General Manager

“The Fire Museum of Memphis (FMOM), the “Premiere Interactive Fire Museum,” opened in 1998, with a two-fold mission of educating the public and preserving its rich history, in a "not your ordinary fire museum" atmosphere.  The FMOM continues to provide our visitors a unique experience, whether making dreams come true for future firefighters, old and young alike, or developing a greater appreciation for the everyday heroes who risk their lives to keep our community safe.  Unparalleled in our approach, we offer free admission, including bus transportation reimbursement, to Shelby County Schools, grades K-12, impacting our community's fire fatality rate, and providing opportunities, especially for those in our underserved areas, the chance to participate in an interactive environment, learning fire and life safety skills that last a lifetime.  The FMOM has served over 300,000 students in Shelby County free of charge since our inception.”

Penny McKinney Smith, General Manager
Bio of Penny McKinney Smith:
General Manager of the Fire Museum of Memphis since June, 2011. Retired from the City of Memphis, Penny spent most of her career on the Memphis Fire Department in Fire Communications before transferring to the Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management Agency. Penny received her Program Certification in Fire Administration at the University of Memphis. Under Penny's leadership for nearly six years, the museum has successfully attained grants and donations in excess of 2 million dollars, providing the museum the opportunity to develop an infrastructure for accessing the effectiveness of their Fire and Life Safety Educational Program, offered at no charge to schools located within Shelby County, and the ability to share that information with all area fire departments.
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