Since its founding in 1939, the National Historical Fire Foundation (also known as the Hall of Flame Museum) has acquired and maintained firefighting equipment from all over the world. George F. Getz Jr., who established the first Hall of Flame in Wisconsin in 1961, donated many of the museum’s artifacts from his personal collection. The museum’s collection was moved to Phoenix in 1974, and since then it has expanded to become the largest of its kind in the world.
The museum honors American firefighters who have perished or been awarded for bravery on the job with a multimedia theater, five enormous display galleries, and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. Gallery 1 features hand and horse-drawn equipment, Gallery 2 features motorized apparatus, Gallery 3 features smaller motorized apparatus, Gallery 4 features larger motorized apparatus, and Gallery 5 features smaller wildland firefighting apparatus. Numerous fire department arm patches, early fire insurance marks, fire helmets, works of art, and other graphic media are also on display. A kid-friendly play area is also available.
The Grand Parade in Phoenix is just one of many occasions where cars from the collection are driven out of the Museum by volunteer drivers. It may be found in Phoenix, Arizona at 6101 East Van Buren St, close to the Phoenix Municipal Stadium and right across the street from the Phoenix Zoo.
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum honors fallen firefighters and those who have been honored for their bravery by presenting a historical perspective on the profession. On a Sunday, bring the whole ‘clan’ over for some quality time together.
The museum features artifacts dating all the way back to 1725, such as antique fire engines and rare types of fire extinguishers. The majority of the exhibits focus on firefighting in the United States, but there are also displays from Europe and Japan that provide a more international context for the field. The National Firefighters Hall of Heroes honors firefighters who have died protecting the public since 1981. Also included is a memorial to the police and fire personnel who lost their lives in the 2011 terrorist assault on the World Trade Center.