June 20, 2015
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is on the move! On Saturday morning June 20, two of our vehicles were transported to Chicago's McCormick Place where we will be exhibiting at the NFPA Conference and Expo. We owe a HUGE thank you to Hager Excavating Inc, and retired firefighter Rick Lockman for their time and experience in making this happen and to the NFPA Conference and Expo and ROC Exhibitions for their generious support.
In June and July of 2015 approximately 1,800 Aurora schoolchildren, (grades one through five), will visit the historic Aurora Regional Fire Museum on a field trip as part of Aurora’s Communities In Schools “My Time” summer camp. During the half-day visits, students learn about fire safety, physical fitness and important life skills.
In Augugst of 2015, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will host the 18th Annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show. One of the Midwest’s largest public emergency vehicle show with over one hundred fire engines, police cars, ambulances, and emergency vehicles participating throughout the weekend.
Generous participation is provided by over fifty local fire, police, and public safety agencies, allowing the public to safely witness amazing real-life situations. Demonstrations include vehicle crashes with hazardous materials needing heavy duty extrication and medevac helicopter responses, and S.W.A.T. team high-risk entry maneuvers. Children’s activities will include fire truck rides, water fights, and safety displays. In keeping with our public safety theme, vendors will offer related memorabilia and collectibles. A variety of food and beverages will available for purchase. This FREE family event, is open to the public and hosted by the Aurora Regional Fire Museum and the City of Aurora Fire and Police Departments.
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Chemical reactions, force, energy transference, pressure, hydraulics — science, technology, and math provide the foundation for fighting fires and saving lives. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is happy to be working with Aurora University’s STEM school to develop integrate real-world learning experiences into their curriculum.
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A new partnership with Lewis University is enabling their elementary education students to use the fire museum, and the museum’s primary-source documents, to develop a myriad of educational learning projects — including field trip curriculums, pre and post-visit materials, loanable discovery-trunks, virtual web-based learning opportunities, outreach programs, teacher workshops, and more. The university students gain real-world experiences, and tangible projects they can use in their future teaching careers, while the fire museum gain a variety of offerings relevant to teachers and the later educational standards.
April 2015 — The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is pleased to announce that they are the beneficiary of an FM Global Fire Prevention Grant in the amount of $5,755.00. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community including the continuance of the annual Youth Firefighter Challenge. This exciting summer camp program teaches students about fire safety, physical fitness, life skills and fire history and is put on as a partnership effort with Aurora's Communities in Schools. The goal of the camp is to educate elementary school children to be safe, stay active and introduce them to fire fighting and other related careers. Another component of the summer camp is youth summer employment. Firefighter Explorers (ages 16 - 21) are employed as camp counselors. The Explorers study fire science during the school year, and the camp allows them to sharpen their social skills when working with children and adults.
November 19, 2014, marked the 120th anniversary of Aurora’s old Central Fire Station (now home to the Aurora Regional Fire Museum). A crowd of 180 celebrated the occasion with party-hats, balloons, and a six-foot long birthday cake (with 120 candles). The event was not exclusively celebratory — a funding appeal earned just under $500 in donations from those attending.
September 2008 -- The ARFM's interactive exhibit "Getting There, Getting Water Getting Rescued" received an award of Excellence from the Illinois Association of Musuems.