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Silversprings Fire Station #21
September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Calgary Fire Department was first formed in 1885 and is celebrating its 133 anniversary on August 25. The fire bylaw was the impetus for Calgary’s sandstone renaissance in the late 19th century. After the Calgary Fire of 1886, the bylaw demanded all new buildings be fire resistant, hence buildings of brick and sandstone from the era of 1886 to 1915.
The Department responds to over 60,000 calls annually and is the third largest in Canada. Chief Cappy Smart was a cultural and social leader who marshaled the first Stampede Parade and every parade for the first three decades of its existence.
The Department has grown in lockstep with the City and our stations in the respective communities were usually one of the first items of infrastructure in the neighborhoods.
Built in 1978, Silversprings is one of three Calgary fire stations where the aquatic team is based. These firefighters, in addition to regular duties, use boats, dive and surface equipment and techniques for rescue. The jet boat patrols the rivers of Calgary June through September when up to 6,000 people a day take to our rivers for recreation.
We will have juice packs and coffee available for visitors. We will also have cookies or snack bars (all ingredients will be listed and we will ensure there are no peanuts of common allergens).
We will have tours of fire apparatus and the station going on continuously. We also intend to set up apparatus such as aerials and pumps to demonstrate their operation if possible. A hose for kids to knock down pylons will be set up in the parking lot weather permitting.