The Tulsa Fire Alarm Building at 1010 E 8th St. is set to become the Tulsa Fire Museum.
“It will convey the pride, the dedication and the tradition that is the Tulsa Fire Department” said Debbie Bailey with the TFD Museum Board.
Tulsa firefighters began a fund raising campaign in January to purchase the Fire Alarm Building from the American Lung Association of the Southwest. Built in 1931, the building originally served as the central communication center for the Tulsa Fire Department. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bailey noted that the exterior, with fire motifs, including dragons, gargoyles, fire axes and fire hose nozzles, is a one-of-a-kind piece of art in itself.
In 1984 dispatchers walked down the front steps for the last time after occupying the building for 50 years. After that time, the building sat empty and fell into disrepair, until the American Lung Association purchased it in 2000.
“We had the building renovated with ‘green’ construction products and techniques to maximize a clean indoor air environment,” said Bill Pfeifer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Southwest. “When we decided to consolidate operations to our Oklahoma City office last year, I felt this historic building should be open to the public. We are delighted for it to become the Tulsa Fire Museum.”
With the support of The Carol Tandy Foundation the Tulsa Fire Museum is one step closer to becoming a reality.
“It is meant to be their building. They should have it. Tulsa needs a place to honor the men and women who serve our city.” said Carol Tandy.
The displays, a unique gift shop and children’s area are set to open early 2016.