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Charleston Fire Museum

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 antique collection of fire fighting vehicles belonging to American LaFrance, LLC.

Doors to this fire truck wonderland open April 28, 2007. Enthusiasts and casual observers alike can learn about the history of fire fighting and marvel at the evolution of a most useful invention. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey calls the museum, “An innovation.
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 eighteen 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 fire fighting 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.

The American LaFrance fire museum and the Heritage Corridor Museum share a roof with the freshly minted North Charleston Visitors Center.
The Museum will also house an exhibit from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Museum which interprets the evolution of Upstate and Lowcountry life, from grand plantations and simple farms to mill villages and urban centers across the state.

Address:
North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center is located at 4975 Centre Pointe Drive.

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