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Through the Years

 

The inception of Winnipeg’s fire brigade was unusual compared to many other volunteer brigades in North America. Brigades in other cities were typically made up of citizens from the working class, seeking adventure, status, comradeship, or a means of serving their community. In Winnipeg, property owners, concerned with either skyrocketing fire insurance rates or the refusal of insurance companies to provide any coverage, joined forces in a gesture of self-help. Their objective was to protect their properties from fire.

Here you will find detailed records of notable firefighting events, categorized chronologically by time period.

1873-1899

 

The inception and growth of Winnipeg’s fire fighting brigades.

1900-1914

 

Expansion of fire fighting services, with new stations built throughout the City.

1915-1940

 

Equipment upgrades, Fire Prevention Bureau organized. Last years of horse-drawn apparatus.

1946-1968

 

Working conditions improved because of new 3-platoon system. Fire Prevention Division organized. Infamous St. Boniface Basilica fire.

1969-1999

 

Amalgamation of eight local fire departments into one system. Deadly Fort Garry Court fire. First computer-aided dispatch system in North America used by the Winnipeg Fire Department. Museum officially opens to the public at 56 Maple Street.

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