In the former headquarters of Engine 30—a handsome beaux arts building dating from 1904—retired firefighters volunteer their time in the morning and early afternoon to answer visitors' questions. The collection of firefighting tools from the 18th century to the present includes hand-pulled and horse-drawn engines, speaking trumpets, pumps, and uniforms. A memorial exhibit with photos, paintings, children's artwork, and found objects relating to the September 11 attacks
is also on view—a poignant reminder and tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11. The museum is two subway stops (via the E train) north of the Ground Zero site.
Jan 5, 2009
A charming museum with an attractive, if haphazardly labeled and arranged collection housed in an old fire station. Plenty of typical fire museum items, including a number of elaborate hand-drawn hose carts, horse-drawn boilers, and antique fire trucks. Has such things as fire uniforms, accoutrements such as voice trumpets and medals and ribbons, old fire buckets, fire insurance plaques, paintings and prints, toy models of fire engines and fire houses,
and a 9/11 memorial. Reasonably priced as well. Worth a visit.