About Us

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.

kansas firefighters memorial final call statue

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

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:

  • Kansas Firefighters Museum
  • Kansas Firefighters Alliance, Inc.
  • The City of Wichita
  • Sedgwick County Fire Departments
  • Firehouse Subs (of Wichita)
  • Riverwalk Church of Christ
  • 104.5fm The Fox

Learn more about this and how you can help at kansasfirefightersalliance.org

KANSAS FIREFIGHTERS MUSEUM BOARD MEMBERS

Nick Mendoza

Nick Mendoza

President
Tod Newlin

Tod Newlin

Vice-President

DD Wilson

Recording Secretary
Ruth Cox

Ruth Cox

Treasurer
BK Owens

BK Owens

Board Member & Story Teller
Bill Newlin

Bill Newlin

Board Member
Dale Churchman

Dale Churchman

Board Member
Ed Arnold

Ed Arnold

Board Member
Loren Winders

Loren Winders

Board Member & Clock Caretaker
Pete Kirkendall

Pete Kirkendall

Board Member
Randy Leiker

Randy Leiker

Board Member
Sam Cox

Sam Cox

Board Member
Walt Campbell

Walt Campbell

Board Member

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

This is my new favorite museum in Wichita! The exhibits are all well put together, the other area museums could learn a thing or two from this museum. They have tons of fire fighting memorabilia from the first firefighters in Wichita up to the present. The museum director basically gave us a private tour that kept my 2 and 4 year old boys enthralled. He let them try out the bells and some other artifacts and allowed them to sit on the refurbished fire engine.
Emily Crain
This little firehouse is PACKED full of history including 2 very rare, fully restored fire engines, photos, nozzles of every shape and size, and tons of gadgets I haven't seen anywhere else! Every staff member was friendly, knowledgeable, and able to answer all of my questions. Being right downtown (just 1 block south of Kellogg on Broadway) this is a MUST see attraction for Wichitans and visitors alike!
Chris Gill

SET UP A TOUR FOR YOUR GROUP TODAY!

  • Seniors: $2.50
  • Adults: $5
  • Students K-12: $3
  • Under 5 FREE!
  • Hours: Saturday 11am - 3pm
  • Call Us to Set Up a Tour: 316-264-5990
  • Parking is located across the street just west of the firehouse