Tooele County has many unique points of interest for tourists and locals, but the Utah Museum of Fire Service History and Firefighter Memorial is one of the more special attractions. The museum captures the story behind the firefighting vocation as well as the risks and rewards associated with this profession. If you want an unforgettable educational experience, we suggest you spend a day just getting lost in the history of Utah’s firefighting industry.
Discover the World of Fighting Fires
No matter what you think you know about firefighting, this museum will expose you to some new detail. Covering more than 35,000 square feet at the Deseret Peak Complex, the large display of fire equipment and trucks will leave you in awe. Different eras of firefighting that have come and gone are represented. You’ll be amazed at the methods that were once used to control the blazes.
There is a diverse collection of vintage fire trucks at the museum, and most vehicles have been restored to illustrate their original beauty. Of the 50 trucks collected from around the state, most are functional as well. There are approximately 20 engine models, and the oldest one dates as far back as the turn of the century. If you long to take a step back in time, this is the place to do so.
Become Educated on Fire Safety
You cannot explore a fire history museum without learning a thing or two about fire prevention and safety. A guided tour through the firehouse is available only by appointment, and it’s the perfect way to get some hands-on experience. Adults can benefit from this part of the visit as much as children because it’s a good reminder of the safety issues most people take for granted day to day.
While you’re touring the museum and memorial site, you may be lucky enough to speak with the curator and ask questions regarding firefighting, fire safety and the various displays and artifacts on exhibit. Each element of the museum is a fascinating story waiting to be told, so don’t be afraid to speak up if your curiosity takes over.
Pay Your Respects
One of the most memorable sections of the museum is the memorial garden. It’s a beautiful tribute to all the men and women who lost their lives fighting the flames. After you take a moment to silently honor these heroes, be sure to stop by the museum gift shop so that you can bring home a keepsake as a reminder of your visit. There is a large variety of interesting collectibles for people of all ages to enjoy.
The Utah Museum of Fire Service History and Firefighter Memorial is one attraction you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s a great place to take your family, but it’s also perfect for a solo outing. You can visit the museum year-round on a Friday or Saturday from 11-3 p.m. Located just minutes from our property, this historical museum and memorial is the perfect place to spend some time honoring all firefighters and understanding the nobility of this profession.