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Other Name
“VICTIM / WITNESS SERVICES”
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2008
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20100048004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“VICTIM / WITNESS SERVICES”
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2008
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.75
Length
49
Width
4.75
Description
LOOP OF NAVY WOVEN NYLON CORD WITH BLACK PLASTIC CLASP AT ONE END AND HINGED METAL CLIP AT OPPOSITE END. REPEATING TEXT PRINTED IN WHITE RUNS ALONG THE LENGTH OF THE CORD, READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE” AND “VICTIM / WITNESS SERVICES”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS LANYARD WAS INITIALLY SOLICITED AS A LOAN FOR THE 2008 EXHIBIT ‘BADGE MEETS BIBLE’. AT THAT TIME, RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED BY GALT COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTO THE HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE’S CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM AND THE VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES UNIT. VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES WAS FOUNDED IN 1991, AND TOOK OVER SOME OF THE DUITES PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED BY POLICE CHAPLAINS WHEN THE CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM WAS DISBANDED IN 1997. DURING THE LATE 1990S VICTIMS’ SERVICES UNITS WERE BECOMING FAIRLY COMMON WITH POLICE SERVICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. OVER A ONE-YEAR PERIOD IN 1994, THE LETHBRIDGE UNIT’S VOLUNTEERS HANDLED 747 FILES WHICH INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF ASSAULT, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, BREAK-INS, ROBBERIES AND SUICIDE. TODAY’S VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES PROGRAM PROVIDES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AN EMPATHETIC EAR, PERSONAL VISITS TO HOMES AND HOSPITALS, REFERRALS, AND COURT PREPARATION INFORMATION. THE UNIT IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE ALBERTA SOLICITOR-GENERAL AND THE CITY OF LETHRBIDGE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR BROCHURES PRODUCED BY VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES.
Catalogue Number
P20100048004
Acquisition Date
2010-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
SHIRT, LONG-SLEEVED, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1996
Date Range To
2004
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P20100048001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHIRT, LONG-SLEEVED, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1996
Date Range To
2004
Materials
POLYESTER, WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
89
Width
49
Description
LONG SLEEVED NAVY POLYESTER SHIRT WITH COLLAR AND BUTTON AND ZIPPER CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. EPAULETS AT SHOULDERS AND BUTTONED POCKETS AT CHEST. EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND RED WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE POLICE” IN WHITE. BRAND TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “SWAT – R. NICOLLS”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS STYLE OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE UNIFORM SHIRT WAS IN USE BETWEEN 1995 AND 2004. ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 22, 1996 ISSUE OF THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT TRANSITIONED FROM LIGHT BLUE TO DARK NAVY SHIRTS THAT YEAR TO REFLECT CHANGING TRENDS AND FURTHER DIFFERENTIATE OFFICERS FROM OTHER UNIFORMED OCCUPATIONS SUCH AS COMMISSIONAIRES AND POSTAL WORKERS. THE SHOULDER PATCHES ON THIS SHIRT READ “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”, DEMONSTRATING THAT THE SHIRT PREDATES THE DECEMBER 2004 UNVEILING OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE CREST, WHEN COALDALE WAS ADDED TO THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE JURISDICTION. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE LRPS UNIFORM AND BADGE DESIGN. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P20100048001
Acquisition Date
2010-11
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
DROP LEG HOLSTER W/ BATON HOLDER, “CAT”
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, VELCRO
Catalogue Number
P20100048002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DROP LEG HOLSTER W/ BATON HOLDER, “CAT”
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
NYLON, PLASTIC, VELCRO
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.5
Length
50
Width
67.5
Description
PIECE OF BLACK NYLON FOLDED INTO A TRIANGULAR SHAPED POCKET WITH A FLAP CLOSURE AND PLASTIC BUCKLE CLASP. TWO BLACK WOVEN NYLON STRAPS ARE SEWN HORIZONTALLY TO BACK OF POCKET WITH PLASTIC BUCKLES AT THEIR ENDS. TWO BLACK WOVEN NYLON STRAPS ARE SEWN VERTICALLY TO THE UPPER BACK OF POCKET AND CONNECTED TO A RECTANGULAR BLACK NYLON SLEEVE. LOOSE ENDS OF STRAPS ARE TAPED DOWN WITH BLACK DUCT TAPE. PIECE OF BLACK VELCRO GLUED TO BACK OF POCKET, WITH EXCESS GLUE RESIDUE VISIBLE AROUND EDGES. INSIDE OF FLAP IS MARKED WITH LETTER “ C A T” IN WHITE INK. MINOR WEAR ALONG OUTER SEAMS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS DROP LEG HOLSTER WAS USED BY MEMBERS OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT. SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN, WHO SERVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT FROM 1999 TO 2012, DESCRIBED THE USE OF THIS HOLSTER AS SUCH: “THIS IS ONE OF THE HOLSTERS FROM THE TACTICAL TEAM… I CAN SEE BY THE STYLE OF IT THAT IT IS LIKE ONE THAT I HAD… LOOKS LIKE [THE OFFICER] HAD DONE SOME MODIFICATIONS TO THAT, WHICH MAKES TOTAL SENSE, WHERE THEY’VE GOT THE GLUE [AND VELCRO] ON THERE… TO MAKE IT MORE RETENTIVE, SO IT STICKS TO YOU [AND] DOESN’T MOVE AROUND… THE DEXTERITY THAT YOU [NEED], EVEN WITH GLOVES ON, THIS WOULD BE A PRETTY DIFFICULT THING TO TRY TO GET [A WEAPON] OUT OF. YOU [HAVE TO] UNDO THE FLAP, AND THEN YOU GRAB YOUR PISTOL. THE NEW HOLSTERS, YOU JUST [HIT THE SIDE]. THERE’S A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES TO GET THE PISTOL OUT A LITTLE BIT QUICKER, AND IF YOU HAVE GLOVES ON, IT’S WAY EASIER… BUT GENERALLY ALL PISTOLS ARE SECONDARY WEAPONS IN TACTICAL OPERATIONS.” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SGT. CARSCADDEN’S SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT, SEE RECORD P20100050001. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20100050001-GA FOR FULL CARSCADDEN INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100048002
Acquisition Date
2010-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHIRT, “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE”
Date Range From
2008
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20100050003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHIRT, “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE”
Date Range From
2008
Date Range To
2010
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.5
Width
50
Description
NAVY SHORT-SLEEVED, COLLARED POLYESTER SHIRT WITH BUTTON AND ZIPPER CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. EPAULETS AT SHOULDERS AND BUTTONED POCKETS AT CHEST. EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND RED WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE” IN BLACK AND “POLICE LETHBRIDGE” IN WHITE, ABOVE A CANADIAN FLAG. BRAND TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “HORACE SMALL APPAREL COMPANY”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS SHIRT WAS WORN BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN AS PART OF HIS DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE FORCE. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE TO THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE. REGARDING THIS SHIRT, CARSCADDEN SAID: “THAT [IS FROM] THE PATROL WORLD… THEY HAD JUST SWITCHED A COUPLE OF MONTHS PRIOR [TO HIS JOINING THE FORCE], FROM THE LIGHT BLUE [SHIRTS] TO THE DARK BLUE… THE SHIRTS AVERAGED 2-3 YEARS [OF WEAR].” THIS SHIRT HAS THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SHOULDER PATCH THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER 2004 TO REFLECT THE FORCE’S REGIONALIZATION TO INCLUDE COALDALE, AND IN 2015 CARSCADDEN SAID HE HAD BEEN WEARING IT JUST PRIOR TO STARTING THE DONATION PROCESS IN 2010. ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS. CARSCADDEN SAID: ““[I STARTED OUT] IN PATROLS… I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAD IN THE TACTICAL WORLD, SO I APPLIED, AND WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON THEIR PART-TIME TACTICAL TEAM WITHIN LETHBRIDGE [FROM 1999 – 2012]… I WAS [ALSO] ASKED IF I COULD GO INTO THE COMMUNITY LIAISON UNIT, AND WHEN I WAS IN THAT UNIT WE HAD A NEW POLICE CHIEF [CHIEF MIDDLETON-HOPE] WHO HAD AN INTEREST IN EXPANDING SOME OF THE ROLES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE UNIT [SO WE FORMED] A DIVERSITY UNIT [IN 2003]… THAT HAD A HAND IN DEVELOPING [RELATIONSHIPS WITH] DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, AND HOW YOU CAN APPROACH THEM SO THEY CAN ASSIST YOU, AND VICE-VERSA FOR THEM IF THERE’S A NEED FOR HELP WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. SO I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT, AND THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS I WAS INVOLVED WITH IN THAT UNIT THAT WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCES. [WE HOLD] A TEEPEE SERVICE, AND I AM THE OFFICIAL TEEPEE KEEPER, AND VERY HONOURED WITH THE DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WERE HANDED OVER TO ME BY THE ELDERS WITHIN THIS AREA. SO IT’S REALLY AMAZING DOING THE JOB – REALLY IMPACTFUL, NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF BUT THE COMMUNITY… THEN AFTER THE DIVERSITY UNIT AND BACK OUT ONTO PATROLS [IN 2006] AND THEN I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET PROMOTED… THEY PUT ME INTO THE TRAINING UNIT AGAIN, BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD… THEN, JUST RECENTLY, I’M BACK ON PATROLS AS PATROL SUPERVISOR, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050003
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
POLICE WINTER JACKET
Date Range From
1995
Date Range To
2007
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20080008016
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLICE WINTER JACKET
Date Range From
1995
Date Range To
2007
Materials
NYLON, POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
2
Length
89.0
Width
88.5
Description
NAVY ZIP UP WINTER COAT WITH ZIP OUT INNER LAYER - 2 PIECES. 1. INNER COAT - NAVY BLUE POLYESTER ZIP-UP COAT. COAT IS FILLED WITH INSULATING LAYER. BOTH SHOULDERS HAVE MATCHING PATCHES THAT DEPICT A CROWN OVER A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY LEAVES. TWO BANNERS STATE "LETHBRIDGE" AND "REGIONAL POLICE". UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM BANNER IS A BEAVER. BELOW THAT IN COLD STITCHING IS "POLICE, LETHBRIDGE". A CANADIAN FLAG IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PATCH. THE WAIST IS ELASTICIZED WITH A VENT ZIPPER ON EITHER SIDE. JUST ABOVE WAIST IN FRONT OF COAT ARE TWO FLAP POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURE. INSIDE TAG MARKED "TRIUM". 80.0 CM LONG BY 88.5 CM WIDE. 2. OUTER COAT. NAVY, ZIP-UP NYLON COAT. FRONT ZIPPER HAS AN OVERLAPPING SNAP CLOSURE. INSIDE ZIPPER FOR ZIP-IN LAYERS. TO VELCRO FLAPS ON FRONT, ONE MARKED "T. MCKENZIE" IN GOLD EMBROIDERY. TWO FLAP POCKETS WITH VELCRO CLOSURES ON BOTTOM FRONT OF JACKET. BOTH SHOULDERS HAVE MATCHING PATCHES THAT DEPICT A CROWN OVER A SHIELD SURROUNDED BY LEAVES. TWO BANNERS STATE "LETHBRIDGE" AND "REGIONAL POLICE". UNDERNEATH THE BOTTOM BANNER IS A BEAVER. BELOW THAT IN COLD STITCHING IS "POLICE, LETHBRIDGE". A CANADIAN FLAG IS EMBROIDERED ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PATCH. ELASTICIZED WAIST AND SLEEVES. ZIPPER ON BACK OF COLLAR OPENS TO REVEAL A HOOD. INSIDE TAG MARKED "TRIUM". 89.0 CM LONG BY 82.5 CM WIDE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS JACKET WAS OWNED BY CHIEF OF POLICE (2006 TO PRESENT, 2011), TOM MCKENZIE OF THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SERVICE (LRPS). ACCORDING TO INSPECTOR BILL KAYE, THIS TYPE OF COAT CAME INTO USE AROUND THE MID TO LATE 1990S. PRIOR TO THAT THEY WERE USING A NYLON PEA COAT. THIS TYPE OF COAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MORE VERSATILE SO IT COULD BE USED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE LIGHTER LAYERS COULD BE WORN DURING THE SPRING WHILE THE LAYERS COULD BE COMBINED TO MAKE A WARM COAT IN THE WINTER. THEY ARE STILL USING A SIMILAR TYPE OF COAT BUT IT IS MADE BY A DIFFERENT COMPANY WITH NEWER MATERIALS. TOM MCKENZIE BEGAN WORKING WITH THE LRPS IN 1976 AND WORKED HIS WAY UP THROUGH THE RANKS TO BECOME CHIEF OF POLICE IN 2006. HE SAID, "STARTING OUT AS A CONSTABLE YOU'RE FOCUSED ON GETTING OUT ON THE STREET AND WORKING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY. AS YOU PROGRESS IN THAT YOU TAKE ON NEW CHALLENGES. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO TAKE ON ANOTHER CHALLENGE... TO GIVE BACK AGAIN TO A COMMUNITY AND TO A SERVICE THAT HAS TREATED ME VERY WELL THROUGHOUT MY WHOLE CAREER. " FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20080008016
Acquisition Date
2007-01
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
BALLISTIC SUNGLASSES W/ CASE, “BOLLE”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20100050002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BALLISTIC SUNGLASSES W/ CASE, “BOLLE”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2010
Materials
PLASTIC, LEATHER
No. Pieces
4
Height
7
Length
17
Width
6.5
Description
.A –BLACK LEATHER SEMI-CIRCLE SHAPED CASE WITH SUEDE INTERIOR. VELCRO TAB CLOSURE. MULTI-COLOURED STITCHING ALONG EDGES. MULTICOLOURED TEXT ON CASE FRONT READING “EYEZONE – BOLLE – MICROEDGE”. SLEEVE FOR SPARE ARMS SEWN INSIDE TOP EDGE OF CASE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 7 X 17 X 6.5 .B – SUNGLASSES WITH BLACK PLASTIC ARMS, TOP FRAME AND NOSE PIECE, WITH YELLOW PLASTIC LENSES. TEXT READING “BOLLE” IS PRINTED IN WHITE AT CENTRE ABOVE LENSES AND ON EACH ARM. 14 SMALL HOLES ARE DRILLED INTO THE TOP EDGE OF THE LENSES. MINOR SCRATCHES ON LENSES. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. 5 X 16.5 X 15.5 .C & .D – PAIR OF SPARE GLASSES ARMS. BLACK PLASTIC LENGTHS WITH HOOK-SHAPED ENDS. HOOK ENDS ARE SLEEVED IN CLEAR PLASTIC. VERY GOOD CONDITION OVERALL. 0.5 X 8.5 X 5
Subjects
PERSONAL GEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THESE BALLISTIC SUNGLASSES WERE USED BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT FROM 1999 TO 2012. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE TO THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE. CARSCADDEN DESCRIBED HIS USE OF THESE SUNGLASSES AS SUCH: “EYEWEAR IS PROTECTION FOR WHEN YOU ARE DOING ENTRIES, SO YOU DON’T GET ANY PARTICULATE STUFF IN YOUR EYES… IF YOU HAVE TO OUT THROUGH A WINDOW OR A DOOR… THESE ARE GLASSES THAT I’D HAVE, MADE TO NOT GET FOGGED UP. I DRILLED HOLES IN THESE ONES, SO [THEY ARE A] MAKESHIFT PIECE OF GEAR… NOW THEY HAVE DEDICATED TACTICAL GLASSES THAT ARE ANTI-FOG… BALLISTIC GOGGLES [HAVE] DRASTICALLY IMPROVED THE PROTECTION FOR THE OFFICER’S FACES…THAT’S THE CHANGE THAT I’VE SEEN WITH GEAR AND EQUIPMENT. IT’S GOT MORE SPECIALIZED AND PURPOSEFUL FOR THE OFFICER.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050002
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JACKET AND PANTS, DESERT CAMOUFLAGE, “TACTICAL”
Date Range From
2006
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20100050005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JACKET AND PANTS, DESERT CAMOUFLAGE, “TACTICAL”
Date Range From
2006
Date Range To
2010
Materials
CANVAS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
76.5
Width
52
Description
.A – LONG SLEEVED, COLLARED CANVAS JACKET IN IRREGULAR PATTERN IN SHADES OF BROWN, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. BUTTON CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. CHEST AND HIP POCKETS ON BOTH SIDES. BLACK EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN GREY WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE” AND “POLICE LETHBRIDGE” ABOVE A CANADIAN FLAG. PATCH ABOVE LEFT CHEST POCKET READS “TACTICAL”. TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “LARGE – REGULAR” AND LISTS SIZE SPECIFICATIONS. THIS NUMBER “8048” IS WRITTEN BENEATH TAG IN PERMANENT MARKER. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 76.5 X 52 .B – CANVAS PANTS IN IRREGULAR PATTERN IN SHADES OF BROWN, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. BUTTON FLU CLOSURE WITH BUCKLED STRAPS ALONG WAISTBAND. DRAWSTRINGS AT ANKLES. HIP, SEAT, AND THIGH POCKETS. TAG AT INNER WAISTBAND READS “LARGE – REGULAR” AND LISTS SIZE SPECIFICATIONS. THE NUMBER “8048” IS WRITTEN INSIDE UNDER WAISTBAND IN PERMANENT MARKER. GENERAL WEAR THROUGHOUT, ESPECIALLY AT KNEES. STAINS OF PINK INK ALONG OUTER FLY. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 108 X 48
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS DESERT CAMOUFLAGE (ALSO KNOWN AS “CHOCOLATE CHIP” PATTERN) UNIFORM WAS WORN BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS SERVICE WITH THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1999 TO 2012. CARSCADDEN DESCRIBED HIS USE OF THIS UNIFORM AS SUCH: “THERE WERE A COUPLE OF CALLS WHERE I’VE WORN THAT UNIFORM… WHEN WE HAD BLACK, AND THAT WAS THE ONLY UNIFORM WE HAD, IN DAYTIME OPERATIONS YOU COULD SEE US LIKE FLIES IN SOUP. HAVING THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM MADE US MORE CONCEALABLE, AND THAT HELPS OUT IN DIFFERENT PLACES. THERE’S LOTS OF THINGS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY WHERE THIS WOULD BLEND IN, IN THE DAYTIME… OUR TERRAIN IS MORE SANDY, A MORE DESERT-STYLE ENVIRONMENT. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TALL TREES. WE DON’T NEED TO HAVE URBAN CAMO. WE RAN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOTHING THAT WE WERE COMPARING, AND THIS WAS THE BEST FOR WHAT OUR BACKGROUND WAS… IT’S ALL ABOUT IF WE CAN GET IN POSITION AND NOT BE EASILY OBSERVED. THAT PUTS YOURSELF AT LESS OF A RISK, AND THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE OFFICERS.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050005
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TURNOUT PANTS / BUNKER PANTS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, COTTON, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20150010020
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TURNOUT PANTS / BUNKER PANTS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2000
Materials
CANVAS, COTTON, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
3
Length
170.5
Width
61.0
Description
FIREMAN'S TURNOUT PANTS OR BUNKER PANTS. OUTER SHELL, SUSPENDERS, INNER LINER. DIMENSIONS ARE FROM TIP OF SUSPENDERS TO HEM AND WIDTH IS AT WAISTBAND. .A: OUTER SHELL. TAN CANVAS. HEM IS A PLASTICIZED FABRIC. FLORSCENT YELLOW AND SILVER REFLECTIVE STRIPE AT ANKLE. LINER KEPT IN PLACE AT HEM WITH TWO SNAPS: POSTS ON LINER, WITH THE CAPS ON SHORT PIECES OF BLACK NYLON STRAPPING, SEWN TO THE INSIDE OF THE SHELL'S LEG. REINFORCED KNEES AND TWO LARGE POCKETS ON OUTER THIGH AREA, EACH WITH A FLAP THAT CLOSES WITH VELCRO. PANTS CLOSE WITH A VELCRO CLOSURE, A SINGLE SILVER COLOURED SNAP, AND LARGE HOOK AND EYE, WITH THE HOOK AT THE WEARER'S RIGHT HIP AND A D-SHAPED EYE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FLY. HOOK IS AFFIXED TO PANTS WITH THREE SILVER COLOURED METAL RIVETS GOING THROUGH A PIECE OF BLACK LEATHER THAT THE HOOK IS SEWN ONTO. BLACK NYLON STRAPS ON THE WEARER'S HIP ALLOW PANTS TO BE ADJUSTED ONCE ON. BACK OF PANTS CONTINUES UP WEARER'S BACK FOR 14.5CM HIGHER THAN THE FRONT. INSIDE OF WAISTBAND IS NAVY BLUE AND THERE ARE NINE CAPS FOR THE SNAPS THAT ATTACH THE INNER LINER. INSIDE OF FLY LINED WITH BLACK PLASTICIZED MATERIAL. WHITE RECTANGULAR LABEL, WITH NAVY BLUE WRITING: "FIRE SERVICE MANAGEMENT. TEL: (403) 279-5095." BELOW IN RED: "C 5519". ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PANTS, SIX SILVER COLOURED BUTTONS, WITH STAMPED "GLOBE" IN THE CENTRE ALLOW SUSPENDERS TO BE ATTACHED - FOUR ARE IN THE FRONT, WITH TWO IN THE BACK. .B: SUSPENDERS. RED WOVEN STRAPPING. VERY ENDS OF SUSPENDERS ARE FINISHED IN BLACK LEATHER, WITH EACH OF THE SIX ENDS HAVING A BUTTON HOLE. THE LEATHER PORTION IS SEWN ONTO ELASTICIZED RED STRAPPING. ON THE FRONT, THIS ELASTICIZED PORTION GOES THROUGH A BLACK PLASTIC D-RING, WHICH HAS NON-ELASTICIZED WOVEN STRAPPING ON THE OTHER SIDE. EACH FRONT STRAP HAS A SECOND D-RING TO ALLOW ADJUSTMENT IN LENGTH. IN THE BACK, THE ELASTICIZED PORTION IS SEWN DIRECTLY ONTO THE WOVEN PORTION. STRAPS FORMA ROUGH 'H' SHAPE, WITH THE ELASTICIZED CROSS PIECE GOING ACROSS THE WEARER'S BACK AT THE SHOULDER AREA. SMALL LABEL NEAR THIS CROSS PIECE: "ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO". .C: INNER LINER. LIGHT BLUE/GREY COTTON FABRIC ON ONE SIDE, WITH A PLASTIC/COTTON OFF-WHITE FABRIC ON THE OTHER SIDE. THE STUDS OF NINE SNAPS GO AROUND THE WAISTBAND. LINER KEPT IN PLACE AT HEM WITH TWO SNAPS: POSTS ON LINER, WITH THE CAPS ON SHORT PIECES OF BLACK NYLON STRAPPING, SEWN TO THE INSIDE OF THE SHELL'S LEG. TWO LABELS, INSIDE WAIST AREA. INSIDE LEFT IS AN OFF-WHITE LABEL WITH RED WRITING, DETAILING PROPER USE OF GARMENT, TO ENSURE SAFETY. BEGINS: "DANGER. DO NOT USE THIS GARMENT IF YOU HAVE NOT READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE ENTIRE FEMSA OFFICIAL USER INFORMATION GUIDE AND ALL LABELS FOR STRUCTURAL FIRE FIGHTING PROTECTIVE GARMENT!" LABEL DETAILS PROPER USE AND ENDS: "COPYRIGHT 1996. FIRE AND EMERGENCY MANUFACTURES AND SERVICES ASSOCIATION, INC. DO NOT REMOVE LABEL." HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK, OVERTOP OF THE INITIAL WARNING: "2445617 LETHBRIDGE". ON THE INSIDE RIGHT SIDE IS A WHITE LABEL WITH RED WRITING, DETAILING THE TYPE OF PROTECTION THESE PANTS CAN PROVIDE, AS WELL AS WHAT THEY ARE MADE OUT OF. BEGINS: "GLOBE FIREFITERS SUITS. 37 LOUDON ROAD, PITTSFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, U.S.A. 03263 TEL. 603-435-8323 * FAX: 603-435-6388. THIS GARMENT MEETS THE GARMENT REQUIREMENTS OF NFPA 1971, STANDARD ON PROTECTIVE ENSEMBLE FOR STRUCTURAL FIRE FIGHTING, 2000 EDITION. DO NOT REMOVE THIS LABEL." THIS LABEL ALSO HAS A BLANK SPACES TO FILL IN FOR THE SIZE, LENGTH, CUT, SERIAL #, DATE, AND MODEL NUMBER. THE LABEL ENDS WITH: "IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION STANDARD ON PROTECTIVE ENSEMBLE FOR STRUCTURAL FIRE FIGHTING. NFPA 1971-2000." OVERALL IN GOOD CONDITION. PANTS ARE VERY WELL USED, WITH MANY BLACK STAINS, WHICH ARE ESPECIALLY BAD AT HEM AND KNEES, PARTICULARLY ON THE FRONT OF THE PANTS. RED SUSPENDERS HAVE SOME TEARS, ESPECIALLY IN THE WOVEN STRAPPING. ELASTICIZED STRAPS HAVE LOST SOME OF THEIR ELASTICITY.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THESE TURNOUT PANTS OR BUNKER PANTS WERE USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THIS COAT WOULD BE “WORN BY ALL FIREFIGHTERS WHEN FIGHTING STRUCTURE FIRES. MADE OF FIRE RESISTANT MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURED ACCORDING TO NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION AGENCY (NFPA) AND CSA STANDARDS. STANDARDS CHANGE EVERY FIVE YEARS.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). BROWN SAID: “THESE ARE HIGH CLASS. THESE ARE NICE TURNOUTS. WHAT I HAD IN ’66 WAS JUST AN OLD BLACK CANVAS PANTS AND COAT – LITTLE BIT OF RUBBER LINING INSIDE, ORDINARY HOOKS LIKE THIS. THIS HERE’S GOT VELCRO ON IT; IT’S GOT HOOKS, IT’S GOT ZIPPERS, SORT OF A LINER IN IT FOR HEAT PROTECTION. THIS IS VERY MODERN COMPARED TO WHAT I HAD WHEN I STARTED.” LAZENBY ADDED: “THIS WAS AT LEAST ONE GENERATION AHEAD OF THE JACKET AND PANTS THAT I WAS ISSUED WHEN I WAS NEW. WHEN I WAS NEW, I GOT SECOND HAND TURNOUTS. I GOT STUFF THAT HAD BEEN USED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS BEFOREHAND … MONEY WAS TIGHT IN THE MID-‘90S WITH COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT PROVINCIALLY, BEING WHAT IT WAS, THERE WAS NOT A LOT TO GO AROUND. … THE HEALTH AND SAFETY MOVEMENT WASN’T AS STRONG THEN AS IT IS NOW. NOW THE HEALTH AND SAFETY MOVEMENT IS VERY POWERFUL AND CAN AFFECT CHANGE IN A HURRY, TO A POINT WHERE WE NOW KNOW THAT SEVEN YEARS OR WHATEVER IT IS AFTER I GET THIS SET OF TURNOUTS, I’M GOING TO GET A NEW SET OF TURNOUTS NO MATTER WHAT. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A SHELF LIFE OF SO MANY YEARS AND ONCE THAT’S UP, YOU’RE NOT ADHERING TO THE STANDARD ANYMORE AND SO IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THEM OUT. WE DIDN’T REALLY GO BY THOSE STANDARDS WHEN I FIRST GOT ON THE JOB, SO I GOT ISSUED STUFF FROM A GUY THAT HAD JUST RECENTLY RETIRED AND I DON’T EVEN THINK THEY GOT SENT TO THE CLEANERS FIRST.” HE CONTINUED, SAYING “THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE THIS GEAR FOR THE FIRST SERVICE … ARE CONSTANTLY SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE LATEST, GREATEST FIREPROOF FABRIC. THAT GOES DOWN TO WATER VAPOUR BARRIERS, HEAT LINERS, AND THE OUTER SHELL. … YOU KNOW, IT’S A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD … BECAUSE THE MORE PROTECTED YOU ARE, THE MORE ENCAPSULATED YOU ARE, AND THE LESS YOU FEEL THE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE AROUND YOU, THE MORE TROUBLE YOU CAN REALLY GET YOURSELF IN, RIGHT? THE FURTHER YOU GET INTO A STRUCTURE, THE FURTHER IT IS YOU HAVE TO GET OUT. AND THAT’S ONE OF THE KNOCKS ABOUT, UP UNTIL RECENTLY, OF GETTING THAT MUCH MORE PROTECTION IN YOUR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS THAT IT WAS LEADING TO PEOPLE MAYBE GOING TO PLACES WHERE 20 YEARS EARLIER THEY COULDN’T HAVE GONE BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO HOT.” HE ELABORATED FURTHER: “BUT THE SCIENCE OF FIRE IS BEING BETTER UNDERSTOOD NOW, AS IS OUR TRAINING AND OUR TACTICS. … I THINK I’VE BEEN ISSUED THREE SETS OF TURNOUTS NOW SINCE I GOT MY ORIGINALS … THIS WAS SIMILAR TO MY SECOND SET … I THINK THE ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY IN THIS FIELD HAVE BEEN LEAPS AND BOUNDS. THEY’RE JUST SO MUCH BETTER THAN THEY USED TO BE.” IN COMPARING THIS STYLE OF TURNOUT TO WHAT HE CURRENTLY WEARS, LAZENBY SAID: “IT HAS A SHORT BACK ON THE BACK OF THE TURNOUT COAT AND NOW WE HAVE FLAPS THAT COME DOWN. IF YOU WERE TO WEAR THIS JACKET AND YOU DIDN’T HAVE A HIGH BACK ON YOUR TURNOUT PANTS, IF YOU WERE TO BEND OVER, THERE WOULD BE A GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOUR JACKET COVERED AND WHAT YOUR PANTS COVERED. ANY TIME YOU HAVE A GAP, YOU’RE EXPOSING YOURSELF TO EXCESSIVE HEAT … THE FABRICS ARE DIFFERENT NOW, AS IS THE REFLECTIVE STRIPING. … THESE SET WERE NOT AS WELL MADE … THE MATERIAL WASN’T AS HEAT-RESISTANT AND THESE ACTUALLY AREN’T AS REFLECTIVE AS OUR NEW STUFF. THE CUFFS ARE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. I LIKE THE CUFFS THAT THERE’S A THUMBHOLE THAT YOU CAN PUT YOUR THUMB THROUGH THE CUFF SO THAT IT DOESN’T END UP CREEPING UP THE INSIDE OF YOUR JACKET WHEN YOU’RE WORKING. THE CUFF IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF KEEPING DEBRIS AND THINGS OUT OF YOUR COAT AND IF YOU HAVE A COAT THAT TENDS TO RIDE UP YOUR ARM, IT’S NOT IDEAL, SO. JUST LITTLE THINGS THAT ADD UP TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE AFTER/AT THE END OF THE DAY. SO, YEAH, THESE WOULD BE ’95 TO 2000, I THINK.” PETIT ADDED: “THE TURNOUT GEAR IS SO MUCH BETTER, IT’S GONE THROUGH ALL KINDS OF TESTS, DIFFERENT MATERIALS, LIGHTER … ACTUALLY, WE STARTED GETTING BETTER TURNOUTS, AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING WITH THE OLD TURNOUTS THAT WERE NOT GOOD TO US, THEY WERE GIVING THEM TO SMALLER DEPARTMENTS THAT DIDN’T HAVE ANY.” DZUREN DISCUSSED THE TYPE OF TURNOUT GEAR HE WORE WHEN HE FIRST STARTED IN 1959: “THEY WERE JUST STRICTLY KIND OF A CANVAS. THERE WAS NO FIRE-PROOFING TO THEM … I DON’T EVEN BELIEVE THERE WAS ANY FIRE RETARDANT TO THEM. BUT THEN EVENTUALL, WELL THE UNIONS, THEY WERE QUITE ADAMANT, AND THE DEPARTMENTS THEMSELVES WERE QUITE ADAMANT IN TRYING TO KIND OF IMPROVE THAT … WHERE THEY DEVELOPED KEVLAR TYPE STUFF THERE, LIGHTWEIGHT, VERY HEAT RESISTANT, SAVED MANY LIVES WITH THE FACT THAT THEY WERE THAT GOOD.” HE CONTINUED, SAYING: “ONCE THEY CAME IN EVERYBODY WAS QUITE ELATED, THAT THEY DID COME IN, CAUSE’ BEFORE IT WAS ALL JUST STRICTLY BLACK, AND WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BACK, I DON’T EVEN BELIEVE… WELL THEY HAD “L-F-D” ON THE BACK IF I RECALL, AND YOUR NAME, AND THEN THEY WERE HEAVY, AND CUMBERSOME, AND THEY HAD A LINER THERE FOR THE WINTER MONTHS AND A WOOL LINER WAS VERY HEAVY. SO WHEN YOU GOT IN THERE AND YOU START SWEATING, IT WAS NOT IDEAL WORKING GEAR THAT YOU HAD ON WHEN YOU WERE WORKING.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010020
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
STRAIGHT TIE, CLIP-ON
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
POLYESTER, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.75
Length
37
Width
6
Description
DARK BLUE POLYESTER STRAIGHT TIE WITH METAL CLIP AT BACK OF KNOT. BOTTOM END IS FOLDED INTO A POINT. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008002
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
TIE CLIP, “LETHBRIDGE POLICE”
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
NICKEL, ENAMEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.5
Length
6.5
Width
1.75
Description
FLAT BAND OF NICKEL WITH SPRING CLIP MECHANISM AT BACK. CENTRE OF BAND HAS CREST WITH BLUE ENAMEL DEPICTING CROWN, RIBBONS, AND TEXT READING “CITY OF LETHBRIDGE – POLICE LETHBRIDGE”. RUST ON SPRING OF CLIP; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS TIE CLIP WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008003
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
BELT, DRESS UNIFORM
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
2005
Materials
FELT, NICKEL
No. Pieces
3
Height
1.75
Length
87.5
Width
5.5
Description
BAND OF RED FELT WITH NICKEL BUCKLE AND CLASP AT OPPOSITE ENDS. BAND IS THREADED THROUGH SLITS IN BUCKLE AND CLASP AND FASTENED WITH STRIPS OF RED VELCRO. MINOR SCRATCHES ON BUCKLE. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS BELT WAS WORN BY THE DONOR, RET. CONSTABLE PAULETTE DECOSTE, AS PART OF HER DRESS UNIFORM DURING HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE AND DARCIE JAMES WERE BOTH GRADUATES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM AT LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WERE HIRED IN DECEMBER 1980 AS THE CITY’S FIRST TWO POLICEWOMEN. ON MARCH 19, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED DECOSTE ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE. DECOSTE SAID: “I WAS 25 WHEN I GOT HIRED ON [WITH THE POLICE SERVICE]. IT WAS ALL FOREIGN TO ME, THE LANGUAGE WE USED. . . WHAT PROTOCOLS WERE. . . RESPECT FOR RANK… WHAT YOU WERE FACED WITH ON THE STREET … WE DID DISPATCHING AND WALKED THE BEAT. WE [GOT] MEALS FOR PRISONERS [AND] ANSWERED CALLS TO SERVICE… IT WAS NEW TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE FEMALE OFFICERS, AND BEING LOOKED AT IN THE SAME LIGHT AS A MALE OFFICER… DIDN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN. SO THAT WAS CHALLENGING… AND THAT WAS OUTSIDE AND THEN SOMETIMES INSIDE. NOT EVERYBODY WAS PRO ‘WOMEN FOR POLICING’ AT ALL, AND THAT CHALLENGE WAS HARDER THAN THE ONE ON THE STREET.” DECOSTE CONTINUED: “[DARCIE JAMES AND I] WERE KIND OF LIKE FIXTURES, WE WERE GOING TO BE THERE, AND WE WEREN’T GOING AWAY… SOME OF THE MEMBERS, STILL TO THIS DAY, DON’T LIKE FEMALES IN THEIR DEPARTMENT. AND THAT’S PROBABLY NORMAL IN A LOT OF CASES… WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S UNIFORMS OF COURSE, AND THEN DARCIE AND I DID GET FLOWN TO CALGARY TO BE SIZED BY THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE. I THINK WE ONLY GOT TWO PAIRS OF PANTS, A SKIRT, AND A TUNIC. SO WE USED TO WEAR THE MEN’S PANTS [AND] TAKE THEM TO THE SEAMSTRESS … THE ONLY THING THE MEN DIDN’T HAVE WAS THE SKIRT, AND WE NEVER REALLY WORE THOSE… WE WERE ALSO ISSUED A PURSE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY BECAUSE WE NEVER CARRIED A PURSE, I MEAN, WHY? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IN IT?... WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHANGE ROOM TO BEGIN WITH; IT WAS A BATHROOM THAT WE HAD TO SHARE… BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS COULD HAVE CARED LESS THAT WE WERE THERE OR NOT… SO, I’D COME TO WORK IN MY UNIFORM, BECAUSE I WASN’T GOING TO CHANGE IN THE HALLWAY, OR THE BATHROOM, IF SOMEONE WAS IN THERE.” DECOSTE CONCLUDED: “[I WAS ON THE FORCE] 25 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS… THE WAY HAS BEEN PAVED IN MANY ASPECTS, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS LONG AS THE PERSON IS QUALIFIED, THEN GENDER SHOULD NOT MATTER AT ALL AND THEY SHOULDN’T LOWER STANDARDS OR RAISE THEM – JUST TREAT EVERYBODY FAIRLY… WE’RE HERE, AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY, AND WE CAN DO THE JOB. I WAS NEVER TREATED WITH KID GLOVES OR HAD ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT AT ALL, NEVER, THROUGHOUT MY CAREER… YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT.” ON MARCH 5, 2014, GALT INTERN CELINA OSBORNE INTERVIEWED STAFF SERGEANT DARCIE JAMES ABOUT HER CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JAMES’ DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO GALT ARCHIVES. JAMES SAID: “AFTER GOING THROUGH THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, I WAS VERY INTRIGUED, AND THEN I KNEW WHAT MY PASSION WAS… [WHEN I WAS HIRED TO THE FORCE] THEY GAVE US A TRAINING BOOK, AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE NUMEROUS PORTIONS OF THE BOOK, SO THEY ASSIGNED YOU TO A TRAINER [AND] YOU WERE WITH THIS TRAINER FOR 3-6 MONTHS AND THEN YOU HAD TO ACHIEVE. [THE INSTRUCTORS] WERE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE SERVICE… DAVE HASTIE [MY TRAINER] CHALLENGED ME THE WHOLE TIME. FOR 3 MONTHS I WOULD GO HOME AND I WOULD SAY ‘IS THIS FOR ME’? THEN WE FORMED A FRIENDSHIP [AND] I WAS VERY FORTUNATE… PAULETTE AND I WERE THE ONLY WOMEN FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS, SO WE SORT OF SET THE STANDARD AT THAT TIME AND WE HAD TO ACHIEVE… THEN THEY STARTED BRINGING ON MORE FEMALE MEMBERS… WE HAD TO WORK A BIT HARDER TO GET NOTICED [AND] IF A FEMALE MEMBER MESSED UP, THEY WOULD REFER TO IT AS ‘OK, WELL ALL WOMEN ARE GOING TO BE THAT WAY’. PAULETTE AND I RECOGNIZED THAT RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, SO WE WERE EACH OTHER’S SUPPORT BECAUSE WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE… THERE’S STILL THAT OLD STIGMA THAT MAYBE WE’RE IN A MAN’S ROLE AND WE’RE NOT [AS] SUCCESSFUL IN IT… IT’S CHANGED A LOT BUT THAT PERCEPTION IS STILL THERE. BUT WE’VE PROVEN [OURSELVES] OVER TIME.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW, AND COPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES, AND INTERNAL MEMORANDI ON DECOSTE AND JAMES.
Catalogue Number
P20140008004
Acquisition Date
2014-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HANDGUN CONVERSION BARREL W/ CASE, “SIMUNITION”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2009
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, CARDBOARD, FOAM
Catalogue Number
P20100050004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HANDGUN CONVERSION BARREL W/ CASE, “SIMUNITION”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2009
Materials
STEEL, CARDBOARD, FOAM
No. Pieces
5
Height
3.25
Length
19
Width
9.25
Description
.A – RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD LID, PRINTED IN BLACK, WHITE AND RED. TEXT ALONG THE TOP READS “SIMUNITION – DIVISION OF SNC INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES INC. – CONVERSION KIT S&W 594X SERIE – FOR USE IN MILITARY/LAW ENFORCEMENT – TRAINING UNDER DIRECTION OF QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR – CQT FX”. “UBJ 9746” IS WRITTEN ON TOP IN BLACK PEN. EDGES OF LID HAVE MINOR WEAR. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 3.25 X 19 X 9.25 .B – RECTUANGULAR SHEET OF GREY FOAM, WITH SEMI-CIRCLE SHAPE CUT INTO ONE LONG EDGE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 1 X 18 X 8.5 .C – HOLLOW STEEL CYLINDER, TAPERED AT ONE END WITH A MOLDED TRIANGULAR SHAPE AT THE OPPOSITE END. STAMPED WITH TEXT READING “S&W 594X SNCSC 0392-06 – WARNING: FX AND CQT AMMO ONLY – NO STD AMMO”. MINOR OXIDATION ON STEEL; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 2 X 11.5 X 2.25 .D – RECTANGULAR CARDBOARD BOX BASE WITH FOAM-LINED INSIDE. FOAM HAS RECESSED CAVITY RESEMBLING THE IRREGULAR SHAPE OF .C. OUTSIDE OF BOX IS WORN ALONG BOTTOM AND HAS BROWN STAIN ON ONE SIDE. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 3.5 X 18.5 X 9
Subjects
ARMAMENT-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS SIMUNITION BARREL CONVERSION KIT WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DURING TRAINING PROCEDURES. SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN, WHO SERVED WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT FROM 1999 TO 2012, DESCRIBED THE USE OF THIS BARREL CONVERTER AS SUCH: “THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BOUGHT FOR THE TEAM EARLIER ON WHEN THEY HAD SMITH AND WESSON [PISTOLS]… [SIMUNITION IS] A PAINT PELLET ROUND, BUT SMALLER, AND FITS INTO YOUR PISTOL AND OPERATES SIMILAR LIKE A BULLET WOULD. IT MAKES A SOUND, AND EJECTS THE ROUND, AND FIRES A PAINT PELLET PROJECTILE [THAT] LEAVES A RED OR BLUE MARKING ON THE INDIVIDUAL TO INDICATE WHERE YOU WERE HIT. THAT WAY IT MAKES IT MORE REALISTIC WHEN DEALING WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCENARIOS FOR THE OFFICERS AND FOR THE BAD GUYS [KNOWN AS QUARRY IN TRAINING PROCEDURES]. AS WE GOT MORE OF THESE [SIMUNITION CONVERTERS], WE WOULD THEN GIVE SIMUNITION TO THE BAD GUYS. AT THE BEGINNING, IT WAS US, THE TACTICAL TEAM OPERATORS, THAT WOULD HAVE THEM, AND THE QUARRIES WOULD NOT… IT WAS GOOD FOR [QUARRIES] TO HAVE IT, BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT THE OFFICER MAY HAVE… TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AS WELL, SO IT IS REALLY GOOD ADVANCED TRAINING FOR TEACHING [OFFICERS] HIGHER LEVEL SKILL… A PERSON [WHO IS] RUNNING AROUND, OR MOVING, TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT THEM – THIS SHOWS THAT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DO THAT. IT’S A GREAT ADVANCEMENT IN TRAINING.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050004
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20150010002
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
5.6
Length
105.5
Width
27.0
Diameter
4.5
Description
LARGE METAL AND RUBBER BOLT CUTTERS. HANDLE GRIPS ARE 11.2CM LONG PIECES OF BLACK RUBBER. HANDLES ARE A MEDIUM RED, WITH A GREEN STRIPE NEAR THE BLADE ADJUSTMENT BOLTS. WRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER JUST BELOW ONE OF THE STRIPES OF GREEN: "P 4". EMBOSSED JUST ABOVE THIS MARKING IS "U.S. PAT. NO. 2910900". ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE HANDLE FROM THE "P 4" MARKING IS WHAT REMAINS OF A RECTANGULAR SILVER STICKER. ABOVE THIS STICKER, EMBOSSED IN AN OVAL: "HKP". ON THE OTHER HANDLE, ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE CUTTERS AS THE "HKP" IS EMBOSSED: "TOOL NO. 0590M". THE JAWS OF THE BOLT CUTTERS ARE BLACK AND BOTH SIDES OF THE JAWS ARE EMBOSSED WITH: 2 "HKP" IN AN OVAL AND 2 "NO. 5". STAMPED ON EACH SIDE OF THE JAWS, ONCE PER SIDE, IS "HC - CUTS HARD CHAIN 1/2 CAP". JUST BETWEEN THE JAWS AND BLADES, STAMPED INTO THE METAL, ON THE SAME SIDE AS THE "P 4" MARKING: "MADE BY H.K. PORTER INC. BOSTON, MASS 02143". ONE OF THE BOLTS NEAR THE BLADE, ON THE SILVER STICKER SIDE, IS STAMPED WITH "535X". EMBOSSED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE, NEAR THE TIP, "U.S. PAT." AND "PEND". OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. THE RED FINISH ON THE HANDLES HAS FLAKED OFF AND THERE ARE SECTIONS WHERE THE FINISH IS LOOSE. THE RUBBER HAND GRIPS ARE SCUFFED AND SCRATCHED ALL OVER. SOME RUST ON THE JAWS AND BLADE AREA.
Subjects
METALWORKING T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THESE BOLT CUTTERS WERE USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THEY WOULD BE “USED AT EMERGENCY SCENES TO CUT CHAINS OR PADLOCKS OFF DOORS OR FENCES TO GAIN ACCESS. SIMILAR, BUT LIGHTER [BOLT CUTTERS ARE] STILL USED TODAY.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). BROWN CALLED THEM “OUR FAVOURITE TOOL … THERE WERE A LOT OF PLACES THAT WE WENT, THE GATES WERE LOCKED, JUST HAD A CHAIN WITH A PADLOCK ON IT. YOU WOULDN’T EVEN THINK TWICE. THESE BOLT CUTTERS ARE FOUR FEET LONG AND HAD SUCH A FULCRUM ON IT – YOU’D JUST CUT THE CHAIN AND IN WE’D GO. WE WOULDN’T EVEN ASK PERMISSION IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY; WE’D JUST CUT THEM AND IN WE’D GO. WE USED THE BOLT CUTTERS LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMES … WE TRIED NOT TO CUT THE PADLOCK IF WE DIDN’T HAVE TO, BECAUSE THE PADLOCK, THEY HAD A KEY FOR IT; BUT THE CHAIN, WE TRIED TO CUT IT BACK FAR ENOUGH THAT IF THEY HAD TO TAKE THE PADLOCK OFF, THEY COULD STILL USE THE CHAIN. WE TRIED NOT TO DO ANY MORE DAMAGE THAN NECESSARY, BECAUSE PEOPLE THAT WERE HAVING PROBLEMS, HAD ENOUGH DAMAGE WITHOUT US WRECKING MORE THAN NECESSARY.” LAZENBY ADDED: “WE ACTUALLY CARRY THREE SIZES OF THESE AND THIS LOOKS LIKE THE LONGEST … THESE ARE IN SERVICE TODAY AND I BELIEVE THESE WILL BE IN SERVICE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS TO COME.” PETIT AGREED, SAYING: “WE USED IT QUITE OFTEN … EVERY TRUCK HAD ONE … I PROBABLY USED IT 10-12 TIMES AT LEAST. AND IT WAS USUALLY IN THE INDUSTRIAL AREA WHERE THEY HAVE IT ALL FENCED.” DZUREN ALSO AGREED, EXPLAINING HOW USEFUL THE BOLT CUTTERS COULD BE: “EVEN INTO BUILDINGS, THAT SOME BUILDINGS HAD LOCKS ON THE OUTSIDE NATURALLY, SO TO GET IN THERE, RATHER THAN CAUSING TOO MUCH DAMAGE, IN THE OTHER WAY THEY WOULD CUT THE LOCK, OR THE CHAIN LINK, AND GET INTO THE ENCLOSURE OR BUILDING THAT WAY.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010002
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL
Catalogue Number
P20150010004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR
Date Range From
1985
Date Range To
2015
Materials
STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
14.5
Length
76.0
Width
17.4
Description
STEEL HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR / CROWBAR. SILVER COLOURED METAL. ONE END HAS A CLAW WITH A RECESSED NAIL PULLER, WHILE THE OTHER END HAS A DUCKBILL BLADE (OR ADZE) AND A PICK. THE CLAW IS 17.4CM LONG AND IS EMBOSSED WITH: "PARATECH USA 017120 C I" (THE 'C' IS ACTUALLY A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL). THE HANDLE PORTION OF THE TOOL HAS TWO GRIPS, ONE NEAR THE CLAW AND THE SECOND NEAR THE BLADE AND PICK. THE UNDERSIDE OF THE BLADE IS EMBOSSED WITH: "PARATECH USA 017038 C K" (AGAIN, THE 'C' IS A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL). STAMPED INTO THE HANDLE, TO THE CLAW SIDE OF THE MIDDLE, IS "AMR 7" OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. THE BLADE AND PICK ARE VERY RUSTY. THE BLADE HAS A SMALL DENT. THE RUST ON THE BLADE AND PICK IS WORSE, BUT THE CLAW END IS ALSO VERY RUSTED. SURFACE RUST ALL OVER THE HANDLE.
Subjects
MULTIPLE USE ARTIFACTS
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS HALLIGAN RESCUE TOOL / HALLIGAN BAR / CROWBAR WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THE HALLIGAN TOOL IS A “FORCIBLE ENTRY OR EXIT TOOL USED TO FORCE ENTRY INTO A BUILDING AND ALSO USED FOR FIREFIGHTERS TO FORCE ENTRY OUT OF A BUILDING WHEN STRAPPED. THIS ONE IS STEEL; [NOW] WE HAVE SOME THAT ARE MADE OF TITANIUM AND ARE MUCH LIGHTER.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994). BROWN CALLED IT “JUST ANOTHER FANCY PRY BAR … [THAT] WAS [ON THE TRUCK] WHEN I LEFT.” PETIT AGREED, CALLING IT “A BREAK IN TOOL. IF YOU WANT TO BREAK INTO A HOUSE … CRASH A DOOR, WINDOWS, PRY A DOOR OPEN, JUST A NICE TOOL … I CALL IT THE HOUSE BREAKING TOOLS.” LAZENBY EXPANDED: “THIS GETS USED ALL THE TIME … WHEN IT COMES TO … FORCIBLE ENTRY AND FINDING A MEANS OF EGRESS AND NEEDING A TOOL OF CHOICE, THIS IS PROBABLY THE GO-TO TOOL. YOU CAN PUNCTURE, YOU CAN PRY, YOU CAN BREAK … THERE’S JUST SO MANY USES FOR THIS.” HE CONTINUED: “THE ONLY DRAWBACK WITH THE … OLDER GENERATION HALLIGAN BARS WAS JUST THE FACT THAT THEY WERE JUST SO HEAVY, BUT THE NEWER GENERATION ARE TITANIUM, AND GROSSLY EXPENSIVE BECAUSE OF THAT, AND SO WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF TITANIUM MODELS BUT OVERALL WE STILL HAVE STEEL ONES ON THE TRUCK FOR THE MOST PART, SO THIS IS ONE OF THE TOOLS THAT WE STILL USE ALL THE TIME. IT COMES OFF THE TRUCK CONSTANTLY.” LAZENBY CONTINUED FURTHER, RELAYING AN INSTANCE WHEN THE HALLIGAN WAS VERY USEFUL: “WE RESPONDED ON AN EMS CALL FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS UNABLE TO ANSWER THE DOOR BECAUSE OF THEIR CONDITION. SO WHEN WE ROLLED UP TO THE HOUSE, THEY HAD A MASSIVE BLACK WROUGHT IRON GATE. IT WAS A SECURITY GATE THAT WAS BOLTED TO THE FRONT OF THAT STRUCTURE OVER THE FRONT DOOR AND WE HAD NO ACCESS, THE WINDOWS WERE BARRED AND EVERYTHING ELSE, WE HAD NO ACCESS INTO THAT STRUCTURE … WE GRABBED WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS THE ‘SET OF IRONS’ AND I HAD THE FLAT HEAD AXE AND MY PARTNER TOOK THE HALLIGAN TOOL AND WE SLIPPED THE FORK IN OVER TOP OF THE BOLTS THAT WERE BEING USED AROUND BASICALLY THE BRICK MOLDING THE FRAME OF THE DOOR AND I STRUCK THE BLADE END UP HERE AND WE WERE ABLE TO ACTUALLY FORCE THE FORK DOWN UNDERNEATH THE BOLT, BETWEEN THE BOLT AND THE WOOD, AND ONE QUICK PRY AND … WE POPPED FOUR BOLTS OFF IN LESS THAN SIXTY SECONDS AND WE WERE INSIDE THE HOUSE. SO I KIND OF WONDERED UP UNTIL THAT POINT ABOUT THE EFFICIENCY OF IT, BECAUSE IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO GO AROUND BREAKING THINGS, AND IT UNDERSCORED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE USES AND HOW EFFICIENT THAT TOOL IS ON THE FIRE GROUND. AND NOT JUST FOR FIRE CALLS, BUT THAT WAS AN EMS RUN … VERY USEFUL.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010004
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20150010016
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2000
Materials
METAL, PLASTIC, RUBBER
No. Pieces
7
Height
32.2
Length
44.5
Width
29.5
Description
THERMOGRAPH / THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA IN METAL CASE, WITH COAXIAL CABLE, EXTRA VISOR AND SCREWS, EXTRA HANDLE, AND EXTRA FUSES. .A: SILVER COLOURED TEXTURED METAL BOX. BLACK LEATHER HANDLE ON TOP OF BOX. HINGED AT BACK OF BOX. LID CLOSES WITH TWO DRAW LATCHES. STENCILED ON TOP OF THE BOX, WITH BLACK PAINT: "P4428 SER. NO.4534" A BLACK STICKER ON THE FRONT OF THE BOX, READS "P6" BETWEEN THE TWO DRAW LATCHES. INSIDE OF THE BOX IS MOSTLY LINED WITH BLACK FOAM. BOTTOM INSIDE OF BOX HAS EIGHT MOLDED COMPARTMENTS FOR THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS. SMALL PARTITION ON THE LEFT FOR THE COAXIAL CABLE. DIMENSIONS ABOVE REFERENCE THIS BOX. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. PIECE OF FOAM ON THE INSIDE LEFT HAS COME UN-UNGLUED. .B: EXTRA HANDLE. WHITE PLASTIC PISTOL-STYLE HANDLE. THREE SILVER COLOURED SCREWS IN HANDLE. DIMENSIONS: 16.0CM LONG, 7.6CM WIDE IN GOOD CONDITION. SOME WEAR MARKS/SCUFFS ALL OVER THE HANDLE. .C: EXTRA VISOR. BLACK RUBBER VISOR. HAS A TOTAL OF FOUR PRE-MADE SCREW HOLES: ON THE TOP, THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER; ON THE BOTTOM THEY ARE SPACED FAIRLY WIDE APART. DIMENSIONS: 14.5CM LONG, 9.5CM WIDE IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. RUBBER HAS BECOME MIS-SHAPENED, BUT RETAINS FLEXIBILITY. .D: COAXIAL CABLE. TAN COLOURED COAXIAL CABLE, WITH SILVER FITTINGS. IN GOOD CONDITION. SOME DISCOLOURATION ON PLASTIC CABLE CASING. DIMENSIONS: 560.5CM LONG, 2.5CM CIRCUMFERENCE. .E: BAG OF SCREWS. PLASTIC BAG WITH EXTRA VISOR SCREWS. STICKER ON BAG READS: "P4428G VISOR RETAINING SCREWS. 1 SET". CONTAINS FOUR SETS OF BOLTS, WASHERS, AND NUTS. DIMENSIONS: 13.0CM LONG, 9.0CM WIDE IN FAIR CONDITION. BAG IS VERY DISCOLOURED (BLACK SMUDGES) AND THE STICKER HAS LIFTED ON THE CORNERS. .F: BOX OF FUSES. SMALL WHITE CARDBOARD BOX, WITH BLUE WRITING IN GERMAN. CONTAINS NINE SMALL FUSES. FUSES ARE WHITE CARDBOARD IN THE MIDDLE, WITH TWO SILVER COLOURED METAL CAPS. FRONT OF BOX READS: "WICKMANN-WERKE GMBH 10 G-SICHERUNGSEINSATZE 250 VAC MINIATURE-FUSES 5X20MM". BOTTOM SIDE: "AUSSCHALTVERMOGEN H". BACK: "NACH IEC PUBL. 127-2/5". TOP SIDE: "19181". LEFT SIDE: "TRAGE". AND RIGHT SIDE: "M. I. W.-GERMANY". DIMENSIONS: 2.2CM HIGH, 5.3CM LONG, 0.6CM WIDE IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. BOX IS WELL WORN, SOME WRITING HAS FADED. .G: THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA. WHITE PLASTIC, YELLOW PADDED NYLON FABRIC, BLACK RUBBER, SILVER COLOURED METAL, AND BLUE NYLON STRAPPING. THERMAL CAMERA IS CYLINDRICAL, WITH A PISTOL-STYLE HANDLE AT THE BOTTOM. CYLINDER BODY OF CAMERA IS WRAPPED IN YELLOW PADDED NYLON FABRIC. LIGHT-MEDIUM BLUE NYLON STRAPPING KEEPS THE YELLOW FABRIC ON THE CAMERA BODY. IN TWO PLACES ON THE STRAPPING IS A WHITE LABEL: "EEV CHELMSFORD ENGLAD." BLACK RUBBER VISOR / EYEPIECE / VIEW FINDER. GLASS OF CAMERA IS VISIBLE INSIDE THIS VISOR. RECTANGULAR, WHITE PLASTIC BOX HANGS FROM THE CAMERA WITH LIGHT-MEDIUM BLUE NYLON STRAPPING. TWO SILVER COLOURED CARABINERS HANG FROM THIS NYLON STRAPPING, ONE ON EACH OF THE STRAPS. ON THE FRONT OF THE RECTANGULAR BOX, IS HALF OF A CYLINDER, RUNNING HORIZONTALLY ACROSS. ON THIS CYLINDER IS A SMALL RED "OFF ON" BUTTON. ABOVE THE CYLINDER, ON THE BOX IS A GREY LABEL: "VOLTAGE STABILIZER UNIT P4428K NO. 4534" OPPOSITE THE BLACK RUBBER VISOR IS THE FRONT OF THE CAMERA: REFLECTIVE CIRCLE ALLOWS THE CAMERA TO "SEE". ABOVE THIS REFLECTIVE CIRCLE IS A SMALL BUTTON PLASTIC COVERED WITH "PAN CHOP" IN THE CENTRE. SILVER COLOURED KNOB JUST BELOW THIS "PAN CHOP" BUTTON AND TO THE RIGHT THERE IS A BLACK CORD THAT COMES OUT AND GOES UNDER THE YELLOW NYLON HOUSING. LABEL ON THE FRONT OF CAMERA READS: "THERMAL CAMERA P4428 NO. 4534. MADE IN ENGLAND." DIMENSIONS: 34.2 HIGH, 13.6 DIAMETER (ON FRONT) OVERALL IN GOOD CONDITION. YELLOW NYLON MATERIAL IS VERY DISCOLOURED, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. PLASTIC HOUSING OF CAMERA IS SCUFFED, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE FRONT AND ON THE END OF THE HANDLE. STRAPPING IS ALL IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WITH NO VISIBLE TEARS.
Subjects
THERMAL T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA OR THERMOGRAPH WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004) AND TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994). BROWN EXPLAINED THAT THIS WAS A “THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA … THE IDEA OF THAT WAS, IN A FIRE, IT COULD SEE THROUGH SMOKE, BUT BACK THEN WE DIDN’T HAVE THE MAN-POWER TO USE IT, BECAUSE WHEN YOU WENT TO A FIRE, THERE WAS MAYBE SOMETIMES THREE GUYS. THERE WAS THE OFFICER, THE PUMP DRIVER … AND THE FIREFIGHTER. WHEN YOU GOT TO A FIRE, THERE WAS ONE GUY, EVEN THOUGH THE RULE WAS THAT YOU DIDN’T GO INTO A FIRE UNTIL THERE WAS SOMEBODY ELSE. IF THE TRUCK WAS ANOTHER 2-3 MINUTES AWAY, THERE WASN’T A FIREFIGHTER ON THE JOB WHO WOULD STAND AROUND AND SAY, ‘I’M NOT GOING TO GO INTO THE FIRE BECAUSE THE RULE SAYS TWO GUYS.’ YOU’VE GOT THE PUBLIC STANDING AROUND, YOU’VE GOT THE PEOPLE STANDING AROUND WHO OWN THE HOUSE OR BUILDING, SO THE GUY ALWAYS WENT IN. THERE WAS VERY SELDOM ANYBODY TO TAKE THAT THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA IN THERE AND I DON’T KNOW IF I’VE EVER USED IT.” LAZENBY FURTHER EXPLAINED: “THIS IS A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA AND A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW CALL IT FLIR OR FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED, BUT IT’S A THERMAL IMAGER … SO THIS WAS YOUR BATTERY PACK. THIS SECTION DOWN HERE WITH THE ON/OFF BUTTON, THAT’S WHERE THE BATTERY WAS HOUSED. AND YOU CAN SEE IT HAS A PISTOL GRIP FOR EASE OF USE AND ERGONOMICS AND SO THIS BLACK, SORT OF SHROUD HERE WAS ALMOST LIKE A SET OF GOGGLES … YOU HAD TO PUT THAT RIGHT UP TO YOUR MASK OR IF YOU WEREN’T WEARING A MASK, AFTER THE FACT, AND YOU WERE CHECKING FOR HOTSPOTS, YOU WOULD HAVE TO BRING IT RIGHT UP SO IT COVERED YOUR EYES AND BLOCKED OUT ALL THE AMBIENT LIGHT. THIS WAS REVOLUTIONARY. THIS WAS CUTTING EDGE FOR ITS TIME, BUT LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AT THE THERMAL IMAGING SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE NOW COMPARED TO WHAT WAS IN SERVICE THEN, THE CHANGE IN CAMERA SENSITIVITY AND IN RESOLUTION – IT’S MIND-BOGGLING. THIS WAS A VERY WASHED-OUT, UNCLEAR – I’M STRUGGLING FOR WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT AND NOT MAKE IT SOUND LIKE IT WAS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF JUNK IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE IT WASN’T AND THE REASON I’M HAVING TROUBLE IS BECAUSE I’M COMPARING IT TO WHAT WE HAVE NOW. IT WAS CRUDE. IT WAS A LITTLE BIT RAW, TECHNOLOGY-WISE. IT WAS NEW, EXPENSIVE, LIKE THIS WAS THE LATEST AND GREATEST AT THE TIME … YOU COULD USE IT FOR RESCUE … SO YOU COULD SEE KIND OF THROUGH THE SMOKE TO SEE IF THERE WAS A PERSON LYING ON THE FLOOR OR ON THE BED OR ON THE COUCH. AND WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE TO GO BLINDLY AND JUST USE YOUR HANDS, NOW THIS CUT THROUGH AND IT GAVE YOU FASTER CAPABILITY TO FIND THE VICTIM. THIS WAS ALSO USED A LOT IN THE OVERHAUL AND SALVAGE OF BUILDINGS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHERE ARE THE HOTSPOTS, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO OPEN UP, WHERE HAS THE FIRE EXTENDED … SO THIS HAS BEEN A SOLID, SOLID EVERYDAY TOOL FOR US SINCE THIS CAME IN SERVICE … I BELIEVE THIS WAS ON THE JOB WHEN I SHOWED UP IN 1994 … WE ONLY HAD ONE FOR THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT … I THINK IT WAS KEPT IN A BOX ON THE RESCUE VEHICLE BECAUSE THE RESCUE VEHICLE WENT TO ALL STRUCTURE FIRES AND ALL RESCUES … WHEN WE SECURED THE FUNDING TO HAVE ONE OF THE NEWER GENERATION PUT ON EVERY ENGINE, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE TIME THAT THIS WAS MOVED TO A BACKUP ROLE AND … TAKEN OFF THE TRUCKS BY ABOUT … 2000 AT THE VERY LATEST. I WANT TO SAY 1998-2000 … AND THEN IT WAS USED IN A BACKUP ROLE AND NOW IF WE NEED A BACKUP WE CAN GET A BACKUP FROM THE COMPANY, LIKE A SPARE, SO THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN DECOMMISSIONED PROBABLY BY 2000 … THIS WOULD HELP US CLEAR A STRUCTURE FASTER AND CONFIRM THAT THERE WASN’T SOMEBODY INSIDE, IN MY EXPERIENCE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010016
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OFFICER'S SHOULDER FLASH, “FIRE RESCUE EMS”
Date Range From
1994
Date Range To
2012
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20140019003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OFFICER'S SHOULDER FLASH, “FIRE RESCUE EMS”
Date Range From
1994
Date Range To
2012
Materials
NYLON, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
10
Length
10.75
Description
ROUNDED TRIANGULAR SHAPED PATCH OF WOVEN, BLACK NYLON. GOLD COTTON THREAD SEWN AROUND OUTER EDGE WITH EMBROIDERED CENTRAL CREST AND TEXT READING “FIRE RESCUE EMS – CITY OF LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPT.” IN GOLD, BLUE, RED, WHITE, AND BLACK. NO BACKING. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
HEALTH SERVICES
History
THIS PATCH WAS SEWN TO THE SHOULDERS OF UNIFORMS ISSUED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2015, TREVOR LAZENBY, LIEUTENANT WITH LETHBRIDGE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, RECALLED THAT THIS DESIGN WAS INTRODUCED DURING HIS EARLY DAYS WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN 1994, REPLACING THE SEMI-CIRCLE DESIGN THAT ONLY READ “LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPT.” (P20140019002-GA). BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS DESIGN HAD PREDATED THE DEPARTMENT’S HIRING OF TRAINED PARAMEDICS, THIS REPLACEMENT DESIGN INCORPORATED TEXT READING “FIRE RESCUE EMS”. LAZENBY SAID: “THE HALF-MOON BLACK AND WHITE FLASH WAS ON THE UNIFORM AT THE TIME [WHEN I WAS HIRED]… I GOT ISSUED SHIRTS WITH THAT ON [THEM] BUT I HAD TO CHANGE THEM OUT [RIGHT AWAY] BECAUSE WE’D GONE ON TO THE NEW FLASHER… THAT SAYS FIRE RESCUE AND EMS ON THE BOTTOM, WITH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE LOGO IN THE CENTRE… EVEN AT THAT POINT I HEARD GUYS SAY, ‘WHAT’S THAT ON THERE FOR?’, POINTING TO THE EMS PORTION OF THE SHOULDER FLASH. BUT THOSE WERE THE OLD SCHOOL, MOST SENIOR, MOST ELIGIBLE-TO-RETIRE MEMBERS, AND THEY WERE A PRODUCT OF THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT WAS THE WAY THAT THEY THOUGHT… I HAD GUYS SAY TO ME ‘I DON’T SEE WHY THEY KEEP HIRING YOU GUYS. I DON’T SEE WHY YOU GUYS MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE AT ALL IN THE FIELD.’… IT DIDN’T MATTER, AND YOU DIDN’T WASTE YOUR BREATH… SOME OF THEM WARMED UP TO THE EMS SIDE A LITTLE BIT; SOME OF THEM NEVER DID.” ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CLIFF ‘CHARLIE’ BROWN, RETIRED PLATOON CHIEF, WHO SERVED WITH FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES FROM 1966 TO 2004. OF THE ADDITION OF “EMS” TO THE SHOULDER FLASH, BROWN SAID: “WE GOT INTO EMS; WE HAD THOSE MEDICS THAT WERE SO SHARP. THE DEPARTMENT STARTED TO EXPAND, RATHER THAN BEING JUST THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IT EXPANDED TO DO ALL KINDS OF EXTRA STUFF, AND WE JUST WANTED TO INDICATE, WITH THE SHOULDER PATCHES [THAT] IT’S STILL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BUT WE DO ALL KINDS OF MEDICAL STUFF [AND] THESE PARAMEDICS ARE WELL-TRAINED.” ACCORDING TO INFORMATION PROVIDED BY DEPUTY FIRE/EMS CHIEF DANA TERRY IN AN EMAIL FROM OCTOBER 7, 2015, THIS DESIGN WAS IN USE UNTIL 2012, WHEN FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DESIGNED A NEW FLASH DESIGN (P20140019004-GA) TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. SEE PERMANENT FILE P20150010001-GA FOR FULL TRANSCRIPTS OF REFERENCED INTERVIEWS ALONG WITH OTHERS WITH FIRE/EMS MEMBERS AND ADDITIONAL RELATED RESEARCH.
Catalogue Number
P20140019003
Acquisition Date
2014-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ATTIC LADDER
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20150010022
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ATTIC LADDER
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
2010
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
314.2
Length
4.9
Width
33.5
Description
ADJUSTABLE LADDER, SIDE RAILS COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THE LADDER MORE COMPACT (LADDER IS ONLY 8.0CM WIDE WHEN THE SIDE RAILS ARE TOGETHER). SILVER COLOURED METAL, WITH ORANGE PAINT, BLACK RUBBER, AND EIGHT RUNGS. ANTI-SLIP SAFETY SHOE ON THE BOTTOM OF BOTH SIDE RAILS. SAFETY SHOE IS BLACK RUBBER ON THE BOTTOM, WITH A PATTERN OF 10 CIRCLES PER SHOE BOTTOM. METAL TEETH ON THE FRONT OF THE SHOE. SHOES ARE ADJUSTABLE, BUT ARE VERY STIFF. BRACE COMES UP FROM THE BOTTOM AND LOCKS TO PREVENT LADDER RAILS FROM COLLAPSING BACK TOGETHER. BOTTOM OF LADDER HAS A 54.5CM SECTION OF BRIGHT ORANGE PAINT AND TOP HAS A 46.0CM SECTION OF BRIGHT ORANGE PAINT. TOP OF ONE RAIL HAS A BLACK RUBBER TOPPER. SMALL BLACK STICKER AT BOTTOM “P1” WITH SEVERAL STICKERS ON THE OPPOSITE RAIL: A ROUGHLY OVAL SHAPED, RED, BLACK, AND SILVER STICKER: “THIS IS A DUO-SAFETY LADDER. DUO-SAFETY LADDER CORP 519 W 9TH AVE. OSHKOSH, WIS.”; THEN A RECTANGULAR RED STICKER WITH WHITE WRITING: “THIS LADDER IS CERTIFIED TO COMPLY WITH N.F.P.A. SPEC 1931-1832; CURRENT EDITION, FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT GROUND LADDERS AND OSHA FIRE LADDER REQUIREMENTS. REFER TO DUO-SAFETY LADDER SAFETY BOOK FOR CARE – USE – MAINTENANCE ON THIS LADDER. DUO-SAFETY LADDER CORP. OSHKOSH, WI 54901”; THEN A WHITE STICKER WITH GOLD WRITING: “10”. THERE IS ALSO A SILVER COLOURED STICKER WITH HANDWRITING ON THIS SAME RAIL, LOCATED BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNGS: “TEST DATE: 25 NOV 2006. LADDER #: ATTIC #18. APPARATUS #: P1. APPARATUS #: P1.” BOTH RAILS HAVE THE FOLLOWING STICKERS, AT ROUGHLY THE MID-POINT OF THE LADDER: RECTANGULAR, WHITE BACKGROUND, BLUE BORDER, BLACK WRITING: “DANGER. FAILURE TO USE, UNDERSTAND, AND FOLLOW PROPER LADDER USAGE INSTRUCTIONS AS MADE AVAILABLE BY DUO-SAFETY LADDER, N.F.P.A., I.S.F.S.I., A.N.S.I., O.S.H.A., ETC. COULD CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND/OR DEATH.” RECTANGULAR, WHITE BACKGROUND, BLACK BORDER AND WRITING: “DANGER. WATCH FOR WIRES. THIS LADDER CONDUCTS ELECTRICITY.” RECTANGULAR, YELLOW, WITH BLACK WRITING: CAUTION. SET UP LADDER PROPERLY TO REDUCE SLIP AND OVERHEAD HAZARDS. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS. 1. PLACE TOES AGAINST BOTTOM OF LADDER SIDE RAILS. 2. STAND ERECT. 3. EXTEND ARMS STRAIGHT OUT. 4. PALMS OF HANDS SHOULD TOUCH TOP OF RUNG AT SHOULDER LEVEL. OUT -->” STICKER ON THE INSIDE OF FOURTH RUNG FROM THE BOTTOM: WHITE BACKGROUND, BLACK WRITING: “REMOVE LADDER FROM SERVICE AND TEST IF ANY HEAT SENSOR TURNS DARK -->” LADDER IS IN GOOD OVERALL CONDITION. ADJUSTABLE FEET ARE VERY STIFF. LOTS OF SCUFF MARKS ALL OVER LADDER AND SOME STICKERS HAVE BEEN PARTIALLY REMOVED/SCRATCHED.
Subjects
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS ATTIC LADDER WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THE LADDER WAS “USED TO ACCESS ATTIC SPACES THROUGH SMALL ACCESS HOLES IN CEILINGS. USED WHEN WE DID NOT WANT TO PULL A CEILING DOWN AFTER A FIRE TO ENSURE THAT THE FIRE IN THE ATTIC WAS OUT.” HE CONTINUED SAYING THAT THIS LADDER WAS DECOMMISSIONED BECAUSE IT IS “OLD AND WORN OUT. ALL LADDERS MUST MEET MINIMUM ACCEPTANCE STANDARDS.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). BROWN EXPLAINED THAT THIS IS “WHAT WE CALL A LITTLE ATTIC LADDER, TO GET BACK INTO A TIGHT PLACE WHERE YOU COULDN’T BRING A BIG LADDER IN … YOU COULD GET IT UP INTO THE ATTIC SO YOU COULD CHECK WHAT WAS IN THE ATTIC.” LAZENBY ELABORATED: “THIS IS A FOLDING ATTIC LADDER … THE RUNGS THAT SEPARATE THE TWO BEAM SECTIONS ARE ACTUALLY HINGED IN NATURE AND SO IT FOLDS UP AND FITS IN, TYPICALLY, A LITTLE COMPARTMENT ON THE BACK END OF THE TRUCK BECAUSE HAVE SOME LONG, LATERAL STORAGE THERE. THESE SURPRISINGLY GET USED A FAIR AMOUNT, STILL.” HE CONTINUED SAYING “THEY’RE NARROW ENOUGH THAT THEY’RE ALMOST DIFFICULT TO CLIMB WITH YOUR BIG FIRE BOOTS ON.” LAZENBY EXPLAINED THAT THE LADDERS IN USE PRESENTLY ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THIS MODEL: “YOU CAN TELL BY LOOKING AT IT IT’S AN OLDER PIECE BUT THE CONSTRUCTION IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME. THEY MIGHT BE USING SLIGHTLY LIGHTER MATERIALS NOW, BUT FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, THEY’RE BASICALLY THE SAME.” HE ADDED THAT HE WAS OFTEN THE ONE USING THE LADDER: “BECAUSE I WAS NEVER ONE OF THE BIGGER GUYS ON THE JOB, AND ESPECIALLY WHEN I STARTED I WAS PROBABLY TWENTY POUNDS LIGHTER THAN I AM NOW, IF THEY NEEDED SOMEONE TO GET INTO A SMALLER SPACE, I WAS THAT GUY, TYPICALLY, BECAUSE WHEN YOU WEIGHT 250 [POUNDS] AND YOU THROW THE SCBA ON AND ALL THE EQUIPMENT, IT’S DEFINITELY TOUGH FOR SOME OF THOSE GUYS TO GET THROUGH THAT ACCESS. SO, YES, I’VE BEEN IN MY FAIR SHARE OF ATTICS AND THAT’S THE ONLY MEANS TO GET UP THERE.” LAZENBY EXPLAINED THE IMPORTANCE OF USING THE LADDER: “ANY TIME A FIRE VENTS OUT OF A WINDOW AND TOUCHES ANY PART OF THE SOFFIT, IT’S INCUMBENT THAT YOU HAVE TO ABSOLUTELY CHECK THAT BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T AND YOU’RE OPERATING UNDERNEATH AN ATTIC FIRE, THAT’S A VERY, VERY UNSAFE PLACE TO BE.” DZUREN ADDED: “THAT’S A COLLAPSIBLE LADDER. IT’S KIND OF LIKE A SCISSOR TYPE OF LADDER. IT WAS VERY COMPACT, YOU COULD STORE IT ON ONE OF YOUR VEHICLES WITHOUT IT TAKING UP TOO MUCH ROOM … YOU’D CARRY THAT INTO YOUR HOUSE IF AN OFFICER WANTED YOU TO GO UP INTO AN ATTIC … IT WAS EASY TO TRANSPORT AND ONCE YOU GOT IT INTO THE OPENING YOU COULD JUST GIVE IT A SWITCH AND IT WOULD OPEN UP AND YOU COULD JUST CLIMB RIGHT UP TO THE SPOT THERE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010022
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
GATE VALVE / SLUICE VALVE
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, CAST IRON, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P20150010014
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
GATE VALVE / SLUICE VALVE
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
2000
Materials
METAL, CAST IRON, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
30.0
Length
22.5
Width
11.7
Diameter
9.0
Description
CAST IRON, BRASS, AND SILVER COLOURED METAL GATE VALVE. SILVER COLOURED METAL HAND WHEEL IN THE SHAPE OF A SIDEWAYS 'L' ON TOP OF THE GATE VALVE ALLOWS THE INNER GATE TO BE OPENED OR CLOSED. BELOW THIS IS A BRASS NUT, WHICH IS ON TOP OF THE MAIN CAST IRON PORTION OF THE VALVE. MAIN PORTION OF THE VALVE IS RECTANGULAR, WITH A ROUNDED TOP NEAR THE BRASS NUT. EMBOSSED ON THE RECTANGULAR FRONT PORTION OF THE VALVE IS "HASBRA", WITH "HQ" BELOW THAT IN YELLOW PAINT. SIDE OF THE VALVE HAS "FD" ALSO IN YELLOW PAINT. ON THE BACK OF THE VALVE IS A COUPLING, WHICH ALLOWS THE VALVE TO BE AFFIXED TO A FIRE HYDRANT. OPPOSITE THIS COUPLING IS A SLIGHTLY CURVED SPOUT, WHICH IS THREADED ON THE END. ON THE BOTTOM OF THE GATE VALVE IS A 1.9CM KNOB.
Subjects
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS GATE VALVE WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), EXPLAINED THAT THE VALVE WAS “USED TO [CONTROL THE] FLOW OF WATER FROM THE SMALL OUTLET ON A HYDRANT AND BE ABLE TO SHUT THE WATER OFF WITHOUT TURNING THE HYDRANT OFF. WE USED THESE MOSTLY WHEN TESTING THE HYDRANTS FOR PRESSURE AND FLOW. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT STOPPED TESTING HYDRANTS WHEN WATER WORKS TOOK IT OVER.” IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004) AND TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994). BROWN EXPLAINED THAT THE GATE VALVE “WAS JUST A VALVE TO SHUT OFF … [AND THAT] YOU’D FILL YOUR TRUCKS OFF A HYDRANT.” LAZENBY EXPANDED SAYING: “YOU CAN HOOK THESE ONTO THE SIDE OF A TRUCK BECAUSE THE THREAD OF THE ADAPTER HERE HOOKS ON TO THE TWO AND HALF INCH COUPLE THAT COMES OFF THE MALE END THAT COMES OFF THE BACK OF THE TRUCK. YOU CAN ALSO ATTACH THIS TO THE HYDRANT AND LEAVE THE GATE TURNED OFF, OPEN THE HYDRANT SO THAT YOU GET FLOW AS FAR AS WHERE THE GATE IS AND THEN YOU CAN – SO YOU COULD ISOLATE THIS LINE FROM THE REST OF THE HYDRANT IF YOU WANTED TO … SO IT’S JUST A WAY OF HAVING ACCESS TO WATER WHEN YOU WANT IT BUT NOT HAVING TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE FULL HYDRANT SYSTEM EVERY SINGLE TIME … WE HAVE USED THESE AN AWFUL LOT; WE’VE USED THESE IN A RURAL SETTING, WE’VE USED THEM FOR FILLING TRUCKS UP … I’VE USED THESE AN AWFUL LOT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010014
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
HYDRANT WRENCH
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20150010012
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HYDRANT WRENCH
Date Range From
1990
Date Range To
2015
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.9
Length
64.2
Width
11.4
Description
ADJUSTABLE FIRE PLUG WRENCH, ALSO KNOWN AS A HYDRANT WRENCH. SILVER COLOURED METAL HANDLE WITH BLACK PAINTED METAL HEAD. HANDLE HAS A 10.2CM SECTION OF ENGRAVED CROSSHATCHING AT THE BOTTOM, KNOWN AS A KNURLED GRIP. ON THE LOWER PORTION OF THE BLACK HEAD, WHERE THE HEAD AND HANDLE MEET, THE FOLLOWING IS EMBOSSED: “RED HEAD – S W 3”. THE OTHER SIDE IS EMBOSSED WITH SIMPLY “RED HEAD”. JUST ABOVE THE EMBOSSED “RED HEAD” IS AN ADJUSTABLE WEDGE NUT, TO ALLOW THE USER TO REMOVE THE TOP BOLT (OPERATING NUT) OF A HYDRANT. WRENCH HEAD HAS THREE HOOKS: THE FIRST, CLOSEST TO THE ADJUSTABLE WEDGE NUT IS FOR USE ON HYDRANT ADAPTERS (THE SMALLER ARMS OF A HYDRANT); THE OTHER TWO ARE FOR USE ON THE NOZZLE CAP (THE LARGE, REMOVABLE COVER ON THE FRONT OF A HYDRANT). OVERALL IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. THE FINISH ON THE BLACK HEAD HAS FLAKED OFF IN SEVERAL AREAS, ESPECIALLY ON THE THREE HOOKS AND ON THE INSIDE OF THE ADJUSTABLE WEDGE NUT HOUSING. SURFACE RUST HAS DEVELOPED WHERE THE METAL IS EXPOSED. SILVER METAL HANDLE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, WITH ONLY A FEW SURFACE STAINS.
Subjects
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS ADJUSTABLE FIRE PLUG WRENCH (HYDRANT WRENCH) WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, PROVIDED AT THE TIME OF DONATION, JESSE KURTZ, DEPUTY CHIEF – SUPPORT SERVICES (RETIRED), SAID IT “WAS NOT ISSUED TO ALL FIRE FIGHTERS, NOR [WAS IT] CARRIED ON THEIR PERSON … [IT] IS A COMBINATION TOOL THAT IS ADJUSTABLE. IT [WAS] ALSO USED ON HIGH VOLUME (I.E. 5” OR 125MM HOSE COUPLINGS). IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), AND RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998). BROWN ELABORATED, SAYING: “I DON’T EVER REMEMBER USING IT, EVER. IT WAS THAT WE USED THE HYDRANT KEY [INSTEAD]. BASICALLY, IT WAS THE SAME THING; IT WAS FOR A HYDRANT THAT WAS STUCK MORE. I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES I COULDN’T OPEN A HYDRANT. [BUT] ALL I HAD TO [DO WAS] LOOK AROUND FOR ONE OF THE BIG GORILLAS AT WORK AND SAY ‘I CAN’T OPEN THIS HYDRANT.’ HE’D COME AND HE’D TWIST IT AND THE HYDRANT WAS COMING OFF ITS STAND. THERE WERE SO MANY GUYS SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL THAN I WAS.” LAZENBY ADDED: “THAT WAS SORT OF THE FIRST GENERATION OF HYDRANT OPENING TOOLS [REFERENCING P20150010011]. THIS [P20150010012] I WOULD SAY, IS MAYBE GENERATION NUMBER TWO. YOU CAN SEE BY THE LONG STEM THAT’S THREADED HERE, THAT THIS IS ADJUSTABLE IN NATURE AND THIS WAS CONSIDERED LIKE A MORE OF A MULTI-TOOL … NOW WE’VE MOVED ONTO RATCHETING [WRENCHES] SO THAT YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY AROUND … I BELIEVE WE STILL HAVE SOME OF THESE ON THE DEPARTMENT AND I THINK WE DON’T MOUNT THESE TO THE BACK OF THE TRUCKS ANYMORE, BUT YOU STILL MIGHT FIND A COUPLE OF THESE UP ON THE HIGHBALL HOSES ON THE HOSE BEDS.” PETIT AGREED WITH KURTZ, SAYING: “I’M SURE IT WAS CARRIED ON THE PUMP, IT WASN’T CARRIED BY THE FIRE FIGHTERS.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010012
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
HYDRANT WRENCH
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL
Catalogue Number
P20150010011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
HYDRANT WRENCH
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
2000
Materials
METAL
No. Pieces
1
Length
42.5
Width
14.7
Description
METAL HYDRANT WRENCH, NOT ADJUSTABLE. WRENCH IS ROUGHLY AN 'L' SHAPE. ONE END OF THE WRENCH HAS A SINGLE CLAW, USED FOR PRYING. THE OPPOSITE END (THE SHORT END OF THE 'L') HAS A REULEAUX TRIANGLE, A SLIGHT HOOK, AND A SMALL (2.5CM) CIRCLE. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HANDLE, ON ONE SIDE ONLY, IS A RECTANGULAR PATCH OF LIGHT GREY PAINT. THERE ARE REMNANTS OF LIGHT GREY FINISH ON THE REST OF THE WRENCH. OVERALL IN FAIR CONDITION. VERY RUSTED. GREY FINISH HAS ALMOST ENTIRELY FLAKED OFF. THE RECTANGULAR AREA OF GREY FINISH IS LOOSE.
Subjects
REGULATIVE & PROTECTIVE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS FIRE PLUG WRENCH, OR HYDRANT WRENCH, WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT. IN THE SUMMER OF 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, CONDUCTED A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING: CLIFF “CHARLIE” BROWN (HIRED IN 1966, RETIRED 2004), TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994), RAYMOND “RAY” PETIT (HIRED 1965, RETIRED 1998), AND LAWRENCE DZUREN (HIRED 1959, RETIRED 1992). ACCORDING TO BROWN THIS IS A “GOOD OLD HYDRANT KEY. WE ALL CARRIED ONE ON OUR BELT … IT WAS MADE OF PRETTY DURABLE STEEL. YOU COULD PRY ON THAT THING ALL YOU WANTED. I DON’T EVER REMEMBER ONE BREAKING. YOU COULD USE IT AS A HAMMER, AS A CLUB. WE ALWAYS JOKED – WE’D USE IT AS A WEAPON IF WE EVER GOT INTO TROUBLE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. IT NEVER HAPPENED – JUST A JOKE. IT WAS PROBABLY YOUR MAIN LINE TOOL, BREAK WINDOWS, BREAK DOORS IN. YOU KNOW, WE DIDN’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF REAL FANCY TOOLS IN THOSE DAYS BUT THAT HYDRANT KEY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. WE CARRIED THEM ON OUR HYDRANT BELTS.” LAZENBY EXPANDED: “WHEN I WAS HIRED EVERY MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS ISSUED ONE OF THESE WHEN YOU GOT YOUR BUNKER GEAR OR YOUR TURNOUTS AND YOUR HELMET. YOU WERE ISSUED A HYDRANT KEY WITH A LEATHER HOLSTER BELT THAT YOU WORE OVER TOP OF YOUR JACKET … NOW THERE WAS A FEW ROLES OR A FEW USES FOR THIS TOOL. NUMBER ONE, FIRST AND FOREMOST, IT IS A HYDRANT KEY WHICH MEANS THAT THIS WAS THE KEY THAT YOU USED TO ESSENTIALLY OPEN THE HYDRANT. THE OPENING AT THE END AWAY FROM THE BEVELED EDGE IS CUT IN THE SAME SIZE AND SHAPE AS THE STEM ON TOP OF THE HYDRANT AND IT WAS SIMPLY LEFTY-LOOSE, RIGHTY-TIGHTY. BUT THIS COULD ALSO BE USED AS A FORCIBLE ENTRY TOOL, PERHAPS AS A TOOL TO FIND A MEANS OF EGRESS IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE TRAPPED, YOU COULD BREAK WINDOWS WITH THIS. YOU COULD USE THE PRYING END TO PRY IF YOU HAD TO. I DON’T RECALL WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THE ROUND OPENING ON THAT KIND OF FLANGE END WAS - I DON’T REMEMBER THAT. BUT I DO REMEMBER THAT THERE WAS A SORT OF A MINDSET AMONG SOME OF THE SENIOR MEMBERS THAT IF YOU LET YOUR HYDRANT KEY BECOME ALL RUSTED AND LOOK A LITTLE BIT DISHEVELED THAT THAT WAS SORT OF LIKE THE MARK OF A POOR FIREFIGHTER, SOMEONE THAT DIDN’T LOOK AFTER THEIR GEAR PROPERLY, AND SO WE USED TO – AT TIMES WE WOULD BREAK OUT SOME STEEL WOOL OR THE PNEUMATIC POLISHER AND ACTUALLY POLISH THESE TO A NICE BRIGHT, SILVERY - LIKE A CHROME SHEEN, ALMOST. SO WHEN THEY ISSUED THEM THEY LOOKED TERRIBLE - THEY WERE UNFINISHED AND IT WAS YOUR JOB TO SORT OF GET IT POLISHED UP AND GET IT INTO SERVICE, SO TO SPEAK.” LAZENBY CONTINUED, SAYING THAT BY 2000 “THESE ARE NO LONGER ISSUED TO INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS … WE’VE EVOLVED IN SOME WAYS IN THAT THE HYDRANT KEY NOW TYPICALLY IS … MOUNTED ON THE BACK OF THE TRUCK … THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IS STARTING TO CHANGE IN THAT WE’RE BECOMING MUCH MORE SAFETY-ORIENTED WHEN IT COMES TO THESE TYPES OF THINGS … THIS BECAME REDUNDANT, AND YOU KNOW, IT WAS A LITTLE BIT SMALL FOR THE JOB THAT IT WAS ASKED TO DO AS WELL. OBVIOUSLY, THE BIGGER YOUR TOOL, THE BETTER PRYING AND STRENGTH AND WEIGHT YOU GET. THIS, YOU RELIED A LOT ON THE PERSONAL STRENGTH OF THE PERSON TO BE ABLE TO USE THIS EFFECTIVELY … WHEREAS WITH THE BIGGER ONES NOW, THEY’RE HEAVIER, THEY’RE A LITTLE BIT LONGER, YOU CAN JUST GET BETTER LEVERAGE NATURALLY.” PETIT AGREED, ADDING THAT HE BELIEVED THE WRENCH “WAS MADE IN LETHBRIDGE. MAYBE LETHBRIDGE IRON WORKS.” DZUREN EXPLAINED THAT THE WRENCH “WAS CARRIED IN A LEATHER HOLSTER TYPE OF THING THAT HUNG AT YOUR SIDE AND IT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU PUT ON RIGHT AWAY, AS SOON AS YOU PUT ON YOUR TURN OUT GEAR … THAT WOULD BE THERE BECAUSE YOU WOULD NEED THAT TO TURN ON YOUR FIRE HYDRANT IF YOU NEEDED THE HYDRANT FOR WATER … AND IT ALSO HAD, THERE WAS A LITTLE, TINY, THE TOP OF THE KEY THERE WAS A LITTLE ROUND THING THAT WAS THERE TO TIGHTEN THE CUP LINKS ON HOSES, IF YOU HAD TO TIGHTEN A HOSE THAT WAS LEAKING.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010011
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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