In 1853, Cincinnati established the first paid professional fire department in the United States. The Cincinnati Fire Museum highlights the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made to the firefighting profession. Its mission is to share and celebrate the history of firefighting in Cincinnati while providing a unique fire-safety education experience. Its vision is to bring the traditions of firefighting to life—in a museum that helps save lives.
Listed in the National Historic Registry since 1974, the museum building was once the Engine Company #45 Firehouse starting in 1906. In 1980, the firehouse was transformed into the Cincinnati Fire Museum. And since then, people of all ages have come to see one of the best collections of firefighting artifacts in the United States.