The Wyomissing Borough Fire Department Museum Room was begun by a motion by past president, Theodore C. Bausher, of the Wyomissing Fire Company No. 1, on November 4, 2002 to preserve the rich history of the fire services in the Borough of Wyomissing. This rich history is credited to three borough fire companies: the Wyomissing Fire Company No.1 (1907), the Wyomissing Industries (late 1910's), and the Berkshire Heights Fire Company No. 1 (1925).
Work quickly began by a dedicated Historical Preservation Committee to convert a storage room in the basement of the current fire station at 1259 Penn Avenue into the Museum Room. This work consisted of installing carpeting, erecting temporary room dividers, acquiring display cabinets, and installing “museum style lighting”. The first public viewing of the Museum Room was October 8, 2003.
There are over 100 pieces of historical importance proudly and prominently displayed not only in the Museum Room, but throughout the fire department station. These items have been donated, saved over the years by the fire company, or purchased through sales, including eBay. These pieces of history include: the WFC marching banner; pins, badges, and ribbons; uniforms; written minutes; and parade and housing memorabilia.
On September 12, 2005, the Committee dedicated and named the Museum Room the Theodore C. Bausher Museum Room, in memory of his desire to preserving our history in the borough fire service.
The committee is always looking for additional pieces of history to add to the collection for all to see, learn, and experience the rich history of the borough fire service that has made the Borough of Wyomissing a fire safe place to live and work. If you or your father, or grandfather has a piece of history that you would like to donate for all to admire, please contact Fire Commissioner Bruce Longenecker at 610-376-7481.
Remember if you would like to see the original charter from over 100 years ago, or an old uniform you may remember, a photograph of a family member, or another piece of fire service history; please stop by 1259 Penn Avenue today.