San Diego Firehouse Museum

A museum of firefighting history in San Diego. The museum is housed in former San Diego Fire Station 6 and highlights many retired San Diego fire apparatus. Also be sure to visit our gift shop. The back hall can be rented to provide a unique location for your business meeting or party.

Yeah it’s not old yet (actually they are brand new), but too cool of a shot not to share. KE
06/10/2019

Yeah it’s not old yet (actually they are brand new), but too cool of a shot not to share. KE

We just came across this obituary for Ray McFarlane in today's UT.  Many older firefighters took classes from Ray prior ...
06/10/2019

We just came across this obituary for Ray McFarlane in today's UT. Many older firefighters took classes from Ray prior to his retirement from Miramar College in 2002.

Amazing how far San Diego Fire has come in its 130 years. Even more reason for us to preserve our past. KE
06/04/2019

Amazing how far San Diego Fire has come in its 130 years. Even more reason for us to preserve our past. KE

Today CA-TF8’s canine team conducted helicopter training to familiarize our canines and handlers with air transportation. They simulated real life scenarios similar to a deployment where a team would be air lifted to a location to search. We would like to thank San Diego Fire-Rescue Air Operations Chief Charles McFarland, Pilot Chris Hartnell, Crew Chief Daniel King, Flight Medic Barry Links, and Pilot Trainee Ryan Peterson for providing our team such crucial and valuable training.

San Diego Fire-Rescue held a press conference today, announcing delivery of eight new Type I (structural) and two new Ty...
06/03/2019

San Diego Fire-Rescue held a press conference today, announcing delivery of eight new Type I (structural) and two new Type III (brush) engines. Exciting times as we continue to upgrade the fleet! KE

06/03/2019
San Diego Fire Brigade

Take a few minutes and watch this fantastic video of our San Diego Fire Department, from back in the ‘70’s. I have to admit I worked with some of these folks, worked these stations and rode on some of these rigs too! What a great historical ‘snapshot-in-time’ of our department. Many thanks to San Diego Fire Brigade for this great find! KE

San Diego Fire Brigade is excited to release a recently resurfaced video. This educational video shows daily life for San Diego Fire-Rescue in the 1970s. Featuring the life of SDFD Firefighters with clips of wildland firefighting, classroom and academy training, vintage engines of different kinds, airport firefighting, San Diego Fire Stations, dispatching procedures and very large computers, large structure fires and great views of San Diego City sky line in the 70s.

Thank you to Canada 150 Archive for releasing this video!
https://youtu.be/byG2miCAEQo

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
05/28/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

05/28/2019
San Diego Fire Brigade

A great throw back to 1972, and old Fire Station 5 in Hillcrest. The station was a double house (engine and truck) with a BC for a number of years. I don’t think it ever had two engines, so this was most likely set up for the shoot.

Thanks to @SanDiegoFireBrigade for the great find.

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12/15/2018
City of San Diego

Why not you? Apply now!

Apply today to join the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department! We're accepting applications for Fire Recruit through Jan. 2, 2019.

Visit sandiego.gov/CityJobs to apply and view all open positions at the City of San Diego.

There are still tickets available for the 2018 San Diego Firehouse Museum Firefighters Christmas Ball.  Make sure to get...
11/30/2018

There are still tickets available for the 2018 San Diego Firehouse Museum Firefighters Christmas Ball. Make sure to get yours before they are sold out.

2018 Christmas Family Day!  Hope to see you there!
11/11/2018

2018 Christmas Family Day! Hope to see you there!

There are still tickets available for the 2018 Firehouse Museum Christmas Ball. Get them quick before they are gone!
11/11/2018

There are still tickets available for the 2018 Firehouse Museum Christmas Ball. Get them quick before they are gone!

Come on down tomorrow night for a great cause!
11/08/2018

Come on down tomorrow night for a great cause!

Come and keep it classy and stachey with FirefighterAid tomorrow night at the San Diego Firehouse Museum for the 4th annual #SDFD Movember benefitting our CAPP program. $20 cover gets you access to lots of amazing prizes, beer by Thorn Brewing. The San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes And Drums are even stopping by! Kokopelli's Food Truck will be there if you get hungry and tons of mustaches will be hanging out. Literally hanging out. See you there!

11/02/2018
City of San Diego

Pretty neat short video about today’s San Diego Fire! KE

We’re getting a glimpse of what our City's San Diego Fire-Rescue Department did in FY18 to keep residents and visitors safe. Medical aids, cliff rescues and putting out fires - the work never stops. Our firefighters and lifeguards are putting their lives on the line every day.

To better serve our communities, four new and refurbished fire stations were opened in FY18 in the communities of Hillcrest, Point Loma, Little Italy and City Heights. #SDServes

To see all of the videos in our #ByTheNumbers series, visit sandiego.gov/blog/numbers-fy18.

There are still tickets available for the 2018 Firehouse Museum Christmas Ball.  Get them quick before they are gone!
10/26/2018

There are still tickets available for the 2018 Firehouse Museum Christmas Ball. Get them quick before they are gone!

Let's all keep the fallen and the lessons in mind. For a great book on the Cedar Fire, look into Sandra Younger's Fire O...
10/26/2018

Let's all keep the fallen and the lessons in mind. For a great book on the Cedar Fire, look into Sandra Younger's Fire Outside my Window. It features retired SDFD Captain Larry Redden and current SDFD Deputy Chief Kelly Zombro.

Fifteen years ago today, the 2003 Cedar Fire began, and burned along with at least eleven other wildfires in Southern California. The fire’s rapid growth was driven by the Santa Ana winds, which did not die down until October 28th. It is an important reminder to not get complacent, as Fall weather becomes cooler. Wildfire can move with alarming speed, so please remember to take precautions, be prepared, and be ready to evacuate if needed. For more information on what you can do to prepare yourself and your family, visit ReadyForWildfire.org, ReadySanDiego.org & sign up for evacuation alerts at AlertSanDiego.org
***”Structures” include homes, outbuildings, and commercial properties destroyed. #cedarfire #readyforwildfire #dontgetcomplacent #readysetgo #evacuationplan #escapeplan #communicationplan #gobag #emergencysupplykit #15yearsagotoday #octoberfires #firedepartment #sandiegocounty #calfiresandiego #calfire

Not sure of the date, but here is Engine 2, A-Division, on the waterfront at 10th Avenue Terminal with their Seagrave en...
10/20/2018

Not sure of the date, but here is Engine 2, A-Division, on the waterfront at 10th Avenue Terminal with their Seagrave engine - Captain Dawkins, Engineer Roger Phillips, Firefighters Ed Hall and George Laundy. Photo credit FF Derrick Phillips (ret). KE

10/17/2018
Fireman323

While not old, here’s a working fire in 21’s district this morning.

🔥 Pulling Up 🔥 This is what it looks like when we are first pulling up and getting ready for initial fire attack. This was an early morning, well involved structure fire in the Mission Beach/PB area of San Diego today.
The firefighters are going to make entry, and push the fire out, not push the fire more into the structure. As well as, search/rescue, and protect the nearby structures. Good stop SDFD 💪
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This photo came into our hands recently.  With the opening of Station 2 recently, it seems like a good time to post it a...
10/11/2018

This photo came into our hands recently. With the opening of Station 2 recently, it seems like a good time to post it as a #tbt. The name Jack B. Clark is on the top of the back, with the names Ed Martin, Tom Works, VV Haulman, Eisele, Finwick, R. Stephenson, Joe Kresser, Heckroth, and Shannon listed below. It's hard to see in the photo, but that may be the '36 Seagrave that is at the museum today.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the deadly Hauser Creek Fire in east county.  Three of the ten deadliest fires in Calif...
10/04/2018
October 3, 1943: Hauser Creek fire turns deadly

Yesterday was the anniversary of the deadly Hauser Creek Fire in east county. Three of the ten deadliest fires in California have been in San Diego County. As we enter Santa Ana season, be sure you're prepared. Last night's rain will have little effect on live fuel moisture.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/150-years/sd-me-150-years-october-3-htmlstory.html

In 1943, 11 men, including nine Marines,were killed in one of the deadliest wildfires in San Diego history.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the tragic PSA 182 crash in North Park.  I know some of our followers responded to the ...
09/25/2018
PSA crash at 40: A page of San Diego history 'written in blood'

Today is the 40th anniversary of the tragic PSA 182 crash in North Park. I know some of our followers responded to the crash. You're in our thoughts just as much as those who were lost. The Union Tribune has a couple of articles out telling personal tales of those who were there.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/sd-me-psa-crash-20180914-story.html

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/diane-bell/sd-me-bell-20180925-story.html

40-year anniversary

Usually, we're talking about the past here at the museum.  But today, we'd like to share the future.  The brand new Copt...
09/20/2018

Usually, we're talking about the past here at the museum. But today, we'd like to share the future. The brand new Copter 3 has arrived here in San Diego. The ship still has to be outfitted with it's 1000 gallon tank, but should be flying with a bucket for the rapidly approaching Santa Ana season.

Congratulations and welcome back, Chief. And a fine job as interim Fire Chief by museum board member Kevin Ester.
07/03/2018

Congratulations and welcome back, Chief. And a fine job as interim Fire Chief by museum board member Kevin Ester.

This morning Mayor Faulconer, Council Members Myrtle Cole, Chris Cate and Lorie Zapf welcomed Colin Stowell back to our organization... this time as our new SD Fire-Rescue Chief!
Chief Stowell started his fire service career with SDFD about 30 years ago. He became fire chief at Heartland Fire & Rescue in 2016 and now he’s back to lead us! The final step is the City Council confirmation hearing which comes up in the next couple of weeks.
In case you missed it, here’s the news conference video https://youtu.be/2TohItaxIac

Today's fire history is marred by the loss of the Granite Mountain Hotshots five years ago.  But it's also the date of t...
07/01/2018
Big 1985 fire still stirs up vivid images | The San Diego Union-Tribune

Today's fire history is marred by the loss of the Granite Mountain Hotshots five years ago. But it's also the date of the 1985 Normal Heights Fire where 76 homes were lost in an afternoon. http://legacy.sandiegouniontribune.com/uniontrib/20050630/news_7m30normal.html

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San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
06/30/2018

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

Since we've been talking about rescue services a bit, here's a great shot of our team drilling together with the very un...
06/29/2018

Since we've been talking about rescue services a bit, here's a great shot of our team drilling together with the very unique Lifeguard Rescue 44 rig.

Thursday evening, SD Fire-Rescue lifeguards and firefighters got together at the foot of Monaco Street for some cliff rescue training.
The technical rescue teams from Station 2 rappelled down to the rocks below the cliffs and Rescue 44 was used to lower and “rescue” lifeguards and firefighters. A very successful evening!
#oneteam #cliffrescue

06/29/2018
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

The first new SDFD station to open in quite a while is just a couple of blocks from the museum.

The Bayside Fire Station 2 opening was a great event! Here’s a fantastic video that give you an inside look at the new facility.

04/11/2018

A hearty congratulations to museum board member Kevin Ester on his appointment as interim fire chief for the City of San Diego. It would be hard to find a leader with a greater love for the fire service.

San Diego Fire-Rescue has always been an innovator.  The department just graduated it's first class of paramedics traine...
04/10/2018

San Diego Fire-Rescue has always been an innovator. The department just graduated it's first class of paramedics trained fully in house.

SD Fire-Rescue Paramedic Training Class 01 graduated today on the USS Midway.
This class was made up of 16 firefighters who worked tirelessly for nearly eight months to earn their paramedic certification. This is the only fire department-based paramedic training program in California - a great accomplishment for SDFD.

And another shot of Station 14 from our archives.
03/20/2018

And another shot of Station 14 from our archives.

Another shot of old Station 14, in North Park. Note the training tower in the background.

And a better picture of their Kenworth Van Pelt fire engine. Both brands would be purchased again in the mid-1980's.

Anyone remember the old station?

A quick shot of firefighters training at the old Station 14 at the corner of 32nd Street and Lincoln Ave. Many of our ol...
03/20/2018

A quick shot of firefighters training at the old Station 14 at the corner of 32nd Street and Lincoln Ave. Many of our older firefighters trained there.

I don't believe that this has been shared here before.  A shot of Bob Ponce, who later retired as a battalion chief in 1...
02/24/2018

I don't believe that this has been shared here before. A shot of Bob Ponce, who later retired as a battalion chief in 1978. Thanks to the Vintage San Diego FB page for the picture.

Mary Ponce Howell—"Here's my Dad, Bob Ponce, who retired from the department as a battalion chief in 1978."

02/17/2018
NYC Urbanism

This is a pretty cool “movie” of what would become the Fire Department of New York, or FDNY, in 1893. When this was taken, the San Diego Fire Department had already been an organized, professional fire department for four years. Established in 1889, SDFD has been here serving the public every single minute since. KE

This film from 1893 is the oldest footage of the New York Fire Brigade (#FDNY)
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The grainy film shows the Fire Brigade rushing through the street on horse-drawn engines. A sign on an electric streetcar in the background says Clinton Avenue, but the location is unknown.

Came across this one in my collection. Has to be mid-90’s, cleaning up after a vehicle rescue on Otay Valley Road (wha...
02/11/2018

Came across this one in my collection. Has to be mid-90’s, cleaning up after a vehicle rescue on Otay Valley Road (what is now the 905, the highway between the 805 and Otay Mesa). It was always a long haul to get to any incident out there. Now, SDFD Station 43 serves the area.

A couple of interesting things here; Rescue 14 (left) still had the chrome exhaust stacks, Engine 6 in a Crown pumper, and Truck 29 in their 1980 Seagrave 100’ rearmount aerial (that I would later drive as an Engineer). You can also see the Hartson’s ambulance supervisor rig on the far right.

Lastly, this was during San Diego PD’s transition back to black and white patrol cars (far left), from their all white paint (center). Man, I was skinny back then! KE

1967 Crown Firecoach with 100’ Maxim aerial ladder, destined to be Truck 1. This is shot prior to delivery, probably b...
02/06/2018

1967 Crown Firecoach with 100’ Maxim aerial ladder, destined to be Truck 1. This is shot prior to delivery, probably behind Vernon FS01, nearby to the Crown factory in Los Angeles. Thanks to Mike Britt for the photo. KE

Fire Station 1, Downtown - unknown circa. Two American La France 900 Series pumpers, an ALF Pioneer pumper, and Crown ti...
02/06/2018

Fire Station 1, Downtown - unknown circa. Two American La France 900 Series pumpers, an ALF Pioneer pumper, and Crown tiller. Also a Ford Torino chiefs car, Ford LPG ambulance and Ford F100 Chemical pickup truck! This was back in the days that fire administration was above the station. KE

Wow, 46 years ago?!?  I know this influenced my career path.  How about you?  KE
01/16/2018

Wow, 46 years ago?!? I know this influenced my career path. How about you? KE

Happy Anniversary! How many of us were influenced by Johnny and Roy?

A preventable tragedy.
12/30/2017

A preventable tragedy.

FDNY Fire Marshals have determined that last night’s fatal 5-alarm fire at 2363 Prospect Ave in the Bronx, in which 12 individuals were tragically killed and several more seriously injured, was caused by a child playing with the burner on a stove. FDNY Commissioner Nigro said, “It started from a young boy, 3 ½ years old, playing with burners on the stove. The mother exited the apartment with her 2-year-old and 3-year-old, and left the door open. The fire quickly spread up the stairs. The stairway acted like a chimney. It took the fire so quickly upstairs that people had very little time to react. They couldn’t get back down the stairs. Of those that tried, a few of them perished. Others were helped out onto the fire escapes, taken down by our members. Although our members got here in a little over 3 minutes, and bravely entered the building and did everything they could, and did save a number of residents, this loss is unprecedented. If unfortunately you do have a fire in your apartment, you must close the door when you exit.”
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If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, or setting fires intentionally, the FDNY can help. The FDNY Juvenile Fire-Setters Intervention Program works to both educate and evaluate children (up to the age 12) who are engaging in fire play. The program is run by the Bureau of Fire Investigation and is completely confidential. The program has a very high success rate and is tailored to fit the needs of each individual child who takes part. Parents and/or guardians of children are also given important information. To learn more about the FDNY Juvenile Fire-Setters Intervention Program, visit http://bit.ly/FDNYintervention [web page]

To report an imminent danger to life or property, dial 911.

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San Diego's only museum of firefighting history. Come visit us in the heart of Little Italy. Hours: Thursday - Friday 10AM-2PM Saturday - Sunday 10AM-4PM

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Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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