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1801 “Q” Street
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Groups Welcome
(402) 441-8360

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History
In 1886 the City of Lincoln departed from the all-volunteer fire department and started with six full-paid men. They operated two stations and four pieces of apparatus - a hook and ladder truck, a hose cart, a steamer, and a chief’s buggy.

By contrast, today’s Lincoln Fire & Rescue Department employs 301 personnel in 14 fire stations located throughout our city. A captain, fire apparatus operator, one firefighter, and one firefighter/paramedic (engines only) staff the 14 engine and 4 ladder apparatus. In addition, there are 6 front line ambulances with one firefighter and one fire fighter/paramedic. The city is divided into 167 fire response zones. Two battalion chiefs are always on duty, and split the city East and West for operational response activities. The span of time has seen much growth and change, and has left a rich heritage of traditions, memories, and memorabilia.

This heritage holds a great deal of meaning for the men and women of Lincoln Fire & Rescue Department, and in 1982 they built a museum in Fire Station #1 at 1801 “Q” Street. The museum is a collection of equipment, material, and photographs, which document the life span of the Lincoln Fire & Rescue Department from the days of horse-drawn steamers to the present. Here a visitor can step back in time and get an insider’s view of what it’s been like this last 100 plus years to be a firefighter. Through the photographs and equipment displayed, you will see how Lincoln Firefighters met the constant challenge of saving lives and property.

The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and of course, groups are welcome.

So come and visit! We will look forward to seeing you.

You Will See...

  • 1911 American LaFrance - the first motorized fire engine in Lincoln, and the last of its kind in the United States still in working condition.
  • World Championship Belt - Won by the Fitzgerald Hose Company in 1886.
  • Firefighting Equipment - A variety of items used throughout LFR’s history.
  • Hundreds of digital images - A visual documentary of fires and firefighters, of the people and equipment that have made us what we are.


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