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History of the

 

WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE

Fire Department History  Cont'd.

1934

May 18, fire at Inglewood High School.

Fire at Sherman on October 5 (at this time Sherman was a small community).

1935

Harry Normand - Fire Chief.  July 21, B.C. Electric Powerhouse 18th Street.

1936

Total fire calls that year 64 - House 19, Chimney 22, Bush 21, Car 1, False Alarm 1.  Amount of property endangered $85,900, damage for year $108.

1937

March 27, fire practice held for two hours at Firehall 13th and Argyle - all hose tested, couplings oiled, etc.

April 13, 1962 Bellevue - ceiling fire caused by pipe through roof and rats nest against pipe.  Damage $75.

39 calls - 9 House, 15 Chimney and Roof fires, 10 Bush, 2 practice calls.

Estimated loss for year $1,253.  Expenses - wages $570.50, Equipment $210.80, phone, light and heat $165.47, Insurance on equipment $84.72, Insurance on firefighters $42.00.  Total Budget - $1,073.49

1938

Bill Thompson - Fire Chief.  Year's total damage $844.

1939

Total calls, 39.

1940

51 calls.

Also in 1940 - Mae West and W. C. Fields made their first joint appearance in the classic film comedy, My Little Chickadee. Despite the popular pairing of the two comedians, West did not like working with Fields, considering him an arrogant, pompous alcoholic.