Albany Firefighters Museum

Albany Firefighters Museum Our goal is to preserve the rich history and proud tradition of the fire service in the City of Albany NY

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L to R; Director Tony Opalka, Author Wayne Miller, President  William Tobler,  Director William Schmitt at the Irish Ame...
10/08/2021

L to R; Director Tony Opalka, Author Wayne Miller, President William Tobler, Director William Schmitt at the Irish American Heritage Museum

L to R; Director Tony Opalka, Author Wayne Miller, President William Tobler, Director William Schmitt at the Irish American Heritage Museum

10/06/2021

Last night was a Great Night with Retired ATF Agent/ Author Wayne Miller talking about his books Burn Boston Burn and newly released Bang Boom Burn.

We would appreciate feedback from our attendees and Thank you to Elizabeth Stack of the American Irish Heritage Museum for hosting this event!

10/05/2021

Friendly Reminder Burn Boston Burn Author Wayne Miller will be presenting a lecture sponsored by the Albany Firefighters Museum at the Irish American Heritage Center in Quackenbush Square tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Wayne Miller, retired ATF agent, will speak at the Irish American Heritage Museum on October 5 at 7 p.m. about his book,...
09/19/2021

Wayne Miller, retired ATF agent, will speak at the Irish American Heritage Museum on October 5 at 7 p.m. about his book, "Burn Boston Burn," which is an account of one of the longest arson-ring investigations in the nation. As an ATF agent on the investigation team, the crime led to the arrests of Boston-area firefighters and police.

A $10 donation is suggested at the door. Please RSVP with William Schmitt, Albany Firefighters Museum Board Member, at [email protected].

08/23/2021

Mark your Calendars and share with others! 'Burn Boston Burn' author Wayne Miller retired ATF Agent will be our guest speaker October 5th, 7-9 P.M. at the American Irish Museum @ Quackenbush Square

Bill and Bill, were out to Rough and Ready Engine Company Museum in Greenwich NY
08/23/2021

Bill and Bill, were out to Rough and Ready Engine Company Museum in Greenwich NY

Tonight's Travels took Board Members Schmitt, Opalka and President W Tobler to Fort Hunter NY where we met Chief Tim Hae...
07/15/2021

Tonight's Travels took Board Members Schmitt, Opalka and President W Tobler to Fort Hunter NY where we met Chief Tim Haegi and looked at a Button hand pumper formerly an Albany Fire Department piece sold to Fonda Fire Department around 1900 and then made its way to Fort Hunter where it served until 1939.

President Bill Tobler and Board Member Bill Schmitt traveled to the Cherry Valley Museum to look at some former Albany F...
06/30/2021

President Bill Tobler and Board Member Bill Schmitt traveled to the Cherry Valley Museum to look at some former Albany Fire Department Hand Pumps with a lot of History. Met with Mr. Terry Cox whose father was a Troy Fireman in the 1930's and 1940's.

Albany Fire Department Truck 1in front of the former D&H Building across from the Museum. Photo by Captain Rick Allen
04/24/2021

Albany Fire Department Truck 1in front of the former D&H Building across from the Museum.

Photo by Captain Rick Allen

Albany Fire Department Truck 1in front of the former D&H Building across from the Museum.

Photo by Captain Rick Allen

04/23/2021

Follow us on Instagram with many photos of Albany Fire Department

04/23/2021

At tonight's Albany Firefighters Museum Board meeting updates were given on various projects that are in progress. Members Bill Tobler and Tony Opalka are working on the manuscript of a History of Albany Fire Houses, Member Bill Schmitt is working on obtaining collections and artifacts for display. Progress continues as we look forward to reopening the Museum to the Public.

Tonight was a Board Meeting at the Museum. Firefighter Joe Rankin met members of the Board and gave them these items fro...
04/23/2021

Tonight was a Board Meeting at the Museum. Firefighter Joe Rankin met members of the Board and gave them these items from the Rankin Family. Just another example of the generations of families in the Albany Fire Department.

11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from the Board of Directors of the Albany Firefighters Museum

We will be open on November 28 as part of Albany BID, Artists Displays in Downtown from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
11/22/2020

We will be open on November 28 as part of Albany BID, Artists Displays in Downtown from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.

We have Albany Firefighters Museum Holiday Cards with (blank note cards+envelopes: $2 each or 3 for $5.
11/22/2020

We have Albany Firefighters Museum Holiday Cards with (blank note cards+envelopes: $2 each or 3 for $5.

Christmas Ornaments are available, these are from our Collection; $20 per Ornament or set of 4 for $60. Checks made out ...
11/19/2020

Christmas Ornaments are available, these are from our Collection; $20 per Ornament or set of 4 for $60. Checks made out to Albany Firefighters Museum. We apologize we don't have electronic payments available.

Some nighttime Pictures of the Museum Front Window Display
11/19/2020

Some nighttime Pictures of the Museum Front Window Display

New addition to Our Museum! Sleigh that was shared by the Albany Fire Department and Albany Water Department. We also ob...
11/18/2020

New addition to Our Museum! Sleigh that was shared by the Albany Fire Department and Albany Water Department. We also obtained a section of wooden water main, the mallet to pound in the "fire plug".

We are continuing to gather artifacts and we hope we can soon open again to the public!

10/22/2020

Christmas is around the corner! The Albany Firefighters Museum has Ornaments. These will be offered individually or in a group. More information and Photos to follow shortly.

10/22/2020

We are excited as Collections from a variety of donors are coming in. Most recently Robert Cook and Retired Captain Joe Sioui of the Rescue Squad made contributions.

If you have Albany Fire Department Memoribilia and would like to donate or loan it to the Museum we are interested; Helmets, Badges, Scrapbooks, Equipment, Photographs fo examples.

The Board of Directors met tonight at the Museum and the Collection of Artifacts are growing. One of the most interestin...
10/22/2020

The Board of Directors met tonight at the Museum and the Collection of Artifacts are growing. One of the most interesting pieces, was a small hand drawn depiction of Ladder 2 in the late 1800's, being held in a Collection in San Francisco and traced back to a Brother and Sister from Albany New York. Bill Tobler and Anthony Ogallala were instrumental in getting it to the Museum. The original sketch was on a card approximately 2 by 3 inches that they had reproduced for display. It's signed by "Brady" date 1869. Was it Matthew Brady??? Research continues.

06/18/2020

The Albany Firefighters Museum Board met this evening. President Bill Tobler reported that we are scheduled to reopen under phase 4 of CoVid 19 reopening.

Some of the Board have been busy during the shutdown.

Director Opalka is busy with a book project that will be published in the future on the History of Albany Fire House. The research is continuing and 7 chapters have been written.

Director Egan, continues to work on reviewing and revising our bylaws.

Director Schmitt raised a little over $1800 in a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser.

Director Hans continues to work on acquiring artifacts.

There was a discussion about the Museum acknowledging the 50th Anniversary Albany Permanent Professional Firefighters Association. More on this topic to follow!

We ask for your support of the Albany Firefighters Museum in fundraising, gathering of artifacts and research, by making a donation of money, artifacts or by volunteering your services. Thank you in Advance, we appreciate your continued support.

Note: We can arrange to pictures and written materials archived at the Hall of Records. This will help preserve our History.

03/27/2020

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03/21/2020
These are from the daily run log on March 18, 1937 from Engine 2
03/18/2020

These are from the daily run log on March 18, 1937 from Engine 2

March 11, 1965, Box 4125 was transmitted at 2:40 a.m. for the State University on Washington Avenue. 2nd Alarm at 2:50 a...
03/12/2020

March 11, 1965, Box 4125 was transmitted at 2:40 a.m. for the State University on Washington Avenue. 2nd Alarm at 2:50 a.m., 3rd Alarm at 3:05 a.m. with special call for the Snorkel and E-1.

I would like to introduce myself, my name is William Schmitt and I serve on the Board of Directors of the Museum. What's...
03/11/2020

I would like to introduce myself, my name is William Schmitt and I serve on the Board of Directors of the Museum. What's my connection? I was not a member of the Albany Fire Department, but have a unique connection. Firefighter Frederick F. Schmitt was my Grandfather and Battalion Chief Howard R. Schmitt was my Uncle. Both were LODD's 55 years apart. Howard was an infant when Firefighter Frederick Schmitt died at a fire at Albany Florist Supply on Broadway April 25, 1938.

I would encourage all active Firefighters and Officers as well as those who Retired to take a look at what we are doing in the Storefront of the old R.B. Wing Building.

We want to tell your story and celebrate and remember your History.

Do you have memorabilia, photos, or historical equipment and artifacts? Would you consider loaning it to us. We are beginning to grow!

On this date, March 10, 1962, Box 354 was transmitted @ 1:00 a.m. for 260-262 Central Avenue, followed by a Second Alarm...
03/11/2020

On this date, March 10, 1962, Box 354 was transmitted @ 1:00 a.m. for 260-262 Central Avenue, followed by a Second Alarm at 1:11 a.m. - This was a second fire for this location, the first was on 2/21/62 that also involved 228 Central Avenue.

01/10/2020

Today the Albany Firefighters Museum received a gift of two American LaFrance Albany wooden fire ladders stenciled Ladder3 and Ladder4, 30 and 32 foot in use until the early 1970s. The gift is from the history collection of the New York State Museum. Museum open Sat. and Sunday from 1-3

12/29/2019

The museum will be open tomorrow from 1-3 PM. Come down!

12/20/2019

AS A REMINDER..... Stop by the Albany Firefighters Museum this Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1-3
Come visit our newly opened museum while enjoying Christmas cookies and coffee 🍪☕️
$10 donation collected at the door
2019 Ornament available for purchase.

12/17/2019

Stop by the Albany Firefighters Museum this Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 1-3
Come visit our newly opened museum while enjoying Christmas cookies and coffee 🍪☕️
$10 donation collected at the door

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Fascinating Speaking Event! Presentation of BURN BOSTON BURN ‘The Largest Arson Case in the History of the Country’ An astounding true crime case about a conspiracy of 9 men, including 3 Boston cops and a Boston firefighter, who burned 264 buildings in the Boston area in the early 1980s. Over 2 years, these fire buffs turned arsonists, caused millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of injuries. Told by retired ATF Federal Agent Wayne Miller, who lived this domestic terrorist investigation for three years. He has superb photos and videos of actual fires from the case. To benefit the Albany Firefighters Museum Location: Irish American Heritage Museum, Quackenbush Square, Albany NY Time: 7:00 p.m. Suggested Donation: $10 at the door, Limit 75 people RSVP to [email protected] Mr. Miller will sell and sign his books. (Cash or Credit Card). Introducing his new book, BANG BOOM BURN, a collection of true crime gun, bombing and arson investigations.
Unknown date, unknown members pictured
May 5,1970,Dudley Observatory,the place was vacated in 67.The 75 foot 63 Brockway is a strange site to see on an AFD jjob.By the looks of that 75 foot stick,I kinda know why it was a reserve.The Snorkel is working also,which went in service around 63.Ladder 4 and the Snorkel shared a bay for some time.Both have been seen parked on Marshall St back in the Day.
My father, Edgar Monington, Sr., started his career at the Firehouse on Hudson Ave (I believe) as a firefighter and retired 20+ years later from the Station on Delaware Ave. as a Captain. He was one of a group of 7 officers, known as the Magnificent 7, who supported the unionization of the Fire Department in the 60s (I think). I can't recall the names of all 7 but I believe one was Frank Spath. He was warned by Mayor Corning that his support of the firefighters would insure that he would never be appointed Battalion Chief. His response was that he had to do the right thing. He never did make Battalion Chief, even though he scored high enough to be appointed, but he never regretted his decision. Another "magnificent" fact about my dad was that he never completed school beyond 8th grade but did get a GED and educated himself to be the best he could be. Somewhere in my pictures there is a photo of him and several others being sworn is as officers. If you're interested, please email me @ [email protected].
Morning everyone! I acquired this book today, does anyone know the history of it? Was it released in a fundraiser type of way?
This badge belonged to Chief Michael J Fleming. From the collection of retired Rensselaer Firefighter Michael Mann.
Officer George Carey or Carous,Willie Andersen,Jack Fitz, second from right Tommy Coleman.4 Hudson east of Pearl. Best info I have.
Like threading a needle.
This is very interesting to me and would love to know more of it's history and pictures. My Granfather Thomas Kelly was a fireman in the 1920's era and my uncle, Frank Kelly was a fireman after the war. My Grandfather's brother-in-law was also a firema nand his name was William (W***y) Galafaro. My grandfather was injured carrying a baby to a window with a ladder when the boiler blewup with them landing on the sidewalk on Morton Ave. He worked until retirement in the alarm pull station on Delaware Ave. I remember taking a dinner pail up to my Grandfather with my Dad when he worked evenings. My Uncle W***y became diabetic eventually loosing both legs. He became very good friends with the Lombaro's and became a permant fixture holding court to all sitting on a special made bar stool drinking his tonic water at their restaurant on lower Madison Ave.
A Good Friend of mine, Lt. James O’Donnell has written a new book titled “ Sons Of Valor Parents Of Faith” In his book Lt. O’Donnell looks at the lives of Ten First Responders, Nine Of which were Members of the New York City Fire Department and One a Member Of the New York City Police Department whose lives were Tragically cut short due to the Terrorist Attack on September 11 , 2001 at the World Trade Center and how their Families have had to cope with the loss of a Loved One on 9-11 Please Everyone Like and Share this Page Lt O’Donnell is donating All proceeds from the Sale of this Book to Various FDNY 9-11 Charities Available on line @ Amazon and Barnes and Noble jodonnellfdny.com
Great History Here!
On this date in 1938, Firefighter Frederick F. Schmitt of Engine 2, died after being stricken at a fire in the Albany Florist Supply on Broadway. Firefighter Schmitt left behind his wife Mary Coffey Schmitt and seven sons, the youngest Howard R. Schmitt would later become Battalion Chief.