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Research and Genealogy Inquiries

Learn More About Firefighting History

The following resources are provided for your exploration and to guide your research. 

Photo Requests

We are pleased to offer the public images from our collection for a cost of $25 each. After you have selected the image from our online catalog, submit a request to our Collections Manager, you will then be directed to our online checkout. 


We understand that some members of the FDNY and their families may have difficulty affording this fee, as well as certain academic purposes. Therefore, we are happy to waive the fee for those who are eligible. If you fit into this category, please contact our Collections Manager for more information and eligibility


We look forward to helping you find the perfect image! 

Genealogy Inquiries

The NYC Fire Museum does NOT hold any FDNY personnel records. As a family member, you can obtain a firefighter’s service record from the FDNY Personnel Records.


Before contacting us, please contact FDNY Human Resources at


After receiving information from the FDNY, you may submit an inquiry via our contact page. We will see if we have any information that might be useful to you. Please have the relative’s name, years of service, and company number ready, or send a copy of the personnel record received from headquarters.


You can check libraries and the internet for some of the following resources related to the history and operations of New York City’s fire department. This list is by no means complete, rather these are suggested sources for your research. We do not lend or copy any of these publications from our archives.

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