Celebrating the Calgary Fire Department with Engine 23

What is cooler than a fire truck? A fire truck in your lobby! Here are some great photos of the Calgary Fire Department from our historic photograph collection in the Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library. Firefighters rock!

opens a new window "Cappy" Smart Residence, ca 1965

This is the house that Fire Chief James "Cappy" smart lived in (when he wasn't sleeping at the fire station). Cappy was a ladderman with the Calgary Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corps, a volunteer fire brigade, and when the decision was made to move to a permanent, paid fire fighting force in 1898, Cappy was hired as its first Chief. He was also the town's undertaker.

opens a new window Fire Headquarters, ca 1966

This photo was taken by Alison Jackson, shortly before the fire hall was decommissioned. Notice that the bell on top of the tower had been replaced by an air raid siren some time in the 1940s and the swinging doors with their arched glass tops, which were great for horse-drawn wagons, had been replaced with modern overhead doors to accommodate the larger trucks and equipment.

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