Historic Belmont Firehouse (SE Portland)
On a rainy Saturday in January, my husband and I took our five and two year old to a little known historical firehouse in the Belmont neighborhood of SE Portland. On “Safety Saturday,” held the second Saturday of each month, families can tour the Safety Learning Center and Fire Museum at no charge.
Our kids were welcomed by City of Portland firefighters and given junior firefighter stickers to proudly wear while exploring the museum. The adults enjoyed the history of the firehouse including firefighting equipment from the 1800’s, horse footprints left over from the horse drawn fire engines and an old alarm dispatch demonstration showing how fire engines are distributed around the area when a fire alarm goes off.
The kids were particularly drawn to a model fire engine that simulated an emergency response, a well done safety video and the big hit, of course, the fire pole. There were more than a few rides down that pole!
If the weather had held out, we could have completed our morning with a picnic and playtime at nearby Laurelhurst Park. I guess we’re saving that for next time!
Note: The Belmont Historic Firehouse is available for group tours and other events like birthday parties, social gatherings, even weddings! Check out the website for more details.
Tiffany Larson is a mom of two and lives in the Portland Metro area.
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