Loveland Fire Exhibit
Unfortunately, the Loveland Fire Exhibit is currently closed and in storage. The exhibit had to close in 2013 after three and a half years in the Loveland Museum and Gallery “sequel” building. The Loveland Museum and Gallery currently has some of the artifacts on display, along with a video kiosk with apparatus and history photos. Please stop in and view them.
What is the Loveland Fire Exhibit?
The Loveland Fire Exhibit was conceived in 2008 with cooperation of the Loveland Fire Rescue Incorporated (a volunteer organization), Loveland Fire Rescue Department, City of Loveland Museum and Gallery, and Loveland retired firefighters.
A team of retired firefighters and associates began the process of collecting, sorting, fixing, cataloging and preparing displays of the fire artifacts in the “sequel” building provided by the Loveland Museum and Gallery. The exhibit’s grand opening was held October 9, 2009. During its tenure it hosted many visitors and groups from a variety of cities and states.
The collection of artifacts provides the history of the fire service in Loveland from 1883 to present, and consists of photos, newspaper articles, equipment, protective clothing and more. Included are the original hose teams, auxiliaries, development of the training facility and advancements in apparatus.
Loveland fire Exhibit, Inc. is continuing to collect fire service artifacts.
Who is the Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc.?
A group of retired Loveland firefighters and associates formed the Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. in 2010 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission is to support the Loveland Museum and Gallery in preserving the history of the Loveland fire services, honor its members for the present and future generations, and provide Loveland Fire history education to schools and the general public.
Current Board of Directors
President – Fran Lyons, Retired Captain, Loveland Fire Rescue Department
Vice President – Lynn Staufer, Retired Captain, Poudre Fire Authority & Retired Loveland Volunteer Firefighter
Secretary – Wayne Rutt, Former Firefighter, Loveland Volunteer Fire Department
Treasurer – Diane Lyons, Past member, Loveland Fire Sirens
Even though the fire exhibit is in storage, they are still active with 26 active members and one inactive member. Memberhip is primarily retired firefighters and spouses, but membership is open to anyone who wishes to support the mission and comply with the by-laws. They usually meet the fourth Friday of odd-numbered months in the community room at Loveland Fire Rescue Authority’s Fire Station #2 at 3070 West 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538. Anyone interested in membership, please send request to email@example.com.
Loveland Fire Exhibit participates in local parades, car shows, and is honored to take deceased firefighters on their last ride.
Loveland Fire Exhibit-Owned Vehicles
• 1925 American LaFrance pumper. Bought new by the City of Loveland. Restored in 1999. Currently on display at Fire Station #1.
• 1939 Ford one-ton panel van. Purchased new by the City of Loveland as an ambulance.
• 1928 Ford Model A roadster. Custom built to resemble a fire truck and purchased by the Loveland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. as a parade vehicle.
• 1969 Mack CF600 Pumper. The City of Loveland’s first diesel fire truck. Modified by Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. in 2015 for a parade and funeral vehicle.
What’s the Future of the Fire Exhibit?
Work is diligently being done to get he fire exhibit back in public access, and they are proud of their efforts to produce the exhibit and the history of the Loveland fire services and its members.
The only definite option presently is an exhibit space in the future Loveland Museum and Gallery building expansion, that is ten years out or longer. They are also working with the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority with the possibility of an exhibit area in one of the future buildings.
A small display
of the Loveland Fire Exhibit
is currently located in the:
Loveland Museum and Gallery
503 N. Lincoln Ave.
For hours of operation and more information
Loveland Museum and Gallery,
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE LOVELAND MUSEUM AND GALLERY
Loveland fire history book, “Loveland Fire Department- The First 125 Year”. Second printing (2016) includes historical information, photos, and stories of the first 125 years (1883-2008) with updates and a new chapter on the formation of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority. $25.00
28-minute DVD of the original fire exhibit at the museum’s sequel building. It provides the history of the Loveland fire rvice, with artifacts from the Bartholf Hose Company, Loveland Hook & Ladder Company # 1, Loveland fire Sirens and historic artifacts including equipment, apparatus, and protective gear. $10.00