Last updated: 7/18/2022
Slinger, Wisconsin
Street Address
Slinger, WI 53086
Mailing Address
4349 Hillside Road
Slinger, WI 53086
Bob Heckman, President
phone: 210-683-2401
David Lewis, Webmaster

The Fire Museum Network is a nonprofit entity which provides a means for networking among fire museums and promotes the interests of those dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the artifacts, history, and traditions of the fire service.

There are over 200 fire museums in the United States and Canada - ranging from a spare room in the firehouse basement, to ones with warehouse-like proportions. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) saw the need to link these diverse institutions together and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas.

In 1989 the IAFC, (with a donation from Art Glatfelder, president of the Volunteer Firemen's Insurance Services), sponsored an informal seminar for fire museums, held during their large Fire-Rescue International conferance. Nine fire museums, from New York to California, attended that first two-day meeting in Indianapolis. By the close of the second day, all vowed to come back next year, and the annual Fire Museum Seminar was born.

While the seminars were productive and informative, many museums wanted more opportunities for interaction throughout hte rest of the year. At the 1994 Fire Museum Seminar in St. Louis, a committee was appointed to develop a proposal for a fire museum organization ("network"). After one year of suggestions, discussion, and refinements, the proposed "Fire Museum Network" was approved at the 1995 Fire Museum Seminar Louisville, KY.

Thursday, November 3 - Sunday, November 6, 2022
31st Fire Museum Seminar
Hosted by the San Antonio Fire Museum:
Announcing the plans for our 31st Fire Museum Seminar: We’ll start the weekend on Thursday evening, where Guests will be treated to a reception at the San Antonio Fire Museum (5:00pm – 11:00pm.) You’ll tour the Museum and we’ll have snacks, Hors d'Oeuvres and plenty of beverages for everyone to enjoy (and get a sneak peek at our planned expansion!) //// Dave Hubert and his wife Barb will be showing off his working 1902 American Steam Fire Engine on Saturday, and afterwards we’ll go once again to FMN Board member Tom Winn’s ranch for a great Texas-style BBQ Dinner! //// he Host Hotel for the Seminar will be the historic Menger Hotel where Teddy Roosevelt recruited for his Rough Riders in 1898, just one block from the Fire Museum. Seminar presentations will be in the Hotel’s conference center, and hospitality (Network Nights) will be nightly at the Museum. ///// Check our website for links to register and more info!! ​
Members Only event
For more information, please call 210-683-2401 or email
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