Welcome to the Northern Illinois Fire Museum Web Site! We're glad you found us and hope you will browse around and learn all about our museum. Our museum exists to educate - we'd like the whole world to know about fire equipment and it's stellar history!
We are currently working hard to find a new location for our amazing collection of vintage fire gear. With our new home, we're aiming to be larger, more centrally located and feature greater access for everyone - from our retired museum fans right down to our youngest "future fire fighters"!
On August 15, 20015, NIFM will be holding an important Fund Raiser - HELP US BUILD OUR BUILDING!
This event will include a Live Auction, Silent Auction and Raffles - with many vacation packages up for bids.
The Museum needs its own home and the funds raised will help us find this home and building.
Be at the D'Andrea Banquet facility, Routes 14 and 31, Crystal Lake at 11AM to 3PM for your chance to participate in this historic event!
Tickets are $30.00 each and include lunch (served at noon). There will be many Antique Fire Trucks on display, too!
Vacation packages include:
For more detailed info or to purchase tickets call: Roger Dreher, 815-975-0019 or Corky Carlson, 847-878-8435
Our Museum was created by dedicated volunteers, fans of both fire equipment and history, and our collection is maintained by their continuing efforts. If you'd like to help out, please consider visiting our donation page or contacting us!
Our Website can give you a glimpse of our collection simply by clicking the "Pictures" button above. Here you will find photos of the equipment owned by the museum along with additional gear owned by our members.
Find a map to the museum by clicking on the "Location" button.
Upcoming events and important dates can be found by clicking the "Calendar" button.
And, once again, please consider a donation to the Northern Illinois Fire Museum. We flourish because of our members' efforts and your donations. Find out more by clicking the "Donate" button. Thank you!
To develop and operate a facility promoting the fire service in Northern Illinois through education, training, and practical demonstrations, while preserving the history and heritage of the fire service through various collections and exhibits.
To supply a location for a permanent display of fire related equipment of historic value, and to facilatate the temporary or permanent exchange of fire apparatus
To serve as an education center on all aspects of the fire service for the communities in Northern Illinois.
To furnish a facility for restoring and preserving fire apparatus.
If you'd like to join NIFM, please download our Membership Application . We have different levels of Membership for Seniors, Families, Individuals, Businesses and Fire Department Associates as well as Lifetime Memberships and Benefactor Memberships. Download our application for more details!
NIFM meets the second Wednesday of each month (except December) at the Cary Fire Station, Algonquin/Cary Road in Cary. The Board of Directors meets at 6 PM. The General Membership Meeting begins at 7 PM.
|Name||Position||Phone||From Jan/To Dec|
|Corky Carlson||Vice President||847-639-3232||2014-2016|
|Jim Carew||Board Member||262-620-0669||2014-2016|
|Hark Reike||Board Member||847-652-8081||2014-2016|
|Don Sander||Board Member||847-358-6997||2015-2017|
All Terms are three years in length on a rotating basis.