Fonds edm-1808 - City of Edmonton. Fire Department fonds

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City of Edmonton. Fire Department fonds

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City of Edmonton. Emergency Response Department fonds

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CA EDM edm-1808

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  • 1907-1996 (Creation)
    City of Edmonton. Fire Department

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18 m of textual records. -- 301 photographs

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Edmonton's Fire Department began in 1892 with the creation of a volunteer fire brigade. A year later, Edmonton's first fire hall was opened. The volunteer corps continued until a paid system was organized in 1906 with R. G. Davidson as Fire Chief. The Fire Department also provided emergency services and an ambulance was donated to the department in 1908. In 1912, due to the amalgamations of Edmonton and Strathcona, the Edmonton and Strathcona Fire Departments were combined. In 1917, the firefighters organized a union. Until 1921 the department used horse drawn apparatus to fight fires. In 1964, the Jasper Place Fire Department was amalgamated into the Edmonton Department. In 1994, the name of the department was changed to the Emergency Response Department but the functions of the department remained essentially the same.

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The fonds consists of materials created by the City of Edmonton's Fire Department and its successor, the Emergency Response Department between 1907 and 1996. The fonds consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, ledgers, photographs, personnel files, records of alarms and other materials.

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Transferred from the City of Edmonton Fire Department and Emergency Services Department between 1961 and 2001.


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  • The material is in English.

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Record No. RG 70<br><br>

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