New Jersey Fire Museum to hold fifth annual open house on Sept. 27


The New Jersey Fire Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial, 4 Polhemustown Road, Upper Freehold Township, will hold its fifth annual open house to showcase the history of firefighting on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The museum has a collection of fire apparatus dating back to 1814 and as new as the 1970s. The collection is made up of hand-drawn, horse-drawn and motorized units, according to a press release.

A significant part of the open house will be a memorial service dedicated to New Jersey firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The service will also recognize all firefighters who have faithfully served their communities, according to the press release.

The open house will include a free gift for all young people who attend and activities for children. Parents can take pictures of their children in and around the trucks.

Visitors will be able to watch a dramatic demonstration by the New Jersey division of the National Fire Sprinkler Association that will show the benefit of a home fire sprinkler system.

The winner of a 50/50 raffle will be chosen at 3 p.m. The Hope Fire Company, as a food vendor, will offer a variety of lunch items.

State Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex) said, “Each year the open house event draws more people, more families. It is an opportunity this year, post-COVID, for families to spend a day outdoors, seeing and learning about the fire service in New Jersey over the last 200 years.”

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said, “I am proud to have this incredible museum right here in Monmouth County that honors the heritage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who serve as firefighters.

“I encourage everyone to attend the New Jersey Fire Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial open house to learn about the history of firefighters and to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving as a firefighter,” Arnone said.