Hall of Flame

Museum of Firefighting

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The Hall of Flame offers a wide variety of education programs.  Many are designed for children from ages 4 to 11.  Curator of Education Mark Moorhead has designed a range of tours for children in this age group:

 

1. Story Time Tours. Groups are divided into classes of no more than 40 children. Mark and his staff of docents and volunteers introduce the class to the basics of fire safety and prevention. They get the chance to hear a fire safety related story, play on a real fire engine, learn life saving fire safety techniques, watch a fire safety video, and have lots of fun! Story hours are very popular with home schoolers, cub scout and girl scout groups, day care centers, preschools, and parents groups. They can be scheduled for anytime between 9 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Most story hours take about an hour.  They can be scheduled for anytime between 9 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Most story hours take about an hour. They can be scheduled on fairly short notice, but we do require a reservation to avoid too many groups at one time.

Fee:  $8.00 per person. Teachers are free.  All other adults pay $10.00  $80.00 minimum applies to any guided tour with less than 10 participants.  

 

2.  Wet Ní Wild: This hands-on version of our popular Story Time Tour is perfect for future fire fighters! Itís aimed at kids from Kindergarten through the 2nd grade, and includes the story and video and finally a demonstration of pumping from the museumís 1969 Mack fire engine.  

Mark organizes the kids into bucket brigades. The kids also aim the booster hose of the Mack at a target and operate the combination fog/solid stream nozzle of the booster line. 

Workshops take about 2 hours and can be scheduled for the morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday.  

Fee:  $8.00 per student.  Teachers are free.  All other adults pay $10.00. $80.00 minimum applies to any guided tour with less than 10 participants.    

 

3.  Junior Firefighters Workshop: This is the most popular educational program the museum offers. A tour of the museumís collection of antique fire fighting equipment is enhanced with action packed activities. Workshops are aimed at kids from 3rd through the 6th grade, and include a tour of the galleries, a fire safety presentation, and a demonstration of pumping from the museumís 1969 Mack fire engine and, with smaller groups, a hand pumped fire engine built in 1880. Mark organizes the kids into bucket brigades and assigns others to ďman the brakesĒ of the hand pumper. The kids also aim the booster hose of the Mack at a target and operate the combination fog/solid stream nozzle of the booster line. Workshops can be scheduled for the morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday.

Mark organizes the kids into bucket brigades and assigns others to ďman the brakesĒ of the hand pumper. The kids also aim the booster hose of the Mack at a target and operate the combination fog/solid stream nozzle of the booster line. Workshops can be scheduled for the morning or afternoon, Monday through Friday.

Fee: $8.00 per student. Teachers are free.  All other adults pay $10.00. $80.00 minimum applies to any guided tour with less than 10 participants.    

 

 

 

4.  School Group Tours. Aimed at school children on a museum field trip. These tours have two objectives. First, students learn about the basics of firefighting from a historic perspective, beginning with the hand drawn engines of the 18th century and finishing with modern firefighting methods. Second, museum tour leaders show videos and demonstrate the principles of fire safety behavior. Kids see a fire safety video and they visit the museumís fire safety exhibit area, where they can prepare an escape plan, practice stop Ė drop -roll, inspect a house for fire safety violations, and learn how to call 9-1-1. They also get to dress up in firefighter uniforms and climb aboard the museumís 1951 American La France fire engine. 

 

The museum can handle up to 100 children at a time. They are divided into groups of no more than 30 children and led by Mark and his staff of docents and volunteers, most of whom are retired firefighters. Teachers must reserve a time for these tours. They are available from 9 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday. Our busiest month for these tours is October, which is fire safety month. We recommend that teachers schedule a group tour in any month besides October, so that we can better accommodate their needs.

Fee: $8.00 per person. Teachers are free.  All other adults pay $10 each. $160.00 minimum applies to any guided tour with less than 20 participants.

 

 

5. Fire Safety Outreach. For schools and day care facilities which cannot visit the museum, the Hall of Flame can come to you! Mark will demonstrate the basics of fire safety to classes to the youngest future fire fighters. He uses the same curriculum as firefighters when they visit schools. Unfortunately most fire departments do not have the staff to visit every school who requests a visit, so Mark helps to bridge some of these gaps.

 

Your students will learn about safety issues with video presentations, games, and more! Teachers love this fun filled and creative explanation of basic fire safety and science.

Fee: $8.00 per student. Minimum fee is $160.00 for groups of less than 20. Teachers are free.  All other adults pay $10 each.

 

 

 

6.   Tours for older students. For children in Middle School and for High School students, the museum offers guided tours that cover the history of firefighting in the United States, the technology of firefighting, and a description of the fire service as a career. 

 

These tours are appropriate both for fire science students at the high school and community college level. and for students of general history. The level of the presentation matches the ages and interest levels of the students.

 

Fee:  $8.00 per person. Minimum fee is $80.00 for groups of less than 10. Teachers are free.  All other adults pay $10 each.

 

7. Adult and Senior Groups. The museum offers guided tours of the galleries for adult groups and senior citizen groups of 10 or more. Tours usually take an hour, but can vary to meet the interests of the group. 

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The museum is a popular destination for bus tours as well as senior living communities.

Fee: $8.00 per person. Minimum fee is $80.00 for groups of less than 10

 

 

Hall of Flame Fire House Fun Day: Each October the museum sponsors our Fire House Fun Day on the museum grounds. Held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a Saturday close to Halloween, these open house events include rides on a museum fire engine, face painting, games, drawings, and visits with professional entertainers. Local fire departments bring their latest pieces of apparatus and welcome kids to climb aboard. Smokey Bear is also usually available for hugs by kids and photo ops for parents. Admission is free to all during those hours. Open Houses typically draw well over a thousand visitors to the museum. Call 602-275-3473 for the date and other details.

To schedule a tour:  Call the museum at 602-275-3473 and ask for Curator of Education Mark Moorhead. 

 

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