Saving History, Saving Lives!

Too many people have died in fires in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Children and the elderly suffered the majority of those deaths. To address this burning need, the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center was conceived.

Our capital campaign, Saving History, Saving Lives!, will provide a first-class regional fire museum and education center to dramatically increase fire safety programming and help reduce the numbers of fire deaths and injuries in all of Northeast Ohio.

To learn more about “Saving History, Saving Lives!” click on “Project” above. There you’ll find information about the Fire Museum project, our board, and our capital campaign. If you want to make a donation click on “Donate” and join us in “Saving History, Saving Lives!”

Our New Front Door

Fire Museum benefits from Reinberger Grant

Thanks to a generous donation from the Reinberger Foundation, work is under way to create the new Museum front entrance from the Plaza to the Museum. The canopy and illuminated sign are now in place. We look like a shining star looking down Carnegie Avenue calling attention to all that this new attraction will soon be open. Plans are now underway to finish the doors and the entry hall for fall programming.

Target date for opening these new doors is September with completion of the entire first floor. The main apparatus bay is ready where we held an exhibit this past fall. The adjacent area will be made into a fire safety education street with interactive exhibits. Some of those will include an interactive bedroom smoke room to teach what to do in case of fire and a demonstration kitchen to illustrate the dangers that can occur there. There will be a 9-1-1 call simulator to teach the basics of emergency calling. For the younger children there will be a play/pretend area where they can dress up in miniature fire fighter gear and even slide down a miniature firehouse sliding pole. While they are still in turn out gear they can operate the nozzles in a real fire truck aerial platform bucket.

Weather permitting other activities will be available outside including extinguishing a “fire” (picture of a flame) in the window of a house with a real live water hose, meet a real Dalmatian fire dog or take a ride in a real old fire truck. It will be a great event for the entire family on weekends. Watch the website for more details.

2013 Fire Engine Muster

The Annual Museum Fire Engine Muster was held on September 8, 2013 at the Barlow Park Farm in Hudson. Click here to see photos. .

Firematic Flea Market

Plan to visit our 30th Annual Firematic Flea market on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. It is held at the Cleveland Fire Training Academy located at 3101 Lakeside Avenue just off the Inner Belt. Click here to see flyer and map. Entrance fee is $3.00 with children under 12 free. Food and beverages available.

A great chance to clean out your basement and rent a space ($10.00 for an 8-ft space) to make some money to buy new goodies from the vendors. Or, just stop by to find a few new things to call your own. Vendors from our area as well as nearby states with antiques, collectibles, alarm boxes, clothing, books, toys, patches and fire engine parts. Call Bob Gahr 440.286.6110 or Steve Hiltebrant 440.835.1791 evenings to rent space.