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FDNY History and Heritage


The Fire Department of the City of New York has a long history of firefighting, extending back to the days of Dutch colonization. The Museum tells this story through our vast collection of objects, memorabilia, and photographs. We invite you to explore our exhibitions at the Museum and here online. 

The Vounteer Era

The Colonial Period 
Post Revolution

The Paid Department

Fire Insurance

The New York Fire Patrol
Marks of Assurance

Be sure to access the New York firefighting history resources page for publications, related Websites, and other Fire Museums across the country. 


And if you are a family member, learn how you can obtain a firefighter’s complete service record from the FDNY Personnel Records. 

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