Nassau County Fire Fighters Museum

Many years ago, one of the professors at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Frank Pendl, had the vision to create a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the fire service in Nassau County by collecting artifacts from the county's firefighters. He was able to get the Fire Academy to let him put up an exhibit of his collection in the main foyer. 

Smaller equipment like extinguishers and nozzles eventually gave way to more substantial machinery. Eventually, Frank had nowhere else to go. The foyer had become too crowded and unsightly to be comfortable. They then realized they needed a permanent location where everyone in Nassau County, not only firefighters, could enjoy the collection.

At the same time, Nassau County's public education bureau chief, Andy Stienmuller, had a goal of his own. His vision was to have a place where people of all ages, not just kids in school, could come to learn about fire safety every day of the year.

The Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center is the result of the efforts of a dedicated group of firefighters who, inspired by the stories of these two pioneers, lobbied the fire service, government officials, corporate sponsors, and friends for support.

Firefighting equipment dating from 1834 right up to the present day is on display in the museum.  They have everything from hand-drawn carts and horse-drawn steamers to ladder trucks, pumpers, and tankers in their collection.  All of the trucks in the museum's collection were originally used by various Nassau County government agencies, making it a one-of-a-kind collection.  Some of the vehicles even allow guests to "drive" them. 

The Board of Directors of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum has been working tirelessly from the start to make the museum a reality so that people can learn about the history of firefighting in Nassau County.  

The museum's board members, both past and present, have come from a wide range of backgrounds ever since the institution was founded. Together with current and former firemen, business leaders, historians, activists, architects, and government officials have worked to make this idea a reality.

The current Board of Directors of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum have plenty to be proud of thanks to their predecessors, but they are not content to rest on their laurels. It took a lot of effort to build the Museum, and it will take considerably more to ensure its continued success and expansion.

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