Item 7 - Brandon Fire Department's 80-Horsepower Combination Motor Truck

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Brandon Fire Department's 80-Horsepower Combination Motor Truck

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CA DHM 1978.14-7

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  • c.1912 (Creation)

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1 photograph: b/w, 36 x 41 cm

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Photograph of group of men seated in Brandon Fire Department's 80-horsepower combination motor truck in front of Central Fire Station. Chief John Melhuish, Brandon's first salaried fire chief, is seated beside the driver.

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Donated by the Assiniboine Historical Society in 1978.


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Negative available at Daly House Museum.

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The Brandon Central Fire Station was built in 1911 at 637 Princess Avenue over the site of the city's first fire hall, constructed in 1882. The building was designed by architect W. A. Elliott and constructed by A. E. Bullock. It officially opened in January 1912. The station purchased its first motorized fire truck in 1912 under Chief John Melhuish, who reported a dramatic decrease in fire losses following the use of new motorized equipment between 1911 and 1914. The station became fully motorized by 1921 when it stopped using horse-drawn equipment. The Brandon Central Fire Station remained in use until 2009 and is designated a municipal heritage site.

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