About the FASNY Museum of Firefighting

Home of the world’s premier collection of American firefighting artifacts and apparatus.

Established in 1925 with an original donation of four fire engines, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson, New York has grown into an educational institution occupying more than 50,000 square feet and featuring 90 vintage and rare fire engines dating back to 1731.

The Museum houses, cares for and exhibits thousands of firefighting artifacts, from firefighting gear and equipment to photographs, art and a 6,000-volume library. Through interpretation of its unequalled collection — the largest of its kind found anywhere in the world — and its many fun, hands-on exhibits, events and activities, the Museum fascinates, educates and delights visitors of all ages.

Cornelius V. Anderson: Chief Engineer Cornelius V. Anderson was born on April 10, 1818, in New York City– where he spent most of his life. His primary occupation was as a mason/bricklayer, but he is best known for his efforts in firefighting.

1930s Pedal Fire Truck: 1930s Mack pedal car manufactured by Steelcraft of Cleveland, Ohio. It has two headlights that run on batteries. It has two wooden ladders. Steelcraft was known for its bulldog Mack style trucks, both floor and pedal versions.

John Decker: John Decker was born May 15, 1823, at 38 Vesey Street in New York City. When he was a young boy, Decker saw the Great Fire of 1835, which is believed to have inspired him to become a firefighter.

Museum Postcard: An old postcard of the Museum’s original wing. The photo was taken and published by Columbia County’s own Jimmy and Wendy Neefus.

1978 Boyer/International Truck: This apparatus, generously donated by the South Schodack Fire District, is a tanker and a pumper. It has a 1,500 gallon tank in the back with 1,000 GPM (gallon per minute) pump mounted on the front of the truck.

1970 Sayville Race Car: 1970s “C” class racing car, Sayville, New York. In the late 1920s, FASNY standardized the 26 contests held at musters in New York state, as well as the types of trucks allowed to race. Class “A” trucks were regular company fire trucks with all of the removable parts taken off.