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