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Fire museums, also known as firefighting museums are prevalent throughout the world.
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The Fire Service Trust in Ireland also has a large collection of vehicles and equipment which it plans to exhibit in its museum
The Fire Service Trust was set up in 1999 in Athy, County Kildare to carry on the work of its founding members since they started preserving Irish Fire Service Heritage in 1974 under the umbrella of the Irish Fire Service Preservation Group. The Trust is supported by the majority of the County Fire Services, and is working towards a National Fire Museum. It is a Member of the Fire Museums Network, The Irish Vintage Society, The Irish Museums network, has corporate links to museums in the UK, Europe and America. It has its principle workshops and base in Athy, Co. Kildare, with storage in Carlow and Mullingar. It houses 56 appliances of national importance, and the Irish Fire Service national photographic collection, which covers 12,000 images. The exhibits range from hose carts and early horse drawn appliances through trailer pumps, prewar and post war machines, and up to the 1990s vehicles we are all so familiar with. It runs the website www.fire-service-trust.com which has on display 7,000 images of Irish Firefighting history.
In Wales there is currently a project to open a national fire museum based on the collection of fire engines owned by the charity WAFERS (Welsh Area Fire Engine Restoration Society). As of July 2009 a site had been identified and active fund-raising is taking place. Eventually the site will not only display the fire engines are thousands of other artifacts owned by WAFERS but will act as an educuational aid for the region. These museums serve as a source for information and artifacts about fires and firefighting in their communities.
- Conway, W. Fred (1993). Discovering America's Fire Museums. FBH Publishers.
- Evans, Ray. "WAFERS - Welsh Area Fire Engine Restoration Society and Museum". BBC. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
- Tebeau, Mark (2003). Eating Smoke: Fire in Urban America, 1800-1950. JHU Press. p. 401. ISBN 0801867916.
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