The museum’s historic fire apparatus and displays of artifacts and photographs reflect the evolution of firefighting technology in Carson City from the organization of the first engine company in 1863 through the introduction of modern motorized fire engines and the refinements in those apparatus. In addition to the fire apparatus, artifacts displayed in the museum include historic photographs, dance programs and ball tickets, a set of original Currier & Ives lithographs from the Life Of A Fireman series, as well as the colorful uniform shirts, ornate leather belts and leather helmets worn by firefighters in Carson City as well as a fine collection of working and presentation speaking trumpets not only from Carson City’s fire companies, but also those of nearby Virginia City and Gold Hill.
Fire Apparatus On Display:
1847 Hunneman hand-pumped fire engine
1873 Silsby two-wheel hose cart
1884 Two-wheel hose cart built by local
blacksmith W.D. Torreyson
1888 California Fire Apparatus Mfg. Co. four-wheel hose carriage
ca. 1905 Obenchain-Boyer chemical cart
1913 Seagrave (No. 10505) chemical-hosewagon
1927 Seagrave Suburbanite (No. 47662) pumper
The museum also features tools, emergency lights and sirens, uniform insignia, carbon tetrachloride and other types of fire extinguishers, nozzles and nozzle tips, hose adaptors and fittings and other fire and rescue related equipment used in the protection of life and property in Carson City.
Fire apparatus from the Warren Engine Co. No. 1 collection currently in storage include:
1946 Mack hosewagon
1956 Coast pumper
1970 Crown pumper
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