The mission of the Tampa Firefighters Museum is to preserve the heritage of the Tampa Fire Department and promote life safety education and fire prevention within the community.
The Tampa Firefighters Museum’s vision is to preserve the rich history, culture, and significance of the Tampa Fire Department by sharing real-life events, exhibits, and life safety education while ensuring our future by encouraging the next generation to pursue the fire service as a profession.
In her 2007 inaugural address, Mayor Iorio declared Zack Street as the “Avenue of the Arts.”
The Tampa Firefighters Museum is located directly adjacent to Tampa Fire Rescue Station One at 720 East Zack Street in the heart of downtown Tampa. This beautifully restored 18,000 square foot facility stands as a tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve our great city.
The Tampa Firefighters Museum offers cultural and civic programs, exhibitions, seminars, training workshops, and children’s programs dedicated to the development and education of the public.
In 2008, the Tampa Firefighters Museum expanded with the addition of its 300 seat exhibition hall.
The exhibition hall hosts traveling exhibits and events dedicated to promoting the history of the Tampa Fire Department and the fire service as a whole. Several times a year, the Mayor and other City Officials gather in the exhibition hall for a swearing in ceremony. With proud family and friends looking on in admiration, each new City of Tampa Firefighter begins his/her career.
The Tampa Firefighters Museum reaffirmed its dedication to public safety education with the recent addition of a hands-on, interactive, fire safety and emergency awareness classroom. Opened in 2009, the gift shop is located on the first floor. Here you can obtain fire safety education materials, and purchase museum or Tampa Fire Rescue memorabilia.
The Tampa Firefighters Museum has been designated a “local historical landmark” by the City of Tampa Historic Designation Division.
It has also received numerous restoration and preservation awards including the Commercial Restoration Achievement Award from Tampa Preservation Incorporated, and the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Award.