Get Involved with the Museum - Volunteers Needed for the Fall!

The Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center is currently looking for volunteers to assist as Education and Admission Docents. Volunteer Docents will be needed weekends between September 20 & 21 through November 21 & 22 and/or weekdays in October and November. These are great opportunities to get involved with the museum and help promote fire safety throughout the community. Volunteers will need to have an interest in fire history and a passion for working with the public.

  • Admission Docents will assist at the Front Desk & Gift Shop area. Volunteers in this role will handle all admissions for visitors and members, sell merchandise and memberships, and provide excellent customer service. Anyone interested in this role should be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with the public, and able to use a cash register for a variety of transactions.

  • Education Docents will be used on the Museum Floor to provide fire safety information to children and their families. Education Docents will also be used to assist with school groups on weekdays. Education Docents should be at least 18 years old, have an enthusiasm for working with children, and are able to learn and interpret historical and educational information.

More information is available by clicking on position descriptions below:

Click here for a volunteer application.

If interested in volunteering as an Admissions or Education Docent, please fill out an application and contact Annamae Kacsandi at kacsandia@wrfmc.com or 216-664-6312.

The Museum is also in need of Maintenance and Construction volunteers to assist with building projects this fall and into the following year.

  • Maintenance & Construction volunteers are needed with a variety of tasks around the museum throughout the week. We are in need of volunteers with experience in any of the following areas: carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, and painting. Volunteers with other maintenance or construction related skills are also welcome.

Anyone interested in volunteering with maintenance or construction efforts should contact President Roy Ziganti, Jr. at royziganti@gmail.com or 216-536-9866.

 

 

 

A Fire Engine T Party And Museum Opening In September

The Museum will be open weekends beginning September 20-21 and run through November 22-23 with some exciting programs.  A Fire Engine T Party in the main apparatus bay will be the main attraction.  A collection of eight fire engines built on Ford Model T chassis will be on display including our own 1915 Hallock Chemical engine from West Farmington (Farmington Township).  Programs with local antique car clubs are being planned.  Watch the website for more information on the exhibit and special programs.

A very special program occurs on Saturday October 4th at 3:00pm.  Well known Model T Fire Engine historian and author William D. Killen will present an illustrated program on Fire Fighting with Henry's Model T.  He has just finished a book with that title and will have them available for purchase and autographing.  This will be a great program for anyone interested in Model T's as well a fire engine enthusiasts.  Light refreshments will be served after the program.

There will be something for the family to do every weekend at the Museum.  The first floor will finally be open.  Our new entrance from the plaza will be finished.  Work is now underway in finishing the fire safety education area with construction of the smoke bedroom and hazard kitchen for interactive activities.

Lots more, too.

  • Talk to our Dalmatian in his fire truck

  • Climb aboard a real fire truck and maybe take a ride  (you too, adults!)

  • Form a bucket brigade to put out a "fire"

  • Operate the nozzle from a real aerial tower "bucket"

  • Play area for little kids with toy fire engines

  • Put on miniature turn out gear and pull a hose

Hours:
    Saturdays from 10am to 4pm
    Sundays noon to 4pm
Donation:
    Adults $5.00; Children $3.00 (under 3 free)
    Free to all Museum members

We will be closed Saturday, October 18th for a private event.

Click here for more information on the exhibit