Research and Genealogy Inquiries

Learn More About Firefighting History

The following resources are provided for your exploration and to guide your research. If, after going through these sources, you have a question, please email the Museum at

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 send an email to us at: curator@nycfiremuseum.orgWe 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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