, make sure you check out the new fire engine red doors at Headquarters!

Congratulations on your retirement Chief! We enjoyed working with you during your tenure. If you find you have too much ...
01/02/2021

Congratulations on your retirement Chief! We enjoyed working with you during your tenure. If you find you have too much time on your hands...we know a place that could use a volunteer like you! 😉

Also, on New Year's Eve, Fire Chief Mark Flynn retired after a 24 year career at the Bristol Fire Department, culminating with the last 9 months as Chief. Best wishes and congratulations were offered to him at the special City Council meeting that was held last week to accept his retirement request. The Fire Commission will meet next week in special session to start the search process. The Chief is the only non-bargaining (not in a union) position within the Department, with language mandating the hiring process in Chapter 42 of the Charter: a split between a written and oral test, both of which account for 50% each of the final score.

Congratulations!!
12/20/2020

Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Anthony Bentivengo and Jordan Terrier who officially graduated from the CFA Recruit Class 66 today. They will be joining their assigned platoons next week. Pictured with Anthony and Jordan is BFD DC Martin, who is also one of the CFA Recruit Class coordinators. #BristolFireDepartment #BristolAllHeart #bristolct

The Museum of Fire History
12/05/2020

The Museum of Fire History

We love the trade mark and logo of this Foamite Fire Extinguisher. Check out the evolutionist firefighting equipment her...
11/07/2020

We love the trade mark and logo of this Foamite Fire Extinguisher. Check out the evolutionist firefighting equipment here at the Museum of Fire History.

The New England Carousel Museum
11/02/2020

The New England Carousel Museum

A.C.E. Awards Virtual Retrospective begins today! Each day will will honor a past A.C.E. Awards winner. Please share your stories, memories, photos, and/or videos of our award winners! We look forward to hearing how you celebrate Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Bristol! Today we celebrate "Hap" Barnes and his legacy of supporting Bristol Arts and Culture.

Mayor's Office Bristol CT
09/11/2020

Mayor's Office Bristol CT

Commemoration of 9/11 at Fire Headquarters earlier today.

Fire Technician Jay Kelly and Chief Mark Flynn stopped by the Carousel Museum to drop off a nozzle and an infrared camer...
08/27/2020

Fire Technician Jay Kelly and Chief Mark Flynn stopped by the Carousel Museum to drop off a nozzle and an infrared camera for the Museum of Fire History this week. The Fire Dept. donates surplus inventory so it can be displayed as part of the museum. Morgan Urgo, director, and Councilman Peter Kelley, who serves on the Carousel board of directors, accept the donations.

08/21/2020
Mayor's Office Bristol CT

Mayor's Office Bristol CT

Live at City Hall for a very special Fire Board meeting! A well deserved Retirement, a Lt. Promotion, New Hires, and more!

Bristol Fire Department
08/06/2020

Bristol Fire Department

Please join us in welcoming the Bristol CT Fire Department’s newest firefighter, Joe Nazzaro. Here he is being officially sworn in by City Clerk Therese Pac in front of a small gathering of friends and family, fire department members, and Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

We look forward to welcoming Joe into the Bristol Fire Department and wish him a long and safe career. #bristolct #bristolctfiredepartment photo courtesy of Lt Lennon

07/15/2020

Between calls today, Bristol’s ladder truck made a special stop to bring the last of Hap Barnes wooden fire ladders to the Museum today. We are so proud to share this incredible collection with the public! Visit us Mon-Sat 10:00 - 5:00 and Sun noon - 5:00

Bristol Fire Department
07/08/2020

Bristol Fire Department

Yesterday the Bristol CT Fire Department received a donation of a 20’x30’ American Flag to be displayed from one of our Towers at city events. We unfurled it this morning to check it out and then folded it into the traditional triangle.
Thank you again to the very generous citizen who wishes to remain anonymous.

Great advice from the Bristol Fire Department!
04/30/2020

Great advice from the Bristol Fire Department!

With the increased amount of time that we’re spending inside our homes, it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh ourselves on aspects of fire safety. “Exit Drills In The Home” (or E.D.I.T.H) can help your family prepare for an emergency. Many fires occur at night, when people are the least prepared. Get together as a family, and make your own fire escape plan. To design your own plan, sketch the floor plan of your home on a piece of paper. Your plan should include all doors, windows, and other areas from which you could escape, for each room within your home. Draw arrows to indicate the normal exits which indicate your primary escape route, and (using an alternate color) draw arrows to show secondary exits from each room. Make sure to establish a meeting place outside, so that everyone is on the same page. Once you’ve designed your plan, test it to make sure that it works. Be sure to practice regularly, and to use the alternate escape routes as well. Stay safe!
#BristolCT #FireSafety #EDITHDrills #SocialDistancing

04/19/2020
Bristol Fire Department

The Bristol Fire Department is just simply the best!

Tonight the Bristol Fire Department and the Bristol Police Department did another Birthday Drive By Celebration on Glendale Drive for Jack who is turning three. Fire 2, Engine 2, and Tower 1 participated in the celebration. DC Martin, Lt Mason, FF Wentland, FF Decarlo, Lt Scully, FF Judd, FF Kemish, and FF Belonick all participated.#BristolCT #BristolFireDepartment #BristolPD

Happy Valentines Day!
02/15/2020

Happy Valentines Day!

Firemen
12/07/2019

Firemen

09/28/2019
The New England Carousel Museum

The New England Carousel Museum

Did you know that highly trained horses were paramount in the firefighting industry from about 1870-1920? The much-loved equines that pulled the ladders, steamers and hoses had to be swift, strong, obedient and fearless, and know EXACTLY what to do in the event of an alarm (click on the video for more information). October is fire awareness and prevention month, so our next Museum: After Hours on Thursday, October 10th from 6-7:30 PM will feature a tour of the The Museum of Fire History. Discover the array of firefighting memorabilia and history on display, including several artifacts related to equines. All ages are welcome, and this tour is included with general admission and free for Museum members!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2005630806408379/?event_time_id=2005630833075043

The Museum of Fire History's cover photo
02/06/2019

The Museum of Fire History's cover photo

Do you have a little Firefighter in your family? Host your birthday celebration with us at the Museum of Fire History in...
02/06/2019

Do you have a little Firefighter in your family? Host your birthday celebration with us at the Museum of Fire History in Bristol, Connecticut! We are now booking dates in April, May, and June. Firefighter crafts, access to the Museum of Fire History, rides on our indoor carousel and tons of FUN! Visit our website or call us at 860-585-5411! https://www.thecarouselmuseum.org/birthday-parties

Countless wooden carousels have been lost to fire over the years, but advances in fire prevention and firefighting techn...
02/02/2019

Countless wooden carousels have been lost to fire over the years, but advances in fire prevention and firefighting technology have helped ensure the survival of the few that remain. Our Museum of Fire History shows the evolution of that technology from the late 1700's to the mid 1900's; a worthy edition to the New England Carousel Museum: https://www.thecarouselmuseum.org/museum-of-fire-history

Countless wooden carousels have been lost to fire over the years, but advances in fire prevention and firefighting technology have helped to ensure the survival of the few that remain. Our The Museum of Fire History shows the evolution of that technology from the late 1700's to the mid 1900's; a worthy edition to the New England Carousel Museum: https://www.thecarouselmuseum.org/museum-of-fire-history

The Museum of Fire History
12/14/2018

The Museum of Fire History

The Museum of Fire History's cover photo
12/14/2018

The Museum of Fire History's cover photo

Visit with a firefighter at the museum on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am until noon! Join retired fire lieutenant Mark A...
12/14/2018

Visit with a firefighter at the museum on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am until noon! Join retired fire lieutenant Mark A Redman most Wednesday mornings for a closer look at the Museum of Fire History and it's collection! https://www.thecarouselmuseum.org/museum-of-fire-history

Bristol All Heart
10/23/2018

Bristol All Heart

Ever wonder what a firefighter does when not at a fire? They TRAIN. Thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs Bristol Plaza, the Bristol Fire Department has acquired a couple of Jaws of Life metal cutters, spreaders and rammers. Each weighs about 52 pounds and costs anywhere from $ 9,000 to $13,000 a piece. Here the crew from Firehouse #4 train with the new equipment acquired last week. Thanks Firehouse Subs for living the promise. #BristolAllHeart #BristolCT #firehousesubs

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95 Riverside Ave
Bristol, CT
06010

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(860) 585-5411

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In addition to Fire Safety Tours and Programs the Museum of Fire History offers your little one a Firefighter themed birthday party in the Museum of Fire History, complete with Firefighter crafts and goodie bags!

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Kids on Spring Break?The Carousel Museum and The Museum of Fire History are open from 10 - 5 PM this week! Bristol, Connecticut and Burlington, Connecticut residents are FREE thanks to the Farmington Bank Foundation and Burlington Community Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation. The Art Studio is open with drop in art activities, the carousel is running, tours are at noon and 2 pm...see you soon! www.thecarouselmuseum.org
A special delivery today for Museum and The Museum of Fire History our AC units have arrived and going on the roof!!
Did you know that highly trained horses were paramount in the firefighting industry from about 1870-1920? The much-loved equines that pulled the ladders, steamers and hoses had to be swift, strong, obedient and fearless, and know EXACTLY what to do in the event of an alarm (click on the video for more information). October is fire awareness and prevention month, so our next Museum: After Hours on Thursday, October 10th from 6-7:30 PM will feature a tour of the The Museum of Fire History. Discover the array of firefighting memorabilia and history on display, including several artifacts related to equines. All ages are welcome, and this tour is included with general admission and free for Museum members! https://www.facebook.com/events/2005630806408379/?event_time_id=2005630833075043
Did you know that a carousel carved by Stein & Goldstein of Coney Island used to operate at Walnut Beach Park in Milford, Connecticut? It was probably VERY similar to The Bushnell Park Carousel. Unfortunately, in the 1940's, it was consumed by flames. There was a small silver lining to this tragedy, however, as some of the charred horses were rescued by local children and turned into swings. When you visit us, don't forget about The Museum of Fire History; it's thanks in large part to advances in firefighting and fire prevention technology that we have as many wooden carousels around today as we do: https://www.thecarouselmuseum.org/museum-of-fire-history (Photo: "Sand in our Shoes")
Are you a Central Connecticut Photographer? Did you know that the Carousel Museum hosts photos shoots for all types of milestone events? We are a great location for little ones, engagements, weddings, families, or anniversary pics! Give us a call at 860-585-5411 to reserve a date! Bouquet Photo by @Katie Morgan, Steampunk Photos in the The Museum of Fire History by Mike Chaiken