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Rockland Fire Museum Gets A Makeover

Volunteers clean up, organize memorabilia, exhibits at county's Fire Training Center in Pomona.

Generations of memorabilia, records and old equipment from Rockland's volunteer fire departments on display at the county's Fire Training Center have gotten a makeover.

Volunteer caretakers for the museum exhibits at the training center in Pomona have cleaned up and reorganized materials on display. Items range from old toys to historic firefighting equipment.

Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Gordon Wren Jr. said the exhibits record the efforts of local volunteer firefighters and show how firefighting technology has changed as Rockland has grown.

Memorabilia is on display on the main floor of the fire training center, but the lower level of the building next door to the new Provident Bank Park baseball field contains a museum that includes historic firefighting equipment.

Although the museum is not well-known throughout the county, it has become a popular spot for school classes to visit on field trips. The free museum is open to the public during normal business hours Monday through Friday at the training center.

Wren said guided tours for groups are available by contacting the training center at 845-364-8800. Volunteers interested in history and the fire services are also being sought to help maintain the museum.

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