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Welcome to the Loveland Fire Exhibit Webpage

Unfortunately the Loveland Fire Exhibit is still closed and in storage. Our goal for 2016 is to have at least a few artifacts on display. The Loveland Museum/Gallery currently has some of the older artifacts on display plus a video kiosk with apparatus and history pictures. Please stop in and view them.

The organization Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. is still very active. We are a tax exempt 503(c) non-profit corporation. Our purpose is to support the Loveland Museum/Gallery in preserving the history of the Loveland Fire services and honoring its members for the present and future generations and provide Loveland Fire history education to schools and the general public. LFE is continuing to collect fire service artifacts.

Current Board of Directors are:

President - Fran Lyons, Retired Captain, Loveland Fire-Rescue
Vice President – Everette Roberts, Retired Fire Chief, Loveland Volunteer Fire Department
Secretary - Chris Klaas, Retired Division Chief, Loveland Fire-Rescue
Treasurer - Diane Lyons, Past member Loveland Fire Sirens
Immediate Past President - Jack Sullivan, Retired Fire Chief, Loveland Volunteer Fire Department

Currently there are 26 active members and one inactive member, mainly retired firefighters and spouses (volunteer and career), but membership is open to anyone who wishes support our mission and comply with our by-laws. We meet the forth Friday afternoon every other month, the odd months, in the community room at Loveland Fire Rescue Authority's Fire Station #2, 3070 West 29th Street. We are a fairly informal group and always have a good time. Anyone wishing membership, please send request to lyons44pride@gmail.com .

LFE, Inc. owns four vehicles:

• 1925 American LaFrance pumper. Bought new by the City of Loveland. Restored in 1999. On display at Fire Station #1.

• 1939 Ford one ton panel van. Bought new as an ambulance. Project to be restored.

• 1928 Ford Model A roadster. Bought by Loveland Volunteer Fire Department Inc. as a parade vehicle.

• 1969 Mack F600 Pumper. The City of Loveland first diesel fire truck. Modified by LFE, Inc. in 2015 for a parade and funeral vehicle. 

2015 Loveland Fire Exhibit Report

Click here to view the 2015 Year-End Report

June 2015 Loveland Fire Exhibit Update

Click here to view the June 2015 Loveland Fire Exhibit Update.

Future of Loveland Fire Exhibit in Limbo (2013 Update)

The Loveland Fire Exhibit was forced to close it's doors at the end of February, 2013. The exhibit had been located in the Loveland Museum “Sequel” building that was recently sold to Brinkman Partners. Brinkman Partners is currently replacing the formerly existing building with a 5 story retail and apartment complex.

The Loveland Fire Exhibit was conceived in 2008 with the cooperation of the Loveland Fire Rescue Incorporated (Volunteer organization), Loveland Fire and Rescue Department, the City of Loveland Museum/Gallery and the Loveland Fire Department retirees.

A team of retired firemen and associates began the process collecting, sorting, fixing, cataloging and preparing displays of the fire artifacts in the “Sequel” building made available by the City of Loveland Museum. The Loveland Fire Exhibit held its Grand Opening on Friday, October 9, 2009. It was with great honor that this exhibit came to fruition in hopes that future generations would have a greater understanding of the history of the Loveland Fire Department dating back to 1883.

The retired firemen and associates formed the Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. The mission of the organization is: Support the Loveland Museum/Gallery in preserving the history of the Loveland fire services for the present and future generations and honoring the members. Provide Loveland Fire history education to schools and the general public.

In the past three and a half years, the exhibit has hosted many visitors, school tours, RV groups, scout troops, business organizations, Children’s Day, Halloween activities, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Fire Department’s 100 year anniversary, and open houses. During some of these activities, old and new fire trucks were made available for kids to touch and have pictures taken. Members also participated in the Corn Roast parade with trucks. Visitors have not only been local but from other cities and states and have commented on the quality of the artifacts and displays.

In March or 2013, most of the artifacts were moved into storage by the museum. The Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. will continue with their mission and the committee will work with the city and citizens to find a temporary or permanent space for the display. The Loveland Fire Exhibit, Inc. does not have income resources so the options for space are limited.

Updates and contact information concerning the Loveland Fire Exhibit Inc. will be posted on this webpage.

What is the Loveland Fire Exhibit?

Photo of Protective Gear at Fire ExhibitThe Loveland Museum/Gallery was thrilled to temporarily house a unique historic collection at The Sequel Building, just north of the main Museum building. Sadly, that building was sold, which forced us to move most of the exhibit items into storage.  A small amount of items are still on display in the main Loveland Museum and Gallery.  Some of the other fire exhibit items will be rotated into the museum periodically.  Plans are in the works to include an exhibit and archive in the upcoming Museum expansion, but that may still be many years from now. In the meantime, a team of dedicated retired volunteer firefighters have been staying busy collecting and cataloging antique artifacts, preparing displays, and of course, looking for a potential new home for the exhibit. 

The Loveland Fire Exhibit offered a glimpse into the history of our local fire department including information, photographs and objects related to the Bartholf Hose Cart Team, the Loveland Fire Sirens, the fire training grounds, the "Liar's Bench", and much, much more.

Memorabilia for Sale!
Photo of The First 125 Years Book Cover
Help support the Loveland Fire Exhibit by purchasing the new DVD, Loveland Fire Exhibit - The First 125 Years. This 28 minute DVD, narrated by Daryle Klassen will take you on a journey through time as you explore the history of the Loveland Fire Department. Viewers will learn about the Bartholf Hose Team, the Loveland Hook & Ladder Company, the Loveland Fire Sirens, the Liar's Bench, and more. The DVD also features the Hall of Honor, the Loveland Fire Training Grounds, and various historic artifacts, including equipment, apparatus, and protective equipment. The cost of the DVD is only $10.00. For shipping within the U.S., please add $8.00.

The new Loveland Fire History book, Loveland Fire Department - The First 125 Years, in now available for purchase. The book includes historical information, photos, and stories of the first 125 years of the Loveland Fire Department. The book is available for $25.00. Save more by buying the book and DVD combo pack for only $30.00. Add $8.00 for shipping within the U.S.

Photo of Fire Exhibit DVD CoverIn addition to the book and DVD, the Loveland Fire Exhibit has more items available for purchase, including t-shirts and hats. High quality Zephyr hats are available in red featuring the Loveland Fire Exhibit logo embroidered on the front and the U.S. Flag on the back. Hats are adult-sized, fully adjustable, and are just $18.00. The t-shirts are available in two styles, including a red standard tee with the Loveland Fire Exhibit logo, and a white "ringer" style tee with black trim, featuring the historic Bartholf Hose Team logo. The price for either style of t-shirt is only $15.00, and they are available in sizes Children's Medium through Adult's 2XL (boy's/men's sizes). When ordering, be sure to specify the style, color, and size of your choice. For shipping within the U.S., please add $8.00 per item.

All proceeds from the sale of commemorative items are used to further enhance the Loveland Fire Exhibit. Show your support by purchasing your memorabilia today! The DVDs,, books, t-shirts, and hats can be purchased by contacting retired Fire Chief Jack Sullivan via e-mail or by calling (970) 217-4258.

Recent Updates

Click here to see the latest updates on the Loveland Fire Exhibit from the president/project coordinator, Jack Sullivan. The most recent updates are available for viewing. Check back often to read the latest updates regarding the Loveland Fire Exhibit!

 

Loveland Fire Exhibit

A small display of the Loveland Fire Exhibit is currently located in the Loveland Museum and Gallery at 503 N. Lincoln Ave.

For hours of operation and more information about the Loveland Museum and Gallery, click here.

 

 

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