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Fall River museum highlighting Halifax firefighting history raises enough money to keep doors open

A Fall River museum highlighting Halifax's history of firefighting has raised enough money to open later this spring after launching a fundraising campaign earlier in the year.
Fall River Firefighter Regional Interpretation Centre
A shot inside the centre. (Regional Firefighters Interpretation Centre)

A Fall River museum highlighting Halifax's history of firefighting has raised enough money to open later this spring after launching a fundraising campaign earlier in the year.

The Regional Firefighters Interpretation Centre is home to dozens of photographs, some of which date back to the 1800s, and vintage firefighting equipment including extinguishers, nozzles, and ladders, but rising costs in rents and utilities have put the centre in a financial bind in recent years.

President Dave Dodsworth tells NEWS 95.7 they've raised enough money to keep the facility open for the time being.

"We still have the gofundme campaign in effect, which is nowhere near the $6,000, but enough to get us going for this year to start with," says Dodsworth. "But we still have to keep it going."

However, Dodsworth says they're not out of the woods yet, as more utility related expenses are expected to pile up in the coming months.

"We still have other utilities coming up very shortly, like the licence on the trucks, the insurance on the trucks, and liability insurance we have for people entering the building," says Dodsworth. "We still have expenses like that, we still have the heat and the lights to pay."

He confirms the museum will be open as of June 1st, then they will be open Saturday and Sunday for June, July, August and September.


Chris Halef

About the Author: Chris Halef

Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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