Breaking news
Money raised for slain baby Naugatuck’s funeral -
Lady Vols earns win over Colorado -
You’ll love visiting this Colorado town in winter -
Franklin powers Jayhawks rout in Maine -
JuJu Smith-Schuster back in roster -
Razorbacks lose regular season finale to Missouri -
C becomes first NBA team to reach 15 wins -

Clinton Fire Department Museum Open House Saturday The expanded museum features vintage trucks, old equipment and more than a century of memorabilia

Clinton Fire Department Museum Open House Saturday The expanded museum features vintage trucks, old equipment and more than a century of memorabilia
Clinton Fire Department Museum Open House Saturday The expanded museum features vintage trucks, old equipment and more than a century of memorabilia

CLINTON— Thanks to the efforts of three dedicated firefighters, the “little hidden gem” that is the Clinton Fire Department Museum will soon be open to the public to show off old fire trucks, equipment and more from over 150 years old. of history.

Located at the Reserve Fire Hall at 55 Franklin Avenue, the History Museum will have its first official open house from 2-4 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday). A second open day will take place on Saturday 10 December. Participation is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“If you’re coming to Clinton, it’s something to see,” said former Clinton Fire Chief Bill Huther, one of three officers who helped commission the museum’s latest renovation.

“There’s still a bit of work to do on it, but we’re pretty happy with how it turned out.”

The museum features old and new firefighting equipment, historic photographs of major village fires, patches, plaques and memorials of former firefighters, and much more. There are two classic fire trucks in the museum itself: a 1934 Buffalo engine and a 1950 Ward LaFrance, both used by the Clinton Fire Department for decades.

“People often ask, why do we have all this? And how do we collect all this? Huther joked. “I think our fire department was the first accumulator. They just never threw anything away.

The museum also has an 1876 button hand pump, the second device the department has ever purchased. The pump was pulled by firefighters around the village and was used until 1915. The hand pump was restored in 1984 by Clinton volunteers.

“When I was a kid, I remember this thing being all black and a bit battered. It was actually lovingly restored by our own members,” Huther said of the button hand pump.

He said firefighters used cotton balls and acetone to wipe away decades of mud without damaging the wood finish underneath.

The Clinton Fire Department was founded in 1866, following a major fire in the village in 1862. The first volunteers were mostly former Civil War soldiers. The museum features images dating from the late 1800s to today, showing old equipment and how firefighters and firefighters used to look back in the day.

There’s also a children’s corner, with firefighter costumes, lights and a siren for the kids.

The museum itself was first built in the 1980s, when an addition was added to the reserve fire station on Franklin Avenue. A few years ago, Huther said the department needed to make more room in truck bays and couldn’t justify keeping some of its older devices. So Huther, former chef Kevin Griffin and former president Paul Riley decided to tear down walls to fit the antique trucks into the original museum space.

The three men have continued to work during the COVID quarantine to turn all of the extra room into a bigger and better museum, with lots of help from the Clinton fire community. It opened unofficially a year ago, with visitors coming mostly by word of mouth.

With the two open days ahead, Huther said they hope to turn their “hidden gem” into a village staple.

. doors open museum fire department Clinton saturday museum expanded presents old trucks old equipment dun century memorabilia

. Clinton Fire Department Museum Open House Saturday expanded museum features vintage trucks equipment century memorabilia

PREV How to watch San Jose State vs. North Texas: TV channel, NCAAB live stream info, start time
NEXT ITV’s This Morning descends into chaos as fire alarm goes off