About Oregon Fire Service Museum
Oregon Fire Service Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit all volunteer organization made up of a diverse group of men and women, including both active and retired fire service personnel, fire history buffs, general historians, and people who just like fire trucks. We participate in community safety fairs, fire department open houses, antique fire apparatus displays, and other events. We strive to preserve and share the history of fire service in Oregon, promote fire safety for all ages, and raise public awareness of opportunities with local fire departments and other related organizations. The organization is governed by an elected board of four officers and seven directors with a curator appointed to the position.
Oregon Fire Service Museum was organized in 1993, although the dream of a statewide fire service museum with the potential to educate the general public about fire safety and prevention began much earlier. Fire Chief W. C. “Ted” Miller, whose career spanned decades during the mid to late 20th Century, first envisioned the statewide fire museum and inspired others to join his efforts to make his idea a reality. For a time the museum occupied space in a building used by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, but when that office needed to expand, OFSM began efforts to develop its own museum facility. Over the years the design and concepts for the museum building and its use evolved, and now the Oregon Fire Service Museum is finalizing plans and fundraising to begin construction of a significant facility at Antique Powerland in Brooks, Oregon, just off I-5 near Salem.
While the idea for a museum began with a handful of people decades ago, now over one-hundred fire departments throughout Oregon maintain departmental memberships, and a growing number of individuals and families are sustaining members of Oregon Fire Service Museum. There are many ways for volunteers to become involved as we prepare to begin construction of our long-awaited permanent museum facility. Click here for more information on how to join us!
“The museum’s goal to construct a permanent facility to house its donated collection of fire apparatus and memorabilia and to provide interactive opportunities for the general public is laudable. The fire service has a long, proud history in Oregon—the Fire Service Museum, Memorial, and Learning Center will offer a singularly unique opportunity to explore that history.”
– Rex Parks, Sr.,
President, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association