Thursday, October 01, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

During last week's visit to Charleston, SC, we spent a couple of hours in the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center, which is located near the Tanger Outlets should you ever visit.

The museum and visitors' center opened in 2007 and is housed in a $7 million building constructed by the City of North Charleston. The Fire Museum has more than 20 fully restored fire vehicles, including hand pumper engines that pre-date the 20th century.

Hopefully, I have most of these photos captioned properly.

1886 Silsby Steam Pumper

Not sure what this is, but it's old.

Patches from various fire departments all over the world.

My county's patch. A little blurry. It was dark in the museum and I didn't have my good camera.

My husband's place of employment, before
it became Roanoke-Fire EMS

A showcase of early firefighting helmets.

More helmets.

1857 Button & Blake Hand Pumper

Not sure what this one is, but it is a 1912 apparatus.

1911 "Type 5" double tank combination

1914 "Type 12" pumper

1920 "Type 75" Pump & Hose Car

The early system for fire alarms, which used a ticker-tape type of instrument. This was still in use in Roanoke
when my husband went to work with the fire department over 30 years ago.

1935 "400" Series

1940 "500 Series" Pumper


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 414th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. did you happen to go to the firemen's picnic in NC last week??

  2. It's a great tradition and history.

  3. Those are some cool pics -- sounds like it was an interesting stop. My T13

  4. Too cool! Definitely vestiges of a bygone era.

  5. Wonderful to see that everything is being preserved for all to see!


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