An update about the many positive things taking place at the museum...
Amended Operating Hours for Summer 2019
Based on attendance and staffing levels, the museum will now
be open two hours prior to the first pitch during scheduled Long Island Ducks baseball games (we are located directly across the street from the Long Island Ducks stadium in Central Islip - use "Bethpage Ballpark" for GPS). Please be aware that until further notice we will not be staffing the museum during our regularly scheduled weekend hours of 10 AM - 3 PM.
Updated Fire Apparatus Exhibit
In keeping with our format of quarterly apparatus rotations, the museum has recently brought in several different antique fire apparatus. Presently on display is an 1891 hand drawn hose cart (Bay Shore FD), 1912 Ford model A pumper (privately owned), 1930 American LaFrance pumper (Bay Shore FD), 1940 Hudson Class C drill team tournament truck (West Sayville FD) and a 1960 Jeep fire engine (previously operated by Saltaire FC, now privately owned). The museum continues to add more artifacts from various Town of Islip fire departments, ambulance companies and private collections. In addition, progress is being made on several projects including our new "Helmets of the World" exhibit showcasing firefighting helmets from across the globe as well as the restoration of a 1950's era horse drawn fire engine ride (as seen outside 5&10 stores).
Fundraiser Events List Update on Website
The museum as a private, non-profit facility continues to host various fundraiser events to support our daily operations/special projects. These include Pet CPR & First Aid training classes offering hands-on training in how to deal with injury/illness of pets
(Thursday 10/3 for First Responders, Tuesday 10/8 for general public) as well as our annual Chili and Chowder Cook-off (Saturday 9/21). See full details under the Upcoming Events tab of the navigation menu. We thank you for your continued support of our fundraising efforts!
Inaugural Suffolk County Firematic Historians Meeting Held
The museum hosted the inaugural meeting of the newly forming Suffolk County Firematic Historians group on Tuesday 7/30. Open to all those with an interest in firematic history, this group (mirroring the highly successful format of the Nassau County Fire Historians) will be an informal organization without officers, dues or committee reports but rather an enjoyable lively discussion forum regarding the rich history and tradition of the fire service in Suffolk County. Meetings will be held bi-monthly (alternating the month of the Nassau County Fire Historians meetings) and will include a feature presentation by group members on various topics ("Lost Firehouses", apparatus brands/styles, etc.). For further information, contact Museum Historian Tom Rinelli at email@example.com
2020 Long Island Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show Dates Announced
The event dates for the 2020 Mega Show will be Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th. See the full page ad on the back cover of Fire News for complete details!
Lots of good stuff happening in the museum, come visit and see for yourself!