Retired Firefighters in Washington State ‘Keep Tradition Alive’ Through Makeshift Museum

  • Source: The Chronicle
  • Published: 08/09/2022 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: In a garage near Littlerock sits the second firetruck to ever be used by Olympia firefighters, among other decommissioned trucks, gear and most importantly, a couple dozen firefighters who have worked to create this makeshift museum. Retired firefighters continued to trickle in throughout the late morning. On their badges, Tumwater, West Thurston, Olympia, Seattle and beyond are represented. Despite being from all different places, the conversation was flowing as easily as the coffee. The “living museum,” as it is referred to by West Thurston Fire Authority Chief Robert Scott, was organized by Larry Dibble, former Olympia fire chief, who said his mission statement for the place is to “keep tradition alive.” It is hosted by property owner Ray McDonald, also an alumnus of Olympia Fire.


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