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Halifax (N.S.). Fire Department records
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[18--] - 2005 (Creation)
- Halifax Fire Department
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22 cm of textual records
1260 photographs: : b&w and col. ; 50.5cm x 40cm and smaller
5 postcards: : b&w and col. ; 14cm x 8.5cm
1278 (negatives): : b&w and col. ; 85 mm and smaller
18 (slides): : col. ; 35mm
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Prior to 1894, the apparatus for fire prevention was owned by the City of Halifax but operated under care of the volunteer-run Union Engine Company, which was established in 1768 and overseen by the Board of Firewards. In 1894, the city brought firefighting personnel and equipment under direct municipal control by creating the Halifax Fire Department, which had paid full-time and on-call firemen. This apparently absorbed much of the Union Engine Company. The department was managed by the Board of Firewards (apparently also refered to as the Board of Firewards and Fire Commissioners) until 1940 when the Committee on Safety assumed control. The Halifax Fire Department was absorbed by the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service upon municipal amalgamation in 1996.
Scope and content
Series consists of annual reports, ledgers, scrapbooks, photographs, personnel records and awards, publications, and newspaper clippings relating to the City of Halifax Fire Department. Includes histories of the Union Engine Company and the Halifax Fire Insurance Company.
Some photographs are discolored, fragile, cracked, peelings, and torn. Some textual documents are torn, dirty, and fragile.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records were transferred in many accessions 2006-2012, from Fire and Emergency Services, as well as via Don Snider, retired fire fighter who had acquired photos from various sources.
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Personnel records are restricted. Please see archivist for access to remainder of file.