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Fire Museum Celebrates Its 50th Year with a Free Family Event

Oct 02, 2018 01:52PM ● By Hannah Ott

Aurora, IL – The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will host a Community Hero Day and Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, October 6 from 10am-4pm. This event is free and will include activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event will include a Touch-a-Truck, community organizations, Pop-Up Shops and free fire truck rides. Families will have an opportunity to take a ride in a 1991 fire engine from 10am-3pm. There will also be birthday cake while supplies lasts and food available for purchase from several food trucks.  

October 6, 2018 celebrates the museum's 50th anniversary of being open to the public. Executive Director Brian Failing stated, “We are hosting this event as a way to welcome the entire Aurora community and region down to the Museum to explore all that we have to offer.” 

Since 1968, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum has been an important part of the Aurora community. Originally established by the Aurora Fire Department in 1966, the Museum has grown from an exhibit in the basement of Fire Station No. 4 to a regionally recognized institution chronicling the history of firefighting in our community and region.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves the history of the Aurora Fire Department and fire service in our region through our collections and exhibits while educating visitors about fire safety and prevention. From humble beginnings to the Museum visitors know and love today, the Museum welcomes over 9,000 visitors annually for tours, programs, and events. 

Come in and explore the museum and have fun wandering the grounds outside. The Touch-a-Truck will include vehicles from the Aurora Fire Department, Aurora Police Department, City of Aurora, Aurora Public Library Bookmobile, Oswego Fire Department, Kane County Sheriff, Illinois State Police and Durham School Services.

Community Hero Day is presented by Inspection Reports Online (IROL). A variety of community partners will be on hand, including SERVPRO of Aurora, CTS Fire & Safety, Costco, Star 96.7 FM, Champion Allstate Agency, New York Life Insurance, Universal Security Instruments, Illinois State Treasurer, SciTech Hands on Museum, and GlowZone Aurora. 

For more information, contact Brian Failing, Executive Director: 630-256-4140