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TULSA FIRE MUSEUM

Preserving the History of the Tulsa Fire Department

The effort had begun many times over many years, but culminated with current and retired firefighters forming the Tulsa Fire Museum Committee in late 2014. They were tasked with finding a home for Tulsa Fire Department artifacts and memories. The Committee incorporated as an Oklahoma non-profit, Tulsa Fire Museum Inc., and has 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. In July 2015 a benefactor purchased the historic Art Deco Fire Alarm Building at 1010 East Eighth Street on behalf of the Museum. The building itself is of central significance in the history of the Tulsa Fire Department.

You can download a textual history (pdf) of the Tulsa Fire Department here.

We are not currently open to the public as a museum per se, but we are tasked with transforming a 1930's building into a modern museum that will support the mission of preserving the history of the Tulsa Fire Department. We have a goal to open within the year. We are actively collecting artifacts from Tulsa's past and present. To find out how you can contribute, see the FUTURE section below, and call the Tulsa Fire Museum at 918.619.6103.

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MUSEUM HISTORY

Fire Alarm Building

The Fire Alarm Building is an Art Deco landmark that was first occupied in 1934. It operated as the Central Alarm Station through its closure in 1981. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places #03000879 on September 2, 2003.

As the steward of this historic structure, Tulsa Fire Museum is preserving an important component of Tulsa's history, and promoting fire education among its citizenry.

Fire Alarm Building


Fire Alarm Building

Frederick V. Kershner designed this famous Tulsa Art Deco structure and the cornerstone was laid in 1931 while Richard E. Pitts was Chief. By the end of the year 1934, the Fire Alarm Office was open for business and all alarms for the city of Tulsa came in to this central station. The state-of-the-art alarm equipment helped speed the dispatch of alarms and the Fire Alarm Building remained in service until 1981.

The building was repurposed in the mid-1990's as the home of the The American Lung Association who undertook an extensive renovation project and wanted to prove you didn’t have to build new to build healthy. They began a sensitive “green” rehabilitation designed by Fritz Bailey Architects and it became a model for indoor air quality.

You can read more about the building on the Tulsa Preservation Commission website.

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FUTURE

FUTURE

Exciting things are in the works!

The two‐story main Fire Alarm Building will display artifacts from the history of Tulsa’s fire service as well as art ranging from bronze flame statues to LEGO firefighters and posters created by kids.

Perhaps the biggest “wow factor” will be a lighting feature that portrays realistic flames but produces neither heat nor smoke. Despite looking like the real thing, the lights are safe and will help teach children about fire safety and burn prevention.

The lower level will be an interactive kids area with activities and things to play on. Old hoses will create a climbing wall, and there will be a full fire truck cab they can sit in. It will educate kids not only about fire safety but injury prevention in general.

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CONTRIBUTE

You can be a part of the Future!

Be a part of preserving the history of the Tulsa Fire Department. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your charitable donation may be tax deductible, and will certainly be much appreciated.

Sponsorships are available for exhibits, building and grounds, artifact procurement, etc. If you or your company would like to become a recognized contributor to the collection and preservation of the Tulsa Fire Department's legacy for future generations, please call the Tulsa Fire Museum at 918.619.6103.

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