801 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2024
The San Antonio Fire Museum is, and probably always will be, a “work in progress.” Volunteers are constantly working to add new displays, including more antique trucks that we have acquired. These trucks sometimes take months (or sometimes, years) to restore and prepare for exhibition.
What began as a dream of 5 firefighters assigned together at old #19’s station in 1997, the Museum finally found a home in the former “Central Fire Headquarters,” or Fire Station #1’s, and we finally opened our doors on May 31, 2013. It didn’t take us long to run out of display space, and we have now expanded into the next-door “Annex”, another WPA project that housed the San Antonio Fire Department Shops, located next door to the Museum. A kid’s area, more trucks, an EMS display, and a small theater showing short videos of the history of the Fire Service, and even how Firefighters train today!
Antique Fire Apparatus, artifacts dating back to the mid-1800s, archived documents and photos; these are some of the things you will find in the Museum. A 1953 International fire truck, built by the Simms Fire Equipment Company, is available for kids to climb on and dress up in authentic replicas of Firefighters’ turnout gear!
We want our Museum to be an enjoyable “experience” for our visitors, adults and children alike. Come let us take you through a brief tour of the History of the San Antonio Fire Department!