“The museum’s goal to construct a permanent facility to house its donated collection of fire apparatus and memorabilia and to provide interactive opportunities for the general public is laudable. The fire service has a long, proud history in Oregon—the Fire Service Museum, Memorial, and Learning Center will offer a singularly unique opportunity to explore that history.”
– Rex Parks, Sr.,
President, Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association
President of Oregon Fire Service Museum Board of Directors
“There is no honor in fighting a fire that could have been prevented.”
– Fire Chief
W.C. “Ted” Miller
About Oregon Fire Service Museum
Oregon Fire Service Museum is a non-governmental 501(c)3 not-for-profit all-volunteer organization made up of a diverse group of men and women, including both active and retired fire service personnel, fire history enthusiasts, general historians, and people who just like fire trucks. We participate in community safety fairs, antique fire apparatus displays, and other events. The organization is governed by an elected board of four officers and seven directors with a curator appointed to the position.
Fire Chief W. C. “Ted” Miller, whose career spanned decades during the mid to late 20th Century, first envisioned the statewide fire museum and inspired others to join his efforts to make his idea a reality. Oregon Fire Service Museum, Memorial & Learning Center was organized in 1993. For a time the museum occupied space in a building used by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, but when that office needed to expand, OFSM began efforts to develop its own museum facility. Now Oregon Fire Service Museum is constructing a significant facility at Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon, just off I-5 near Salem.
While the idea for a museum began with a handful of people decades ago, currently numerous fire departments throughout Oregon maintain departmental memberships, and a growing number of individuals and families are sustaining members of Oregon Fire Service Museum. Click here for more information on how to get involved.