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Schools, day camps, adult groups, senior groups, and any other groups are invited to experience history and fire-safety education in our restored firehouse by taking a tour. The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati is happy to host a tour for your group of 10 or more visitors. You may choose to have your tour led by a trained museum guide, or choose to browse the museum in a self-guided tour. Tours led by a trained museum guide begin at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. Other times are available by request. Call (513) 621-5553 for reservations and details.

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Membership Benefits

By becoming an official member of the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, you are helping to benefit the museum. Proceeds from your membership go toward maintaining our building and sustaining our ongoing operations. Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati membership benefits include free admission for you and others, invitations to all special events, and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop and for hosting parties. Call (513) 621-5553 for more details.

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Throughout the year, the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati delivers unique events designed to celebrate the firefighting community. The spirit and reach doesn't stop with our collection. Whether you enjoy dancing the night away, sampling world-famous chili, or riding through Cincinnati on a motorcycle with 300 of your closest friends, the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati has an event for you!

The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati is also the hottest location in Cincinnati for unique birthday parties, meetings, and once-in-a-lifetime special events. Contact us today to start planning the event that will live up to everyone's expectations. BOOK YOUR 2014 EVENT PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2014 & RECEIVE A 20% DISCOUNT.






Saturday, September 7, 2013

Registration for the Memorial Ride starts at 9:00 at Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati (Court & Plum Street)

Ride leaves promptly at 11:00am

with pre-ride ceremony beginning at 10:45

Join us Saturday, September 7th at the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati (315 W Court Street) as we open our doors with FREE admission

Begin your day at the Museum for the start of the 10th Annual Memorial Ride “A Ride to Remember”.  Over 200 motorcycles will line-up for the start of this magnificent ride with an opening ceremony you won’t want to miss.  During the ceremony you’ll have the opportunity to view our World Trade Center Steel display and honor first responders.  The ride will finish at Harley Davidson of Cincinnati (1799 Tennessee Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229) where some of your favorit bands will be playing, fluids flowing and the grill is sure to be hot with some of Cincinnati's favorite eats.

At Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati, champion chili cooks from across the United States and Canada will compete for a chance to qualify and win $25,000 at the International Chili Society's World Chili Championship in Palm Springs, CA.  Qualifiers will also have the opportunity to win $65,000 at the World Food Championship in Las Vegas, NV!!   Free chili sampling available 12:00-5:00pm.  Don't miss out on Cincinnati's favorite annual event and thanks in advance for supporting the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati!

  Contact Bill "Gumby" Donovan for details at 

On hand for the day at the Museum will be the Cincinnati Fire Department “Smoke House” for you to learn how to escape a building in the event of heavy smoke.  We’ll also have Lego activities for children to explore the role of firefighters in our community and how they help people in distress.

All are invited to enjoy the Frisch Marionettes performance of Variety Show at 12:00pm.  The performance is a lively, upbeat show featuring hand puppets and trick marionettes blithely performing songs, dances and comical routines.  Children and adults alike will be mesmerized by the performance of Kevin Frisch and his talented cast of characters!

The Frisch Marionette Company has built puppets, masks and costumes for The Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, The Puppetworks Inc., Macy's and The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. They’ve been seen in People Magazine, SHOWTIME’S “Twisted Puppet Theater”, the PBS Documentary “The American Puppet,” and onstage with The Cincinnati Opera as well as in the New York store windows of Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdales’ and Hermes New York and most recently the motion picture Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, TV's 2 Broke Girls and Warehouse 13.




WHAT:  5K Run / Walk

WHEN:  Sunday, September 8, 2013

WHERE:  On the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

4521 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati, OH   45232


WHY:  On 9/11, Stephen Siller, husband and father of five, was off-duty and on his way home from Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn, to golf with his 3 older brothers.  When he heard that the World Trade Center had been hit, Stephen headed towards the site.  The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel was already closed for security reasons, so he strapped 65 lbs. of gear on his back and raced on foot towards the site to save lives.   Stephen laid down his life for others that fateful day. 

The Tunnel to Towers Run retraces Stephen’s final heroic footsteps. When we run along his path, we honor not only his memory but all 343 firefighters, and all those lost on 9/11.

Today, through our “Never Forget” program, Tunnel to Tower runs are hosted across the country, as a living 9/11 memorial tribute.  The torch of 9/11 has been passed on to the armed services, and for those military returning home with devastating injuries, our “Building for America’s Bravest” program builds specially designed Smart homes, to help restore their ability to be independent. Together, we can show our profound gratitude for all they have sacrificed.

The second Tunnel to Towers – Cincinnati satellite run will be held on the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery, on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 10am.  New York fire fighter Karl Suter will be in attendance, along with a 4 man team of firefighters from South Carolina.  They will be running three of the Tunnel to Towers satellite runs in three states on consecutive days to help raise awareness.

For more information on Tunnel to Towers Run – Cincinnati contact:

Randy Payne at   or or  513.805.9903

 To register for the run go to

For more information on the Foundation, please visit:

For information on Building For America’s Bravest:




September 9, 2013


Proceeds from this year’s outing will benefit the Fire Museum

Fire Safety Education programs and help preserve your rich history



3 Aston Oaks Dr., North Bend, Ohio 45052

$85 per person - includes 18 holes/cart, lunch & dinner, drink tickets, 9am registration, 4-person team scramble (no flights), Split the pot & on-course games, Prizes for top 3 team finishers, hole prizes and Skins

Make checks payable to Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati (FMGC) and send to LOCAL 48 address below with foursome information.  You may also contact the Fire Museum at 513-621-5553 to make payment by credit card.  Foursome information and entry fees are due by 8/27/2013.  Collared shirt and soft spikes required at Aston Oaks

Various sponsorships available including hole sponsors.  Show some company and house pride by having your house be a sponsor!  This is also a great opportunity to advertise your services!  Contact Joseph Jones at or 513-293-5571 for details.

Call the Union Office to sign up.  Questions and or comments can be directed to:  Joe Gunnewick at, Tom Donovan 513-241-3541 or Joseph Jones





PHONE (513) 241-3541 FAX (513) 241-7493


Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati

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