The Non Profit Organization

The Founding of the NonProfit

During the Tampa Fire Department centennial in 1995 an interested group of firefighters spoke with historians to learn how to save the history, the stories, and the traditions of the department. Out of those meetings The Tampa Firefighters Museum, Inc. was born.

About this same time the retired “old Tampa fire station 1” was of little use to the City. The building was being used for a couple of offices and some equipment storage. It was in poor condition and its fate looked bleak. Working with local community leaders including Tampa administrator Fernando Noriega, Jr and Mayor Dick Greco the title the old fire station was transferred to the newly formed fire museum nonprofit group.

From here the real work began. Fundraising, applying for grants, and laying out plans to give life, purpose, a meaning to one of the few brick buildings remaining in downtown Tampa.

The Museum stands today as a tribute to those who believed in the dream of repurposing an old building so it could continue to serve. The building, now more than a century old, is the warehouse and the showplace for storing an exhibiting stories and memorabilia of Tampa and the Tampa Fire Department.

The Museum nonprofit owns and operates the building. No direct City financial support is given for the upkeep and maintenance of the building or exhibits.

The Nonprofit Organization Today

The Museum stands today as a tribute to those who believed in the dream of repurposing an old building so it could continue to serve.

The building, now more than a century old, is the warehouse and the showplace for storing an exhibiting stories and memorabilia of Tampa and the Tampa Fire Department.

The Museum nonprofit owns and operates the building.

No direct City financial support is given for the upkeep and maintenance of the building or exhibits.

Make A Donation

Donations help us continue our mission to preserve the heritage of the Tampa Fire Department and provide fire safety and educational outreach to the community. 

Rent the Firehouse

The Tampa Fire Fighters Museum is available to rent  for your next special event including children’s birthdays, weddings, fundraisers, anniversaries, and other special events.

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Rent our Firehouse For Your Next Special Event

The Tampa Firefighters Museum offers one of Tampa's most unique event rental space. Our Museum is housed inside a fully restored 1911 firehouse, the original quarters for Tampa FIre Station No. !. This 2 story building can accommodate up to 300 guests and is a perfect...

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