Friday, January 18, 2008

Hall Of Flame Is Ready To Respond

PHOENIX (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One firefighting museum is ready to roll out and battle a blaze.

With 44,000 square feet, The Hall of Flame, in Phoenix, Arizona, is the nation’s largest museum of firefighting equipment, and displays a huge variety of helmets, masks, uniforms, and more than 100 antique fire engines, including a hand-drawn model from 1725.

And although some of the rigs are rickety, executive director Peter Molloy says there are a few museum machines that could still battle a blaze.

Molloy mentions a 1952 engine which the museum lets children climb on, and says, “It takes a beating from the kids, but give us about three hours, and we could have it driving around the block.”

Although they display some marvelous memorabilia, the museum name is still a hot button issue.

Molloy says, “With our name, people really don’t know what to think. We get a lot of calls from people thinking it’s a Greek restaurant. But we’ve been a question on Jeopardy!, and people got us right, so they know who we are.”

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