According to fire.cityofboise.org, Boise's first volunteer fire department was formed in 1876, becoming a permanent, fully paid department in 1902. Ironically, the first firehouse burned to the ground in 1883, but the still-standing Central Station, at the corner of Sixth and Main streets, was opened in 1903, the same year the city's first full-time fire chief was hired.
The Boise City Department of Arts and History celebrates the BFD's century-plus of civic duty with A History of Service, A Tradition of Courage: The Boise Fire Department Past & Present, an exhibition on display at the Sesqui-Shop through Saturday, Sept. 27, that utilizes uniforms, gear, maps, photographs and other ephemera to explore the "story of fire and its impact on the city," as well as that of the brave men and women of the Boise Fire Department. The Sesqui-Shop is also showing a "collection of fire-inspired artwork" by two incredible local artists, William Lewis and Brooke Burton.
Noon-6 p.m., FREE. Arts and History Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., 208-384-8509, boiseartsandhistory.org.