06/15/11 247 W, 2 I - + 5 - 2 Grand Opening of Raleigh Fire Museum

Yesterday was the big day. The Raleigh Fire Department Museum held its grand opening at 10:00 a.m. at the Keeter Training Center. That's the location of the museum, which is housed in a classroom trailer. There are about 200 items on display, ranging from photographs (of course) to hand equipment to very old log books to a very, very old alarm bell. The giant 1870 bell that once hung inside Metropolitan Hall is the oldest item on display.


The museum is presented by the Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society, a non-profit organization (and to which donations are tax-deductible. Make a donation online.) that has been working for a few years to preserve and present the department's past. There's 150 years of history on display, both of the career department (organized in 1912) and the volunteer department that preceded same. More commentary and observations to follow. Museum hours are initially limited. We'll be open on the second Saturday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lee Wilson photo

Stories and photos of the event (and the museum) are below, at least as published so far. Lee's left early, for a working fire farther south. Mike also set his camera down, for his remarks during the opening, and the many times he was answering questions and showing visitors around. Thanks for everyone's participation and support. 

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