Archive for February 16, 2011

A plea for Help

Windsor can have hockey, Halifax can have RBC and our nation’s first newspaper, but Annapolis Royal wants crowing rights on having Canada’s first fire department.

According to HRM’s line of thinking, the Union Fire Club was first formed in Halifax during 1754, making it the first organized fire department in Canada and among the oldest in North America. Annapolis Royal Fire Chief Rick Smith begs to differ, it’s just he can’t prove it.


Smith’s hoping the community can give his department the ultimate anniversary gift; proof that they’ve gotten the department’s inception date all wrong. The Annapolis Royal Fire Department is being modest this year by celebrating its 200th year, an anniversary based on the earliest documented references to a Fire Company here in 1811.


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