Loveland Fire Exhibit
Updated May 23, 2018
Unfortunately the Loveland Fire Exhibit is still closed and in storage. The exhibit had to close in 2013 after three and a half years in the Loveland Museum/Gallery “sequel” building. The Loveland Museum/Gallery currently has some of the artifacts on display along with a video kiosk with apparatus and history pictures. 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/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/Gallery. The exhibit’s grand opening was held Friday 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 pictures, 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.
February 2018, retired Fire Chief Jack Sullivan passed away. Chief Sullivan was the person who met with the Loveland Musuem director with idea of the fire exhibit. Chief Sullivan was the co-chair for the team preparing the fire exhibit and the first president of the Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. His leadership will be missed.
Who is the Loveland Fire Exhibit?
A group of retired Loveland firefighters and associates formed the Loveland Fire Exhibit Inc. in 2010 as non profit 501(c) (3) organization. Our mission is to support the Loveland Museum/Gallery in preserving the history of the Loveland fire services and honoring 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 – Chris Klaas, Retired Division Chief, Loveland Fire Rescue Department
Treasurer – Diane Lyons, Past member, Loveland Fire Sirens
Even though the fire exhibit is in storage we are still active with 32 active members, mainly retired firefighters, spouses and active firefighters, but membership is open to anyone who wishes to support our mission and comply with our by-laws. We usually meet the fourth Friday of the odd months, depending on holidays. We meet in the community room at Loveland Fire Station #2, 3070 West 29th Street. We are a fairly informal group and always have a good time. Anyone wishing membership, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
We participate in local parades, car shows and are honored to take deceased firefighters on their last ride.
Loveland Fire Exhibit-Owned Vehicles
• 1925 American LaFrance pumper. It was purchased new by the City of Loveland and restored in 1999 by the Loveland Volunteer Fire Department Inc. It is now on display at Loveland Fire Station #1.
• 1939 Ford one ton panel van. Purchased new by the City of Loveland as a ambulance.
• 1928 Ford Model A roadster, custom built to resemble a fire truck and purchased by the Loveland Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. for 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.
• We were fortunate that Division Chief Greg Ward found the owner of the 50 foot ladder truck built by the fire department in the 1950’s. It was sold in 1976 when the fire department purchased the 85 foot Sutphen aerial tower. Our thanks to the Corns family of Colorado Auto & Parts, Englewood CO, for their generousity, donating the truck to us for $1.00. The ladder truck is now being repaired to running condition for parade use.
What’s the Future of the Fire Exhibit?
We continue to work diligently to get the fire exhibit back in public access, as we are proud of our efforts to produce the exhibit and the history of the Loveland fire services and it’s members.
The only definite option at present is an area in the future Loveland Museum/Gallery building expansion. The expansion could be 10 years or longer, as of now it is not in the 5 year capital building plan.
We are also continuing to work with Loveland Fire Rescue Authority with the possibility of an exhibit area in one of their future buildings.
At this time all our present options for a public display are on hold, due to lack of funding. These options seem to be two to four year in the future, as of now. We are looking at possible new options in the mean time.
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,
Visit Loveland Fire Exhibit Inc. on Facebook for articles on apparatus, early incidents, member profiles and more. The response to our Facebook has been very good. Thanks to Lynn Stauffer for the great articles.
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. Available at the Loveland Museum and Gallery: $25.00
28-minute DVD of the original fire exhibit at the museum’s sequel building. It provides the history of the Loveland fire service, with artifacts from the Bartholf Hose Company, Loveland Hook & Ladder Company # 1, Loveland Fire Sirens and historic artifacts including equipment, apparatus, and protective gear. Available at the Loveland Museum and Gallery: $10.00