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History of the

 

WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE

Fire Department History  Cont'd.

1941

44 calls.  Estimated loss $19,010.

Also in 1941 - Before Desi Arnaz sang "Babalu" on the "I Love Lucy" show, Xavier Cugat and his orchestra recorded the song with vocals by Miguelito Valdes, on on Columbia Records.

1942

June 29th, 9th and Kings - used new pumps for first time - 1942 International Bickle Seagrave.

1943

51 Fires.  Losses $10,755.

1944

June 9th, fire under Lions Gate Bridge - wrong location given.  Soldiers at the Fort under the bridge put fire out (old shack).

1945

Losses $10,050.00.

Also in 1945 - The heaviest bomb of World War II, the 22,000-pound "Grand Slam," was dropped by the RAF's Dambuster Squadron in Germany on the Bielefeld railway viaduct.

1946

April 20, 8:15 p.m. - 4122 Marine Drive - through an error, all fireighters went to the fire and no one brought the fire truck.

July 8, Caulfeild Service Station - total loss $10,000.

1947

25 Building fires, 18 Chimney fires, 21 Bush fires, 1 Overheated stove, 2 Car fires, 1 Pacific Stage, and 1 Truck on Lions Gate Bridge.

First stand-by at bad accident - estimated loss $5,500.

Equipment at No. 1 Hall - 1942 International; 1930 G.M.C.

Equipment at No. 2 Hall - 1924 Dodge; 1929 Model "B" one ton panel.

1948

Estimated loss $20,187.  Jeep fire truck delivered #34 (this Jeep still runs and is in the Community Parade each June).

1949

Bob Rhodes - Fire Chief.

No. 3 Fire Hall formed - using one bay of Caulfeild Garage and the 1930 G.M.C. as their truck.

1950

395 Stevens Drive - house fire - hydrant not on and another fire one month to the day later.

1949 International delivered #32 (this truck is also in Community Day parades).  Old No. 3 Fire Hall built at the current location in Caulfeild.

1951

September 15, Caulfeild's new truck put through tests.  A. Gisby - Fire Chief.

September 21, Horseshoe Bay - Sewell's Marina caught fire while Imperial Oil filling and using metal dip stick.

1952

Instructional unit over from Fire Marshall's Office. to all Fire Halls.

1953

October 22, chair fire - burnt through chair, through floor, through $2,400 rug.