2006-07-07 / News

History of island's first responders on exhibit at Jamestown Museum

The Jamestown Museum opened for the summer season on Wednesday, June 28, with a new exhibit featuring the Jamestown Fire Department and Jamestown Emergency Medical Services.

The "Jamestown's Volunteers: Our Fire and Rescue Teams" exhibit was organized by Brookie Harding for the Jamestown Historical Society with the support and co-operation of Ken Caswell, a fire department volunteer and curator of the Jamestown Fire Department Memorial Museum, and Cheryl Serpa of JEMS.

Equipment used and uniforms worn by the volunteers over the past 100 years are on display along with pictures of early fire engines, pumpers, hose carts, and ambulances. Famous fires and rescues are chronicled in photographs, many from the Jamestown Historical Society's collection of over 5,000 photographs of island life. The fire department and JEMS have each loaned the museum a set of the protective gear currently worn, bringing their history up to the present day.

In addition, the permanent exhibit in the museum's Ferry Room displays models, pictures, maps, and operating gear from the ferries that connected the island to neighboring communities before the bridges were built.

The museum, at 92 Narragansett Ave., across from the Town Hall, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. through Sept. 3.

Visits at times the museum would not normally be open can be arranged. E-mail jhs@jamestownri.com at least one week prior to the requested time, or by calling the museum at 423-0784.

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