Fire Museum Ben Franklin by Arnold Varga

Our Mission

The Museum of Fire History is dedicated to preserving the firefighting legacy of Carlyle “Hap” Barnes. The Museum is dedicated to Hap’s passion for collecting firefighting equipment and memorabilia, and educating the public about fire safety and advancements in firefighting technology.​​

Hap Barnes Fire Museum

Carlyle "Hap" Barnes at the opening of 

The Museum of Fire History 2002

Illustration by Arnold Varga

Benjamin Franklin in the helmet and uniform of the

"Union Fire Company", the first volunteer fire company in

America. The Union was founded by Franklin in 1736

in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.