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.
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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

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.
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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.

04/07/2020
SD Fire Brigade

It's not just all COVID, all the time these days.

3rd Alarm 🔥 on Convoy #whilethecityslept .
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🎥 @sandiegocityfirefighters @onscenetv @socal_code_3 @nine11videonews @cbs8 🎥

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.

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
12/18/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

Here is F01520, Truck 14, a 1992 Pierce Arrow with a 75’ Snorkel. Board member John Fisher and I picked up this truck at...
12/18/2019

Here is F01520, Truck 14, a 1992 Pierce Arrow with a 75’ Snorkel. Board member John Fisher and I picked up this truck at Snorkel’s plant in St Joseph, Mo and brought it home to San Diego. It served its entire career at 14’s in North Park. I remember it drove like an engine! This was the last Snorkel that San Diego Fire would buy. Previous SDFD Snorkels were Crown builds, an 1967 85’ (F01276) and a 1974 75’ (F01330). Watch for them in upcoming posts.

Please consider donating to help one of our Fire Chaplains. Father Fucci home was recently lost to fire. Thank you!https...
12/10/2019
Click here to support Help Father Fucci - Chaplain San Diego Fire Dept. organized by DANA Collins

Please consider donating to help one of our Fire Chaplains. Father Fucci home was recently lost to fire. Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-father-fucci-chaplain-san-diego-fire-dept?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

DANA Collins Help Father Fucci - Chaplain San Diego Fire Dept. Thursday, December 5, San Diego Fire Rescue Department Chaplain Father David Fucci’s apartment

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
12/07/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

Found some old pictures of my own that I’ll share.  This is the former Station 18, in Normal Heights. What these old sta...
12/06/2019

Found some old pictures of my own that I’ll share. This is the former Station 18, in Normal Heights. What these old stations lacked in physical space they made up for with lots of character and history. 1985 E-One engine, one of 17 the department had at one time. Current Station 18 was built on the same site. Circa about 1987.

Just a reminder, the 2019 Christmas Family Day is December 7th!
11/23/2019

Just a reminder, the 2019 Christmas Family Day is December 7th!

Some great old pictures to scroll through on a Friday. No San Diego, but there are some west coast ones in there. See if...
11/14/2019

Some great old pictures to scroll through on a Friday. No San Diego, but there are some west coast ones in there. See if you can pick those out!

Again I give credit to these pictures to the photographers, they're not mine. I just found them online and compiled here to share. Enjoy, PTB and KTF. And always remember, IGYB! Sorry for any duplicates from other albums.

11/06/2019
Tractordrawnaerial.com

Just thought this was crazy. Look at this model!

Everybody has hobbies, but these enthusiasts take it to a new level. I guess if you can’t drive or ride in a tractor drawn aerial, the next best thing is to build your own remote-control toy tiller.

Christmas Family Day.  Free for members.  Come see Santa and support the San Diego Firefighter's Toy Drive.
10/30/2019

Christmas Family Day. Free for members. Come see Santa and support the San Diego Firefighter's Toy Drive.

2019 Christmas Ball Tickets are on sale.  New venue, 80s band and much more!  Get your tickets before the event sells ou...
10/30/2019

2019 Christmas Ball Tickets are on sale. New venue, 80s band and much more! Get your tickets before the event sells out.

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
10/28/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

Just a reminder, Halloween Movie Night at the museum this Saturday.  Hope to see you there!
10/22/2019

Just a reminder, Halloween Movie Night at the museum this Saturday. Hope to see you there!

A few hours before the Witch Fire started, the Harris Fire started.  Your San Diego firefighters on Brush 10 assisted th...
10/22/2019

A few hours before the Witch Fire started, the Harris Fire started. Your San Diego firefighters on Brush 10 assisted the crew of a burned over CAL FIRE engine by providing medical treatment at the Potrero Fire Station.

#onthisday At 9:23 a.m. on October 21st, 2007, the Harris Fire ignited in Potrero. The wind-driven fire consumed thousands of acres within the first two hours due to long distance spotting. Historically, the great majority of large destructive fires in Southern California occur in the fall under the influence of Santa Ana windstorms. CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire urges everyone to exercise extreme caution as we will experience two Santa Ana wind events in San Diego County this week. For information on wildfire prevention and preparedness please visit ReadyForWildfire.org and ReadySanDiego.org #12yearsago #harrisfire #wildfireprevention #wildfirepreparedness #sandiegocounty #calfiresandiego #calfire

Today is the anniversary of the Witch Fire.  One often forgotten piece of history is that a second fire started in the S...
10/22/2019

Today is the anniversary of the Witch Fire. One often forgotten piece of history is that a second fire started in the San Pasqual Valley that night. It was this second fire that impacted homes in the Rancho Bernardo area much more quickly than the Witch Fire would have alone. Eventually, the two fires merged and were managed as one. Many have forgotten the history of the Guajito Fire.

#onthisday At 12:35 p.m. on October 21st, 2007, the Witch Fire started in Witch Creek Canyon near San Ysabel. Fanned by powerful Santa Ana Winds, it consumed large portions of San Diego County. The fire led to the evacuations of 500,000 people and was a major contributor to the mass evacuations across much of Southern California at that time. We urge all San Diego County residents to have an evacuation plan prepared and sign up your cell phone for notifications with Alert San Diego. For more information visit ReadySanDiego.org/alertsandiego #12yearsago #witchfire #evacuationplan #sandiegocounty #calfiresandiego #calfire

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1572 Columbia St
San Diego, CA
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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)