Bare Cove Fire Museum

Bare Cove Fire Museum Since 1974, this nonprofit educational institution has been dedicated to the history of firefighting in New England and specifically, Hingham.
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Operating as usual

The cupola has been repaired and painted.  It looks great!!
10/18/2020

The cupola has been repaired and painted. It looks great!!

It was sold, but fell through, anyone else? OBO justinholstrom@yahoo.com for quick replies.
10/16/2020

It was sold, but fell through, anyone else? OBO [email protected] for quick replies.

1947 Buffalo Fire Truck for Sale at The Bare Cove Fire Museum. It is a Quad A-2555. Originally from Dixville, ME. It has been sitting in the same spot since it was driven down from Maine over 20 years ago. At that point it was running and had no obvious repairs. We are looking for $2500 OBO. Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association (MAFAA) Antique fire trucks SPAAMFAA

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10/06/2020
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Hingham Firefighters  Local 2398
10/04/2020

Hingham Firefighters Local 2398

PLEASE SHARE! *[email protected]* FOR ORDERS

It’s October again, which means members of Hingham Firefighters Local 2398 are proudly wearing and selling our Breast Cancer t-shirts! Please see the attached flyer for more information. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the South Shore Health Cancer Center Transitions Fund.

Order information (please see attached flyer).

SHORT SLEEVE ($20) or LONG SLEEVE ($25)

Please send an email to Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Beauchaine at [email protected]
Venmo accepted.

Rockland Firefighters
10/03/2020

Rockland Firefighters

The Rockland Firefighters would like to express our gratitude to the Town of Rockland, the Board of Selectmen, the Town Administrator and the Fire Chief for dedicating the first Saturday in October as Firefighter Appreciation Day. Thank you for your continued support!!

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
10/02/2020

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA headquarters in Massachusetts looks a little different this week as it is lit in red as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters. The building will remain red from dusk to dawn through this Sunday, the beginning of #FirePreventionWeek, to honor those firefighters who have died in the line of duty. NFFF is inviting individuals, communities, organizations, and landmarks to make this symbolic gesture to demonstrate that we remember our nation’s heroes and appreciate their sacrifice. #nffflightthenight2020

As a member of the Backroads of the South Shore we applaud the work that goes into preserving vehicles of all kinds.
09/24/2020

As a member of the Backroads of the South Shore we applaud the work that goes into preserving vehicles of all kinds.

Have you ever sat in a 19th century carriage? Would you like to?The Hanover Historical Society has preserved Hanover's history since 1928, almost 100 years. If you want to be a special part of Hanover's history, stop by this Saturday, September 26th, from 12 noon to 4pm, We'll be bringing out our mid-19th century Doctor's Buggy Carriage, restored in 2019, owned by Dr Gad Hitchcock and later the Phillips family. It will be available for you to climb aboard, two persons max at a time, for photo ops. Donations welcome!. See you Saturday!

Still looking for some additional volunteers, thank you for your consideration.
09/23/2020
Doodle: Barn Sale Clean Out

Still looking for some additional volunteers, thank you for your consideration.

Doodle is the simplest way to schedule meetings with clients, colleagues, or friends. Find the best time for one-to-ones and team meetings with our user-friendly calendar tool. Get started today!

Hey there,Members and friends we are looking for volunteers to help us clean out our Barn Sale space for some alternativ...
09/22/2020
Doodle: Barn Sale Clean Out

Hey there,
Members and friends we are looking for volunteers to help us clean out our Barn Sale space for some alternative use. We will be need the space for alternative use. We will be moving the contents of this space to a large dumpster right outside the building. If you are interested in helping even for an hour please indicate your preference in this link. https://doodle.com/poll/gt5ratvek3qyxew7

Doodle is the simplest way to schedule meetings with clients, colleagues, or friends. Find the best time for one-to-ones and team meetings with our user-friendly calendar tool. Get started today!

Always happy to see a fire engine return home.
09/17/2020

Always happy to see a fire engine return home.

On September 14 the Winchendon Fire Chief Thomas Smith was privileged to travel to Keene, NH along with retired Deputy Chief Ruschioni, retired Captain Marty Brooks and Lt. Bill Davis to bring the 1856 Button Handtub “The Fountain” back to Winchendon. Retired Keene Lt. Charles Harris and his wife Diane Harris gave the historical Fountain to the Winchendon Fire Department to bring the traditional piece back to Toy Town. Looking to future fire station expansion, this historical piece will certainly be a centerpiece. Our gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Harris is overwhelming. A special thanks to Brooks Automotive for assisting with
towing this handtub back to the community.

Board of Director Meeting on Wednesday, Sept 16th. Members and directors email Justin Holstrom if you did not receive an...
09/10/2020

Board of Director Meeting on Wednesday, Sept 16th. Members and directors email Justin Holstrom if you did not receive an email with links for a video conference or phone number call in if you would like to participate. [email protected]

We will be following up with a project we will need some help with on Saturday, October 3rd from 9AM to 1PM. see me for more information. Justin

If you did not see the previous post we are selling a 1947 Buffalo. Come and get it.

Boston Sparks Association
09/09/2020

Boston Sparks Association

The Rally is still on for Saturday. It will begin at the Ristuccia Memorial Arena at 190 Main Street in Wilmington. Lineup will be 9 am and we will proceed to the Shriners at 10 am. We have dash plaques for all participating apparatus and trophies for an abbreviated number of categories. Hope to see you all there.

Doug Boudrow
MAFAA President

09/09/2020

After the magneto was rebuilt it almost came to life again! A few more adjustments and the 1935 will be back in service.

1947 Buffalo Fire Truck for Sale at The Bare Cove Fire Museum. It is a Quad A-2555. Originally from Dixville, ME.  It ha...
09/03/2020

1947 Buffalo Fire Truck for Sale at The Bare Cove Fire Museum. It is a Quad A-2555. Originally from Dixville, ME. It has been sitting in the same spot since it was driven down from Maine over 20 years ago. At that point it was running and had no obvious repairs. We are looking for $2500 OBO. Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association (MAFAA) Antique fire trucks SPAAMFAA

On July 2, 1970 the Hingham Journal reported that on Thursday, June 29th, a ‘Two Alarm Fire Destroys Warehouse At Hingha...
08/13/2020

On July 2, 1970 the Hingham Journal reported that on Thursday, June 29th, a ‘Two Alarm Fire Destroys Warehouse At Hingham Industrial Center’
Building #17, owned by the Neelon Management Company of Waltham, was completely destroyed in a two alarm fire shortly after midnight on Monday. The warehouse, located in the Hingham Industrial Center off Rte. 3A, had been used recently by Building #19 as a storage area for surplus milk cartons.
Fire Chief Albert W. Kimball said that by the time the fire fighters had arrived on the scene the building was a mass of flames and the roof caved in shortly thereafter. A strong northeast wind fanned the flames as both Hingham and Weymouth firefighters labored to prevent the flames from spreading. Sparks, however, damaged the dock of the nearby Hingham Marina, owned by Norman Waddleton of Hull. He estimated damage at $500. Three pleasure craft in the immediate vicinity were also damaged.
In addition to the Hingham and Weymouth fire department units, a Weymouth Police boat and a utility craft from the Point Allerton Coast Guard Station arrived on the scene shortly after midnight and helped battle the fire at the Marina.
According to a spokesman for the Neelon Company, the warehouse had in excess of 20,000 feet of storage space. During World War II days it had been used as an air reduction plant when that area was known as the Hingham Shipyard. For a number of years, it had been abandoned until its present use by Building #19.
Chief Kimball and Lt. Ed Feeney from the State Fire Marshall’s office carried out an investigation of the cause of the fire on Tuesday. No cause has been determined at this writing.

08/06/2020
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

After yesterday's explosion in #Beirut, learn more about what ammonium nitrate is, how it can act as an oxidizer and become dangerous, and which NFPA resources can help mitigate the threat: https://bit.ly/2DCr4D7 #Lebanon #Beirut #LebanonExplosion

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
07/13/2020

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

New NFPA “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities” report is now out, and shows fewer than 50 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2019, the lowest number reported since we began this study in 1977. In addition, there were no multiple-fatality incidents, which also represents a first for the report. Read more about this and other important milestones for this year's report: https://bit.ly/3elDADv

Enjoy this year's 4th of July with scenes from the past!
07/02/2020

Enjoy this year's 4th of July with scenes from the past!

Sparky The Fire Dog
06/27/2020

Sparky The Fire Dog

Learn how to keep mulch decorative and not destructive. Recent fires are raising awareness and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has resources you can use to spread the safety message. https://bit.ly/2Bg4z5T #firewise #fireadapted #defensiblespace

06/26/2020

Trivia Time! Hidden in the museum is an artificial rodent. Where can you find him and what is his name?

At one time Hingham boasted over a dozen dairy farms.  Fire was a serious threat to both the cattle and the barns. Light...
06/25/2020

At one time Hingham boasted over a dozen dairy farms. Fire was a serious threat to both the cattle and the barns. Lightening, sparks from a fireplace or passing train could set off blazes and in some cases like the Couperus Dairy farm at 48 School Street, spontaneous combustion. On a hot summer day, the dry hay could overheat and start to flame like it did this July afternoon in 1939. The Couperus' housekeeper, Jennie DeBoer noticed the smoke and shouted to Mr. Couperus who phoned the fire department and ran to pull a horse and bull out of the end of the barn. The rest of the herd was in the field. The fire destroyed hay, grain, a corn cutter, the silo and the upper story of the barn. Hard work on the part of the firefighters saved most of the dairy equipment despite a water main break during the event. Huge volumes of smoke emerged from the ruins and firefighters were kept busy removing the water-soaked hay long after the fire was brought under control. This photo is from the Bare Cove Fire Museum and the caption is by Geri Duff.

June 29, 1946 was the day the Old Burrage Hospital burned on Bumpkin Island. Firefighters and equipment were transported...
06/18/2020

June 29, 1946 was the day the Old Burrage Hospital burned on Bumpkin Island. Firefighters and equipment were transported across the harbor by boat. On the right side of the porch you can see a firefighter on the roof. In the past the Island was used by Native Americans, Colonial farmers and later home to a fish-drying operation. In 1904, Albert Burrage a noted Harvard Attorney had the hospital built for crippled children and in one season over 160 children were treated with only five deaths. During WWI, the island was taken over for use as a US Naval Training camp, and after the war was briefly used for polio patients. Closed during WWII the building had been abandoned at the time of the fire. Remnants of the building may be found on the island today. This photo is from the archives of the Bare Cove Fire Museum and the caption is by Geri Duff.

Boston Fire Historical Society
06/17/2020

Boston Fire Historical Society

June 17, 1972
Fire Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, 46 Ladder 13
Fire Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, 52 Engine 32
Firefighter Richard B. Magee, 39 Engine 33
Firefighter Joseph F. Boucher, 28 Engine 22
Firefighter Paul J. Murphy, 36 Engine 32
Firefighter John J. Jameson, 52 Engine 22
Firefighter Charles E. Dolan, 47 Ladder 13
Firefighter Joseph P. Saniuk, 47 Ladder 13
Firefighter Thomas W. Beckwith, 35 Engine 32

170 Commonwealth Avenue, 4 alarms Box 1571, (Dartmouth & Newbury Streets) “The Vendome Hotel Fire”

These nine members died when a rear portion of the Hotel Vendome, 170 Commonwealth Avenue which was under renovation collapsed without any warning. The fire was under control and firefighters were overhauling. Several other members were injured. It took over 10 hours to remove all the firefighters; The Maxim ladder truck of Ladder Co. 15 was extensively damaged also. 4 alarms Box 1571, Lieutenant Hanbury had 23 years, Lieutenant Carroll had 27 years, Firefighter Dolan had 25 years, Firefighter Saniuk had 24 years, Firefighter Jameson had 21 years, Firefighter Beckwith had 6 years, Firefighter Murphy had 5 years, Firefighter Magee had 4 years and Firefighter Boucher had 19 months of service. The alarms were sounded at 1435 hours at 1435 hours, the Working Fire was ordered at 1444 hours, the 2nd alarm at 1446 hours, the 3rd alarm at 1502 hours and the 4th alarm at 1506 hours. Two extra engines were ordered at 1552 hours and the collapse occurred at 1728 hours.

06/12/2020

Trivia Time! In 1999 Hingham acquired its first Quint. What truck was it replacing? (Check back in some of our previous posts if you need a clue).

The retirement for Chief Cushing was official May 1, 1919 and marked by a dinner put on by his men.  Born in 1841, Cushi...
06/11/2020

The retirement for Chief Cushing was official May 1, 1919 and marked by a dinner put on by his men. Born in 1841, Cushing went to the Hingham Grammar School and helped on the family farm. He started his own express company at age 17 using horse drawn wagons. He became a stable keeper for the Union Hotel at age 23 which he later purchased at age 31 and renamed it the Cushing House. In the era of horse drawn fire apparatus, he became a volunteer for Hingham and at the age of 38 was made Chief of Department in 1879. He served as Chief for forty years, retiring at age 78. During his tenure Hingham saw the addition of fire hydrants, fire alarm boxes and motorized fire trucks under the care of the fire department. This photograph is in the archives of the Bare Cove Fire Museum, The Hingham Historical Society and the Hingham Public Library. I would hazard a guess that there were about 50 copies of this photo – one for every man in view! Caption by Geri Duff.

06/10/2020
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

As we head into summer and July 4th approaches, NFPA would like to remind everyone that consumer #fireworks are never safe to use. Aside from preventing needless fires and injuries, you’ll also help reduce the strain on already overtaxed first responders and emergency room workers. https://bit.ly/2XiqWlj

Sparky The Fire Dog
06/06/2020

Sparky The Fire Dog

It's #SmokeAlarmSaturday! A smoke alarm can save your life in a fire. Make sure you test them once a month! https://bit.ly/2JOJMt2 #firesafety

06/05/2020

Trivia Friday! One of our founding members is an active director on our board. Who is it?

Fire Captain Albert M. Kimball gathered up a crew of men for a Mutual Aid Call to assist in fighting the Great Salem Fir...
06/04/2020

Fire Captain Albert M. Kimball gathered up a crew of men for a Mutual Aid Call to assist in fighting the Great Salem Fire of 1914 which left 6 dead and 20,000 homeless. They worked hard that day fighting the fire with rugs and blankets soaked by buckets of harbor water. Days after the fire, they made a return visit to Salem stopping in Marblehead, Winchester, Saugus and Boston Engine Houses along the way. Left to right is Steve Leighton, Capt. H. Burr Leavitt, Capt. W. A. Lane and Albert M. Kimball. This day they drove from Hingham to Salem, MA in these two cars with Frank Reed (who took the picture.) The photo is from the Kimball collection at the Bare Cove Fire Museum.Caption by Geri Duff

06/01/2020
Sparky The Fire Dog

Sparky The Fire Dog

It's here! The 2020 #FirePreventionWeek theme announcement has finally arrived. Watch this video to find out what it is:

05/29/2020

Trivia Time! What famous 1914 fire did Hingham provide mutual aid for?

Fire Prevention Week was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871  that killed more than 250 people, left ...
05/28/2020

Fire Prevention Week was established to remember the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Marking the date was a big deal for Hingham and surrounding towns. In this photo, Hingham Fire, the Naval Ammunition Depot of Hingham and surrounding towns display all their firefighting apparatus as a promotion for Fire Prevention Week in 1954. The amazing thing about this photo is the different brands of chief’s cars. The second car from the left was Hingham’s driven by Chief Kimball (a Pontiac) and behind it are four of Hingham’s fire trucks. Photo from the archives of the Bare Cove Fire Museum. The captionis by Geri Duff.

Sparky The Fire Dog
05/25/2020

Sparky The Fire Dog

The announcement you have all been waiting for is almost here! #FirePreventionWeek

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Hingham, MA
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Greenbush line to West Hingham Station: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=25672

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Since 1974, this nonprofit educational institution has been dedicated to the preservation and presentation of firefighting history as it occurred in the town of Hingham, Massachusetts.

This remarkably complete record of one community's past offers a very special opportunity to learn how firefighting developed in cities and towns like Hingham, all across America.

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We missed a payment and Engine 4 got repossessed.
Engine 4 at the Randolph Parade
Ladder 1 at the Randolph Parade.
Last nights visitor.
Found an interesting article on Wisconsin Engines. The VAU engines in the 22 and 24 Maxims were rated at 32.4hp.
The museum is shoveled and salted. The lot is still a little slick but not too bad. The road to the other building is a skating rink still.
Got the chemical cart outside today.
Thank you to Renaissance Leather for the outstanding work on these two nozzles.
If you'd like to pump a handtub, come up to Salem tomorrow! https://www.facebook.com/handtubmusters/videos/10156042567027535/