Marine Operations

Beginning in the mid-19th century, New York, a busy port city, needed full-time fireboats to protect the waterfront and fight fires on wooden boats docked at the city’s piers. Fireboats have been stationed at ports in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Fireboat companies were designated Engine Companies until 1959 when the Marine Division was organized.


Our Permanent Exhibitions

One of the most interesting stories, not told elsewhere in the City, is that of the early days of fire fighting in New York. The museum is privileged to house much of the City's collection of historic firefighting artifacts, memorabilia and equipment dating from as early as the 1650s. Together our collection of documents, firefighting apparatus, fire marks, buckets, trumpets, helmets, rattles, lanterns, uniforms and other artifacts tell a powerful story of early New York, the challenges faced by our ancestors and their ingenuity and skill in preventing and controlling fires in a setting and conditions difficult to imagine today.

Firefighting on Parade


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ROMANCE OF FIREFIGHTING


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FIRE APPARATUS


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TOOLS AND UNIFORMS


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9/11 MEMORIAL


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VIEW MORE GALLERIES

Below are links to other galleries within this site:
FDNY in 1970s
25th Anniversary
Fire Mark Gallery
Remembering Their Prayers
Halligan Tool Case

EXHIBITIONS LINKS

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On Display

Our exhibits trace the development of firefighting in NYC. More

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Featured Exhibit

Find out more about new exhibits installed at the Museum. More

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Online Catalog

Our online database contains records and photos of our objects in storage. More