06/04/12 315 W, 1 I - + 4 - 2 Raleigh Fire Museum Preserves 100 Years of Bravery and Service to City Residents

Press release. The threat of fire is constant. You can’t escape the possibility that your home, your possessions and all those you love could be the victims of a disastrous fire. For the past 100 years, the Raleigh Fire Department has provided protection to Raleigh residents as a full-time professional fire department. The Raleigh Fire Museum provides an important role by chronicling the history of the City’s career fire department, and the preceding 50 years of protection provided by volunteer firefighters. The museum is located in a classroom trailer at the City of Raleigh Keeter Training Center at 105 Keeter Center Drive. “We’re trying to build awareness through the museum,” said Alan Walters, who serves as the museum’s vice-president, “so that the services of past firefighters will never be forgotten.”

The museum opened in May 2011 under the organization name of the Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society. The group was formed in 2008 by a cadre of firefighters and Fire Department supporters. It was incorporated as a non-profit charity in 2010, and raised $1,300 in donations from firefighters to make the museum a reality. "The funds allowed us to build displays," said Mr. Walters, who retired last month as a battalion chief after 31 years of service. “One of the first things we did was to build a curved wall to surround the 1870 fire alarm bell." Firefighters and museum staff members also donated their time to catalog artifacts, build displays, and frame photographs.  Read entire press release.

Visit the Raleigh Fire Museum this Saturday, June 9. We'll be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. And don't forget about Saturday, June 16. That's the all-day Raleigh Fire Department centennial celebration in downtown Raleigh. Starts at 10:00 a.m. with a parade. Read more at www.RFD100.com.

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