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Richard Lenker

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The 1792 hand pumper was built by Richard Mason of Philadelphia.  The "Enjine" is a single-deck, end stroke, two-piston hand pump capable of discharging about 150 Gallons per minute through the gallery pipe atop the compression chamber. The engine is not suction equipped, meaning that water had to be dumped into the wooden box by buckets or through another hose.

The telegraph alarm system is from the city of Johnstown, Pa.  The system was installed in Johnstown's city hall in the early 1920's. The alarm system was dismantled by fire museum volunteers and moved to Harrisburg in 1995 where it was placed in the fire museum. 

The alarm room also includes the Dauphin County Fire Dispatch Console that was in service during the nuclear incident at Three Mile Island in March of 1979.

This working exhibit allows visitors to pull the alarm box that would have been sitting on a street corner to notify the local fire department of a fire.  This signal is sent to the telegraph alarm system and the dispatch operator who would then notify the local fire departments of the fire call.

Permanent Exhibits

Memorial wall for Fire Fighters that have died in the line of duty.  The memorial plaques are made from 1 3/4" brass expansions rings that have been cut, pressed flat, and engraved, in remembrance to those that have gone before us.

The museum has one of the largest parade hats display.  Parades were an integral part of the volunteer firemen's life.  On parade, the firemen put aside their "work helmets" and donned their handsomely painted, pressed felt hats.

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The Fire Museum is 100% volunteer, operated and staffed on a full-time basis, six days a week.  We welcome anyone with an interest in history and meeting people to join us as a volunteer.  Please stop in and see us or email

The museum has almost 3,000 patches on display from Fire Companies through out the United States.  Visitors are welcome to bring a patch from their Fire Department and the museum will proudly add it to our display.