Built in the heart of a booming shopping Mecca close to the Charleston International Airport, the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center houses the largest collection of fully restored American LaFrance fire apparatus in the county.
Doors to this fire truck wonderland opened in April, 2007. Enthusiasts and casual observers alike can learn about the history of firefighting and marvel at the evolution of a most useful invention. This is a place where families can come to learn. Residents and visitors will congregate and enjoy themselves, but also learn something that might one day save a life.
The collection of nineteen antique fire trucks includes a hand operated fire pump and two horse-drawn steam engines. Other exhibits range from a cinema with a talking robot and a film depicting the history of firefighting to the home hazards interactive exhibit and the Great Escape exhibit. The Great Escape not only provides fun for young visitors, but lets them experience the thrill of flying down a fire pole and learn smart ways to exit a burning building. Don’t forget to test your skills in our 1st person driving simulator and make sure you create your own personalized fire patch to wear home.
North Charleston Fire Museum and Educational Center is located at 4975 Centre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. For more information, visit www.northcharlestonfiremuseum.org