Firefighter Memorabilia and More at the Nassau County Firefighter's Museum
You will find firefighter memorabilia and fire safety exhibits at The Firefighter's Museum and Education Center in Nassau County, NY. The museum is a tribute to the history of the firefighting in the communities of Long Island. Besides showing the history, the museum teaches fire safety and prevention to children.
Kids who visit will learn about "Stop, Drop and Roll", calling 911, and the importance of having a fire safety plan. On a recent visit to the museum, I saw a video showing how quickly a cigarette can start a house fire. The video had a time counter and you can see within minutes how quickly the flames can consume a house. I can say that it was a real eye opener.
You can also view a display showing the history of the firefighter's protective outfit and gear used throughout the decades.
The museum is inside the Cradle of Aviation and is located at One Davis Ave, Garden City, NY 11530. The phone # is (516) 572-4177. It is part of "Museum Row", which also includes the Cradle of Aviation and the Long Island Children's Museum. To get into the museum, you must enter through the Reckson Visitor Center. The museum also has a gift shop.
The museum was started in 1995 from the dream of 2 individuals and a collaboration of goals. Frank Pendl, a Nassau County Fire Service Academy Instructor, had a collection of firefighter memorabilia. He displayed his collection in the lobby of the Fire Academy. His display included large fire apparatus, extinguishers, helmets, and nozzles. However, due to lack of space, it was soon realized that this collection needed a more permanent and prominent display so that all Nassau County residents could enjoy and learn about the history of firefighting on Long Island.
Around the same time, a fellow who was in charge of public education had a dream where people can learn about fire safety every day and not just during fire prevention week. His name was Andy Stienmuller.
With the collaboration of these 2 individuals and the lobbying of a small group of firefighters, the Nassau county Firefighter's Museum came into existence.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm.
During the summer months the museum is open 7 days a week.
- Adult: $5.00
- Child: $4.00
- Discount to 62+ and Voluteer Fireman & Non-Ambulatory Visitors: $4.00
Coming soon at the museum:
Pink Heals Tour: 9/19/11
Running from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Nassau County Firefighter's Museum: A parade and rally to educate the public about women's cancers. Pink Heals http://www.pinkfiretrucks.org/ is a group of Arizona firefighters who travel the country in pink firetrucks raising awareness.
Have you been to the Firefighter's Museum?
What did you think of it?
Return from Firefighter Memorabilia-Museum to Long Island Museums
Return from Firefighter Memorabilia-Museum to Long Island homepage