Boasting almost an acre of fire history under one roof, the Hall of Flame Fire Museum and National Firefighting Hall of Heroes located just east of downtown Phoenix is a must-see museum for anyone with a fascination with all things firefighting related.
There are over 90 fully restored engines, ladders, and other fire apparatus dating from 1725 to 1969 to look at, so you can truly appreciate the history and evolution of firefighting. The collection, while predominantly American, also has pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. While most of the apparatus is strictly "look, don't touch," there is a fire truck specifically set up for kids to play on.
The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes is a memorial honoring firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty or who have been otherwise decorated for heroism. There's also examples of the clothing and equipment worn and carried throughout the ages, a history of wildland firefighting, fire helmets dating back to the 1800s, and a collection of hundreds of patches from fire and EMS agencies around the country. Of course, when you're all done looking around, stop in the gift shop to pick up some neat souvenirs from your visit -- the kids won't let you leave without something, no doubt.
Access to the museum is easy as it lies right off the Loop 202, and is also just a short walk from the Priest Dr/Washington Street light rail stop. The museum is a non-profit institution, and all admission fees go towards maintaining and adding to the collection -- preserving the history of firefighting for future generations.
Address: 6101 East Van Buren St., Phoenix, Arizona 85008
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