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May 2, 2014

Firefighting Museum unveils new children's corner

Haverhill has one of New England's biggest historic firefighting collections


“We also have a display of early megaphones, which were used to shout out commands at the scene of fires,” Henderson said.

About a dozen pieces of large apparatus are on display, including a 1926 and a 1928 Ahrens Fox pumper truck, both of which served Haverhill, an L.V. Spaulding hand tub that was used to fight fires in the city in the 1800s, along with other apparatus, some of which are on loan from other communities.

A working fire truck from the Haverhill Fire Department will visit tomorrow’s event. Children will be able to climb into the cab and feel as though they are on their way to a fire. The department’s fire safety smoke tunnel will be there so children can learn how to crawl to safety beneath smoke should they be involved in a fire.

Children will also participate in a bucket brigade and experience what it was like to put out fires centuries ago.

The museum’s gift shop will be open and refreshments available. Gift shop items include various types of shirts and jackets with the Haverhill Firefighting Museum logo, toy fire engines, children’s firefighter helmets, firefighting patches and emblems.

Cindy Graham, secretary for the museum’s board of directors, said the museum is looking for sponsors to help further enhance the children’s corner.

“We’d like to enhance the wooden fire truck to make it more interactive with things like working lights and an intercom,” Graham said. “We’d also like to have an arcade driving game, more costumes for kids, a padded floor and other activities that would be educational.”

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12, and $10 for families. Admission is free for military men and women. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tomorrow’s events include a museum membership drive. Annual memberships offer unlimited admission to the museum, plus 10 percent off items in the museum gift shop. Membership rates are $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $10 for students, and $100 for a benefactor membership, which includes two free tickets to the museum’s annual chili cook-off in the fall.

For more information, visit online at www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org or call 978-372-4061.

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