Fonds ccg-2052 - City of Calgary. Fire Department fonds

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City of Calgary. Fire Department fonds

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CA ccg ccg-2052

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  • 1875-1968 (Creation)
    City of Calgary. Fire Department

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14.39 m of textual records and other material

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Soon after the Mounted Police established Calgary in 1875 it was found that some type of protection against fire was needed and a bucket brigade was duly formed. However, the first real organization took place on 1885 August 25 when a hook and ladder company and a bucket corps were created and a chemical engine procured. A series of wells were also dug at several corners to serve as hydrants. Officers were elected but soon resigned on 1885 September 1 when a reorganization took place. Shortly thereafter a major fire burned a considerable portion of the community, the result of which was the purchase of a Ronald engine and two hose reels and 2000 feet of hose. This fire caused considerable dissatisfaction and concern so 1886 November 1, a meeting was held at which new officers were elected and a new fire hall recommended. This was approved by the Town Council, work commencing immediately on a site on 7th Avenue between Centre and 1st Streets SE. In 1887 May it was completed, the citizens of Calgary contributed over $500.00 towards its furnishing. About this time, however, the Town Council became greatly enamoured of their new hall and proceeded to hold their meetings therein as well as conducting general civic business from this location. This did not meet with approval of the Brigade, so the members stepped down, sold the furniture and donated the proceeds to the hospital. The Mayor and Council formed their own brigade but before long, their disastrous performance at fires resulted in a strong demand for the reinstatement of the old force. This occurred in 1889 July. For more information regarding the City of Calgary, Fire Department administrative history, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.

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The fonds consists of the following records:;Series I: Chief's correspondence, records, reports, orders etc., 1899-1970. Series II: Miscellaneous correspondence and records, 1919-1954. Series III: Union dispute briefs, 1932-1950. Series IV: Union minutes, records, agreements, etc., 1919-1957. Series V: Calgary Federation of Civic Employees, 1917-1952. Series VI: Calgary Trades and Labour Council, minutes, 1947-1952. Series VII: Canadian Labour reports, 1947-1951. Series VIII: Miscellaneous union records and correspondence, 1929-1952. Series IX: Convention proceedings, 1919-1958. Series X: Annual Reports, 1908-1971. Series XI: Pension fund papers, 1932-1943. Series XII: Salary and pension records, 1934-1950. Series XIII: Workmen's compensation correspondence and form, 1921-1949. Series XIV: Volumes - 100 Journals and Record Books, 1885-1968. Series XV: Oversize - Card Catalogues, Blueprints, Volumes and Scrapbooks, ca. 1911-1955. Series XVI Transferred to Library, Pamphlets, Periodicals, etc, see list in inventory. For more information regarding the City of Calgary, Fire Department scope/content information, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.

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Includes 116 photo prints, 104 ledgers, 8 film reels, 2 scrapbooks

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Records were transferred either directly from the City of Calgary, Fire Department or from the Civic Records Centre in several separate transfers.



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  • The material is in English.

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In accordance with The City of Calgary's policy on Access to Municipal Information, records more than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted. Records which are less than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted by legislation. Please see the City of Calgary Archives Policies and Procedures Manual for further information regarding access to records.

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A descriptive finding aid is available at the City of Calgary Archives.

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The City of Calgary Archives may have reference material which may be associated to the fonds. All textual records are in closed storage. To view records please contact the City of Calgary Archives.<br><br>

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