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American LaFrance Fire Museum

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American LaFrance Fire Museum

 

Just a short drive up Interstate 26, to north Charleston, is the nation’s largest collection of American LaFrance firefighting trucks and apparatus, all lovingly restored.

The museum may be a bit off the beaten path, but its proximity to the Tanger Outlets makes it easy to combine a visit here with a trip to dozens of stores and restaurants right next door. A walk among the museum’s shiny engines and horse-drawn fire wagons is a lesson in America’s firefighting history. The experience doesn’t stop there. Interactive exhibits challenge you to lift the 100 pounds of equipment a firefighter wears on the job, test your knowledge of firefighting tools, take a turn speeding to an emergency scene in a full-size fire truck driving simulator, and much more. Children can climb a real firefighter’s ladder and slide down the fire pole on a large, indoor play set. Wrap up your visit with a short film on firefighting history. Plus, check out the realistic stage demonstration on how to prevent the most common household fires.

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