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History of the

 

WEST VANCOUVER FIRE SERVICE

Fire Department History  Cont'd.

1954

New No. Fire Hall opened at 13th and Marine (P.S.B.) - April 15 - 1954 T.B.F. (Flint) McKim taken on as first paid Fire Department member.

October 20 - Purchase of Truck #31.

12:27 p.m. Granville Bros. - Cleaners.

Vehicle inventory -  1954 Thibault #31, No. 1 Hall

    1942 International #36, No. 1 Hall

    1931 G.M.C. Service vehicle.

    1953 Chev., Chief's car.

Housed at new Fire hall, which we moved into on August 15.

    1949 International #32, No. 2 Hall

    1948 Willy's Jeep #34, No. 2 Hall

    1951 Ford LaFrance #33, No. 3 Hall.

Also in 1954 - The Vietnamese took the Gabrielle strongpoint against the French in the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

1955

187 calls.

1956

Purchase of Ambulance (Volkswagen) and intoduction into the Ambulance business.

Purchase of new Chief's car - 56 Ford Ranch Wagon.

209 Calls for year.

1957

December 7 - fire at 950 Sentinel Drive - Hullah House.

1958

Opened Fire Hall No. 2 in Horseshoe Bay.

Purchased 1958 Ford Amblewagon #38.

Purchased 1958 Thibault #39.

1959

Built new Fire Hall No. 2 Hall on Nelson & Marine.

Also in 1959 - Elvis Presley made the album charts, with "For LP Fans Only", the first LP ever issued without the artist’s name anywhere on the cover.

1960

New Chief's car.

1961

1961 Ford C850 Pumper #36 added.

1962

One firefighter added for Warden duties.

1963

New car #38 - 63 Pontiac Ambulance.

1964

Hired three firefighters.

Also in 1964 - Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of United States President John F. Kennedy.

1965

Hired one firefighter.

1965 - Israel accepted West Germany's request to establish diplomatic relations

1966

Hired Control Room (radio dispatch) firefighter.

1967

Hired replacement Control Room firefighter.  Bought Rescue Truck #40 and new Chief's car #37.

Opened new No. 1 Fire Hall (current building) at 760 16th. Street.

Mrs. Ruth Stout, moved the Santa Claus Fund operation into No. 1 Fire Hall’s basement in November.