Museum Staff

A Message from the Executive Director

Thank you for visiting the website of the New York City Fire Museum. I hope that you will take the opportunity to visit us in reality!! Our museum, housed in quarters built for FDNY Engine Company 30 in 1904 and home to many other FDNY units over the years, is now the repository to over 30,000 artifacts related to firefighting in New York City and beyond, displayed on the first and second floors.

We have a model apartment where school groups can learn how to safely escape from a home in case of fire and a classroom where they will learn the essentials of fire prevention and safety, taught by members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit. Our first floor courtyard is a quiet memorial space commemorating the darkest day in FDNY history, September 11, 2001.

While here, be sure to check out our gift shop, home to dozens of FDNY clothing items, toys, books and more. Many of these items can also be purchased via our website by clicking on the "Museum Shop" tab above.

Our 3,000 sq. ft. third floor can be rented for private functions ranging from corporate meetings to weddings and other parties. We also have special children's "Junior Firefighter" birthday party packages. You can learn more under the "Event Space" tab above.

The New York City Fire Museum is chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your support through admission fees, gift shop purchases, event space rental, membership and donations help us fulfill our mission of preserving a vital part of New York City history.

Gary R. Urbanowicz
Executive Director

Gary Urbanowicz
Executive Director
Gary Urbanowicz is a recognized historian of the FDNY with two books already published (Badges of the Bravest and The Last Alarm), has contributed to numerous others and he has undertaken projects with the museum going back to the 1990's. Professionally he has been a Chief Operating Officer of several entrepreneurial companies for over 30 years. Gary is the proud son of a New York City firefighter who actually worked at 278 Spring Street.

Sean P. Britton
Collection Manager and Curator

Noemi Bourdier
Assistant Director and Event Coordinator

Alyssa Borger
Birthday Party Coordinator

Retired FDNY Volunteers

The heart and soul of the New York City Fire Museum lies in our dedicated volunteers, all retired FDNY firefighters, who conduct our children's fire safety tours and convey the history of New York City's Bravest to visitors from all over the world. If you have a question during your visit, don't be afraid to ask.

Lt. Kevin McGeary
Engine 48, Ladder 40, Ladder 6, Rescue 1

Firefighter Robert Guillen
Engine 228

Lieutenant John Kenny
Squad 6, Engine 85, Engine 28

FF Tom Sullivan
Marine 1

FF Chris “Zeke” Quin
Engine 253, Ladder 153, Ladder 83

Lt. John Miller
Engine 64, Engine 73, TCU 513, Engine 73,
Ladder 56, Engine 53

Captain James Vreeland
Engine 222, Engine 33, Ladder 149,
Engine 245, Engine 7


Lieutenant Tom Morgan
Engine 264, Engine 248


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