firefighting has been neglected by American fire museums.
In August of 2003 the
Hall of Flame opened a gallery to remedy this omission to the nation's
It includes a replica of a 1930s era L-6 lookout
cabin, several pieces of motorized wildland firefighting apparatus, and displays
that tell the
story of wildland firefighting -- the smokejumpers,
hotshots, helitack crews, engine crews, class II crews, air tankers, and
lookouts who comprise the profession.
Visitors use a
twenty five page catalogue as they tour the gallery. It contains
background information on each subject as well as captions for every
photograph on display in the gallery.
A television in the gallery
shows several wildland firefighting
related videos, and a computer runs an educational program introducing
users to techniques of firefighting in the forests of Florida, the
mountains of Montana, the prairies of Idaho, and the chaparral districts
of Southern California.