New Volunteer Fire Department Museum Opens

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

GROTTOES, Va -- The volunteer fire department in Grottoes celebrates 65 years next year and a museum opens this weekend to preserve its history.

The museum includes a look at some of the first fire fighting suits worn back in 1948. The first firefighters wore rubber suits and stayed out of burning buildings.

The museum also has photos, a hose and trophies from the past six decades.

Volunteers hope to inspire the next generation of firefighters. The fire department has second and third generation volunteers and that was part of the reason its historian wanted to preserve the department's legacy.

“They can either see things that either they did or their spouses did or maybe their parents did, and it brings back memories for them, and they're donating some things, and again, we're welcome to donations. We appreciate their interest in it. Hopefully, they'll be as excited about it as we are,” said Jeanne Kirby, a historian with the Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department.

The museum opens on Saturday, and its historian is still accepting donations from people to put on display.


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