WACO (July 13, 2014) The "Face the Flames" exhibit kicked off this afternoon at the Fort House in Waco.
Doors opened up for the time from two o'clock to five o'clock, where admission was free to all visitors.
Firefighters and their families packed the exhibit, on and off duty, retired and current.
They were all there to learn a little bit more about their storied department.
The exhibit includes original firefighting gear from the early 1900's, badges, bells, boots, hats and first hand accounts of some of the largest blazes battled in Central Texas.
In addition to these items, the exhibit houses one of the very first fire ladders used in Waco.
All of the items in the exhibit are artifacts from the Waco Fire Department.
While just artifacts to the general public, they are much more than that to the firefighters, Waco Chief Firefighter John Johnston explained, "Well if you know anything about the fire department it's very tradition bound and history is very important to the firefighters and a lot of history is passed on from generation to generations it's really important."
The exhibit will run through the end of the year.
Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and $2.00 for students.