News Release


For Immediate Release:
December 19, 2006

Yvonne Hester
Director of Public Information

Fire Museum Offers History and Fun

Fire Museum Offers History and FunVictorville, CA—Today’s firefighters have the luxury of the latest technology. Thermal imaging offers firefighters a new vision of the fire scene allowing them to approach a fire more effectively and safely. New uniform materials protect firefighters from harm, and virtual firefighting programs help train new recruits. But firefighters of the past relied solely on courage, hoses, and water to battle the flames. These brave souls helped pave the way for our heroes of today.

Ever wonder what it might have been like to be a firefighter in Victorville in 1950? You can catch a glimpse when you visit the Victorville Fire Museum, located at 15620 8th Street.

Housed in one of the City’s first fire stations, the museum is dedicated to the preservation of Station No. 1 and the collection and display of firefighting equipment. It also serves as an important repository of historic information about the Victorville Fire Department.

Visitors to the museum can view artifacts dating from the 1930s, including old fire fighting apparatus. Beyond fire engines, old equipment, and uniforms, the museum offers old photographs, documents and other historical pieces that chronicle the development of the Victorville Fire Department.

What truly makes a trip to the museum worthwhile is the rich history lesson from Greg Coon, the Victorville Fire Department Hazardous Materials Specialist. Coon has helped spearhead the effort to preserve the fire department’s history, by working with former Victorville Firemen, Southdown Cement Company and has even procured some pieces from private collections.

Admission is free. The museum is open most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. To arrange a tour and museum schedule call (760) 955-5229.