April 2-20, 2012 Casa Grande, Part 2
I probably should have renamed this blog – April 17, 2012 – Hall of Flame
When Bruce suggested we do this, I thought it sounded cool but this museum was amazing! The Hall of Flame Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes has over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus dating from 1725 to 1969. The Hall of Flame also sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism. The Hall also includes a gallery dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the US.
More info is here:
The Museum has four large rooms – one contains non motorized fire apparatus – wow – some of these are beautiful!
The motorized buildings:
There were so many fire trucks and all were in really fine condition – show quality – WOW!
And us playing around on the one fire truck we were allowed:
In each of the rooms/buildings, there was more information on the walls or small rooms off the big rooms.
This wall mural was in one of the buildings:
Patches from all over the country:
There was a book organized by state and then alphabetically by town/city. We looked for Pottsville or Minersville but there was none. I may have to do something about that when I get home. We did find Schuylkill Haven – a town about 6 miles from us.
In another area, this was a control center from Phoenix and they actually had real time scanners going so we could listen:
This was in another area on equipment – another item from Schuylkill Haven:
There was a huge area which honored all the firefighters who died in the line of duty – with a special section on 9/11 – very sobering. And there was this flag – if you look close there are all the names of those who died on 9/11.
I have done some research and this flag can be purchased at http://biellc.stores.yahoo.net/index.html
The gallery on forest fire fighting was very interesting. Lots of information on previous forest fires and dedications and stories of those who died.
We spent a few hours at the Museum and I highly recommend it. We enjoyed a great lunch at Crackers before we parted. What a wonderful day!
The weatherman has said that the temperatures on 4/21 will be record breaking – Time to move on and start our summer travels. Stay tuned – we hope to be playing tourist again and visiting places we never been –