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Title: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: trav on August 26, 2003, 12:01:40 AM
There is a Fire Museum in Central City Phily...very cool...old tools...apparatus...helmets....tribute to 9/11 really something to see...it was an old fire house...don't exaclty remeber where at but if anybody can help me out please do. Thanks :?
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: firebox_417 on August 26, 2003, 06:18:26 PM
I think its at Second & Arch Sts.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: trav on August 27, 2003, 05:59:17 PM
that sounds about right firebox...thanks :lol:
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 10:57:48 AM
Fireman's Hall is the name of the Philadelphia Fire Museum

You are correct on the location...

Here are some photographs from my trip there a few weeks ago...

BTW, If you are anywhere near Philadelphia it is worth your while to stop in! The hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free but I highly recommend that you make a donation in the Call Box at the door.

Oh, I almost forgot... they have an OUTSTANDING Gift Shop! Get your PFD T-Shirt there... Here is another little hint: Most of the Fire Stations in Philly have thier own T-Shirts for sale... Just stop in the station and ask!!!... the Philly Firefighters are great!!!! -Special thanks to Station #8 !!!
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:02:11 AM
Fireman's Hall Tribute to 9/11
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:04:16 AM
More Fireman's Hall Photos
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:06:25 AM
Vintage Rigs @ Fireman's Hall
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:08:17 AM
More Vintage Rigs
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:11:16 AM
Fun With The Camera!!!

These photographs are real! The museum has an old pilot house with a cityscape mural behind it... and a model of the fireboat Bernard Samuel in front of another skyline mural.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:19:05 AM
One of the most noted features of Fireman's Hall is the stained glass window on the second floor. The window contains several firefighting images in it's artwork.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: ScanOhio.com on November 02, 2003, 11:21:33 AM
Tools
Title: Firemen's Hall
Post by: Box 2565 on April 11, 2006, 06:25:24 PM
A beautiful framed certificate for a member of the Volunteer Firemen's Association of Philadelphia.
Title: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: Box 2565 on April 14, 2006, 01:05:20 AM
This beautiful lithograph shows the Hibernia Engine Company No. 1 of Philadelphia.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: Box 2565 on May 18, 2006, 05:50:45 AM
The "Canon Wagon".  I believe that they still bring this unusual deluge unit out to musters.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: Box 2565 on September 26, 2009, 10:19:25 AM
The building as it appeared in the 1970's.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: START WATER on October 01, 2009, 04:21:50 PM
  the last i have heard  in 2009 the giant deluge is sitting on alot  it would be  great to be restored  buy a collector  .  it was removed   from the museum  and replced by another steamer  .  also it had a big foot print  ,meaning it took up a lot  of space .  There is s large apparatus  floor  from the  horse drawn days ,but not that large for  more modern rigs

even the 1954 maxim marigus  ladder the pfd  had  would  not fit thru the doors .

the museum nmow has  the last time  i was  downthere  is :
a  horse drawn ladder, 2 steamers ,one  horse  drawn turret wagon  ,a couple of hand drawns
two  steamers  ,and and the  1950  autocar  engine that still runs  and used in musters  parades etc  ,so between al that plus the gift shop and all maintance  required  is  done by one fire fighter  and  who may  be off on light work assignment  , There are  some volunteers 
that write replies to request for information ,  .

The remark  made  about dust on the old deluge gun  rig ,is from a non fire fighter  and may not realize   eng 46  is a single house  working ,officer driver and two ffs  ,with 6 front line  rigs to maintain ,plus  first responder runs  ,inspections fire runs etc  and one man on watch 24/7  to  recieve  fire  calls etc  .Sothe old  deluge truck may njot  get any attention while wiating to be scraped .   
When anyone  from out of town stops in and sees somethinig like that  , stop and think  for a few seconds  what is the working manpower ,  keeping front line  rigs  up to par is alot more important   then those  being stored for possible  scrape .  And the person  is  from the area and knew  there are only three fire fighters  working per shift with a officer .  I
only mentioned this  as a learning  experience  . The pfd  and opther large  fds dont; get a night where 20 people show up to wash a truck like many volunteer fds   do .   its a different  world  .  just my two cents 


 
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: alvin201 on October 02, 2009, 05:42:21 AM
I went by a year ago, and there was an Autocar pumper lettered E58 inside the south door.  Museum was closed, thus the awful glare on the pictures from the glass.  Can anyone tell what year the rig is?  My guess early-mid 1950s.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: START WATER on October 02, 2009, 02:35:31 PM
       The Autocars  came in 1949 and 1950   Go to Apparatus by Dept  here at youngstown
for  many or all fd   apparatus   from  this time period to date enjoy 

also  they were still in reserve in 1973  .   The were designed to be a hydrant piece  for the two piece co's    with a 750 pump and a 100 gallon tankl .However they would not  stop working   They fought  many fires  as  single piece  Eng co even in very busy stations
it was sort of  neat in a way to have a open cab and  tailboard riders  in the 60-70' but we did .   I  was in a very busy station   and  had one the day before i got promoted in 72  .

nothing like the war years  today .

Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: START WATER on October 23, 2009, 04:27:23 PM
        THE  REO GIANT DELUGE GUN WAS REPLACED BY ANOTHER  STEAMER
AND THE REO DID TAKE UP ALOT OF SPACE . THE LAST I HEARD  ITS SITTING ON A LOT WAITING TO BE SOLD OFF  .  PEOPLE  ARE UPSET  THAT ITS NOT USED ANYMORE , FOUR OF THE KMES HAVE  2,000 GPM DECK GUNS  TO REPLACE IT. 
THE  GIANT  DELUGE CAN MOVE 2500 GPM THE FOUR DELUGE CO'S CAN MOVE 8,000 GPM . SW
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: JMPRECISION on February 16, 2011, 12:29:21 PM
Link to their web site

http://www.firemanshall.org/
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: START WATER on August 12, 2011, 04:21:35 PM
WHEN THE  OLD  STATIO0N  WAS LEFT EMPTY  WHEN ENG 8 MOVED IN WITH LADDER 2  AROUND THE CORNER  IT WAS OCCUPIED BY THE RESERVE  VOLUNTEER FIRE FORCE  , THEY LEFT AND THE US  ARMY RESERVE  MOVED IN   THEY MOVED  OUT AND I LOST TRACK WHO WAS IN THE BUILING TILL  BC  JOE  GINDELE  HAD THE IDEA OF  A FIRE MUSEUM   IT OPENED  WIH ONE LARGE  OVERHEAD DOOR

AND NO WATER OUTSIDE FOR THE HORSES 
IT OPENED  SOME WHERE AROUND 73  AND WAS OPENEND  ON WEEKENDS  BY FF  'S WHO VOLUNTEERED  .

IN 75  A  GROUPOF  BIG  INSURANCE CO'S AND STORE OWNERS  STARTED A CORP AND RAISED MONEY TO  OVERHAUL AND ADD  SPRINKLERS  ETC   FOR 1976

LIKE MANY THINKS  IT OPENED A YEAR  LATTER
THE FD   SEND THEIR WALKING WONDED  THERE TO HELP MAN IT

I WAS ASSIGNED THEIR  FOR ABOUT 5 MONTHS WHEN I WAS GRAFTED      THERE IS A GFOUP OF VOLUNTEERS  WHO ASSIT WITH RESEARCH , WROTE THE 125 YEAR HISTORY  AND

THERE IS A MEMBERSHIP AVAILABLE  THAT WILL  GET YOU TO THE MEETINGS  WITH GUEST SPEAKERS  , SLIDES  AND  VIDEOS , AND OF COURSE A NICE CHRISTMAS  PARTY FOR THE FAMAILY

IF YOU NHAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL  I AM BATTLELAMP@AOL.COM  . SW
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: START WATER on January 30, 2015, 07:17:30 PM
PLEASE   NOTE   NEW EMIL IS   P530B@ AOL.COM  .  AND THE MUSEUM NUMBER IS 

      215-WA3 -1438  THERE  IS A STORE  AND THY TAKE CREDIT CARDS
Title: Re: Philadelphia Fire Museum
Post by: START WATER on September 04, 2015, 03:19:33 PM
   i guess by now  no photos   are posted    i suggest you go to the phila  fd web site nd the  museum has a  thread on thread       there is a alf steamer that pumped  900 dpms  at 200 lbs  a  horse dawn latter      a few hand pumpers     ll kinds of ire mks  helmets  etc  and a great gift shop  an if any  fire  co has a new patch  they have it fo sale    that stops  out of town  ff   diving in dangerous  areas

i am talking with thm about selling  my photos   and maybe slides   

but how we could   sort them by  make is  a big problem   even by year is hard
       here is a good laugh   i had a table at  pump primers    and a peprson walked  up and said  you won;t sell anythhing  becaise we all have   cell phones  i smiled  and pull up a 38 x 10  of the super pumper pumping    you have this    yea he walked away  and the next guy  brought it fofr 25.00  dollars   

by the way i was assigned on light duty  to the museum for 5 months