Celebrating 125 Years of Fire and Rescue Services

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Today Vancouver celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1886 and the efforts of the city’s Fire and Rescue Services. There was a parade earlier this morning in Gastown and in the afternoon, vintage fire trucks lined the streets of Carrall and Water.

Much to the delight of children and adults alike, there were demonstrations of old water pumps.

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This little robust pump was a crowd favourite.

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Judging from the large lean wheels, I bet this 1890 Fire Chief’s buggy was a fast ride.

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An elegant white fire truck from 1920.

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Can you imagine the task of folding a truck load of hose?

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Proving again that fire trucks needn’t be red, here is a mustard-coloured beauty from 1926.

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A stout little red truck that belongs in a Disney cartoon.

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A long canoe. A couple of people climbed aboard and ate snacks on it.

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A short history of fire fighter hats.

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The Fire and Rescue Services Band was in attendance. I listened for awhile and then wandered off to other parts of Gastown.

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