Monday, May 10, 2010

Calgary Fire Department unveils 125th anniversary book

The Calgary Fire Department has launched a 125th anniversary book showing how it’s grown since its inception in 1885 as the Hook, Ladder and Bucket Corps.

“Some of these landmarks and events in the book may very well have touched Calgarians personally,” says Fire Chief, Bruce Burrell.

The book covers a significant part of the Calgary Fire Department’s growth from servicing a small town to a city of more than a million people.

The book explains how Calgary’s Fire Department was formed in part because of a fire 125 years ago which citizens tried to extinguish by throwing snowballs at it.

The drama-filled coffee table book, Yours for Life: 125 Years of Courage, Compassion and Service from the Calgary Fire Department takes readers from the days of horse drawn fire vehicles, through many of the city’s major fires, to today’s modern firefighting methods and challenges.

“It’s a privilege to be able to share the fire department’s history with Calgarians,” says Burrell.

The book costs $35 plus GST. It can be purchased from the Firefighters Museum of Calgary at 403-648-6500 or by contacting All proceeds go to the Firefighters Museum.

The cost of publishing the book was covered by sponsorships. Here are other 125th anniversary blog posts:

Here is a video from the 125th anniversary kick-off in January.

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