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President's Message

Thank you for visiting our new website!


I was honored to be elected as president of the museum in the Spring of 2023. A big "Thank you!" to my predecessor, Don Forsyth, for his many years of dedicated service. I am excited about the large-scale impact that the museum

will have on our community in the upcoming years and decades.


While this organization dates back to the early 2000's, the time has come for us to build a permanent, state-of-the-art facility at the Irvine Great Park. We have expanded our original mission to include and emphasize community safety and resilience. And we remain passionate about growing our decades-old mobile museum into a welcoming home for visitors from all over the world to come and learn about the fire service heritage of Orange County and California. The content-rich learning environment will be for every age and stage – a training ground full of new adventures.


In order to accomplish the goal of designing, building an operational and self-sufficient museum and safety learning center, we are currently focused on securing the necessary funding. While we continue to operate our mobile museum, we will also be intently focused on fundraising opportunities to make our dream of a permanent, physical home a reality. We invite you all to join us on the amazing journey and heed the “Call to Adventure.”


Wishing everyone safe and resilient lives,


Chris Karr, President

Call to Adventure at the California Fire Museum.

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