Raleigh Fire Museum 

Fire Museum News - Spring 2015

March 29, 2015

Members, Friends, and Supporters,

Here are some updates about what’s happening with the Raleigh Fire Museum lately.

1.  CITY OF RALEIGH WORKPLACE GIVING – The fire museum received pledges from thirty-three donors during the fall 2014 enrollment period. The total gift amount was $1,814.00, which will be paid to the museum in quarterly payments. Every donor was awarded a new or renewed fire museum membership in appreciation. Thank you for your continued support!

2.  NEW CHALLENGE COIN – We are designing a new Raleigh Fire Department challenge coin, to be sold as a fundraiser. We’re finishing the design concepts and we will submit the final design to the Fire Chief for approval. Our timeframe is April or May, with in-person selling to start. After a short period of time, they’ll available for purchase at www.raleighfiremuseum.org.

3.  1936 AMERICAN LAFRANCE – You’ve certainly heard about our acquisition of another Old Engine 1. The apparatus was received as a donation in February. The museum is presenting planning the next steps, which include a conditions assessment and a restoration project plan. Read about the exciting news at http://raleighfiremuseum.org/news/2015-02-13.html. Are you interested in participating? Keep reading…

4.  1961 AMERICAN LAFRANCE – The museum also owns a second antique, a 1961 pumper that’s presently housed at Station 28.  (Though likely soon moved to Station 29.) This truck was purchased through firefighter donations a few years ago. An operational restoration has been underway, and the truck is now running. Additional work is planned, as well as cosmetic work. This will be a much faster project than the 1936. Are you interested in participating? See below. 

5.  HELP WITH THE RESTORATIONS - Would you like to help with restoring the 1961 or 1936 pumpers? Or do you have a special talent that would facilitate these projects? Drop us a note or stop by at one of our next meetings. We’d love to have you join in preserving our history one piece at a time.

6.  FIREMAN’S BALL IN NOVEMBER – Save the date for Saturday, November 21. The fire museum and the fire department are presenting a “formal Christmas spectacular” in the style of the centennial ball that was held three years ago. The location is again the Raleigh Convention Center Ballroom. New things include (a.) allowing entire table reservations and (b.) requesting each guest bring a gift for donating to charity. More information, as well as ticket prices, will be announced.

7.  VINTAGE VIDEOS – We’ve lately started digitizing old video footage of the fire department. The clips have been added to the fire museum’s YouTube page and include a fire prevention puppet show circa 1990, and a fire prevention safety display at the K-Mart on Western Boulevard in August 1990. Links to those and more are available at www.raleighfiremuseum.org/video.

8.  MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS – Thank you to everyone who has purchased or renewed their fire museum membership. Expiring members were notified in a mail campaign recently. And we now offering multi-year renewals on our web site, www.raleighfiremuseum.org

9.  MEET OUR STAFF – Who is the fire museum? Our “staff” includes Historian Mike Legeros (President), Asst. Fire Marshal Tim Henshaw (Vice President), Division Chief Ronny Mizell (Secretary/Treasurer), Captain Jan Chamblee, Captain John Rehbock, Captain David Barefoot, FireNews.net Editor Jeff Harkey, and longtime fire buff (and former volunteer firefighter) Vinny Florio.

10.  YOU CAN PARTICIPATE – Want to help the fire museum? We have many options, including the apparatus restoration projects listed above. There are also “staffing slots” for the monthly museum openings. Two people are requested for each second-Saturday-of-the-month opening. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

11.  UPCOMING MEETINGS – The museum staff meets on the second Tuesday of each month at rotating locations. The meetings start at 7:00 p.m. Drop at a line at any time for questions, or more information. Here’s the upcoming schedule:





Tues, Apr 7


Sta 28

7:00 p.m.

Tues, May 12


Sta 16

7:00 p.m.

Tues, Jun 9



7:00 p.m.

Tues, Jul 14


Sta 16

7:00 p.m.

12.  MUSEUM MAILING LIST - Want to receive the latest updates on museum meetings, the planned agenda, and other information. We have a mailing list that you can subscribe to. Send a note to raleighfiremuseum@gmail.com.

13.  MEETING MINUTES – What’s the latest business of the Raleigh Fire Museum? Read the minutes from our monthly staff meetings, which are posted on our web site. Here’s that address:   http://raleighfiremuseum.org/news.html

14.  FIRE MUSEUM ON FACEBOOK – The Raleigh Fire Museum has a Facebook page, where we post assorted news and bits of history. Visit http://www.facebook.com/RaleighFireMuseum. We also have a Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ralfiremuseum.

15.  THANK YOU – As always, thank you for support of the Raleigh Fire Museum. We are the shepherds of the living history that each of you is part of.

Mike Legeros, President
Tim Henshaw, Vice President
Ronny Mizell, Secretary/Treasurer

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