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First Official Visit!


On October 7, 2011, 100 first graders from Fostertown Elementary School in Newburgh visited the Fire Safety and Education Center at the Orange County Firefighters Museum.

A few of the lessons the students learned included: how to identify fire hazards in the home, the importance of knowing 2 ways out, the correct way to stop drop and roll, the importance of staying low, how to properly use 911, the importance of having a family escape plan complete with an agreed upon meeting place and the value of smoke detectors.

Students also toured the museum, viewed a ladder truck and spoke with "Tank" both from the Montgomery Fire Department

The museum and education center are available to all schools free of charge. If you are interested, please call 845-457-9654.


The Purposes of the museum as set forth in the its constitution are exclusively educational in nature, to wit:

bullet Collect
bullet Preserve
bullet Interpret objects

...related to fire fighting and fire fighters in Orange County and...

bullet Research
bullet Document
bullet Disseminate

...information on the history and equipment of the Orange County volunteer and paid fire companies, fire safety, and fire prevention.

The OCFM Advisory Board

Dr William Bassett -Retired District Superintendent of Schools, Orange/ Ulster BOCES   

Marguerite Flood- Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Orange/ Ulster BOCES

John Boyle - Middle School Principal, Pine Bush Central School

Jody Yankanin- Director of The Career Tech Center,Orange/Ulster BOCES

Susan Badalucco- Retired Elementary Teacher, Pine Bush Central School

Larry Berger- Retired Director of Technology, Orange /Ulster BOCES, President Board of Education, Cornwall Central Schools

 The mission of the Advisory Board is to advise the Board of Directors of the OCFM on the Educational program that is to be developed at the Museum. This would include:

-Suggestions for the design of the classroom space

-Reviewing curriculum and program design

-Assuring that instructional programs are appropriate for age levels of children

-Assisting in making contact with regional schools, both Public and non-public

-Recruiting additional members of the Advisory Committee that may be interested in fire history/safety


History in the making!

A little history of the development of the 1860 Horse Barn
 Fire Safety Education Center

Opened June 4th 2011

Recently the team from the Home Depot Distribution Center, Montgomery NY after a hard days work of painting the interior of the Fire Safety Education Center.

Please note the check that paid for the construction material to finish the interior is being presented to Ed Devitt our museum President.  Along with the insulation and wall board Home Depot also bought the paint.  And, then, insisted on sending volunteers from the Distribution Center to put the paint on the walls! 

  • Electrical is completed

  • Heating and air conditioning are almost completed. 
    Some minor duct work to be done. 

  • Computer wiring completed.

  • New windows installed and boxed in. 

  • Barn is cleaned out of all construction debris.

  • New Advisory Committee is working to complete interior designs and offer recommendation for curriculum.

Our new goal for completion is the Spring of 2010

 Now we are moving to the next phase of construction which is the windows and the interior of the building.  We need to finish the electrical, insulation, dry wall, taping, painting, finishing, and flooring.  The HVAC is under way.  Educational materials, such as table and chairs are needed.  All the equipment and educational materials necessary to carry out this education is needed.  A sponsor for the project is needed.  The aim is to save lives in our community through providing knowledge.    

Needs:  Funding to move forward.  Volunteers are needed to provide the educational presentation for the Fire Safety Education Center.  Our goal is to be operational by this spring. 

This is the completed front of the Fire Safety Education Center.

We will need some of the luck that this horse shoe holds to bring this project to life! This is an old shoe that was found while stabilizing the old stone foundation.


Roughed in interior complete. Building squared, stabilized, foundation laid and slab installed.

The outside seeded and graded and a new parking area in front of the building for 2 cars.

Ready to have windows installed, electric installed, insulation and dry wall installed. Flooring and painting to complete the finished interior is necessary.

Roughed in electric.
We need new windows!

Opening to upper story of the Education Center. Needs stairway constructed. Mechanicals will go up here, storage, and maybe an office.

Education Center update July 25, 2008

The interior framing is completed. The building has been brought to square. The foundation and floor slab are in and the electrical has been roughed in .

We are ready to move on to phase two which will be to get the front of the building completed and the sidewalk installed along with some landscaping that needs to be done to handle drainage issues.

Phase III: Have windows made and installed. Get the rest of the electrical and heating roughed in.

Then we must find more funding to go to phase IV: which will be the design and completion of the interior of the building. This would include the final design for the use of the space and the finished electrical, heating and air conditioning, and the installation of the insulation and the wall board and flooring.

We need support to continue. Please send us a check!

UPDATED INFO as of May 26, 2008
A work in progress that you can help fund!
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The floor has been brought to grade and the footings poured and pinning placed to accept the slab that will be poured early this week.
Things are beginning to move along in the Education Center

Plans have be drawn up and bids have been let out to begin construction of the Orange County Firefighters Museum Fire Safety Educational Center.

We are on a 2 – 5 year construction plan that is governed and controlled by the amount of funding that is presently available. Senator Larkin, Senator Bonacic, and Assemblywoman Calhoun have been most forthcoming with grants for construction.

The Town of Montgomery, the Village of Walden, the Village of Maybrook, and the Village of Montgomery have each sent grants to help with construction, as well. Recently the Walden Rotary Club donated a 911 Training Telephone that will help us teach people the correct way to make a 911 emergency telephone call.

We are working on a fund raising effort presently and will be approaching the Orange County community for assistance to allow us to implement of educational mission.

Should you care to learn more about our needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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