Welcome to a Piece of Burlington History
On your visit to Greater Burlington you are sure to find a day full of delights and a few surprises. The Burlington Fire Department Museum might be one of them. Housed in a working fire station, the museum hosts a variety of memorabilia from the Burlington station, as well as a few items from fire houses past. A true experience as you walk through a time when things were done quite differently from today’s technology.
The Burlington Fire Department Museum was created during the remodel of Central Fire Station in 2002. The doors to the museum are the original hose tower doors that were installed in Central Fire Station in 1907. Inside the museum are many photographs covering the Department's history from the early 1900's through today. There are also several unique pieces of fire equipment on display including a refurbished hose cart. The museum is maintained by three Burlington Fire Department Retirees - Fire Chief Bill Ell, Battalion Chief Bill Carlson, and Battalion Chief Larry Werner.
While the public really enjoys the museum, it has a deeper meaning to those who have worked at or central station or those that have worked in the fire or EMS field. This museum holds our history and helps us to remember how far we have come as a service. It also helps us to remember those who came before us.
For organized tours of Central Fire Station and the Fire Museum call Dana Hunter at 319-753-8396 to schedule an appointment. The station also does their best to welcome in the unexpected visitors when possible. School groups, clubs and civic organization are welcome.
Blog posted By Brenda Levitt, staff of the Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau on April, 2016