This one-of-a-kind exhibit gives your kids a chance to put on firefighter duty gear and a fire helmet and climb aboard Engine 23 to read, imagine and play. There is even duty gear for adults if you want to let your inner child join in.
The top secret mission
It all started with a secret mission under the cloak of darkness overnight on April 3-4. This involved taking the wheels off the truck and carefully moving it into the library where a wall was erected to hide the installation until the unveiling.
Engine 23, once an active fire truck, is accessible from both the first and second levels of the library, and incorporates book shelves, a reading space and historic fire photographs on loan from the Firefighters Museum of Calgary.
Storytime with a firefighter
As part of the partnership, Calgary firefighters will also answer the call three days a week for children’s story time to encourage early literacy while also sharing important fire safety tips for kids and parents. Families (all ages) are welcome to drop in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout June, July, and August.
For more information on the exhibit visit www.calgarylibrary.ca/engine-23 or visit us at calgary.ca/fire to learn more information about your Calgary Fire Department.
Submitted by Sandra Sweet, Calgary Fire Department