BANGOR – Bangor Firefighters continue their 200-year-anniversary celebration.
Lined with 200-years of history the Hose 5 Fire Museum in Bangor is the best place to get a peek of what once was.
For 21 years this former fire station has housed the life of the Bangor Fire Department the good times along with the bad.
Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins says they would be amiss to forget where they’ve come from.
“A lot of events through the years, we lost two firefighters in a tragic fire, we’ve had big fires like the Masonic Hall fire that I’ve experienced in my career, but the everyday events are what protect the people and we’re glad to be here for the small ones and the big ones,” says Higgins.
A quick look tells you there’s much for the department to be proud of today. Including its strong relationship with city residents.
“We got a great group of guys, we’ve got a lot of dedicated guys, they put a lot of effort into this, they’re very community oriented, they get out into the community and try to support the public,” says Matt Costello, Assistant Chief of Bangor Fire Department.
Pictures, old equipment, retired fire engines, the Hose 5 Museum offers many relics that give you a glimpse of a bittersweet past.
“It’s 200 years of progress here, impeded by whatever you want to say, but you learn from mistakes of the past, you learn how fires were fought, how technology has changed, how building construction has changed and so it’s a lot of training of how they did things in the past and how to make things better in the future,” says Costello.
The fire department has a few months left to celebrate its bicentennial. But the Hose 5 Museum will continue to showcase the department’s history well into its future.
You can visit the Hose 5 Museum throughout the year by calling the Bangor Fire Department.