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Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Ranked #17 of 230 things to do in Phoenix
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Owner description: The world's largest firefighting museum chronicles the history of the profession and commemorates fallen firefighters.
Phoenix, Arizona
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“Fight-fighters museum -Phoenix, AZ”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great place to see collectable old Fire trucks and equipment. Historic museum and also memorial to the 911 Fire fighters, Easy strolling amongst the numerous fire trucks etc. Though dimly lit inside it's a great place for antique buffs and family and kids to explore.

Visited September 2013
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“Fanning the Flames of Firefighting History”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Did you know mechanical firefighting equipment dates to the early 1700s? In fact a British Newsham Hand Pumper, built in 1730, was the first “fire engine.” Did you know you can see one of these early fire engines, along with 125 pieces of firefighting equipment, at the Hall of Flame in Phoenix, Arizona?

The HOF claims to houses the world’s largest collection of antique fire engines, firefighting gear and auxiliary equipment.

Most of the equipment is in pristine condition. The equipment on display ranges in age from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s. You can see the progression of firefighting effectiveness through the progression of firefighting equipment technology from small hand-drawn pumpers to huge engine powered units.

There are four galleries at the HOF. Gallery One, is devoted to non-motorized equipment. One of the largest pieces of equipment in this gallery is a Babcock Aerial Ladder built in 1886, and used by the Chicago Fire Department. Horse-drawn, it had wooden ladders, and hand-operated gears to raise and lower its large articulating ladder.

While not as big as modern aerial ladder trucks the similarities between it and a modern version are plain to see, including a seat and steering wheel on the trailer for a second driver to steer its rear wheels so it could maneuver through narrow streets and turn sharp corners.

The next gallery covers motorized equipment, or fire engines as we commonly call them. There’s quite a variety of engines. They range in size from the tiny to the titanic.

Virtually all the engines and trucks in this gallery are showroom quality. A prime example is the American LaFrance Type 400 Fire Engine from Norfolk, Nebraska. Built in the 1930s it was American La France’s largest fire engine.

There is a room devoted to equipment and personnel for fighting wildfires, including a small display on the elite group of wildfire fighters known as “Smoke Jumpers.”

Other displays include helmets, axes, breathing apparatus and other firefighting equipment.

The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes recognizes firefighters decorated for acts of heroism, and remembers, by name, those firefighters who have died in the line of duty in the United States since 1981.

The HOF has excellent handicap access.

It is at 6101 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix AZ. It is open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m. For current admission fees and additional information call (602) 275-3473.

Visited January 2014
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“Good for kids 3+”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

This museum has an outstanding number of fire engines from different time periods and places, as well as many pieces of interesting memorabilia. There is one fire engine that kids can climb on and pretend to drive, complete with fire hats they can wear. There is a small kids play area in the back that could really use some renovation and cleaning, but other than that it was great.

Visited June 2014
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Council Grove
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“Lots of Firefighting Memorabilia”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you are interested in the history of firefighting, this is a wonderful museum with lots and lots of great items on display!!!

Visited May 2014
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“Excellent museum”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

I'm not a particular 'fan' of fire engines but must admit this collection is mighty impressive. Obviously most are from the US but there are a number from around the world. You are given a folder on entry & this details all the engines & their history. In addition to the engines there is a Hall of Heroes, a display detailing the work of those who fight wild fires & numerous displays of firefighting memoribilia. An interesting & informative museum that's well worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank David E
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