Fire Apparatus

The FDNY's transition to the gasoline combustion engine was slow and cautious. The steam engine was a well-developed and proven technology. The Department was not willing to completely risk the safety of the City on relatively new technology so they experimented with gasoline engines, which proved their effectiveness and caused the FDNY to gradually phase out horse drawn apparatus. Visitors to the Fire Museum can see this transition from steam to motorized apparatus on our first floor. Not only do we have the beautiful horse drawn 1901 LaFrance steam engine, which saw service in Brooklyn, but we have a 1912 steamer with a gasoline powered Van Blerck tractor, and a 1921 American LaFrance gasoline powered pumper.


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:
Fire Mark Gallery
FDNY in 1970s
Remembering Their Prayers
25th Anniversary
Halligan Tool Case
Marine Operations

EXHIBITIONS LINKS

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On Display

Our exhibits trace the development of firefighting in NYC. More

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Featured Exhibit

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Online Catalog

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