The Charlottetown Fire Department is hosting an open house on Sunday, October 2 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the City and Province’s first motorized fire apparatus and chemical fire extinguisher, "The Federal".
The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 at Station 1, 89 Kent Street. The celebration will feature The Federal and a historical display. There will also be birthday cupcakes and light refreshments. Firefighters will be in attendance with fire prevention tips, and Sparky, the fire department mascot, will make an appearance.
"It’s a momentous celebration of the historical Charlottetown fire truck," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "We invite those young and old to come celebrate with us and learn about the history of the Charlottetown Fire Department."
The Federal fire engine was purchased by the City of Charlottetown in November 1916. It was the department’s first motorized truck and chemical fire extinguisher. Ordered through Rogers Hardware Company, it was shipped to the Island all the way from Detroit. It had only been in Charlottetown for a month before it was called on to respond to a fire at Johnson & Johnson’s drugstore on Kent Street. A large number of people had turned out to see "the red devil" as it had been nicknamed, in action. It saw active duty with the City of Charlottetown until June 1947. Seven years later, it was sold to the Parkdale Fire Department for $1.
A careful restoration was begun in 2003 by Retired Lieutenant Raymond Birt, Retired District Chief Noel Palmer, Retired Firefighter George Scantlebury and the members of Charlottetown Fire Department, Station 2. Due to their efforts, the engine remains a visible reminder of the Fire Department’s rich history.
"I want to recognize and thank all of the past and present fire fighters who have played a vital role in protective services within the City," said Councillor Jason Coady, Chair of the City’s Protective and Emergency Services Committee. "Downtown will be bustling with people visiting Farm Day in the City on Sunday and we encourage everyone to take a walk over to the fire station to join us for this great celebration and open house."
During the open house, information will also be provided about Fire Prevention Week taking place October 9 to 15 and the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Campaign running from September 21 to October 21.
See backgrounder below for more information on The Federal.
City of Charlottetown