Portland has suffered two major fires. Each time the city rebuilt and became stronger. The first was at the hands of the British during the American Revolution. The most destructive, city-wide fire occurred in 1866. Isolated fires have also destroyed major landmarks such as the City Hall Fire of 1908. No wonder Portland’s flag and crest features a phoenix with the word Resurgam. This is Latin for “I shall rise again.” Want to learn more about these events and how the Portland Fire Department has served the city since 1786? Then visit the Portland Fire Museum. It is located inside this 1837 firehouse, the former home of Fire Engine 4. Among the displays are vintage firefighting equipment and trucks. Unfortunately, the museum is rarely open. Check ahead for details.