Salem Fire Museum

Salem Fire Museum Restored Union Fire Station in downtown Salem, NJ that has been made into a Firematic Museum. Union Fire Company founded in 1749. This, their second firehouse, was built in 1863 and served as an active firehouse until 1992.

Restoration efforts began in 2002 and continue to this day. The Salem Fire Museum is open from 9am until noon on the first Saturday of every month. Also open from 9am until 4 pm on the 4th Saturday of August, and 9am until 7pm on the first Saturday in December.

Operating as usual

09/03/2021

We’ll be open tomorrow, 9am until mid-afternoon!

Photos from Salem County NJ Fire Academy staff page's post
08/14/2021

Photos from Salem County NJ Fire Academy staff page's post

Open 9-Noon, unless otherwise requested!
01/02/2021

Open 9-Noon, unless otherwise requested!

Open 9-Noon, unless otherwise requested!

Open all day ...
12/05/2020

Open all day ...

10/25/2020

This week we need to perform some minor maintenance to the fire museum. This activity includes a little drywall removal, installation, taping, sanding, and painting. Anyone interested in lending a hand should text (856)362-1550, or email [email protected]

Thank you!

Visit from Liberty old-timer Bob Hunter this morning.
03/07/2020

Visit from Liberty old-timer Bob Hunter this morning.

Ginny's Hair House
01/29/2020

Ginny's Hair House

Today this beauty will have a permanent home at the Salem Fire Museum, aka Union Fire Co No 1. For outstanding service to Battalion Chief Ferd H Ahl Sr. for outstanding service 1914-1949

Salem County NJ Fire Academy staff page
01/18/2020

Salem County NJ Fire Academy staff page

FF1 recruits spent their Saturday at the Salem City FD Museum in the city. Chief Fred Ayars provided them a museum tour, an awesome look back at the rich history of the city and surrounding community's fire service. The FF1 history, fire communications, and BBP lectures were presented. It is important to our staff to be able to offer the history chapter to our new recruits in this setting so they have a first hand look at historical artifacts from their career pathway. The recruits first of four health and wellness evaluations was conducted with weight, % body fat, % water content, and BMI recorded to compare with future results. We happened to stumble upon a helmet artifact on display as well. Some will understand .... THANKS to Chief Ayars for sharing his knowledge and the department's museum with the new class.

Fire Museum is open all day! Coffee is on. If you need breakfast, stop in to N & N Shortstop across the street for a bre...
12/07/2019

Fire Museum is open all day! Coffee is on. If you need breakfast, stop in to N & N Shortstop across the street for a breakfast sandwich.

Salem Fire Museum's cover photo
11/29/2019

Salem Fire Museum's cover photo

The Salem Fire Museum will be open on Saturday December 7th, from 9am until 9pm. This coincides with the Christmas Parad...
11/10/2019

The Salem Fire Museum will be open on Saturday December 7th, from 9am until 9pm. This coincides with the Christmas Parade and Yuletide Tour. Stop in any time during the day to warm up by the fire, refreshments will be on hand.

And just like that, we are open again! Until approximately 2pm, unless otherwise requested.
11/03/2019

And just like that, we are open again! Until approximately 2pm, unless otherwise requested.

We will reopen tomorrow at noon for a couple hours.
11/02/2019

We will reopen tomorrow at noon for a couple hours.

The Fire Museum is open! Closing at noon unless requested otherwise ...
11/02/2019

The Fire Museum is open! Closing at noon unless requested otherwise ...

Obituary for George H. Ahl | Woodside Funeral Homes
10/03/2019
Obituary for George H. Ahl | Woodside Funeral Homes

Obituary for George H. Ahl | Woodside Funeral Homes

Obituary for George H. Ahl | George H. Ahl, age 89, of Salem passed away Monday, September 30th at his home. Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Ferdinand and Elizabeth Hill Ahl. George was a self-employed mason contractor. He was a member of the Salem Volunteer Fire Department for...

It is with great sadness that we have said our goodbyes to our senior man ... Chief George Ahl. George passed last night...
10/01/2019

It is with great sadness that we have said our goodbyes to our senior man ... Chief George Ahl. George passed last night, in his home surrounded by family. For Washy, George was that calm, steady, commanding voice of reason. Always passing along his words of wisdom, and updating us all on the latest firehouse projects ... "progress". George was the silent leader when I joined in 1990 ... and remained so up until the very end. George served both Union and Washington Fire Companies in many capacities, and was the City Fire Chief in the 1980's. George was instrumental in the Salem Fire Museum project, without his contributions, this old firehouse would never have been transformed into the great place it is today. A fireman's fireman, a leader from the field, and a highly respected mentor. George would have turned 90 years old later this month. Rest in peace George ...

Fires lit, coffee is on!
09/07/2019

Fires lit, coffee is on!

09/05/2019

Fire Museum will be open this Saturday - 9am until Noon!

Pictures from the 1963 Fire that burned much of the village of Quinton. Photographs taken by Ed Ahl, shared by Ferdinand...
02/19/2019
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Pictures from the 1963 Fire that burned much of the village of Quinton. Photographs taken by Ed Ahl, shared by Ferdinand Ahl, nephew of Ed Ahl. Virginia Ahl-jared Patti Ahl DeWilde Zachary Ahl

Explore Ferdinand Ahl's photos on Flickr. Ferdinand Ahl has uploaded 1581 photos to Flickr.

Salem County NJ Fire Academy staff page
01/16/2018

Salem County NJ Fire Academy staff page

The FF1 Recruits history and orientation class taking place in The City at the Salem Fire Museum this evening. Hosted by Department Chief Fred Ayars and Battalion 63 Chief Ken Gralley, the recruits got a close up view on many artifacts and fire service concepts while here. It is critical that our new personnel know and understand how we got where we are today. Visiting the station of the SFD's Union Co#1, organized in 1749, gave them an otherwise unknown perspective on fire fighting by our forefathers. Thank you to Chiefs Ayars and Gralley and KUDOS to the SFD for carrying on and displaying your rich fire service history.

Museum will be open, 9-Noon ... stop by for some warmth by the fireplace.
01/06/2018

Museum will be open, 9-Noon ... stop by for some warmth by the fireplace.

The 43rd Regiment of Foot joined us yesterday during the Yuletide Tour. We look forward to seeing them every year.
12/03/2017

The 43rd Regiment of Foot joined us yesterday during the Yuletide Tour. We look forward to seeing them every year.

Salem Fire Department
11/26/2017

Salem Fire Department

With sorrow, the Washington Fire Company #3 of the Salem Fire Department announces the passing of Honorary Member Tommy Thomas Simpkins. Tommy has been a decades long member of our firehouse family, and will be sorely missed. Please keep the Simpkins family in your thoughts ...

Three old North Bend helmets just donated to the museum by Darryl Loatman!
06/03/2017

Three old North Bend helmets just donated to the museum by Darryl Loatman!

Salem Fire Department
05/03/2017

Salem Fire Department

With regret, we announce the passing of Paul Pankok. Paul was an exempt member from Liberty Fire Company. Keep his son Eric and the rest of the Pankok family in your thoughts.

David Pangburn (foreground), Exempt Fireman Liberty Fire Company, passed February 5-2017
02/07/2017

David Pangburn (foreground), Exempt Fireman Liberty Fire Company, passed February 5-2017

Taking the sign down from Market Street for the move to the new firehouse on Fifth ... John Brown, Fritz Klein, Doug Powell, David Pangburn, Charlie Crozier.

Salem Fire Museum
02/07/2017

Salem Fire Museum

Taking the sign down from Market Street for the move to the new firehouse on Fifth ... John Brown, Fritz Klein, Doug Powell, David Pangburn, Charlie Crozier.

12/03/2016

Ok all you Salem FD old heads ... where is the fire?

The British have occupied the Union Fire Company Firehouse!The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment. The 43rd of Foot.Www.243regime...
12/03/2016

The British have occupied the Union Fire Company Firehouse!
The 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment. The 43rd of Foot.
Www.243regiment.com

Salem Fire Department
12/03/2016

Salem Fire Department

Museum is open, and warm, for the Salem Magic of Christmas Parade and Yuletide Tour!

Museum is open!
11/05/2016

Museum is open!

Salem Fire Department
07/03/2016

Salem Fire Department

Saturday, 7/2/2016. West Broadway Vacant Garage & Apartment. Handled by the 1st Alarm Working Fire Assignment. Engine 6-3, Ladder 6-6, RIC Ladder 5-6, Rescue 6-9, Canteen 6, BLS 12-8A & Bls 12-8B. Chief 6-10 had West Broadway Command. Fire under control in 20 minutes without incident.

Rainy chilly Saturday morning at the Salem Fire Museum. Open until Noon.
04/02/2016

Rainy chilly Saturday morning at the Salem Fire Museum. Open until Noon.

Washington Fire Company's 1940 American LaFrance pumper undergoing major restoration.
03/03/2016

Washington Fire Company's 1940 American LaFrance pumper undergoing major restoration.

Washington Fire Company just celebrated the 284th birthday of George Washington on February 20th. Here's a newspaper art...
03/01/2016

Washington Fire Company just celebrated the 284th birthday of George Washington on February 20th. Here's a newspaper article from 100 years ago ...

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166 E Broadway
Salem, NJ
08079

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9am - 5pm

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(856) 935-0354

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