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New exhibit at Clarke Historical Museum honors Eureka's firefighting history

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EUREKA- This year marks the 150th anniversary of organized fire fighting in Eureka.  To celebrate, on Saturday, the Clarke Historical Museum will unveil a new exhibit. 

"Their responsibilities are much more than when it first began and the community really needs to celebrate what firefighters do for us.  They keep us safe and we really rely on them and they do a fantastic job.  So the Clarke Museum is extremely happy to host this exhibit," said Ben Brown, the Director and Curator of the Clarke Historical Museum.

The exhibit will be open until September, featuring artifacts from eureka fire departments throughout the years. On Saturday, the Old Town Steam Fire Engine No. 2, which was used to fight fires from 1905 until 1935, will be on display in front of the museum. The steam fire engine will be shooting water into the street in multiple demonstrations. Humboldt Bay fire officials say innovations like these are still relevant to this day.

"Without what our former fireman and what people have done in the past and built, we would not have the equipment that we have today that makes our jobs more efficient and much safer for us and the community," said Fire Engineer Kevin Voorhees, the Department Historian for Humboldt Bay Fire.

The Old Town Steam Fire Engine No. 2 demonstrations will be held from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. in front of the Clarke Historical Museum, which is located at 240 E Street in Eureka. The stretch of road in front of the museum will be closed during this five hour period.