04/11/12 174 W, 2 I - + 2 - 4 Raleigh Fire Museum Open This Saturday, April 14

It's fun, it's free, and it's filled with firefighting memorabilia. That's the Raleigh Fire Museum, which opens this Saturday, April 14. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The location is 105 Keeter Center Drive, in a classroom trailer at the Keeter Training Center. There's parking, there are restrooms. Admission is free. 

Displayed are hundreds of items relating the history of the Raleigh Fire Department, from both its volunteer and career eras. Among the attractions is the 1870 fire alarm bell that once hung at city hall on Fayetteville Street. There's also multimedia at the museum: color film footage from 1950, computer slideshows of old photos, and radio recordings of recent major fires.

Yours Truly will be one of the museum staff members on Saturday. Pay visit and talk some shop! Afterward, consider a drive to northeast Raleigh to see the city's collection of antique fire apparatus. They're house at Fire Station 28 at 3500 Forestville Road. To learn more about the Raleigh Fire Museum, visit www.raleighfirehistory.org.

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