Oregon Fire Service Museum is constructing the first phase of its museum facility at Powerland Heritage Park, just off I-5 near Salem, Oregon’s capital. Powerland is a community of heritage museums, including a vintage truck museum and conference center, a steam engine museum, trolley museum, logging museum, heavy construction and farm equipment museums, an early gas engine museum, an antique car and motorcycle museum, a steam sawmill, and more.
Our new museum building reflects the architecture of a 1920s two-bay, two-story firehouse with single-story education wings. Antique fire apparatus, artifacts, and displays will convey the technology and history of firefighting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In one education hall, visitors of all ages will learn about Oregon’s early fire companies, walk through displays that tell the story of major historic Oregon fires, and view various inventions and firefighting artifacts. The second hall will feature an exhibit about early factory fire suppression. Behind the firehouse, a showroom will accommodate a portion of the museum’s collection of antique and vintage fire apparatus and offer an interactive fire safety experience. A mezzanine will provide OFSM with much needed office and archival storage areas.
Further phased construction will add a memorial plaza, additional vehicle showroom space, and a restoration workroom. Eventually, an elevator will be installed and the second floor expanded to provide space for a major wildland firefighting exhibit, rotating exhibit gallery, and other exciting features.
We’ve completed the framing, rough-in electrical, insulation, and the rough-in plumbing and have nearly completed hanging the wallboard. The new archives and library are climate-controlled, and we have added fire resistant insulation and wallboard for those spaces. Remaining tasks include purchase and installation of plumbing and light fixtures, flooring, doors, trim. Concrete driveways and the entry walk also remain to be completed. (9/1/2020)
Oregon Community Foundation
Union Pacific Railroad Foundation
Dimmer Family Foundation
Marion Cultural Development Corporation
Location: Powerland Heritage Park is located in Salem, Oregon, just 1/4 mile west off of Exit 263 on I-5 (about 8 miles north of Salem). Go west 2 blocks on Brooklake Road and you will find Powerland on the north side of the road.