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Greensburg Fire Dept. Museum

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Greensburg Fire Dept. Museum

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Location Details

PHONE: 724-832-7904
ADDRESS: 416 S. Main St.
Greensburg, PA 15601
HOURS: Phone Ahead

Description

Tucked behind City Hall and dedicated to everyone’s local heroes, the Greensburg Fire Museum opened in 1967 to preserve the region’s 200-year history of firefighting. The Museum’s exhibits include antique firefighting equipment from Pittsburgh and Saint Vincent Archabbey in nearby Latrobe, as well as a display showing technical advancements in firefighting. For example, collaborating with the Jameson Coal & Coke Company, the Greensburg Fire Department adapted coal mine firefighting techniques, such as the use of foam, to extinguish intense fires in enclosed spaces of buildings.

Firefighting is not just a job — it’s a way of life. Firefighters used to be organized in fraternal orders based upon ethnicity, religion, or social status. But, by the end of the 19th century in Greensburg, Poles, Germans, and Italians from all walks of life — bankers, shop clerks, and mill and railroad workers — served together to protect their community. The Parade Circle display shows the all-volunteer Fire Department as a vital social organization, complete with its own marching band. The whole family was involved and they have a right to be proud. The Greensburg Fire Department band has won more than twenty awards in local competitions!

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