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Dick Wolfsie discovers rich history of fire protection at Koorsen Museum

Dick Wolfsie Visits Koorsen Museum part 1

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Each and every week Dick Wolfsie shares a story that is unique to central Indiana.

This time Dick continued his trip around a museum in Indianapolis that is dedicated to the history of fire protection.

The Koorsen Museum is located at 2820 N Webster Ave and it features everything from glass grenades to a 300-year-old hand pumper.

Dick Wolfsie Visits Koorsen Museum part 2

“This hand pumper was one of the earliest brought into the United States,” said Randy Koorsen with Koorsen Fire and Security. “There’s only three known to exist and we’re very fortunate to have this one.”

The station also features a variety of different fire engines that have been used over the years including one from 1908.

“It was horse drawn, it had water in it and there’s a boiler that produced steam that ran the pump,” said Koorsen. “The firefighters loved this style.”

This particular engine was one that Koorsen and his team restored over the course of three years.

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Koorsen said he started the museum because he’s in the fire and security business and had stumbled upon many interesting fire-related artifacts that he found fascinating. He’s continued the museum’s collection by perusing eBay, nationwide shows and flea markets.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment on the weekends.

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Dick Wolfsie Visits Koorsen Museum part 4