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Michigan Firehouse Museum

Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

For the last two decades, Ypsilanti's Michigan Firehouse Museum has displayed over a century's worth of firefighting memorabilia.  In this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg take a tour of the museum with its recently-appointed director, Al Dyer, Jr.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

For as long as we’ve had settlements and communities, firefighters have been at work to protect residents in times of emergency.  While at first, citizens and neighbors volunteered to help douse a blaze when needed, formal fire departments with paid employees were developed and the commitment to serve has only grown.  Through generations, fire departments, and the equipment they use, have undergone an evolution.  89.1 WEMU’S Jorge Avellan explored that history, as you can, when he visited the Michigan Firehouse Museum in Ypsilanti as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.