International Fire Museum

International Fire Museum Davenport Fire Station, Hose Company No. 4, opened in 1931 and operated until 1964 at 2301 E 11th St. These pioneers paved the way to today.
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The International Fire Museum was founded in 1986 in Davenport, IA. It was founded by a group of firefighters who saw pontential in the old Hose Co. 4 station located in the East Village. These firefighters formed the Davenport Fire Antique & Restoration Society to help promote membership into a great cause. The museum over the years has seen its better days, but with your help, we are going to re

store it to its glory days of the 30's, 40's, 50's, and even a little bit of the 60's! With hard work, and a little bit of help from the community, the Society's vision will become a reality. We are really striving to to preserve the history of the fire service for the generations to come to enjoy. Thank you for visiting the page!

10/01/2023

** Updated parade route due to construction on Locust St.**


Modern Woodman Park to fourth Street

fourth to Waverley

Waverly to Lincoln

Lincoln to Central Park

Central Park to Harrison

Harrison to Locust

Locust to eastern

eastern to Elm

Elm to Jersey Ridge

Jersey Ridge to 12th

12th to mound

mound to 11th

09/27/2023

🚒 Kick off Fire Prevention Week at your local fire station! 🚒 DFD doors will be open for residents to visit their neighborhood station to meet the men and women who serve our community!

Station 3 | 3506 Harrison Street
Station 4 | 1805 East Locust Street
Station 5 | 2808 Telegraph Road
Station 6 | 1735 West Pleasant Street
Station 7 | 2302 West 67th Street
Station 8 | 2802 East 53rd Street
Central Station | 331 Scott Street

09/27/2023
12/29/2022

View Lawrence "Larry" Hartman's obituary, send flowers and find service dates or sign the guestbook.

Welcome recruits!
12/28/2022

Welcome recruits!

Hope to see you all there!
09/25/2022

Hope to see you all there!

10/03/2021

Today is the day!!! The procession leaves Modern Woodman ballpark at 11:30am with the Muster following down in the village at noon. Hope to see everyone there, going to be a gorgeous day!!!

Can’t wait to see everyone!
09/16/2021

Can’t wait to see everyone!

Hearts are up at the museum! A special thanks to Natalie Thede for putting them up!
04/07/2020

Hearts are up at the museum! A special thanks to Natalie Thede for putting them up!

Stop by the Station from 6-9 PM tonight and visit with Santa.  🎅🚃⛄
12/07/2019

Stop by the Station from 6-9 PM tonight and visit with Santa. 🎅🚃⛄

11/27/2019

advise you to cook with caution and pay attention in the kitchen this Thanksgiving!

11/02/2019
10/17/2019

We have seen several AWESOME pumpkin carvings around town. We want to remind our community of a scary situation that could come from using an open flame. 🎃

Taking simple fire safety precautions like using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.

07/30/2019
05/04/2019
01/07/2019

On the morning of January 7, 1950, a fire broke out in the Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. The fire was first noticed by a night nurse making rounds when she found the St. Elizabeth mental ward in flames. The three-story brick building with wood framing had thickly varnished floors. This, combined with winter wind, fed the flames that were started by a patient who had ignited curtains with a cigarette lighter.

Residents were trapped behind barred windows. Exits were inaccessible. Structural flaws and the residents’ own physical and mental limitations made escape nearly impossible. There was no sprinkler system or fire alarms. There was only one exterior fire escape which was blocked by locked doors. There was no evacuation plan in place. In all 40 patients and one nurse died.

The successor of Mercy Hospital developed 41 safety essentials, one for every victim. These include RACE for fire safety (Rescue, Alarm, Contain, Extinguish/Evacuate), PASS for fire extinguisher safety (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep), and knowing the ALICE plan (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). 📷 credit Phil Hutchinson

01/05/2019

To the members and families of the Clinton Fire Department we stand with you during this difficult time.

Rest easy brother, we’ll take it from here

Stop by and see Santa in the station till 8. 🎅
12/02/2018

Stop by and see Santa in the station till 8. 🎅

A big thank you to the Kakert family for the donation. The work you do through the foundation is amazing, thank you very...
12/01/2018

A big thank you to the Kakert family for the donation. The work you do through the foundation is amazing, thank you very much! It is with your continued support that we will keep working towards restoring the museum to its glory days!

A special donation will help keep the doors of Davenport's International Fire Museum open.

It’s that time again, Folks! Make sure to check your smoke detectors, change the batteries, and set your clocks back one...
11/03/2018

It’s that time again, Folks! Make sure to check your smoke detectors, change the batteries, and set your clocks back one hour this weekend!

Daylight savings time ends tonight. When you change your clocks, remember to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors! Properly functioning detectors saves lives!!

10/07/2018

Due to the weather, the Fire Muster has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience and hope to see everyone next year!

Just a reminder, we have our Fire Muster this weekend down in the Village of East Davenport this Sunday, October 7th! Ho...
10/05/2018

Just a reminder, we have our Fire Muster this weekend down in the Village of East Davenport this Sunday, October 7th! Hope to see you there!

A huge thank you goes out to the Kakert family for their donation and continued support of the museum. It is amazing how...
08/27/2018

A huge thank you goes out to the Kakert family for their donation and continued support of the museum. It is amazing how they keep the legacy of Lt. Kakert alive and show the same passion that he shared for fire department history and fire prevention! Thank you very much, Melissa, Caitlin, and Laura!

A great little chunk of history for the DFD! Thank you, Davenport Iowa History for all you do to help preserve where we ...
11/23/2017

A great little chunk of history for the DFD! Thank you, Davenport Iowa History for all you do to help preserve where we came from!

Davenport Hook and Ladder No. 1 Aerial Truck

Pictured is the Davenport Fire Department Hook and Ladder No. 1 aerial truck parked in front of the Scott County Courthouse in 1913. The photo was taken by photographer Julius C. Seemann, 707 W. Locust St. The tractor attached to the aerial truck arrived on January 18, 1913, and cost the department $4,725. It was made by the Seagrave company of Columbus, Ohio. At that time, the Central Fire Station, located on the southeast corner of Fourth and Scott streets, served as the fire department's headquarters and the location of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 and Hose Co. No. 2. This aerial apparatus was drawn by a six-cylinder, 80 horse power truck capable of pulling heavy loads. It could develop tremendous speeds, traveling at a rate of 35 to 40 miles per hour. The wheels had a 10-inch rim with two-cushion tires, which measured three inches in width. The axles, springs, spokes and fenders were of the heaviest steel construction. It was equipped with electric and Prestolytex lamps and had a powerful search light. The tractor was painted red with gold trimmings. At that time, Davenport's fire department had automobile equipment that was second to none in the state, or even the entire Middle West.

The new tractor received on January 18th, didn't last very long before its crank shaft broke, disabling the big machine, and the Seagrave company was notified at once. Rather than send only a new crank shaft, the company supplied the city with a brand new engine. An expert from the shop arrived with the engine to superintend its installation on March 14, 1913.

In 1913, the Davenport fire department employed 45 men composing 9 companies at 7 stations. They owned 12 horses, 4 autos, 1 aerial truck, 2 hook and ladder trucks, 1 city service truck, 8 hose and chemical wagons. The sum total value of its buildings and apparatus was $150,125.

Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 was comprised of the following men: Gustav G. (Gus) Alex, assistant chief and captain; Harry Brewbaker, lineman; Paul Germandt, assistant lineman; Walter St. Onge, driver; Charles Westphal, tillerman; John Olsen, Julius F. Hasson, Walter Tichenor, Charles F. Kessler and Florence G. Scannell, laddermen. Most of these men are more than likely pictured here.

On Dec. 29, 1910, “Pack,” the handsome fire horse on the big hook and ladder of the Central fire department, died from injuries it received when the three horses became frightened and ran away. The firemen had just returned from a false alarm run to the Davenport Locomotive Works. They unhitched the big truck from the team at which time a new horse in the center became frightened when the tongue of the truck was let down. The three horses, enmeshed in the harness, took off on a mad dash down Scott Street for a short distance, bumped into a brick house, veered towards the street and “Pack” was hurled against an electric light post and broke his back. He had been purchased in June 1909 for $250.

On the morning of December 29, 1915, fire caused $175,000 worth of damage to the Morton L. Marks Co. wholesale grocery warehouse at Second and Iowa streets. The entire stock, valued at about $150,000 was practically destroyed by fire and water. The source of the blaze was thought to have been crossed wires on an elevator. For the first time in several years, the big ladder on the aerial fire truck was used. Upon arriving at the fire, Chief Denger immediately ordered the large ladder raised to the window on the north side of the building from which the heaviest clouds of smoke were pouring. A line of hose was kept on this window until the fire near the window was checked. The firemen after a fight, which lasted over an hour, finally were able to get into the building through this window. In the afternoon, when members of the fire department attempted to move the aerial truck from in front of the building, they found it to be frozen to the ground. After laboring for about 30 minutes, the firemen finally were able to move the truck by pouring hot water about the wheels and chopping away the ice. Several of the ladders of the truck were damaged during the fire. The building was built about 1890 by the Stearns Paint Co. The Morton L. Marks company purchased the structure about 1901 when the former company removed to St. Joseph, Missouri. Because of the building's peculiar shape, it was often called the "Flat Iron Building of Davenport." The spot on which the building stood was known as "Flat Iron Square."

05/11/2017

Mercy Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Building - 1902

Despite what the description states below the photo, this was actually a building for insane women, not an insane building.

Originally, at Mercy Hospital, general patients, the mentally ill, and the Sisters, were all housed in the same building. After two years of this arrangement, however, it was decided to separate the mentally ill and re****ed.

In 1872 a hospital for the Insane was built. This was a four-story structure, built about 100 yards from the original hospital, expressly for the care of the mentally ill, both men and women. It can be seen in this photo as the front section of the building, with its windows trimmed in decorative white brick corbels. Later they would name it St. Elizabeth's Hospital after Mother Borromeo's baptismal name.

Bridget O'Brien, AKA Sister Mary Aloysia, died of tuberculosis at age 21, on Dec. 18, 1872. Hers was the first death in the community of Sisters and she was buried in the Sisters cemetery on the grounds, pictured on the far right in this photo.

In 1876, the Sisters of Mercy added a small three-story frame structure close to, but not attached to, the rear of St. Elizabeth's, naming it the "Magdalen Hospital for Wayward Girls." The county had been sending them pregnant u***d mothers for hospitality and other needs over the years, who had to be housed in St. Elizabeth's for lack of room in the general hospital. Believing there were enough of these women to support additional space, the new structure was built for them exclusively. Apparently, however, the Sisters had misjudged and underestimated the community's growing needs, and the Magdalen Hospital ended up having a short life. In 1883, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which was primarily for women, could no longer accommodate the large number of insane patients coming from all over Iowa and sometimes from Illinois. The solution was to build a separate building for men (St. John's Hospital) and reserve St. Elizabeth’s for women. Furthermore, in 1886, the Magdalen Hospital was razed and replaced with a brick addition built onto the rear of St. Elizabeth's (shown here), which could now accommodate about 100 female patients.

In 1930, there were approximately sixty Sisters carrying on their works of mercy in the three hospitals - Mercy, St. Elizabeth's and St. John's. All administrative and management positions were held by Sisters, and all domestic duties in the convent were also performed by the Sisters. Slowly but surely, the number of Sisters assigned to Davenport began to decline. Thirty-five sisters still controlled all key positions in 1948.

In August of 1949, a remodeled 30-bed unit was dedicated on the first floor of the 1872 St. Elizabeth’s building. In this beautifully redesigned unit, qualified professionals under the direction of psychiatrists would care for acute neurological and psychiatric patients, both men and women, using new treatments such as insulin, electric shock and empirical drugs.

At that time, most of the women on the upper floors of St. Elizabeth's had lived there for many years and would finish out their days there receiving “life care.” Some of the elderly women had not had a visitor for years. The census for the building as of January 6, 1950, was 63 patients, ranging in age from 20 to 90. The latest admission to the new unit arrived at 8 P.M. on the evening of Friday, January 6th. Later that night, at 2 A.M., Mr. Francis, a night orderly in the general hospital, was suddenly alerted to a bright sky full of flames shooting high above St. Elizabeth’s building and blowing in the high wind across the Mercy complex. He turned in the fire alarm at 2:01 A.M. At 2:06, the fire trucks began to arrive. In two-and-a-half hours the fire was brought under control by 107 firemen. The building was a complete loss and the final death toll included forty residents of St. Elizabeth’s and the night supervisor, Mrs. Neal. In terms of lives lost, the tragic life-taking fire remains as the worst in the history of Iowa.

01/08/2017

On Jan. 7, 1950, one of the city's biggest tragedies took place. It was on this date that the St. Elizabeth fire occurred. This fire created many challenges for the DFD due to the quick spread of the fire, no fire suppression system in the building, and all of the windows having bars on them. There was a great loss of life on this day, but out of it, the standards for life safety in hospitals was changed worldwide!

http://m.qctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/bill-wundram/firefighter-witnessed-horrific-blaze-at-davenport-hospital/article_c5848058-ff4b-594b-a6d8-4fc1ce85bb70.html?mode=comments&mobile_touch=true

10/03/2016

Thank you to all who attended our third annual Fire Muster yesterday, it was a great time! We are already looking forward to next year!

Hello Everyone! If you haven't heard, this upcoming Friday, Local 17 is having a trivia night in the Keppy building at t...
02/22/2015

Hello Everyone! If you haven't heard, this upcoming Friday, Local 17 is having a trivia night in the Keppy building at the fairgrounds! Here is the flyer and hope to see you there!

12/05/2014

Hey, All... Just a reminder that tomorrow and Saturday is the Christmas walk in the Village from 6p-9p. As always, we will be featuring Santa in the museum both nights. So, come on down and let him know if you've been naughty or nice! We hope to see you all down there, and as always, be safe!

11/02/2014

Don't forget, Everyone...with Daylight Savings happening overnight, now is the time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors! Please share this, you may make a difference in someone's life!

10/05/2014

Happy Sunday, Everyone! Don't forget that today is the big day, we are having the Antique Lights and Sirens Fire Muster down in the Village of East Davenport from 12pm-4pm. We will have quite a few antique fire apparatus, our fire department smoke house, and the museum will be open! Come down and kick off Fire Prevention Week the right way!

09/29/2014

Hey, Folks, sorry for the last minute notice, but this Sunday, Oct. 5th, from 12p-4p, we will be hosting the Antique Lights and Sirens Fire Muster in the Village to kick of fire prevention week. We have numerous vintage fire apparatus lined up as well as the fire safety house and the museum will be open! Come on down!

05/01/2014

No plans for Saturday? Swing on down to the Village! Village in Bloom is Saturday and we are cooking burgers and dogs for purchase from 10a-4p. All proceeds go to the museum! Hope to see you there!

Showing off a little bit of the past alongside the present at the Easter Scramble!
04/19/2014

Showing off a little bit of the past alongside the present at the Easter Scramble!

A special thanks to everyone who came out to the Christmas walk this weekend! Cinder was extremely excited to see Santa ...
12/08/2013

A special thanks to everyone who came out to the Christmas walk this weekend! Cinder was extremely excited to see Santa in the firehouse!

12/07/2013

We will have Santa back at the museum tonight from 6-9P, and fireworks at 9. Come in down!

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One. Night. Only.
Here in the Village of East Davenport this Saturday from 5-8:30 pm, Christmas in the Village!

An event celebrated for more than 40 years, featuring lots of free family fun and festivities throughout the Village of East Davenport!

Santa will be at the International Fire Museum .
The Grinch, An Elf, Frosty the Snowman, and a Reindeer, will be in the Village, too!
• "Winter Sparkle" Fireworks at 8:30 p.m
Scrooge - Sporadically on the Balcony Above BREW in the Village.
Village Theatre will have an Open House & Live Music.
Trolley Rides - Boarding behind Camp McClellan Cellars (on Jersey Ridge Road)
Freddy's Fritters- A PAWsome Christmas Window Featuring Santa Paws and Elves
Camp McClellan Cellars - Free Mulled Hot Cranberry Apple Wine & Free Wine Tasting. David Casas Magic will be in the store from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Bayside Bistro - Kids to-go crafts.
Lagomarcino's Confectionery - Whoville characters and hot chocolate for sale outside.
SAINTS Boutique - Free Christmas coloring book for kids.
Royal T's Beauty Parlor - Mini Merry Disco Dance Party.
And more to come....!!!
Brought to you by Smart Automotive, SENB Bank, The Village of East Davenport Business Association, and all of the small businesses in the Village of East Davenport!!!

We can't wait to see you and help you get into the holiday spirit!
If you’re waiting until last minute to make your weekend plans, consider stopping down to the East Village and visiting International Fire Museum for the Annual Fire Muster.
what are your hours of being open?