The building was a fire station, home to horse-drawn equipment a century ago. The small budget for the start-up museum of 6,000 sf was a challenge well met with exhibits, interpretive panels, children’s area activities, a restored watch booth and a memorial room. Architectural relics on the walls, floors and ceilings of the building gave rise to interpreting the history of the building in a walking tour.
Location: Tampa Firefighter Museum; Tampa, FL
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On the Equipment Floor is a working antique fire truck, watch booth and refurbished fire equipment.
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The entry to the museum is flanked by two custom mannequins wearing ca. 2000 and ca. 1950s firefighting gear.
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Gamewell fire system - knobs, dials and functions were interpreted in the reading rail.
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Designed a “fire ladder” system of text panel holders for walls, freestanding and under exhibit cases.
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Safety Kitchen teaches children about common kitchen safety hazards. Opening the oven releases the smell of natural gas.
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Climb aboard a miniature fire truck; it leans forward to look like it’s speeding. Kid sized bunker gear is used in role-playing.
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Positioned at the windows overlooking a working fire station, these flip panels reveal the purpose of each of the pictured equipment you’re likely to see zooming out of the station.