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“U.S.A the long way round”

D.C. Fire and EMS Museum
Ranked #201 of 430 things to do in Washington DC
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“U.S.A the long way round”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was a great little find. If you want just a quiet little look around a museum dedicated to these men and women this is good. No crowds, very attentive retired personnel and lots of history. All your questions answered and time well spent. If you are travelling from overseas and in the RFS, SES or other emergency services take a few badges and bits and pieces, they will display them at some point. I loved it. It will take you off the street for a while. A donation would be appreciated. There is a kids corner. For those of us who have never been exposed to the American ways this was a real eye opener. Education and history in a couple of hours, what more do you want? Check out the old pumper, no wonder buildings had those ungainly fire escapes strung down their sides. Just down the road from Union Station, too easy.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank victorc779
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Atlanta, GA, USA
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“Hidden Gem Near Union Station”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

This small but very enjoyable fire and EMS museum is located on the third floor of a tiny historic fire station near Union Station. Hopefully when you visit, curator Dennis Rubin will be available to give you a personal tour of the very interesting collection that includes such items as old call boxes, an emergency fire net, and a steam powered pumper, which was an early version of the current fire truck. The museum is free, well worth an hour or so tour, and a good place to take the family. Need to be able to walk up the stairs to the 3rd floor as not sure if there is an elevator.

Visited October 2012
6 Thank Jan_from_Atlanta
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