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Charlottetown Fire Department

  • CA PCA Acc4690
  • Collection
  • 1967

The accession consists of one photograph of five identified members of the Charlottetown Fire Department at a presentation during the banquet of 1967. The five individuals from left to right are: Bill Connell, Brendon Hennessey, John Squarebriggs Jr., Bill MacDonald, Gordon Stewart. The photographer is unknown.

The first hand operated fire engine was imported to Prince Edward Island in 1818 by Governor Smith. Two more engines were acquired between that date and 1855 when the City of Charlottetown was incorporated. In 1856 these three engines were turned over to the City's Fire Department. By 1877 there were six hand operated engines and one steam engine. Engines were stored in sheds at various locations around the city and each had its own captain, officers, and firemen. Charlottetown City Hall, which was completed in 1888, was to provide space for both civic and fire purposes and housed engines and horses of the Fire Department. Doors from the Fire Department opened unto Queen Street. A large addition to the west on Kent Street was made in 1916 to accommodate the newer chemical engines. Equipment continued to be upgraded over the years and the Department also established a Bureau of Fire Prevention which carried out inspections of public and other buildings, and carried out education activities such as Fire Prevention Week.