The Calgary Fire Department unveiled a new life-sized airport carousel display today to officially kick off its 125th anniversary in 2010.
"We've come a long way since 1885, when 22 firefighting volunteers made up the Calgary Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corporation," said Fire Chief, Bruce Burrell.
"Today more than 1,300 men and women are rescuing and protecting one million Calgarians from fires, floods and accidents."
The airport display uses larger-than-life mannequins to represent specialty team members carrying out a high-angle rescue, aquatic rescue, hazardous materials clean up and heavy rescue. It also shows firefighters in regular duty gear carrying out a vehicle extrication.
Members of the Fire Department’s Specialty Teams stood next to the airport mannequins in their rescue gear. The most popular guests were Sparky, the Dalmatian mascot and Laddie, a rescue dog whose primary function is to carry out searches in collapsed buildings.
Donated by the Calgary Airport Authority for 18 months, about 2 million visitors are expected to use The Fire Department’s 125th anniversary edition carousal in 2010.
You can learn more about the Calgary Fire Department's history on Calgary.ca/Fire.
***Sparky at the Calgary International Airport's new Fire Department 125 year anniversary carousel display.