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Paint the Fire Museum Red! Sorta!


Organization:  The Western Reserve Fire Museum And Education Center
Project Name: Paint the Fire Museum Red! Sorta!
Primary Contact: Scott Carpenter, Project Director, (216) 262-1723, (email)
Primary Address: 310 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
(See a map)

Directions:

 The Fire Museum is in Downtown Cleveland, at the eastern foot of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, across the street from Progressive Field.
Description:

What, Cleveland has a Fire Museum? Where? The Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center is located in downtown Cleveland, at the foot of the Lorain-Carneige Bridge, across the street from Progressive Field in what used to be Fire Station No. 28 and the alarm office for the City of Cleveland. This landmark building is being renovated mainly by firefighters, volunteers, and companies donating their services. We are trying to complete work on the first floor in time for a soft opening in the fall of 2013. We need volunteers to help clean walls in the fire station and to paint rooms on the first floor and basement. Weather permitting, some volunteers will work outside to clean up the site while others will be working inside cleaning and painting. Come and help restore the Fire Museum â€" have fun partying a little and working a lot to save history.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

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Time Slot (in US/Eastern time)  Reg Date (in US/Eastern time)  Num Participants  Approved?  First Name  Last Name  Group Name   
1 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm Oct 23, 2012 2 Yes Hayley Lammon The Lammons  
2 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm Oct 27, 2012 1 Yes Rob Sheridan  
3 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm Oct 26, 2012 1 Yes Susan Jones  
4 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:00 am to 12:00 pm Oct 22, 2012 1 Yes Lyn Jackman  
5 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:00 am to 12:00 pm Oct 25, 2012 2 Yes Deborah Mccoy Deborah McCoy  
6 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:00 am to 12:00 pm Oct 4, 2012 1 Yes Vineet Gumpalli  
7 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm Oct 17, 2012 2 Yes Scott Foust Scott Foust  
8 Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:00 am to 12:00 pm Oct 18, 2012 2 Yes Maria Sater Maria Sater  

More information about The Western Reserve Fire Museum And Education Center
The Western Reserve Fire Museum And Education Center
Last updated on January 17, 2013

Our mission is to provide a first-class regional fire museum and education center to dramatically increase fire safety programming and reduce the numbers of fire deaths and injuries in Northeast Ohio. It is also to preserve the history of the fire service by collecting historically significant fire-related material, and preserving our historic building, formerly the Cleveland Fire Alarm Office and Station #28.

Description:
In October, 2003, the Western Reserve Fire Museum at Cleveland, Inc. secured a longterm lease from the City of Cleveland for the building
that was formerly Fire Station #28 and the Cleveland Fire Alarm Office and Dispatch Center. Constructed in 1926, the fire station is perfectly suited to our objective. Located across the street from Progressive Field and the Quicken Loans Arena, the station is easy to find and will become the hub of firefighting history and fire safety education for Northeast Ohio.

Our Objective
While many other major cities in Ohio, and for that matter the nation, have fire museums, Cleveland does not. Our objective is to provide a first-class regional fire museum and education center to dramatically increase fire safety programming and reduce the numbers of fire deaths and injuries in Northeast Ohio. To be successful in our cause, our primary partner, the Cleveland Fire Department, will house its Office of Public Education in our facility. We will work together to develop and implement innovative and effective fire safety programs.

Our Audience
The primary audiences for our programs will be children and the elderly. They will learn fire safety from a premiere corps of teachers including active and retired firefighters from throughout Northeast Ohio. Our programs will be presented in a highly interactive environment, role-playing in simulated settings will be used to demonstrate what to do in the event of a fire. The lessons learned will be reinforced by historical events. First-hand accounts, historic artifacts (including some hands-on), photographs, video, and sound will be used to make our fire safety training both memorable and effective.

Benefits to the Community
Starting with our fire safety programs, the Fire Museum and Education Center will help save lives. The vast majority of fire deaths have been children and the elderly. With proper training many of these deaths were preventable. By focusing attention on these tragedies, their causes and remedies, and by providing more effective and innovative fire safety education, we will help reduce fire deaths and injuries.

The Milwaukee Fire Museum has been so successful at this fundamental objective that no child who has participated in their fire safety training programs has ever been killed or injured in a fire!

In addition to our education programs, we will preserve the history of the fire service. By showing the work of firefighters we will grow an appreciation for their sacrifices and encourage young visitors to consider a career in the fire service.

Historic Restoration of the Alarm Office
Project designers, Doty and Miller Architects, have developed a thorough restoration and adaptive reuse plan for our historic building. Except for making code related improvement, most of the interior spaces will be restored to their original appearance. Restoration of the stone facade, doors, windows and ornamental metal work is planned as well as a complete redevelopment of the landscaping.

While we intend to preserve most of the building in its original state, it was determined early on that the existing entrance would not meet the needs of a busy fire museum and education center. For this reason a new entrance has been designed and will grace the East side of the building. Instead of cutting a new opening in the side of the historic facade, this design makes use of the original windows and converts them into the new doors. When completed the new entrance will be very visible from the Carnegie and Ontario intersection. A back-lit “Fire Museum” sign along with the distinctive architecture of both the restored building façade and the new portico will signal that The Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center is open for business.

Guests entering the Fire Museum through the new entrance will be amazed by the interior restorations, especially the Alarm Office and Dispatch Center on the second floor. A restored 40’ skylight will bathe the Alarm Office with natural light. The original Gamewell system and communications equipment will also be restored and used for demonstrations.

Right on down to the fire poles, almost all of the interiors will look much like they did in 1926 when Fire Station #28 and the Alarm Office were put into service.

History:
Incorporated since the 1980s, the Western Reserve Fire Museum at Cleveland had long been looking for a home when, in October, 2003, it secured a long term lease from the City of Cleveland for the building that was formerly Fire Station 28 and the Cleveland Fire Alarm Office and Dispatch Center. Since then the Fire Museum board, members, and volunteers have been renovating the facility, transforming it into a museum.

Contact person: Scott Carpenter, Project Director, (phone), (email)


Main office number: (216) 664-6312

Address:
 310 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.wrfmc.com

Directions:

 The Fire Museum is in Downtown Cleveland, at the eastern foot of the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, across the street from Progressive Field.
Last updated on January 17, 2013

 

 


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