Monday, January 24, 2011

Fire Trucks on Parade

It is cold and snowy in Annapolis Royal. With a wind chill approaching -30 degrees Celsius, I decided to look for some warmer imagery. As I was flipping through the Annapolis Heritage Society's Tommy Rose collection, I saw a group of bright red fire trucks that spoke of warmer days. What better way to think warm thoughts than to work with a collection of fire trucks getting ready to go on parade. I do not think that these were all in the same parade since some of the trucks are in Annapolis Royal while at least three of the images seem to be taken at HMCS Cornwallis.

This is also an appropriate collection to use as an introduction to the 200th anniversary of the Annapolis Royal Volunteer Fire Department which they are celebrating in 2011. This hard working and dedicated group of volunteers have endeavoured to keep our community safe for two centuries. There has been quite a change from leather buckets to the modern equipment that the current ARVFD possess. Whether they are historic or current, we owe debt of gratitude to our firefighters for the work that they do. As the year progresses, we will no doubt see some images of the festivities as well as more archival fire equipment featured in this blog.

Now, I will admit that identifying the age of cars and trucks is not a skill that I possess. I have always admired those who can look at a vintage car and immediately know its maker and date of manufacture. Based on the photographic collection, I would say that these images were taken in the early1960s but I would love to have someone provide a more accurate date. The top three images in this collection are of an Annapolis Royal fire truck. The other images are of trucks from Kentville, possibly Kingston / Greenwood, Middleton and an unmarked truck.

All for now,
RGS




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