This Birmingham firetruck museum from Southern Vintage Fire Apparatus Association is a hidden gem

SVFAA Birmingham Firetruck Museum
70+ firetrucks to see at the warehouse. (Emma Johnston / Bham Now)

Did you know Birmingham has a firetruck museum? The Southern Vintage Fire Apparatus Association (SVFAA) hosts the Birmingham firetruck museum with over 70 vintage firetrucks. Keep reading to see how to enjoy this hidden gem in the heart of The Magic City.

Shedding light on the local nonprofit

SVFAA Firetruck Museum
Restored vintage firetrucks. (Emma Johnston / Bham Now)

I had the chance to visit SVFAA warehouse during their latest open firetruck museum event. I was instantly greeted by friendly volunteers and was filled with awe as I looked further inside of the warehouse which was full of beautiful vintage firetrucks and other fire-related equipment.

The SVFAA is the southern division of The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) which was founded in New York in 1957. SVFAA was founded in 1976 and moved to Birmingham in 2007 where they are located at 4500 5th Ave. South, Building F, Birmingham, AL 35222.

The mission of this educational nonprofit is to enlighten and preserve the rich history and traditions of the firefighting profession by showcasing its unique collection of firefighting apparatus. The trucks are owned by members of the association or donated by branches of fire departments. Members’ backgrounds vary some are retired firefighters, others who have a relative in the fire service and some members simply having a passion for old fire equipment.

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How to visit the vintage Birmingham firetruck museum

SVFAA Firetruck Museum
Donated tools and equipment only at SVAAF firetruck museum. (Emma Johnston / Bham Now)

The Southern Vintage Fire Apparatus Association Birmingham firetruck museum is currently open to tours by appointment. They are happy to host birthday parties (for both the young and elderly), school groups, scout groups and more. During the summer months, they are also open for pop-in tours and a variety of events throughout the year such as a Veterans Day parade, Christmas parades and First Responder Day.

SVFAA will be having their trucks represented at the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department’s 8th annual Fire Expo on October 11 9AM-Noon at Legacy Arena.

Here is how to get in contact with SVFAA to learn more or book an appointment for your group:

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Emma Johnston
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