North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center, North Charleston

Built in the heart of a booming shopping Mecca close to the Charleston International Airport, the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center houses the largest collection of fully restored American LaFrance fire appartus in the county.

Doors to this fire truck wonderland opened in April, 2007. Enthusiasts and casual observers alike can learn about the history of fire fighting and marvel at the evolution of a most useful invention. This is a place where families can come to learn. Residents and visitors will congregate and enjoy themselves, but also learn something that might one day save a life.

The collection of nineteen antique fire trucks includes a hand operated fire pump and two horse-drawn steam engines. Other exhibits range from a cinema with a talking robot and a film depicting the history of fire fighting to the home hazards interactive exhibit and the Great Escape exhibit. The Great Escape not only provides fun for young visitors, but lets them experience the thrill of flying down a fire pole and learn smart ways to exit a burning building. Don't forget to test your skills in our 1st person driving simiulator and make sure you create your own personalized fire patch to wear home.

North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center is located at 4975 Centre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418. For more information, visit www.legacyofheroes.org.
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  • Incredible collection of La France fire engines. The staff was fantastic and very knowledgeable. My cousin added his company patch from France to the display.  more »
  • My husband is a firefighter. We had some time and wanted to visit the fire museum. This museum has the evolution of fire trucks from the earliest pulled by man to the latest with all its advanced gadg...  more »
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  • My wife and I brought our two grandchildren ages 5 and 3 to the Fire Museum on a Thursday morning. We weren’t sure what to expect, but after spending two hours walking around the exhibits and viewing the dioramas we give the museum an enthusiastic 5 star rating. The exhibits of antique fire engines and antique and modern firefighting equipment are very well done. There are informative placards for all the exhibits, and although you can’t touch the immaculately restored fire engines you can get close enough to admire the craftsmanship that was part of their construction. The kids’ favorite parts were the fire engine simulator, the fire station pole and the household fire safety diorama. It is no exaggeration to say that the dioramas are done at the Disney park level or better. The staff were friendly and helpful. They gave the impression that they really like their work/service at the museum. We highly recommend a visit to the Fire Museum for young and old alike.
  • We had a great time in this museum. The staff was very informative and made us feel welcome. We enjoyed seeing the different fire trucks and how beautifully they were restored.

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