Volunteers Needed

The Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center is currently looking for volunteers to assist as Education and Admission Docents. If interested in volunteering, please fill out an application and contact the Fire Museum info@wrfmc.com or 216-664-6312.

More information is available by clicking on position descriptions below:

Click here for a volunteer application.

If interested in volunteering as an Admissions or Education Docent, please fill out an application and contact the Fire Museum at info@wrfmc.com or 216-664-6312.

The Museum is also in need of Maintenance and Construction volunteers to assist with building projects this fall and into the following year.

  • Maintenance & Construction volunteers are needed with a variety of tasks around the museum throughout the week. We are in need of volunteers with experience in any of the following areas: carpentry, electrical, masonry, plumbing, and painting. Volunteers with other maintenance or construction related skills are also welcome.

Anyone interested in volunteering with maintenance or construction efforts should contact President Roy Ziganti, Jr. at royziganti@gmail.com or 216-536-9866.

Museum Hours:

    Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Adults $8.00; Children $5.00 under 18 (under 3 free)
    Free to all Museum members

Fire Museum Officially Opens

The Fire Museum will be officially open on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. The regular schedule will be Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

The exhibit is entitled "From the Bucket Brigade to the Big Red Machines" and traces fire fighting history from the early days to the 1920's. Some of the apparatus on display are the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department 1852 Button Hand Engine Forest City No. 2; an 1839 Douglas hand engine from Newton Falls believed to be the oldest surviving hand engine in Northeast Ohio; an 1880 4-wheel hose reel from new York State; and a 1919 White pumper that was Elyria Engine 2. 

There are other items of fire memorabilia on display as well as storyboards tracing the 150 year history of the Cleveland Fire Department and other fire history. Adjacent to the exhibit floor is a room dedicated to fire safety activities for all ages under the direction of our new Fire Safety Education Director (ret) Lt. Robert C. Szabo from Cleveland Heights. He is beginning to lay out group tour activities for 2018.

Plan to stop by for a visit next week or in the weeks to come. There is parking available in the lot across from the Museum. Also watch our website for special events during 2018.

34th Annual Firematic Flea Market

The Western Reserve Fire Museum and Educational Center will be holding it’s Annual Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Cleveland Fire Department’s Training Academy, 3101 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114.

Fire buffs and vendors from New York to Chicago and further look forward to the annual event. If you love fire trucks, antiques, books, history, toys, collectables and of course firefighters this is the place to be. This year’s special guests will be fire authors Matt Lee and Walt McCall who have authored many books on firefighter history, fire engines and professional cars. They are the leading authors for these subjects and are well–known and respected by emergency professionals. The museum’s Education Director Lieutenant Bob Szabo will discuss and demonstrate fire safety to parents, their children and the media.

Look forward to seeing you there. Fun for the whole family.

Memorial Paver Program

The Museum is pleased to announce its Memorial Paver Program. Commemorative pavers can now be purchased for placement on the Firefighters Memorial Plaza, the triangular area directly in front of the new Museum entrance. The Pavers are an 8-in. x 8-in square that can be engraved with personalized text. They are high quality with a durable black epoxy paint used to highlight the engraved text. The cost of each paver will be $200.00 for a Museum member and $250.00 for non-members.


Please click here to download forms. Print, fill out, and mail the order forms to The Western Reserve Fire Museum, Attn: Pavers at 310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 or email to pavers@wrfmc.com.


 Positioning of your paver will be on a first come, first served basis. The first batch was installed in December of last year and the second batch was installed this August for a total of 135. We are currently working on the third batch which we hope to be installed in sometime in December.


This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our supporters to become a permanent part of the Museum. These pavers are a wonderful way to celebrate a special event or honor a firefighter or family member in one of the most prominent locations in all of downtown Cleveland.