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Auto Museum Opens New Fire Truck Exhibit with Special Event This Thursday

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Included in the display is this 1924 REO Chemical Fire Engine. Courtesy of the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Society.

Ring the alarm!  In partnership with the Sacramento Fire Museum and sponsored by the Firefighters Burn Institute, the California Automobile Museum will present “To the Rescue,” an all new exhibit that highlights early fire trucks and people who worked to save our city. And to kick off the new exhibit, there is a special opening night event this Thursday where guests will be able to talk to local firefighters while sipping on beer and wine.

The colorful and dramatic exhibit, which will be on display March 16 through May 29, includes many of the early fire trucks, fire-fighting equipment and other objects from the late 1800s and through the 1940s.

Not only does the exhibit present firefighting vehicles in all their glory, it tells the stories behind them. Guests will see that since the invention of the automobile, dedicated fire fighters have used the technology to improve the speed and methods used to fight fires that routinely caused significant damage in urban areas prior to modern infrastructure, regulations, etc.

As a special opportunity on most weekends, guests will also be able to experience sitting in a 1921 Graham fire truck. A docent will be on hand to assist guest in hopping on board the antiquated truck, likely following a schedule of 11am to 3pm (check the website prior to attending for confirmed availability).

The opening night event will be held 5pm-7pm on Thursday, Mar. 16, and is included with admission. The Graham will be specially available this night for guests to get an up close and personal look at and inside the vehicle.

Additionally, as a thank you for the important and brave work they do, active and retired firefighters are invited to attend opening night for free.

“To the Rescue” is another of the Auto Museum’s great rotation of exhibits that do well in appealing to all ages and interests.

The exhibit is included with the price of admission ($5-10) and museum members are always free. For more information about the “To the Rescue” exhibit or the California Automobile Museum in general, please call 916-442-6802 or visit calautomuseum.org.

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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