Firefighting on Parade

Parades were a popular form of public entertainment and, beginning with the July 4th celebration of 1824, volunteer firemen's anticipation became particularly prominent. Each volunteer fire company took great pride in the festive appearance of its banners, machines and uniforms. This exhibit features four apparatus in parade formation and the beautifully decked out Steinway hose carriage. The elegant machines are surrounded by celebratory artifacts, including a Brooklyn volunteer fire department banner, paintings on wood panels that once adorned pumpers, decorative plaques used to embellish apparatus on parade, lanterns and torches that lit up parades, and ribbons, festive belts, hats and helmets worn by the marchers.


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

EXHIBITIONS LINKS

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On Display

Our exhibits trace the development of firefighting in NYC. More

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