About Us

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The San Antonio Fire Museum is, as many visitors say, one of San Antonio’s hidden gems. What began as a dream of five firefighters assigned together at old #19's station in 1997, has become one of the most notable Fire Museums in the country. Today, the Museum is located at San Antonio’s original Central Fire Headquarters at 801 E. Houston Street next door to the world famous Alamo.


The San Antonio Fire Museum is owned and operated by the San Antonio Fire Museum Society, a 501(c)(3) public charity.  All of its management and operations staff are volunteers dedicating more than 1,200 hours each month to preserving San Antonio’s rich firefighting history.


At the San Antonio Fie Museum, visitors will see antique fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment, artifacts dating back to the mid-1800s and beautifully archived documents and photos. A 1953 International fire truck, built by the Simms Fire Equipment Company, is available for kids to climb on and dress up in authentic replicas of firefighters' turnout gear!


The entire museum operations is supported by volunteers and donors. And because the story of San Antonio’s firefighters is so important to the our city’s history, we hope you will join the growing list of fans, angel benefactors and visitors.


Many thanks for your kind support and donation!

Members of the Board of Directors:

Dan Reese, Chair

Tom Winn, Vice-Chair

Bobby Ojeda, Secretary

(Alphabetical Order)

John Boggess

Paul Greenwood

​Rodney Hitzfelder

Theresa Klar

Richard Miller

Bryan Norris

Bobby Ojeda

Armando Perez

Dan Reese

Pam Taylor​

Tom Winn

The daily operations of the Museum are managed by the Executive Board:

Bob Heckman, President/CEO​

Jim Wueste, 1st VP/Treasurer

Georgia Rakowitz, 2nd VP/Membership Chair

Dave Covington, 3rd VP

Bobby Ojeda, Secretary

Frank Walsh, Curator

Hector Cardenas, Archivist