Oregon Fire Service Museum (OFSM) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining a statewide fire museum in order to share Oregon’s rich history of structural and wildland fire service, provide and promote public fire safety education for all ages, and honor those in fire service. By preserving, restoring, and displaying fire service artifacts, the museum will tell the evolving story of fire prevention and suppression technology. Additionally, the museum plans to collect personal stories and biographical information about the people involved in fire service to aid genealogists, historians, and others in their research.
As budget constraints limit local public fire safety programs, the need is increasing for fire museums to contribute to the reduction of death and injury and the destruction of public and private property due to fire through effective fire safety exhibits and activities. OFSM will partner with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to provide the most current and relevant life safety information available.
Currently our collection is dispersed in borrowed space in various parts of the state. While we have made every effort to find secure locations to house our apparatus and other artifacts, many pieces are not stored under optimal conditions and are subject to continuing deterioration. Periodically we are required to relocate apparatus, which is not only an expense to the museum, but it is increasingly difficult to find space large enough for our vehicles. Only a few of our apparatus are in settings where they can be viewed by the public, and even the museum’s curator has limited access in some situations. The need for permanent, secure, and environmentally stable exhibit space is urgent.
OFSM is raising funds to construct a permanent facility to house and display a portion of our collection and enable us to further our educational goals. We are preparing to build at Antique Powerland in Brooks, Oregon, just off I-5 near Oregon’s state capital, Salem. The initial phase of construction will create a firehouse museum building reflecting the architecture of a 1920s two-bay, two-story firehouse with single-story education wings and a vehicle showroom behind the firehouse. Further phased construction will add a memorial plaza, additional vehicle showroom space, and a restoration workroom. Learn more here.
Make a gift. Your tax-deductible donation will help build and maintain a permanent museum facility that will benefit society for generations to come. Click here to donate online. If you prefer, checks can be made out to “Oregon Fire Service Museum” and mailed to our office at 1284 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301. Thank you for your support!
Donate supplies. Make an in-kind gift of building materials, labor, or other goods and you’ll play a valuable role in constructing the Oregon Fire Service Museum. The curator is also requesting wall-mount digital photo frames (at least 8” x 10”) and male mannequins (scratches or minor defects on limbs and torso okay, but hands and head need to be in good condition), and new or gently used fire truck board books and children’s firefighter costumes for use in the museum. Please contact us to discuss in-kind opportunities.
Become a sponsor. Play an instrumental role in funding construction of Oregon Fire Service Museum, Memorial, and Learning Center. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.
Planned Giving. By including the Oregon Fire Service Museum in your estate planning, you can help ensure the completion and continued operation of the museum. To include the Oregon Fire Service Museum in your will, just include the following text: “I hereby bequeath to The Oregon Fire Service Museum Memorial & Learning Center at 1284 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with IRS tax identification number 93-1100605, (percentage of estate or dollar amount) to be used for (program of choice) or as determined by the board of directors.”
Buy a brick. Honor or memorialize a hero or loved one or express your personal or your business’ support with an engraved brick for our entry area and fire service memorial space.
Buy A Yard of Concrete (PDF). Help us build a permanent home for the Oregon Fire Service Museum by contributing to the construction fund.
Volunteer. Share your expertise or enthusiasm to help Oregon Fire Service Museum meet its goals. Contact us to learn how you can become involved.
Share Oregon’s Fire Service History. Help us collect and preserve Oregon’s fire service history for future generations by sending us artifacts related to fires and firefighting in Oregon, such as:
- Antique and vintage uniforms and badges
- Photos of fires, firefighters, and fire apparatus
- Documents, including correspondence, journals, newspaper articles, memoirs, obituaries, etcetera.
- Film and video
- Antique and vintage presentation items, equipment, and other artifacts.
To send: If you wish to donate a larger item, please first contact us by email or mail at the above address. Place items such as photos into separate envelopes labeled with any identifying information. Put envelopes into a larger cardboard photo mailer and mail to:
Shirley Tormey, Curator
Oregon Fire Service Museum
1284 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301