FDNY in 1970s

The 1970's was a turbulent decade for New York City and the FDNY. The city's financial troubles- combined with growing social and political unrest- fueled rising rates of fire and malicious false alarms throughout the city, especially in Brooklyn and the Bronx. By 1970, the number of fires grew to 127,249 from 61,644 in 1961 and the number of total alarms to 263,659 from 94,000. Arson fires were especially on the rise. Fortunately, the FDNY made improvements in technology and communications by adding voice alarm boxes and community programs. By the 1980's the number of fires and false alarms dropped dramatically.

Our Permanent Exhibitions

One of the most interesting stories, not told elsewhere in the City, is that of the early days of fire fighting in New York. The museum is privileged to house much of the City's collection of historic firefighting artifacts, memorabilia and equipment dating from as early as the 1650s. Together our collection of documents, firefighting apparatus, fire marks, buckets, trumpets, helmets, rattles, lanterns, uniforms and other artifacts tell a powerful story of early New York, the challenges faced by our ancestors and their ingenuity and skill in preventing and controlling fires in a setting and conditions difficult to imagine today.

Firefighting on Parade

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Below are links to other galleries within this site:
Remembering Their Prayers
Marine Operations
25th Anniversary
Fire Mark Gallery
Halligan Tool Case


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On Display

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