The Boston Fire Museum Is A Great Way To Appreciate Some History This Weekend

on September 24, 2013

Boston Fire Museum

The Boston Fire Museum, owned and operated by the Boston Sparks Association has occupied the old firehouse at 344 Congress St. since 1983.

The Museum preserves and displays fire-fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area in an attempt to educate the general public on fire safety and maintain the “Landmark” building that it occupies.

The Museum Committee is entirely made up of volunteers who oversee the establishment. The Boston Fire Museum is made-up of several parts including:

Antique Fire Apparatus:

– A hand-drawn, hand-operated Ephraim Thayer pumper which is known as the first engine ever constructed by Thayer.

– A hand-drawn American LaFrance Ladder Truck from 1860.

– A Front Wheel Drive (horse-drawn) Amoskeag steam pumper from 1882.

Fire Alarm Displays & Artifacts

– Two early “Gamewell” glass-encased fire box receiver and repeater systems. One served the town of Hyde Park before it was annexed to Boston in 1912.

– A three-section marble-mounted fire box circuit board that was originally constructed in the 1920s.

– A box transmitter from the 1960s that was used to transmit box alarm information to firehouses.

Photo Displays

– A special exhibit on the history of the fire service in Roxbury.

– Engine 7’s hose wagon, encrusted with ice from the infamous Plant Shoe Co. fire in 1976.

– The self-propelled steamer of Engine 38 that was housed in the firehouse from 1897 to 1925.

– The Mack hose wagon of Engine 33

– A full picture of Engine 18 with a 3-horse hitch on Harvard St.

Firefighting Equipment

– Rakes which are used to ventilate and open up walls, ceilings, windows.

– Ross thawing devices which were used to thaw out hydrants, hoses and other equipment. The “Salt Sled” which was used to carry salt to hydrants to protect them from freezing during the winter

– “Lowrey” hydrant which was used to connect to one of Boston’s three hydrant systems. The “Lowrey” is connected to underground hydrants that are located to under manhole covers.

– This is in addition to various helmets, masks and coats that are available for museum patrons to check out.

For more information about The Boston Museum, visit