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George  and Olive Getz at their estate in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 1956 with the Hall of Flame's first accession - a 1924 Type 12 American La France fire engine from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 



George Getz at the wheel of his 1924 American La France engine from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with a group of children in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 1956.
The Hall of Flame was in Kenosha, Wisconsin from 1967 through 1970.
George F. Getz, Jr. founded the Hall of Flame in 1961. He organized the National Historical Fire Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization to promote the programs of a museum which he named the Hall of Flame.

Mr. Getz began to collect fire apparatus after the Christmas 1955 present of a 1924 American la France fire engine from his wife, Olive Atwater Getz.

The couple  were fascinated by the rig, and Mr. Getz began to collect apparatus of all types from all over the world.

Mr. Getz died in 1992.  His grandson, George F. Getz, was elected to the presidency of the Foundation.  Mr. Getz' son Bert, his grandson Bert, and his granddaughter Lynn are also members of the foundation's board of trustees. The Getz family strongly supports the goals of the Foundation, which are three: 

The collection, preservation and exhibit of objects relating to the history of firefighting; 

fire safety education;

and the recognition of firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been recognized for acts of heroism.

George F. Getz, Jr. in 1989, with the Hall's 1931 Ahrens Fox Type N Engine from North Tarrytown, NY
George F. Getz Bert A. Getz,  Sr.
Lynn Getz Bert Getz Jr.


The Hall of Flame, Phoenix, Arizona

In 1961 the collection was large enough for exhibit in a small museum in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, near the Getz summer home.

 A few years later the Hall of Flame moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where it remained until 1970. In that year the Getz family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mr. Getz decided to move the Hall of Flame as well.

In 1974 the Hall of Flame opened its present building in Phoenix's Papago Park, adjacent to the Phoenix Zoo and Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Hall has grown from its original single gallery to five exhibit galleries, the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, the museum store, a theater, a restoration shop, a collection storage building, and administrative offices.

The Hall's present size is 70,000 square feet, with 35,000 square feet of exhibit galleries. The collection has grown to over 130 wheeled pieces and thousands of smaller artifacts.

George F. Getz with his wife Dyan, daughter Allison, and son Chip at the 1998 opening of the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes.  Senator John McCain, at right,  dedicated the gallery.







The galleries contain a wide variety of exhibits, including fire apparatus, artwork, uniforms and equipment, firemarks, alarm room equipment, and a large fire safety exhibit which includes a two room safety house, a mini-theater, and many hands-on exhibits for children.


In 1998 the museum opened a new gallery titled the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. In this gallery we honor American firefighters who have received a national award for heroism, and we also recognize American firefighters who have died in the line of duty.


The Hall has a membership of over 400 individuals, fire departments, and companies, who receive a wide variety of benefits in exchange for their membership fees. Please see the Membership Page on this site.

For information on the museum's hours and location, see the Hours & Location page.



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