Students from Cappy Smart Elementary School, named after the Calgary Fire Department’s longest-standing fire chief, James Cappy Smart, were on hand to help celebrate the grand re-opening.
“The re-opening of the Firefighters Museum of Calgary in a larger facility with interactive exhibits is indeed something to celebrate during our 125th anniversary year,” says Acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc.
“We especially want to appeal to school children so we can promote fire safety, which is part of the elementary school curriculum.”
To help celebrate the occasion, about 70 Cappy Smart students from Grades one to six, were divided into four Platoons and participated in a Jr. Combat Challenge.
Possessing a key role in the preservation and restoration of the Calgary Fire Department’s history, the older museum facility to the south of the site will continue to operate as part of the expanded museum.
“We’re thrilled to have a venue to house this amazing history,” says Chief Uzeloc. “It showcases our heritage in such a way that it can be enjoyed by fellow Calgarians and generations to come.”
***Images of Peter Moffat, Community Safety Office and, Sparky the Dog with Cappy Smart students.