Get Involved with the Museum - Volunteers Needed for Spring Programming!

The Western Reserve Fire Museum & Education Center is currently looking for volunteers to assist as Education and Admission Docents. These are great opportunities to get involved with the museum and help promote fire safety throughout the community. Volunteers will need to have an interest in fire history and a passion for working with the public.

  • Admission Docents will assist at the Front Desk & Gift Shop area. Volunteers in this role will handle all admissions for visitors and members, sell merchandise and memberships, and provide excellent customer service. Anyone interested in this role should be at least 18 years old, enjoy working with the public, and able to use a cash register for a variety of transactions.

  • Education Docents will be used on the Museum Floor to provide fire safety information to children and their families. Education Docents will also be used to assist with school groups on weekdays. Education Docents should be at least 18 years old, have an enthusiasm for working with children, and are able to learn and interpret historical and educational information.

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 Annamae Kacsandi at 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 or 216-536-9866.

Future Firefighters Visit Museum! 

A Fire Engine T Party Ends

Winter descends on Northeast Ohio and that signals the temporary closing of the Fire Museum until next Spring. It also means that we have to give back the Model T Ford fire engines that graced the apparatus floor during our Fall Exhibit. Over 1,000 visitors walked among the trucks and had chance to learn about fire fighting in the early 20th Century. Our young visitors also had a chance to experience the interactive exhibits in the fire safety area.

Mark Radke drives his Model T out of the Museum on a balmy early winter day as he heads back to Cincinnati. We thank him and the following who shared their T's with us for the exhibit:

  • Museum member Bob Gahr (1919 Prospect chemical engine)
  • Robert Snyder III of Snyder Antique Auto Parts (1924 Barton front mount pump)
  • Bob McLean, Richfield FD Assistant Chief (1922 Chief's Car/equipment truck)
  • Jason Watson of Norwalk Mack Trucks (1918 American LaFrance chemical engine)
  • Museum member Stu Warner (1923 Prospect chemical engine)
  • Tod Wirth of Milwaukee (1917 American LaFrance chemical engine)
  • Laverne Goodage, Rock Creek FD Chief (ret) (1924 Prospect pumper/chemical engine)

  • Work begins now on completing some unfinished construction projects on the first floor as we get ready for the 2015 season. Watch this website for dates and programs that will run into the fall. Tentative theme for the exhibit on the apparatus floor will be "Early Fire Fighting…From the Bucket Brigade to Hand-drawn and Horse-drawn Apparatus." We will have examples from our collection as well as those of other individuals and fire departments. The items in the exhibit will tie into the safety education programming on how to handle fire emergencies but also teaches about early fire history and how fires were extinguished.

    Cuyahoga County Fire Chiefs Meet at Fire Museum

    On Thursday October 23rd the Cuyahoga County Fire Chiefs Association held their monthly meeting at the Fire Museum. They had the opportunity to see the new improvements at the Museum along with the Model T fire engine exhibit.  Featured was the nearly complete education wing that features a working smoke bedroom and a safety kitchen where people from all over the county and Northeast Ohio can learn safety tips for themselves and their families.

    Annual Firematic Flea Market

    Plan to visit the Annual Western Reserve Fire Museum Flea Market on Sunday, March 7, 2015.  As usual it is held at the Cleveland Fire Department Training Academy, 3100 Lakeside Avenue, on the near east side.  Hours at 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Admission donation is $3.00. Coffee and donuts; hot dogs and chips; soft drinks and more will be available.  Raffle for firematic items will be held and all attendees will receive a chance for the door prize.  It’s a great opportunity to add to your own collection, or, maybe you would like to sell off some of your stuff or donate it to the Museum to sell on that day.

    If you are interested in obtaining a table, contact Bob Gahr at 440.286.6110 or Steve Hiltebrandt at 440.835.1791 (evenings) for more information.  Space is limited so do not delay if you are interested.

    Look forward to seeing you on March 7th.  Don’t miss it!!!

        Closed Until Spring 2015     
        Adults $5.00; Children $3.00 (under 3 free)
        Free to all Museum members