02/06/13 216 W - + 4 - 5 Raleigh Fire Museum Open This Saturday, February 9

The Raleigh Fire Museum at 105 Keeter Center Drive is open this Saturday, February 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Experience the 100-year history of the city's career fire department, and learn about the volunteer fire companies that also protected the Capital City. Hundreds of artifacts and photographs are displayed, including a newly restored nineteenth century hand hose reel. Here's a new video1, with a two-minute tour of the museum:

The museum is open on the second Saturday of each month, and is located in a modular classroom at the Keeter Training Center at 105 Keeter Center Drive. Parking and restrooms are available. Admission is free. Learn more about the museum, and the group that operates it, at www.raleighfiremuseum.org.

Please note that other antique apparatus is stored elsewhere. Both the museum's 1961 American LaFrance pumper and the city's collection of antique fire apparatus is housed at at Fire Station 28 at 3500 Forestville Road. The collection includes a 1905 steamer, a 1926 American LaFrance pumper, a 1950 Mack pumper, and a 1982 Mack pumper. Visitors are welcome.

1Technical information about the video. Recorded using a phone. Unscripted, though the narrator has experience recording such clips at work. Edited using a couple versions of Microsoft Movie Maker, which is a free download.

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