Friday, April 10, 2009

Old Firehouse Museum

The local Christian homeschooling group got together and toured the Old Firehouse Museum. Mike and Patty were our guides (in the blue shirts). Mike is a retired Volunteer Captain and Patty is his wife. The museum was small, but impressive. We loaded up all the kids in the back of one of the old firetrucks. They barely fit! There must have been twenty kids in there. They were all well behaved and inquisitive.

This is a 1920's fire truck that was used out at Hot Lake. The seat was made of woven wood. Not very comfortable! All the trucks in the museum are kept fully operational. They even had a Smoke Jumper hanging from the ceiling.
Why do fire buckets have round bottoms? According to Patty, people would steal the flat bottomed metal buckets because they were handy to have around the farm. They made the bottoms round and nobody wanted them.

This isn't a very good picture, but Josiah is trying to move an hose hand cart.

Josiah's favorite part of the museum was the brass pole. He kept climbing up it as far as he could then sliding down again. These are rarely used in modern day fire departments because they are so expensive.

A great time was had by all and we really enjoyed our first field trip with the group of homeschoolers. I hope our whole family will develop some good relationships from this group.


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

I love the bucket story!

I can't wait to take the kids!

RaD said...

Two families had the idea to go to a museum on the same day!

Rachel and Family said...

I just love that picture of all those cutie-pies stuffed in the truck! How fun!

Freckles and Frogs said...

This post must have been before I started stalking your blog daily! We LOVE the fire museum. The first year it was really open quite a bit we went almost once a week with a friend. They let us on all the fire trucks, play with all the hoses. It was a dream come true for little boys during the winter! I love the red bucket story. I had not heard that! That fire museum is a real treasure!


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