Founded by long time member, Herb Bramley, the Long Beach Firefighter’s Museum collects, preserves and displays many items from the rich history of the Long Beach Fire Department which was founded in 1897. The museum displays numerous pieces of antique fire equipment, to include vintage fire trucks (human and horse drawn), hoses, ladders, and uniforms. The museum is staffed by dedicated volunteers and is open every Wednesday from 8:00-12:00 and the second Saturday of every month from 10:00-3:00.
began back in 1980 with the creation of the Long Beach Fireman’s Historical
Society which was given permission to use old fire station #10 for the
restoration of antique fire equipment.
The building eventually became home to the museum which started with
only a single vehicle and a few borrowed tools.
It has since grown to include many vehicles and numerous pieces of
equipment that trace the evolution of the department from its rudimentary
beginnings to present day.
collection includes some of the leather buckets that were required in every
home prior to the formal creation of a fire department. Among the fire fighting vehicles on display
are ten used from 1901 (a hand-pulled hose cart) to 1965 (a Mack fire
truck). The museum also displays an 1890
Rumsey hand-pulled ladder, a 1907 Amos Keag Steam Engine, a 1926 Ahrens-Fox
Pumper Truck, a 1935 GMC panel first aid truck, and a 1955 Cadillac ambulance.
permits its equipment to be used in various parades, welcomes students for
guided tours, and allows its visitors to touch and actually climb into some of
its vehicles. Finally, don’t forget to ask
about Sam the cat who actually slid down a 20-foot fire pole.