mission has always been the preservation of Seattle Fire Department
history. Our collection is comprised of several unique fire
apparatus from the SFD. Included are Seattle's only
Ahrens-Fox, which was fully restored in the mid-1960's, and three of
Seattle's tillered aerials - their last wooden aerial -
a 1929 Mack, their first metal aerial - a 1937 Seagrave,
and their last "conventional-cab" tillered
aerial - a 1969 Kenworth/Maxim. We also have the SFD's last city-service ladder truck
- a 1950 Kenworth,
and what we believe to be the oldest surviving motorized fire
apparatus from the SFD - a 1913 Seagrave City Service Ladder. The SFD's only
Bulldog Mack is included in our collection, although it has yet to
We work closely
with the Seattle Fire Department, providing apparatus for fire
prevention activities, fire station dedications and open houses, as
well as recruit graduation ceremonies. In addition, upon
request, we transport their horse-drawn and motorized steamers to
parades and displays. We strive to promote a professional
keeping with fire service tradition.
Our maintenance facility was built in 1973, and currently houses 12
of our rigs, including
pumpers, city service ladder trucks,
and tillered aerials. Because we've outgrown our facility,
there are several rigs in the collection that are stored in
various locations in the Seattle area. The collection consists
primarily of retired Seattle Fire Department apparatus and
equipment. We also maintain hundreds of historic photographs,
alarm equipment, station furnishings, nozzles, extinguishers,
helmets, and several items unique to the S.F.D. A portion of
our collection of apparatus and artifacts are on display at our
museum at Seattle Fire Department Headquarters in Pioneer Square. The museum allows the public and
firefighters and their families the opportunity to experience the history of the fire service in general, the Seattle Fire
Department in particular.
It's quite a sight watching our active fleet of fifteen
vintage fire engines and ladder trucks, dating from 1913 to 1969, as they
proceed down the street,
all in a row, with our uniformed members on
board. Each year, thousands of people of all ages thrill to the sight
and sound of these magnificent
That small group who started the LRFD so many years ago had a vision
old relics that helped save so many lives
and property for so
many years, should not all end up
being lost or
scrapped. They were aware, and
we know too, that too many
significant bits of
our past have been reduced to a
mere memory or
an old photograph. We at the LRFD are doing
keep this nostalgic representation of our area's fire service heritage
for our future generations to learn from, and enjoy.
The LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you would care to help
support the LRFD so we may continue to preserve and display the rich
heritage of the fire service, you can send your tax-deductible
LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT
1433 NW 51st St
We will promptly send you a receipt
for your contribution for tax purposes.
We thank you for your support.
The LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT has
TWO primary locations . . .
1. MUSEUM -
located in "Pioneer Square"
2. SHOP/MAINTENANCE FACILITY - located
~ The address for each facility is listed below ~
Last Resort Fire Department Museum
Located in Seattle Fire Department Headquarters
301-2nd Ave South (at S. Main St) in Pioneer Square
Summer hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Winter hours: Open
Wednesdays only - 11:00am to 3:00pm
ADMISSION IS FREE
LRFD Shop/Storage & Maintenance Facility
51st St (at the North end of the Ballard Bridge) in Ballard
The Shop/Storage Facility does NOT have regular hours
Arrangements can be made
to visit the Shop Facility by contacting the LRFD
Phone 206-783-4474 or e-mail us at
ADMISSION IS FREE
WHILE THEY LAST
. . .
For contributions of $25 or more, we will
send you our 2013 LRFD wall calendar.
Please indicate "CALENDAR" on
All photos on this page, and on this
website are the property of the LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT
otherwise noted. Photos and information contained on this
website may not be reproduced in
any form without express permission
from the LAST RESORT FIRE DEPARTMENT or the owner of the
listed in the photo credit.
Newer computers equipped with "Internet Explorer 9" are not
totally compatible with our website.
We have spent much time and effort attempting to re-align
the pages, photos and captions so they
will look presentable with "Internet Explorer 9 as well as
the older "Internet Explorer 8 and 7".
You may notice some crowded spacing, and photos and captions that are
off-center or mis-aligned.
MAC computers also have some difficulty interfacing with our
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