Firefighters Museum exhibit showcases I-35W Bridge collapse rescue effort

With the recent observance of the five-year anniversary of the I-35W Bridge collapse, emergency responders remind employees to check out an exhibit at the Firefighters Hall and Museum that showcases the extraordinary rescue efforts that occurred in the immediate aftermath of the bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007.

The exhibit — 81 MINUTES: After the Bridge Collapsed — examines the extraordinary rescue effort between the first call to dispatch and the moment the last victim was cleared from the bridge. The exhibit 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 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. 

The Firefighters Hall and Museum, located at 664 22nd Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 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) are Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.



Published Aug 14, 2012