Firefighters Museum to host home disaster preparedness event  

A family home disaster preparedness event will be held Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Firefighters Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

The event, which was organized by Community Risk Reduction Officer Casidy Anderson, will feature fire truck rides, the Minneapolis Fire Department Safe Escape Trailer, tours, crafts, and a fire safety bag for families to take home.

The event is being held in conjunction with an exhibit that showcases the extraordinary rescue efforts of firefighters and others in the immediate aftermath of the I-35W Bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007. The exhibit — 81 MINUTES: After the Bridge Collapsed — will examine the rescue effort from the first call to dispatch to the last victim cleared from the bridge. The exhibit also examines the experiences of firefighters working in five arenas: the north side, the south side, the 10th Avenue Bridge, the Mississippi River, and the dispatch center. The stories of responders at each of these locations will anchor the exhibit. The exhibit also takes a close look at the success of the Incident Command that day and the multi-agency training that led to an efficient bridge evacuation, the collaboration between firefighters and residents, and the impact on the Twin Cities community. 

Summer visitors to the Firefighters Hall and Museum can also see the Minnesota Historical Society’s traveling exhibit MINNESOTA DISASTERS.

The Firefighters Hall and Museum is a 30-year-old museum that serves as both a meeting space for firefighters and the neighborhood and a family-oriented museum featuring fire rigs and artifacts showcasing the history of firefighting.

Summer museum hours (through Labor Day)

 

Published Jul 5, 2012