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Aurora Regional Fire Museum officials say that although the pandemic is lingering, there are signs of things getting more like normal at the facility at 53 N. Broadway in Aurora that reopened in January based on the state’s COVID-19 mitigation plan.

Executive director of the museum Brian Failing said “We’ve been open normal hours which are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and have seen people mostly in the afternoons. We’re seeing up to about 30 people a week and are hoping that as the weather improves and spring and summer arrive, our numbers will grow.”

The museum operates under the current COVID-19 guidelines which include having visitors wear masks as well as maintaining social distancing. Exhibits that include hands-on components and other touching elements have been taken out as well as having touch points reduced.

In the meantime, work to provide exhibits and attractions for visitors has continued, with the installation of new exhibits in the past two months including half a dozen pictures depicting fire department-related subjects as well as a new exhibit on loan from the national Emergency Medical Service. The installation covers the topic of innovation in emergency medical services from battlefield medicine to modern civilian techniques, and will be on loan for a number of months.

Looking ahead, more exhibits are planned including work on a Safety in the Home exhibit which would roll out this summer as well as a new fall initiative which would honor two events.


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 The Aurora Regional Fire Museum will kick off Fire Prevention Week a few days early as part of Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The museum will feature a variety of activities for children to partake in, information for parents on safety, as well as a variety of local artists and vendors. All activities are free, while supplies last.

Special this month will be a variety of activities in honor of Fire Prevention Week. Activities include:

• Children can color their own fire helmet and fire safety bookmark to take home.

• New York Life Insurance will be on hand to provide child safety ID kits for all parents to have in case of an emergency. New York Life’s Child ID Program is designed to help children in our

community learn how to stay safe in the home, at play, or wherever they happen to be. In only 3 to 5 minutes, a child ID kit is printed for each parent or guardian free of charge. These include a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other pertinent data needed by the police in case of an emergency.

• First Alert, the leading brand in fire safety, will be providing educational materials and fun activity sheets on the importance of whole home safety. Also included, will be a raffled basket of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers and other safety products.

In addition to these special activities, the museum will feature a variety of local artists and vendors as part of their Pop-Up Shops. This month will feature everything from jams and baked goods to handmade signs. Vendors include: Splinter and Things, BoogieBean Boutique, Kiddie Capes, A Little Something Sweets, Ursula Naturals, Moondragora, Young Living Wellness, Short Bench Woodworks, The Cookie Garden, and Covered in Chocolate.

“Collaborations like this with local artists and area businesses allow the Museum to engage with the community in new and exciting ways. First Fridays provides the perfect platform and audience to try new concepts and forge new relationships,” said Executive Director Brian Failing.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 8-14. It has been sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association since 1922, when the commemoration began. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began Oct. 8, 1871, and did most of its damage Oct. 9.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves the history of the Aurora Fire Department and fire service in our region through our collections and exhibits while educating visitors about fire safety and prevention. For more information about this event or the Museum, contact Brian Failing, executive director, at (630) 256-4141 or


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O.A.R. keyboard player and background vocalist Mikel Paris filmed his latest episode of TuneTrek – a one man travel and music show that will air on PBS stations – in the Aurora Regional Fire Museum at 53 N. Broadway Ave. this week.

TuneTrek is the artist’s creative outlet during O.A.R. tours. He likes to find hidden gems that are visually interesting and that have a compelling story while visiting cities across the nation, and then showcases them through his own video and photography and musical compositions performed on site.

He does research and has a historic buildings database to work from, then writes the music and lyrics. He has done 49 episodes, several of them available for viewing on his website at

Paris, who has worked with Pink, Jewel, and percussionist ensemble Stomp, spent most of Monday in the 1894 firehouse that served as the Central Fire Station for Aurora. The building became a museum in 1988.

Aurora was authorized by charter in 1853 to establish fire companies but community leaders initially were reluctant to do so, according to the Aurora Fire Department’s history. It took a series of fires, including one that destroyed three buildings in the business district, to convince them to do otherwise. That part of history was written into his lyrics.

The Aurora location was the site for his 50th TuneTrek episode. He began his day Monday cruising in a 1921 Stutz fire engine around the city. “I do something different to start the day for each episode. Sometimes it is fun or poignant,” he said.

The Jan. 10, 1934, Woolworth store fire on Broadway Avenue that claimed the lives of three of Aurora’s firefighters – Capt. John Petersohn, Capt. Herbert Reiss and Firefighter Charles M. Hoffman – and injured several others was also written into his lyrics sung at the fire station.

“I want the song to inspire me while I am here to get a certain imagery that will connect with the lyrics,” he said. “Sometimes I am in these places all by myself where they unlock the door and let me in and I am playing music for hours. There are moments when I feel like I am in another world.”

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Aurora Regional Fire Museum


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Join the movement & give back

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is an independent nonprofit 501c(3) educational institution that features a variety of family-friendly, hands-on, interactive exhibits, designed to educate and entertain. The museum is funded by grants, donations, memberships, and (lastly) earned income such as admissions fees, facility rentals and gift shop sales.

Now more than ever we are looking to you for assistance.   Here are three (EASY) ways you can help us this week:

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Give your time, Give your money — Give to support the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! 

Giving Tuesday:
The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is among the more than 30,000 organizations participating in #GivingTuesday — a global day dedicated to giving.

The best (and most supportive) way to help the fire museum is though a direct monetary donation to the general operating fund. Consider making a meaningful donation (of any amount) today!

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Reuland Contest:
For their 60th Anniversary, Reuland Food Service is holding a popularity contest among twenty-seven local non-profit organizations. They will award $5,000 to the organization who recieves the most popular votes between now and December 31.  One vote per e-mail address / per web-browser.

Please vote for the fire museum now . . . and share the link with your friends and family on social media.

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First Fridays:
On December 4, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum will be one of over a dozen venues participating in the holiday edition of Aurora Downtown’s First Fridays. The museum will be open from 6 to 9pm and offering FREE admission.  See the new exhibit “Teamwork, Brotherhood and Change” and enjoy the museum as it’s decked out for the holidays.

Help the fire museum attract new visitors — take advantage of this opportunity to introduce the fire museum to your friends and family.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is an independent nonprofit 501c(3) organization located in Aurora’s fully restored 1894 old Central Fire Station and features a variety of family-friendly,  hands-on, interactive exhibits, designed to educate and entertain.  The museum also offers group tours, hosts a variety of lectures and educational programs, and participates in numerous parades, special events, and community festivals.

For more details see the Aurora Regional Fire Museum’s website.

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NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago

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The National Fire Protection Association held their annual Conference & Expo at the McCormick Place last week. It’s the premier event in fire and life safety according to NFPA and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for countless professionals.
There were over 300 exhibitors including the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Next year’s NFPA Conference & Expo will be held in Las Vegas.
The National Fire Protection Association annual Conference

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The National Fire Protection Association annual Conference

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The National Fire Protection Association annual Conference

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