Cedar Falls Fire Rescue: 150 Years
on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We have so many things to be grateful for in Cedar Falls and this year we think of the hundreds of firefighters who have served over the last 150 years. Throughout 2017, the Cedar Falls Historical Society will recognize and celebrate their contribution to the community with their exhibit, “Cedar Falls Fire Rescue: 150 Years.”
Every day, local firefighters come to the rescue. Modern equipment includes trucks armed with hoses and ladders and personal gear of protective clothing, oxygen masks and tanks, powerful flashlights and helmets. 150 years ago, equipment meant buckets and a handful of ladders.
The new exhibit, located at the Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum (308 W. 3rd Street), will be open to visitors until December 15, 2017. Visitors will find displays about firefighting equipment, historic fires in Cedar Falls, the department’s history and fire prevention and safety. Bring the family because the kids will enjoy the mini firehouse in the Kids’ Corner and completing a scavenger hunt for Dalmatians that are located throughout the exhibit.
Special events have also been organized, tying the display with community events and our current firefighters. For a description and details about each event, be sure to visit CFHistory.org.
Tools of the Trade, Past to Present
Sunday, April 9, 2pm; Victorian Home
Family Story Time
Saturday, June 10, 10am - 11:30am; Victorian Home
Search & Rescue on the Cedar
Sunday, July 9, 2pm; Island Park, Cedar Falls
Movies Under the Moon, Firehouse Dog
Friday, August 4, dusk; Overman Park
Fire Rescue Then and Now
Sunday, September 17, 2pm; Victorian Home
A Hot Time in the Old Town
Thursday, September 21; Downtown Cedar Falls
Five Alarm Chili Cook-off
Saturday, November 4, 11am – 2pm; Cedar Falls Woman’s Club (304 Clay Street)
The Victorian Home & Carriage House is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sunday, 1pm – 4pm. As the museum is staffed by volunteers over the weekends, you’re welcome to call ahead to 319-266-5149 to confirm hours on Saturdays and Sundays. While you're there, be sure to explore the Victorian Home as well as the William Lenoir 0 Scale train layout.
For more information about Things To Do in Cedar Falls, the Cedar Falls Visitor Center would be happy to help. We're open Monday – Sunday at 6510 Hudson Road and can be reached at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955).