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.
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.
While the museum isn't currently opened,
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 kid’s 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.
The Tulsa Fire Museum relies on fundraising and donations. Please visit our merchandise page, participate in fundraising events, and follow us on Facebook for additional ways to help.
2020 Tulsa Firefighter Hot Shot Calendar
Tulsa Firefighters Hot Shot Calendar sales support the establishment of the Tulsa Fire Museum. Thank you to the firefighters, businesses, individuals and wonderful sponsors who have contributed to our 2020 Hot Shot Calendar fundraiser!
Calendars are available for $20.00 plus shipping HERE!
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