April 2, 2017

Editorial: Plans for fire museum on track, deserve support

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In Worcester, the word “fire” brings two things immediately to mind: pain and pride.

It will be interesting to see the ways the Worcester Fire Museum and Education Center put both on display.

The project is still in the planning stage, but those plans have proceeded smoothly since then-Fire Chief Gerard Dio broached the idea in 2014. The museum is on track to open in 2018 in leased space at Union Station, according to Worcester Fire Department Capt. Gary Fleischer of the Worcester Historical Fire Society, a nonprofit formed two years ago and tasked with creating the museum.

As MassLive reported, the group marched in the Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade three weeks ago, showing off the kinds of antique trucks and well-used gear that have been warehoused and will, with any luck, get new life as exhibits in an attractive downtown space.

Part of the museum’s mission is to educate visitors about fire prevention. Also planned for the 4,000-square-foot quarters on Union Station’s ground floor is a 90-seat meeting room — which could be used, for instance, for presentations to area schoolchildren on field trips — and office space for the WFD’s Public Education Division.

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