San Diego Firehouse Museum

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.

Operating as usual

Apparently San Diego Fire Department crews put out a fire at the First Presbyterian Church back in 1980.  Here are a cou...
09/15/2021

Apparently San Diego Fire Department crews put out a fire at the First Presbyterian Church back in 1980. Here are a couple of shots from the thank you ceremony.

Maybe someone can recognize a few faces.

20 years.  Some shots of San Diego County firefighters working at the World Trade Center.
09/11/2021

20 years. Some shots of San Diego County firefighters working at the World Trade Center.

Camp Pendleton Fire School has been a San Diego tradition for decades.  Unfortunately, it got cut short last week.  Here...
06/17/2021

Camp Pendleton Fire School has been a San Diego tradition for decades. Unfortunately, it got cut short last week. Here are a few pictures from the past. For the past few years SDFD firefighters have been allowed to participate in this excellent initial attack and overhead training.

But... a few SDFD personnel participated in the past as well. There's also at least one current SDFD member wearing a different uniform in these shots. And at least five future Type 1 or Type 2 IC's.

06/11/2021

A little Friday tiller action for you!

EMS Week is wrapping up, so we wanted to take a quick look at the history of paramedicine in San Diego County.The first ...
05/21/2021

EMS Week is wrapping up, so we wanted to take a quick look at the history of paramedicine in San Diego County.

The first paramedics in SD County were in taught by UCSD back in 1974. They were all either Lakeside or Santee firefighters. Picture attached.

Private medics came to the City of San Diego in 1979. SDFD entered the picture with the first firefighter/paramedics starting in 1991 -- including Fire Chief Colin Stowell.

As provider contractors changed, SDFD and Rural/Metro formed a unique first of it's kind public/private partnership to provide both engine company and transport medics.

Many firsts for FD's in SD County!

EMS Week is wrapping up, so we wanted to take a quick look at the history of paramedicine in San Diego County.

The first paramedics in SD County were in taught by UCSD back in 1974. They were all either Lakeside or Santee firefighters. Picture attached.

Private medics came to the City of San Diego in 1979. SDFD entered the picture with the first firefighter/paramedics starting in 1991 -- including Fire Chief Colin Stowell.

As provider contractors changed, SDFD and Rural/Metro formed a unique first of it's kind public/private partnership to provide both engine company and transport medics.

Many firsts for FD's in SD County!

Some of our older members may remember Kevin.  Can you give him a hand?
04/26/2021

Some of our older members may remember Kevin. Can you give him a hand?

Kevin Dubler served as a SDFD Lifeguard for 8 years and then was asked by the department to become a Firefighter. Kevin was an SDFD Firefighter for nearly a decade and was medically forced to retire from injury. Not letting that get him down, he joined Julian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department where he served as Fire Chief until he was again medically forced to retire after 25 years of service, this time from Parkinson's.

Unfortunately, Kevin's facing an uphill battle with Parkinson’s and related dementia. He’s generally in good spirits, believes he’s still an active Firefighter, and is still dedicated at heart to protecting his community. Since November of 2020, he’s been in need of more one-on-one memory care which is incredibly expensive. We humbly ask for any support you can show to help cover the costs for the Dubler family as they support their Firefighter husband/dad through his journey and care.

Join us in supporting the Dublers and donate here: give.classy.org/Ret_Fire_Chief_Kevin_Dubler_Parkinsons.

RIP Andy
04/26/2021

RIP Andy

HazMat training us a little more advanced than it used to be.
03/04/2021

HazMat training us a little more advanced than it used to be.

Your museum board has recently acquired a couple of nice photo collections of San Diego fire history.We'll be posting so...
02/20/2021

Your museum board has recently acquired a couple of nice photo collections of San Diego fire history.

We'll be posting some from fire apparatus photographer Bill Hattersley first. These are all mid-late 90's apparatus photos.

Thanks to our friends at the San Diego History Center for recognizing the contributions that Black firefighters have mad...
02/16/2021

Thanks to our friends at the San Diego History Center for recognizing the contributions that Black firefighters have made to our community.

#28DaysofSanDiegoBlackHistory
Celebrate San Diego: Black History & Heritage

1919
The San Diego branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was inaugurated.

The first Black firefighters joined the San Diego Fire Department.

For more information on Black history in San Diego and to participate in Celebrate San Diego: Black History & Heritage at the San Diego History Center, visit: https://bit.ly/SDHCCelebrate

Pictured: Sandy Baker, Tim Williams, John Cross, and Joe Smith, early Black Firefighters in Logan Heights, c. 1927 (Photo: San Diego History Center Photo Collection)

#sandiegoblackhistory #sandiego #BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistory #sandiegohistory #balboapark #historyathome #HistoryHappeningNow
#sandiegohistorycenter

Here is F01520, a 1992 Pierce Lance 75’ Snorkel. Powered by a Detroit 6V92, this rig served proudly as Truck 14 in North...
01/16/2021

Here is F01520, a 1992 Pierce Lance 75’ Snorkel. Powered by a Detroit 6V92, this rig served proudly as Truck 14 in North Park during its front line service. Side note, museum board member John Fisher and I drove this new truck back from St Joseph, MO to San Diego. Rig drove and handled great! KE

Here is F01520, a 1992 Pierce Lance 75’ Snorkel. Powered by a Detroit 6V92, this rig served proudly as Truck 14 in North Park during its front line service. Side note, museum board member John Fisher and I drove this new truck back from St Joseph, MO to San Diego. Rig drove and handled great! KE

Well, how about a post for the first time in too long!  Engine 18 (F01383), a 1985 Emergency One pumper, taken in front ...
01/10/2021

Well, how about a post for the first time in too long! Engine 18 (F01383), a 1985 Emergency One pumper, taken in front of old Station 18. Seventeen of these engines were purchased. Equipped with a Cummins Big Cam, these rigs moved out pretty well. Lots of issues over the years, but they served the department well. Taken in late 1986.

Well, how about a post for the first time in too long! Engine 18 (F01383), a 1985 Emergency One pumper, taken in front of old Station 18. Seventeen of these engines were purchased. Equipped with a Cummins Big Cam, these rigs moved out pretty well. Lots of issues over the years, but they served the department well. Taken in late 1986.

12/11/2020

Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. Chag Sameach.

We remember our friend Rabbi Gottesman!

All of us at the museum would like to congratulate former board member John Wood on his promotion to Assistant Fire Chie...
12/03/2020

All of us at the museum would like to congratulate former board member John Wood on his promotion to Assistant Fire Chief. He will be replacing soon-to-retire Assistant Chief (and current board member) Kevin Ester. Both great guys who serve the public well.

On Tuesday, SD Fire-Rescue recognized the recent promotion of John Wood to assistant fire chief.
Chief Wood will handle the business operations side of SDFD and is one of two assistant chiefs. He has been with the department for more than 20 years and is known for his strong interpersonal skills in building strong relationships within and outside the organization. Help us wish him the best in his new role.
Congratulations! 👏🏽🚒

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
11/12/2020

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

Definitely not old, but actually very new.  A little look at what’s coming...  mid-November.
10/22/2020

Definitely not old, but actually very new. A little look at what’s coming... mid-November.

07/18/2020
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Marcus Tarver was born and raised in San Diego. He attended Crawford High School and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Marcus played professional football and was a free agent with the Denver Broncos. He eventually earned a degree in education. After graduating college, he returned to San Diego and joined the SD Fire Department. He served San Diegans for 28 years and retired as a fire engineer.
Marcus‘ dream was to someday purchase land and retire in Texas. In 2017, he and his family moved to Lyons where they enjoyed their 11-acre property near Lake Somerville.
Marcus passed away on July 8, 2020. This is a tribute to Marcus’ memory by the members of the SDFD 90th Basic Fire Academy.
#firefighter #RIP

Someone was asking about the layout of the new canteen.
07/16/2020

Someone was asking about the layout of the new canteen.

The new Mobile Canteen is in service! A much needed replacement was finally placed operational. Operated by trained volunteers, the Mobile Canteen works with SDFD's Logistics Division, within set response parameters, to support firefighters to provide hydration and rehabilitation at extended incidents. We are proud to see this tradition live on in San Diego! KE

07/13/2020

By now, I think most have seen the news about the ship fire in San Diego Bay today. We'll try to get some pictures soon.

But.... a quick shout out to the museum volunteers who also staff a mobile canteen for San Diego Fire-Rescue. They responded today to help firefighters rehab in this heat.

Not many know that Firehouse Museum volunteers do more than just give tours, so we thought we'd give them a quick shout out.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
06/30/2020

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

On June 26, 2020 shortly before 2 p.m., SD Fire-Rescue dispatchers received calls about a house fire on Branicole Lane in Rancho Peñasquitos.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. An American flag was spared by the firefighters working the incident and the homeowner was grateful and appreciative. One of the SDFD captains asked if a couple of the crew members could have the honor of folding the flag and the homeowner not only agreed but also saluted.
🚒🚒🚒🚒
This fire consumed a car parked in the garage and did damage to both levels of the home. It took nearly two hours to get the fire completely out. Three adults were displaced.
📸Capt. R. Vigil (44/B)

04/12/2020

Hoping everyone has a great Easter, even though they can't be together. Our thoughts are with those working this holiday, especially in these trying times.

04/09/2020

As the sun set tonight, many families are unable to spend a Passover Seder with their families. This will all be over soon. From our family to yours, chag sameash.

03/13/2020

In an effort to promote public health and safety, the Firehouse Museum will be closed through March 31st. Please go to sandiegofirehousemuseum.com for up to date information about re-opening.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions/concerns.

We apologize for any inconvience and appreciate your support.

03/12/2020

All, it is with great regret that we must inform you that the St. Patrick's Dat breakfast scheduled for March 14th has been cancelled.

The board is following guidelines provided by public health officials. We feel that this is particularly important due to the number of first responders who attend the event.

02/16/2020
SD Fire Brigade

Nice video pulling together some SDFD history.

Take a walk through San Diego FireFighter History.
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Credit to 📸 San Diego Firehouse Museum 🎥 “Careers In Firefighting” Canada 150 Archive & Firefighter Equipment Dumbbros World on (YouTube) 🎼 Vangelis - Chariots of Fire .

01/01/2020
FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay

Happy New Year's from your volunteer staff at the museum.

An Alabama firefighter, wrapped in lights, slid down a fireman's pole to mimic the New Year's "ball drop" tradition 😂

STORY: http://bit.ly/2CqnwSX

We sincerely hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas yesterday, especially those who had to work!Our thoughts go o...
12/26/2019

We sincerely hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas yesterday, especially those who had to work!

Our thoughts go out to our brother and sister firefighters down under.

12/23/2019

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate the Festival of Lights. Some of our younger members may not remember Rabbi Aaron Gottesman. The good rabbi was devoted to helping firefighters and police officers. He traditionally gave the invocation at quarterly dinners. Great guy and he'll be missed.

Last of our Snorkel series, F01330, a 1974 75’ Crown. With a Cummins 855, it served as Truck 4 and Truck 11. Personally ...
12/19/2019

Last of our Snorkel series, F01330, a 1974 75’ Crown. With a Cummins 855, it served as Truck 4 and Truck 11.

Personally speaking, this era were the best looking Crowns!

As mentioned in the previous post, this is F01276, a 1967 Crown 85’ Snorkel. It had an Cummins 855 diesel engine. It ser...
12/18/2019

As mentioned in the previous post, this is F01276, a 1967 Crown 85’ Snorkel. It had an Cummins 855 diesel engine. It served as Truck 9.

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1572 Columbia St
San Diego, CA
92101

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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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I was the museum director from 1993 to 1996, before moving back to Minnesota. I have a pictures of Shop#1426 1972 Chevrolet, which served as R-4 & R-14. I would like to send the pictures, if desired, but would need an e-mail address Thanks in advance for the help. John Degenhardt [email protected],net
Do you have a date for this year’s family Christmas Party at the museum?
We had a great time visiting the museum yesterday! (05-20-18)