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Members of the Summerside fire department work with a vintage pumper in preparation for the re-enactment of the Great Fire of 1906 which will be part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Summerside Fire Department, set for Saturday, Oct. 5.
SUMMERSIDE - The 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Summerside Volunteer Fire Department and kick-off event for the 2013 Fire Prevention Week is set for Saturday Oct. 5.
For the last 150 years Summerside has been served and protected by volunteer fire fighters. The public is invited to honour and celebrate all that they have done for the community.
Go back in time as the firefighters employ their historic equipment to once again fight one of Summerside’s worse fires.
On Oct. 10, 1906, during a bad storm, fire in the freight shed at the train station quickly got out of control and throughout the night and following morning wreaked havoc across Summerside destroying one hundred and fifty- five buildings. Bleachers will be set up in Memorial Square, next to Trinity United Church, facing Spring Street for everyone to watch the drama unfold.
This celebration is being presented in partnership by Wyatt Heritage Properties Incorporated, the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage, and the City of Summerside.
“The celebration is a wonderful way to acknowledge the rich history of the fire department and its role in community,” said Lori Ellis, of Wyatt Heritage Properties Incorporated. “We are excited about using the arts as a vehicle to bring history alive. I invite everyone to come out and partake of an energetic fun-filled afternoon.”
``Our volunteer fire department is a vital part of the city`s emergency response team. These men and women volunteer their time and energy for the good of our community. They should be honoured and celebrated. I encourage everyone to come participate in what is sure to be an enjoyable event “said Councillor Tina Mundy, chairman of the City of Summerside’s Fire and Police Services Emergency Planning Committee.
Following is a list of the day’s events:
1 to 3 p.m. Open House Summerside Fire Station and Hall
1 to 3 p.m. Exhibit “Into the Fire” Gallery 33 Armory Building
3 p.m. Re-enactment of the 1906 Fire MacNaught History Centre and Archives (75 Spring Street)
4:45 p.m. Kevin Arthur and the Jack Tar Band Performance Summerside Fire Station
4:45 p.m. Barbecued hot dogs and Anniversary Cake Summerside Fire Station