TFD Museum Holds Open House

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL --June 2, 2012--

Onlookers got a chance to learn about the history of the Tallahassee Fire Department Saturday.

The Tallahassee Fire Department Museum opened its doors to visitors Saturday 6-2-12 . The museum has over 150 artifacts including helmets, air tanks, photos and more. Some date back as far as the Civil War.

"Many of the firefighters, they have family history where their fathers, grandfathers were on the fire department. And when they see the museum it rejuvenates them. It makes them proud that they're firefighters," says Maurice Majszak museum curator.

He says the museum is open to the public on weekends. Those who want to visit, can call 850-284-9227 to make an appointment.

The museum is located inside the fire department's training facility off of Municipal Way. The museum first opened to the public last year.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    I will treat Firemen like I would treat a panhandler, keep the windows rolled up and the stereo loud. Isn't there an ordinance inside the city limits that roadside solicitors must purchase a permit?
  • by anonymous on Jun 3, 2012 at 05:52 AM
    The panhandle that you so call it was a way to raise money for charity. This Charity was for the muscular dystrophy foundation. Firefighters across the nation also do this same fundraiser for the same charity. learn your facts "shawn".
  • by Shawn can't read Location: JAX on Jun 3, 2012 at 05:08 AM
    Fire Fighters stand on the street corner three days a year to raise money for the MDA. Your tax dollars handle the safety equipment.
  • by Get the facts on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    The only times that Tallahassee firefighters solicit donations on the streets is when they are collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and other charitable organizations. None of that money ever goes toward safety equipment or anything else that would benefit the fire department. However, there are volunteer departments within Leon County that do solicit to buy equipment for their departments. This equipment is rarely used and is not needed in this community. We pay a fire service fee that provides funding for a career fire department throughout the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Their services are provided 24/7 and do not rely on the services provided by volunteer departments, regardless of what they might tell you. So, the next time you are approached to donate money to fund a volunteer fire department in Leon County, realize that it is not necessary.
  • by uncommon sense on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    Firefighters do not panhandle at intersections to raise money for safety equipment. They do it to raise money for charity. Get out of the bubble.
  • by Shawn Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2012 at 03:35 PM
    Taxes are going up, we have one of the highest utility rates in the country, firefighters have to panhandle at intersections to buy safety equipment, and we are opening a fire dept museum. Can someone tell us how to begin a referendum to ban career politicians?
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      by ? on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:48 PM in reply to Shawn
      The firefighters are collecting money for a charitable cause...not their own. ALS/MD. The museum is just a collection of stuff in an already-existing building (not a separate facility). Stuff that has been accumulated over the decades. Check it out before you post something really dumb.
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        by Shawn on Jun 3, 2012 at 03:24 AM in reply to ?
        I work with some of the firefighters. Historically, they have, and the VFDs still are, struggling to purchase equipment. I have observed them recently raising funds for charities. My reference is more historical than last month.
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      by ViciousFish on Jun 4, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to Shawn
      Get your facts straight before you start running your mouth. the only money that was spent was nails to hang things on the walls of the training classrooms.
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