The museum is set to reopen september 20 at 10:00am after being closed due to state covid-19 requirements
Per a New York State mandate issued to all museums, the Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center will be closed for a period of 30 days beginning March 13th, 2020. No regularly scheduled open hours, private tours or group meetings will be held during this time.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will keep our followers updated through our Facebook page and website. Any questions, contact us at 631-778-6621 and leave a message. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you at the museum in the near future!
2020 Long Island Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show coming in February!
Join us Saturday February 8th & Sunday February 9th to see the latest in fire, rescue and EMS apparatus and equipment. This event will be held at the Suffolk County Community College Sports Complex from 10 AM to 4 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the on-site registration booth. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Fundraiser Events List Updated on Website
The museum will be hosting a fundraiser "Man-vs-Machine" hands-on training class presented by PL Vulcan Fire Training Concepts LLC on Saturday May 16th. See complete details under the Upcoming Events tab of the navigation menu of our website. We thank you for your continued support of our fundraising efforts!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
The 2019 Long Island Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show
is coming! Join us Saturday, 2/16 & Sunday 2/17 from
10 AM - 4 PM at the Suffolk County Community College Sports Complex located at 1001 Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood. For more information including tickets, visit the show management company's website
The Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center will be on hand - come visit our booth and see an authentic Japanese fire engine that is presently on display in the museum through the Spring. We will also be selling tickets for our fundraiser NASCAR® prize pack raffle which includes 4 tickets to New Loudoun Raceway, lodging (suite with two King bedrooms) and a $200 gift card for incidentals (drawing taking place on May 30th, 2019). **This raffle is open to the general public as well a our fellow first responders**
See you at the Mega Show!
**Please note that the museum will be closed during the Mega Show**
The Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center has several restoration projects currently underway. These include a 1950's era ride-on horse commonly found outside 5&10 stores, a wheeled chemical extinguisher and a hand drawn hose cart.
These pieces have been acquired through various means including donation by a brother firefighter (horse), "barn finds" (wheeled extinguisher) and from collectors (hose cart). Museum staff and members are combining their respective skills sets and talents to handle the myriad tasks that must be accomplished to restore these artifacts.
As a private (non-taxpayer funded), non-profit museum, your support of our fundraiser efforts (training seminars, raffles, etc.) provide us with the means to restore these vital pieces of firefighting history to their former glory.
Stay tuned for progress updates as the restorations continue!
*Have a skills set you'd like to volunteer to help with any of these projects? Contact
our Facility Manager Bill Johnson or Historian Tom Rinelli for further details**
The Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center will hold our bi-monthly general business meeting on the following dates in 2018-2019. Meetings are held at the museum located at 4 Courthouse Drive in Central Islip and commence promptly at 19:30. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meeting Dates 2018
Meeting Dates 2019
Thursday 1/10 (Elections)
Any questions, contact the museum at 631-778-6621 (leave a message)
The Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center will be hosting a Historical Presentation on Friday, February 23rd at 7:30 PM showcasing the history of the communities of Islip and East Islip including their respective fire departments (the first two organized within the Town of Islip). Join us for this 90 minute presentation narrated by George Munkenbeck, Islip Town Historian and Tom Rinelli, Historian for the Islip Town Fire & EMS Museum and Education Center.
Fee: $5.00 donation per adult or $10.00 per family (children under age 14 admitted free of charge), includes admission to the museum which will be open for viewing prior to and after the presentation.