Preserving the past for the future
We exist to preserve and share Kansas’ rich heritage of firefighting through exhibits, photographs and the state’s largest collection of firefighting perifenalia. Around every corner you’ll find well-preserved artifacts which bring the Kansas Firefighters Museum to life before your very eyes.
Commitment To Fire Safety
Among our ongoing events, we are proud to teach and promote fire safety and prevention. And not just to children. All ages are encouraged to join our efforts in fire safety education. Being respectful of fire will help ensure that our community stays safe for everyone.
Honoring Those Who Have Fallen
We are proud and honored to be custodians of the Kansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Plaza. A tribute to all those who have fallen in the line of duty, their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
PRESERVING OUR HISTORY
In 2007, the Kansas Firefighters Museum received a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council to preserve and organize the museum’s (paper & photo) collection. Each item was examined and evaluated, with items of special interest copied, bound, and made available for general use.
Newspaper articles have been carefully removed from old newspapers and placed in protective covers. After processing was completed, all materials were indexed and placed in acid free containers.
All photographs have received special care and handling, along with professional training for museum volunteers.
Special thanks to the Wichita Fire Department for providing the work and storage space necessary for cataloging our collection.
SHAPING OUR FUTURE
One of our primary drives is giving back to our Wichita community. Two programs in particular are Fire Camp and Coats for Kids.
Fire Camp is an annual, FREE, one-day event for youth 6th – 9th grade. Students learn about firefighting by participating in hands-on activities such as hose pulling, bucket brigades, search & rescue, bunker gear races and much more!
Aside from an entire day of fun, kids get the full “firefighting experience” by having each activity led by real Kansas firefighters. Find out more by going to: kansasfirefightersalliance.org
COATS FOR KIDS
Coats for Kids is cooperative effort between several organizations to give new coats, gloves, scarves, & hats for children in need. Once a child is identified through various organizations in the area, they are invited (along with their parents) to a special day to receive their new winter wear. For those unable to bring their kids, firefighters deliver winter clothing to their homes.
The organizations involved in this amazing effort are: