San Diego Firehouse Museum

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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.

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.

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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

Great shots of the rigs at FS45, Mission Valley. Engine 45, Truck 45 and Battalion 4. 45’s is the home of our regional H...
10/20/2019

Great shots of the rigs at FS45, Mission Valley. Engine 45, Truck 45 and Battalion 4. 45’s is the home of our regional Hazardous Materials Team. Thanks San Diego Fire Brigade for the post.

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10/20/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

10/16/2019
1978 San Diego Air and Space Museum Fire - Balboa Park

This is the aftermath of the February 22, 1978 Aerospace Museum fire (housed in the Electric Building) in Balboa Park, resulting in the loss of some irreplaceable aviation history. The building was 62 years old at the time, wood framed and unsprinklered.

This was the first of two major arson fires in Balboa Park, the second completely destroying the Old Globe Theater only two weeks later on March 8. That building was 43 years old.

At 8:13 PM on February 22, 1978 fire crews responded to the San Diego Air and Space Museum. The fire completely destroyed the the building along with everyth...

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
10/16/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo
10/16/2019

San Diego Firehouse Museum's cover photo

10/15/2019
San Diego Fire Brigade

Some great pictures of rigs from San Diego Fire’s past, many I worked on 😢! See how many fire stations you recognize - some are still here, some are long gone.

Thanks San Diego Fire Brigade for posting!

(Sound On) Take a walk through San Diego Fire Apparatus Circa 1984 🚒 .
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We're all about history here, but we're also about learning from that history.  On October 2, 1943 11 firefighters and M...
10/03/2019
Men sizzle in Hauser Canyon, part 1

We're all about history here, but we're also about learning from that history. On October 2, 1943 11 firefighters and Marines were killed in a fire in Hauser Canyon, out by Lake Morena. What can we learn from their loss?

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2004/aug/05/unforgettable-hauser-canyon/#

https://www.wildfirelessons.net/orphans/viewincident?DocumentKey=a067709c-c21e-4918-9c60-9d9979ef2a5d

In the fall of 1943, soldiers in San Diego’s backcountry had to stop gunnery practice before noon. After that, the heat became so intense the targets would seem to dance. On October 1 — the Friday before Fire Prevention Week — a bullet missed its mark and ignited the Hauser Canyon Fire, one of...

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

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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.

1972 #sdfd responding with #funky #music playing. #nofilter #retrosandiego #legends
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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

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

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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)