Housed in the old Narragansett Fire Company station house on Baker Street in Warren is The Hero, the town’s very first fire engine. At 215 years old it’s hardly the rescue vehicle that arrives to battle a blaze today, but to folks in 1802 is was no minor miracle. “They thought that this was their hero coming in to help save the town,” explains Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli, hence the name.
The Hero – complete with its original leather hose and faithfully restored wooden wheels from the Pennsylvania Dutch – may be the centerpiece of the Warren Firemen’s Museum, but the small station is full of photos, logs, equipment and local history, and Chief Galinelli is happy to regale listeners with stories from town’s fire fighting history. For a laugh, ask him about the Mechanic Company’s clam boil. Tours are available by appointment by calling the Warren Fire Department.
38 Baker Street, Warren.