A hand engine pumping contest and
parade of July 4th, 1890 engendered such a lively interest in the by gone glory
of firefighting, that an organization was formed to maintain the memory of
The New Bedford Veteran Fireman's
Association was established on November 10th, 1890 to "collect and preserve
records, papers, relics and sayings pertaining to the N.B.F.D. and foster
goodwill and friendly intercourse by occasional meetings."
The spirit of the Veteran Fireman's
Association was located at the corner of Foster and Hogh Streets and remained
at that location until the early 1970's when the museum building was acquired
by the city's Urban Renewal Agency. Interest in the old organization eventually
waned and it disbanded.
The spirit of the Veteran Fireman has been
rekindled by the New Bedford Fire Museum Association and the memorabilia and
collection of antique equipment has beed preserved and is on display at the
Fire Museum at Old Station No. 4 just outside the Historic Distric.
The New Bedford Fire Museum is a unique
place dedicated to the presentation of the development of urban fire fighting
technology, equipment and organizations.
Old Fire Station No. 4 was built in 1867 and
is possibly the oldest active station in the state of Massachusetts.
The New Bedford Fire Museum Association is a
non-profit educational organization offering a range of historic and
- Restored Antique Fire trucks
- Historic Pieces of Fire
- Antique Records and Ledgers
- Fire Alarms Technology
- Antique and Cotemporary Fire
- Working Full-Size Models of Fire Pumps
and Fire Poles
- Mementos and Anecdotes of Early New
Bedford Fire Fighting History
The New Bedford Fire Museum Association
welcomes new memberships. Membership includes:
- Unlimited Free Admission to the
- Access to Research Materials
- Extended Family Benefits
- Annual Reports, Annoucements on Current
and Up-Coming Activities. Membership information is available at the