RALEIGH FIRE MUSEUM
105 Keeter Center Drive
The Raleigh Fire Museum has suspended all monthly museum openings and tours until further notice.
Raleigh Fire Museum
PO Box 31084
Raleigh, NC, 27622
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About Our Organization
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The Raleigh Fire Department has a rich history.
Since 1912, the year that the career fire department was formed, the city has
been served by 16 fire chiefs and over 1,500 uniformed and civilian fire
department members. Many people have documented the department's history, from WPA writers in 1936 to the scrapbooks of the Ladies Auxiliary beginning in 1951.
Histories of the Raleigh Fire Department have been written by Elizabeth Davis
Reid (1970), Capt. B.T. Fowler (1984), and Capt. Peter Brock (2002).
Read more about the history of history.
In 2007, Battalion Chief Alan Walters and
Historian and former firefighter Mike Legeros began discussing the concept of a
historical society. In 2008, the first meetings were held with personnel,
retirees, and civilians. The Raleigh Fire Department Historical Society was
incorporated in 2010. Also that year, it was granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.
They changed their organization name to the Raleigh Fire Museum in February
Among their many current projects is the
operation of the Raleigh Fire Museum, which opened in June 2011. The museum is
located in a classroom trailer at the Keeter Training Center. On display are
hundreds of artifacts and photos that represent 150 years of firefighting in the
Capitol City. Learn more about the museum.
The founders of the organization were
Gary Amato, David Barefoot, Jan
Chamblee, Jeff Harkey, Tim Henshaw, Mike
Legeros, Ronny Mizell, K.C. Ray, Tim
Wall, Alan Walters. Their time and
energy was instrumental in creating the
mission of the museum organization, and
the means and ways to fulfill that
Those who helped open the physical museum-- from preparing the
space to providing artifacts to documenting the grand
opening-- also included Steve Bartholomew, Tim Blaisdell,
Ronald Campbell, Creighton Edwards, David Freeman, Dave
Godfrey, Thomas Johnson, Frank McLaurin, Danny Poole,
Brian Sherrill, Chad Shingleton, Bobby Smith, Robert
Upchurch, Kathy Walters, Steve Welch, and Lee Wilson.
The Raleigh Fire Museum conducts business
meetings on the first Monday of each month, at locations that include the Raleigh
Fire Museum, Fire Station 16, and Fire Station 28. For information on meeting
locations, send an e-mail message to
Last update March 20, 2020
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