1900 – 1914
Fire stations built in this time had hose towers.
No. 6 station on Pearl St. closed and demolished.
No. 7 station Burrows Ave. would become one of busiest stations.
No. 4 station built on Gertrude Ave. in Ft. Rouge (closed in 1930’s).
No. 5 station built on Sherbrook St. near Portage (closed 1919).
New station built at 56 Maple Street (Today’s Fire Fighters Historical Society and Fire Fighters Museum).
Oct. 11, 1904
Bulman Block at Albert and Bannatyne fire.
No. 8 Station built on Talbot Ave. in 1906.
No. 9 Station built on William Ave. and East. St. (Cecil) (WFD Mechanical Services until 1998)
Winnipeg Street Railway Strike, Rioters cause large disturbance, Chief William “Billy” Code fights back.
Neighbouring city, St. Boniface, opens its first fire hall at Tache and Goulet
Department purchases a custom-built Seagrave water tower – a specialized apparatus for spraying water on multi-storied buildings.
St. Boniface HQ opened at 212 Dumoulin St.
St. Boniface has a first full time fire department linked to police.
Sterling Block – Fort St. Fire
Jan. 14, 1911
Kelly Block fire in -42 F weather.
No 10 station at Sargeant and Burnell opened. (Subsequently rebuilt in 1982 after community lobbied against demolition.)
Motorized equipment arrived.
Neighbouring city, St. James, opens its first fire hall at Portage and Berry. Eventually became WFD’s No. 11 station
Mar. 9, 1912
Tragic Redford Wright Building fire: two firefighters were killed and many firefighters and spectators were injured.
No. 14 station on Lipton St. opened.
No. 15 Station at 524 Osborne St. opened.
Department had an assistant chief. Today called Deputy Chief.
William “Fighting Billy” Code retires after 40 yr. service.
Neighbouring city, East Kildonan, establishes its first volunteer fire dept. with a two- wheeled chemical wagon in a shed at Bowman & Watt.
Neighbouring city, St. Vital, establishes its first volunteer fire department.
Kildonan volunteers organized.
Mar. 23, 1914
Scott Block fire at 272 Main St.
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