The National Fire Heritage Center (NFHC) includes the National Fire Heritage Archives, The National Fire Museum System, and the National Fire Heritage Foundation. These organizations within the Center are 501 (c)3 nonprofit organizations, all working to preserve the history of "fire in America." Their preservation efforts not only include firefighting, but also fire prevention, fire protection engineering, fire equipment manufacturing, and any discipline associated with fire protection.
The NFHC is both a fire history archive and a documentation preservation project. Their collection of over 15,000 cataloged items consists of written documents and three-dimensional items donated by the public and private sectors. Materials are cataloged, preserved and made available to NFHC visitors and online researchers.
The organization has expanded from the original mission to protect perishable items, to include three-dimensional objects and other important fire protection materials. The Center also is home for the Fire Service Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders, Who's Who in Fire Protection and the Benjamin Franklin Fire Writer's Award. Today, the National Fire Heritage Center is a vibrant organization supported by private donations and grants. The Archive is growing so rapidly, that the Board of Trustees has been given the task of finding a new home - from which the NFHC will continue to preserve the history of the American Fire Service for generations to come.