Birmingham Historical Museum & Park announces fire department exhibit

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park is hosting a very special exhibit entitled, “Birmingham’s Fire Department:  100 Years of Service,” now through Saturday, June 9. 
 
The Birmingham Fire Department, first organized in 1913, grew and changed with the city from the late 19th century to the present.  Significant events such as devastating fires and advances in technology had impact on the character of the department, its equipment, and its role. 
 
The exhibit will trace the evolution of the BFD through century old artifacts from the early days to modern day protective equipment such as turnout gear, self-contained breathing apparatus, and a hazmat suit.  Visitors can see antique artifacts such as lanterns, helmets, badges, hoses, nozzles, fire extinguishers, and other firefighting equipment from the 1920s-1950s, as well as vintage photos, documents,  scrapbooks, and other department records.  The museum will also include a tribute to some of BFD’s most memorable personnel—including those who died in the line of duty.  
 
On Sunday, May 20, following the Celebrate Birmingham Parade, the museum will host a special family event  from 1 to 4 pm, with children’s activities, fire safety information, free smoke detectors, and a chance to see the BFD’s well-preserved 1924 La France Fire Truck!  Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to see an antique fire engine, visit our exhibit, and have old-fashioned family fun!
 
The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park is open Wednesday-Saturday from 1-4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students; children 5 and under are free.  The museum is located at 556 W. Maple, Birmingham, Michigan, at the intersection of Maple (15 Mile Rd) and Southfield.  Two hours of free parking is available at the Chester Street Parking Deck, located directly across Maple from the museum. For info, 248.530.1928 or museum@bhamgov.org