Soon there will be a lot of fire activity at the Benicia Historical Museum. A new interactive display featuring landmarks in Benicia will challenge the skills of our visitors. Kids of all ages will need to exhibit eye-hand coordination to put the fire out and save the building. It sounds easy, but as with real fires, action and timing is critical.

Bordering this game will be an expanded display of firemanic artifacts. In 1847, eight men formed the “Benicia Bucket Brigade”, which led to the establishment of The Benicia Volunteer Fire Department. It is the oldest continuous serving fire department in California. Today, their primary mission is to provide educational opportunities to members of the community about past, current and the future of firefighting through the Benicia Fire Museum. In addition, the Volunteer Department, now incorporated, supplements and supports the Benicia Fire Department with additional staffing of volunteer firefighters.

The Benicia Fire Department functions within three divisions; Fire and Life Safety/Administration, Fire and EMS Operations, and Fire Training and Emergency Preparedness. The members of the Benicia Fire Department are dedicated to excellence and customer service. As residents of Benicia, we are thankful for and proud of these dedicated volunteer and professional firefighters.

Don’t forget to save the date for the Costume Ball at the Historical Museum, Saturday, October 30. Maybe you’ll want to come as a fireman!