About the Museum

 

The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center, conveniently located adjacent to the Tanger Outlet Mall and only 2 miles from Charleston International Airport, houses the largest collection of professionally restored American LaFrance fire apparatus in the country. The 26,000 sq. ft. facility opened to the public in 2007 and currently houses 18 fire trucks and priceless, one of a kind firefighting artifacts. Complete with interactive exhibits featuring real smoke, hands on displays, a 40 person theater, children’s play area and fire truck simulator the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum proves to be a remarkable experience and an unforgettable destination for the entire family, school group or other special guests.

 

Museum Mission Statement

The primary purpose of the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center shall be to educate North Charleston and surrounding communities on the importance of fire and life safety, the history and evolution of the fire service. The Museum's purpose shall be fulfilled through preserving the history and evolution of the fire service (including the North Charleston Fire Department, Charleston Fire Department, and any other departments and fire service organizations historically represented in the greater North Charleston area) and its relationship to service throughout the world. The Museum will provide education to the North Charleston and surrounding communities through the acquisition, identification, preservation, and display of American LaFrance fire service apparatus, ancillary equipment and artifacts representing the historic evolution of the fire service.