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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
Less detail
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
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20150010002
  1 image  
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
  2 images  
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
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
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
SET, “ROLLERBLADE”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON, FOAM
Catalogue Number
P20100050001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET, “ROLLERBLADE”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2010
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON, FOAM
No. Pieces
2
Height
8
Length
25.5
Width
97
Description
PAIR OF BLACK ROUND PLASTIC SHIELDS MOUNTED TO BLACK PADDED COTTON SLEEVES. BACKING OF SLEEVES IS ELASTICIZED. STRIPS OF VELCRO ARE SEWN TO THE FRONT OF SLEEVES ABOVE AND BELOW PLASTIC SHIELDS. EACH SLEEVE HAS TWO BLACK WOVEN ELASTICIZED STRAPS WITH GREY STRIPES, ATTACHED AT TOP AND BOTTOM. ENDS OF STRAPS HAVE WHITE LABELS READING “ROLLERBLADE”, AND VELCRO SEWN TO OPPOSITE SIDES. SCUFFS AND GENERAL WEAR ON THE PLASTIC SHIELDS, AND WEAR ALONG EDGES OF FABRIC AND VELCRO. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THESE KNEE PADS 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 KNEE PADS AS SUCH: “I PUT THEM ON AND I WEAR THEM UNDERNEATH MY PANTS… THEY PROTECT YOUR KNEES. IF YOU’RE ON AN UNSTABLE PLATFORM, YOU NEED YOUR KNEES. AND THE MORE PROTECTION WE CAN MAKE FOR OURSELVES, THE LONGER YOU CAN LAST IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS… THESE ONES I BOUGHT AT THE SKATEBOARD SHOP… NOW, THEY HAVE [PROPER] TACTICAL KNEEPADS. 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
P20100050001
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20170016000
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
2000
Date Range To
2010
Materials
PLASTIC, POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
15
Description
A. BLUE, WHITE AND GREY HEART MONITOR AND DEFIBRILLATOR FIXED WITH THREE BLACK ZIPPER POUCHES. DEFIBRILLATOR HAS BLACK HANDLE AT TOP, SQUARE BODY WITH BLUE TRIM AND GREY AND WHITE FRONT; DEFIBRILLATOR HAS BLACK CORD CONNECTED TO RIGHT SIDE POUCH WITH GREEN BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF ATTACHED; LEFT SIDE OF DEFIBRILLATOR HAS BLACK CORD INSIDE LEFT POUCH ATTACHED TO BACK OF DEFIBRILLATOR. LEFT BLACK CORD IS CONNECTED TO A BLACK BOX WITH WHITE LABEL AND BLACK TEXT “8000-1006-02, V1-V6, ZOLL, LL LA RA RL” WITH FOUR BLACK CORDS FIXED TO BOX. FOUR CORDS HAVE WHITE, RED, GREEN AND BLACK NODES ON ENDS LABELLED “RA”, “LL”, “RL”, “LA”. BACK OF DEFIBRILLATOR HAS GREY, BLUE, AND WHITE AND RED CORDS ATTACHED. WHITE AND RED CORD ATTACHES TO “CPR STAT-PADZ” INSIDE BACK POUCH; BLUE CORD ATTACHES TO PULSE OXIMETER INSIDE BACK POUCH. “CPR STAT-PADZ” CONTAINED IN GREY PLASTIC BAG, UNOPENED, WITH WHITE AND RED LABEL “CPR STAT-PADZ, ADULT ELECTRODES WITH REAL CPR HELP, MULTIFUNCTION DEFIBRILLATION CARDIOVERSION CPR FEEDBACK NON-INVASIVE PACING ECG MONITORING, ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, 269 MILL ROAD, CHELMSFORD, MA 01824-4105 USA, 800-348-9011, ZOLL INTERNATIONAL HOLDING B.V., NEWTONWEG 18 6662 PV ELST, THE NETHERLANDS TEL. +31 (0) 481 366410, LOT 1216, REF 8900-0402, 2018-03-19, U.S. PAT. NO’S. 7,074, 199 7,108,665 5,330,526 7,118,542 7,122,014 5,462,157”. RIGHT SIDE POUCH HAS WHITE TEXT “ZOLL” ON FRONT; BACK POUCH HAS WHITE TEXT “SPARE BATTERY STORAGE” ON FRONT; LEFT SIDE POUCH HAS WHITE TEXT “ZOLL” ON FRONT. FRONT OF DEFIBRILLATOR HAS WHITE TEXT ON TOP BLUE TRIM “ZOLL M SERIES, XL BATTERY” AND ON BLUE TRIM ON TOP OF FRONT FACE OF DEFIBRILLATOR “ZOLL M SERIES, RESCUENET READY, 12SL PROGRAM, BLUETOOTH, BIPHASIC 200 JOULES MAX”. FRONT OF DEFIBRILLATOR HAS SCREEN WITH FIVE WHITE ROUND BUTTONS BELOW AND VOLUME BUTTON, BRIGHTNESS/DARKNESS BUTTON, “SUMMARY” BUTTON, “CODE MARKER” BUTTON, AND “NIBP” BUTTON. FRONT HAS BLACK “PACER OUTPUT MA” AND “PACER RATE PPM” EMBEDDED IN GREEN CIRCLES. FRONT HAS RED “1 DEFIB” BUTTONS MARKED “CHARGE”, “ANALYZE”, “ENERGY SELECT”, AND “SHOCK”. FRONT HAS GREY BUTTONS WITH BLACK TEXT “LEAD”, “SIZE”, “ALARM SUSPEND”, AND “RECORDER” BESIDE GREY BUTTON WITH WHITE TEXT “MONITOR”. FRONT HAS A BLACK DIAL WITH WHITE MARKER TO TURN TO LABELS “OFF” BLACK WITH WHITE TEXT, “MONITOR” GREY WITH WHITE TEXT, “1 DEFIB” RED WITH WHITE TEXT” AND “PACER” GREEN WITH WHITE TEXT. TOP OF MONITOR BELOW HANDLE HAS WHITE LABEL WITH RED TEXT “RV 1 STN 1”. MONITOR HAS FADED TEXT ON FRONT LABEL AND SOILING AT TOP; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. B. PLASTIC BAG (20.2CM LONG X 18.2CM WIDE) WITH GREEN AND WHITE OPAQUE TUBE INSIDE TIED WITH WHITE CLOTH TAPE; END OF WHITE TUBE HAS ORANGE TIP WITH WINGS. BAG HAS WHITE LABEL WITH BLACK TEXT “MICROSTREAM, SMART CAPNOLINE PLUS O2, ADULT/INTERMEDIATE CO2 ORAL/NASAL SAMPLING SET WITH O2 TUBING, REF 009822, REF 010210, LENGTH 2M/7FT, ORIDION, THIS PRODUCT IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING US PATENTS: 6,422,240; 5,857,461; 6,437,316 6,926,005; 5,657,750; 7,383,839; 7,500,483; AND THEIR FOREIGN EQUIVALENTS. ADDITIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS PENDING”. TOP OF PLASTIC BAG HAS BLACK STAMP “LOT 15F0235JZ”. OVERALL EXCELLENT CONDITION. C. GOLD PLASTIC BAG (21.4CM LONG X 19CM WIDE) WITH BLUE BANNER AT BOTTOM AND WHITE TEXT “CARDIOLOGY” ON FRONT. FRONT HAS FADED BLACK TEXT AND FADED WHITE AND BLACK BARCODE. TOP OF BAG IT SEALED WITH WHITE COTTON TAPE ALONG BACK AND SIDES; BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF BAG IS RIPPED TO SHOW CONTENTS OF 59 ECG ELECTRODES. ELECTRODES ARE WHITE WITH PLASTIC COVERING AND BLUE TAB WITH SILVER BUTTON ON TAB. ELECTRODES ARE 3.7CM WIDE AND 4.7CM LONG. BACK OF BAG HAS BLACK, RED AND GREY DIAGRAMS IN TOP LEFT CORNER, COVERED BY CLOTH TAPE; BOTTOM LEFT CORNER HAS BLACK AND WHITE TEXT “EN ECG ELECTRODES” IN 23 LANGUAGES. RIGHT SIDE HAS RED AND BLACK TEXT “AMBU A/S, BALTORPBAKKEN 13, DK-2750 BALLERUP, DENMARK, T +45 7225 2000, F +45 7225 2050, WWW.AMBU.COM”. BAG IS SEVERELY CREASED AND CRINKLED; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. D. CLEAR PLASTIC BAG (21CM LONG X 17.7CM WIDE), UNOPENED, WITH CLEAR TUBE COILED INSIDEAND TIED WITH WHITE CLOTH TAPE. TUBE ENDS HAVE OPAQUE BLUE AND SOLID ORANGE FITTINGS, AND IS FITTED WITH CLEAR PLASTIC NASAL INSERT. FRONT OF BAG HAS WHITE LABEL WITH BLACK TEXT “MICROSTREAM, SMART CAPNOLINE, PEDIATRIC CO2 ORAL/NASAL SAMPLING SET, REF 007266, LENGTH 2M/7FT, THIS PRODUCT IS COVERED BY ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING US PATENTS: 6,422,240; 5,857,461; 6,437,316 6,926,005; 5,657,750; 7,383,839; 7,500,483; AND THEIR FOREIGN EQUIVALENTS. ADDITIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS PENDING. ORIDION”. LABEL SHOWS DIAGRAM FOR USING ORAL/NASAL SAMPLING SET. TOP OF BAG HAS BLACK TEXT STAMPED “LOT: Q150583155”. BAG IS CREASED AND SLIGHTLY CRINKLED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. E. GREY PAPER ENVELOPE (22CM LONG X 16.2CM WIDE), UNOPENED, WITH WHITE LABEL AND BLUE AND BLACK TEXT “PEDI-PADZ, PEDIATRIC ELECTRODES, MULTI-FUNCTION DEFIBRILLATION CARDIOVERSION NON-INVASIVE PACING ECG MONITORING, ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, 209 MILL ROAD, CHELMSFORD, MA 01824-4105 USA, 800-348-9011, MADE IN USA, ZOLL INTERNATIONAL HOLDING B.V., NEWTONWEG 18 6662 PV ELST, THE NETHERLANDS TEL +31 (0) 481 366410, LOT 1316, REF 8900-2061, 2017-03-26, U.S. PAT. NO’S. 5,330,526”. LABEL INCLUDES “INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE”, “WARNINGS” AND TWO BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES OF ELECTRODES ATTACHED TO BODY, FRONT AND BACK. BAG IS SEVERELY CREASED AND BENT; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. F. CARDBOARD PACKAGING WITH DISPOSABLE RAZOR INSIDE (6.6CM LONG X 5CM WIDE). CARDBOARD WHITE WITH BLUE TEXT AND BORDERS; RAZOR HANDLE WHITE PLASTIC AND GROOVED. FRONT LABEL TEXT READS “RECORDER NO. 4251, GALLANT DISPOSABLE PREP RAZOR STAINLESS STEEL BLADE, DYNAREX, MANUFACTURED FOR: DYNAREX CORPORATION, ORANGEBURG, NY 10962, WWW.DYNAREX.COM, MADE IN SWEDEN”. BACK SHOWS IMAGE IN BLUE OF RAZOR IN USE WITH TEXT “PULL GENTLY, DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE”. BACK OF RAZOR HANDLE HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “WORLDWIDE, MADE BY PC SWEDEN, PAT PEND”. CARDBOARD PACKAGE IS TORN ON FRONT AT TOP LEFT CORNER AND AT BOTTOM LEFT AND RIGHT EDGES; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. G. WHITE PLASTIC BAG WITH CLEAR BACK (15.5CM LONG X 10.1CM WIDE), UNOPENED; INSIDE BAG IS CLEAR PLASTIC RESPIRATORY PIECE. FRONT OF BAG HAS BLACK TEXT, “TEAR TO OPEN, RX ONLY, SINGLE PATIENT USE, PEDIATRIC/ADULT AIRWAY ADAPTER, THIS ADAPTER IS FOR MONITORING PATIENTS WITH AN ET TUBE SIZE GREATER THAN 4.0MM WITH ZOLL CAPNOSTAT MAINSTREAM CO2 SENSORS, MANUFACTURED FOR ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, 269 MILL ROAD, CHELMSFORD, MASSACHUSETTS 01824-4105, U.S.A., 978-421-9655 PHONE, 800 438-9011 PHONE, 978-421-0025 TELEFAX, ZOLL INTERNATIONAL HOLDING B.V., NEWTONWEG 18, 6662 PV ELST, THE NETHERLANDS, 9060-02-E TEL. +31 (0) 481 36 64 10, LOT 30081200, QTY: 1”. FRONT LABEL INCLUDES “DIRECTIONS” AND DIAGRAM FOR PLACING ADAPTER. BAG IS CREASED AND CRINKLED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. H. WHITE PLASTIC BAG WITH CLEAR BACK (15.3CM LONG X 10.1CM WIDE, UNOPENED; INSIDE BAG IS OPAQUE PURPLE PLASTIC RESPIRATORY PIECE. FRONT OF BAG HAS BLACK TEXT, “TEAR TO OPEN, RX ONLY, NEONATAL/PEDIATRIC AIRWAY ADAPTER, REF 8000-0261-01, THIS ADAPTER IS FOR MONITORING PATIENTS WITH AN ET TUBE SIZE OF 4.0MM OR SMALLER WITH ZOLL CAPNOSTAT MAINSTREAM CO2 SENSORS, MANUFACTURED FOR ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, 269 MILL ROAD, CHELMSFORD, MASSACHUSETTS 01824-4105, U.S.A., 978-421-9655 PHONE, 800 438-9011 PHONE, 978-421-0025 TELEFAX, ZOLL INTERNATIONAL HOLDING B.V., NEWTONWEG 18, 6662 PV ELST, THE NETHERLANDS, 9061-02-C TEL. +31 (0) 481 36 64 10, LOT 11110900, QTY: 1, U.S. PATENTS 5,146,092 5,153,436 5,793,044 5,616,923 5,693,944, OTHER PATENTS PENDING, CAPNOSTAT IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF RESPIRONICS INC. AND ITS AFFILIATES”. FRONT LABEL INCLUDES “DIRECTIONS” AND DIAGRAM FOR PLACING ADAPTER. BAG IS SEVERELY CREASED AND FRONT TEXT IS FADED; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. I. CARDBOARD PACKAGING WITH DISPOSABLE RAZOR INSIDE (6.2CM LONG X 5.1CM WIDE). CARDBOARD WHITE WITH BLUE TEXT AND BORDERS; RAZOR HANDLE WHITE PLASTIC AND GROOVED. FRONT LABEL TEXT READS “GALLANT DISPOSABLE PREP RAZOR”. BACK SHOWS IMAGE IN BLUE OF RAZOR IN USE WITH TEXT “PULL GENTLY, DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE, MADE IN SWEDEN”. BACK OF RAZOR HANDLE HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “WORLDWIDE, MADE BY PC SWEDEN, PAT PEND”. TOP OF CARDBOARD PACKAGING HAS BLUE TEXT “MANUFACTURED FOR DYNAREX CORPORATION, ORANGEBURG NY 10962”. CARDBOARD PACKAGE AND TEXT IS FADED; PACKAGE IS TORN AT BOTTOM LEFT AND RIGHT CORNERS; TOP OF PACKAGE IS FRAYED AND WORN; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. J. GREY PLASTIC-COATED BATTERY (18.3CM LONG X 7CM WIDE); BATTERY HAS WHITE LABEL WITH BLACK TEXT ON TOP “ZOLL PD 4410, (BATTERY PACK NOT EQUIPPED WITH SMART BATTERY MODULE), ZOLL SMART BATTERY, SHORT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS, PRESS FOR DISPLAY, FAULT: TEST BATTERY, TIME INDICATORS, ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, 269 MILL ROAD, CHELMSFORD MASSACHUSETTS, 01824 U.S.A., SERIAL NO. 23-1600637, MADE IN U.S.A” WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE AND BARCODE. LABEL HAS HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN BLACK INK “LM 10/2/16” AND HANDWRITTEN TEXT IN BLUE INK “SC 10/6/16”. RIGHT SIDE OF BATTERY HAS TWO WHITE LABELS; FIRST LABEL HAS BLACK BARCODE, SECOND LABEL HAS BLACK TEXT “NEW, IN SVC, NOV 28/2016”. BOTTOM OF BATTERY HAS LABEL AT TOP WITH BLACK TEXT “LIFT HERE TO REPLACE”. BOTTOM OF BATTERY HAS TWO ROUND WHITE HOLES; ENDS OF BATTERY HAVE PLASTIC CLIPS. BATTERY TOP LABEL HAS GREY SMUDGE, AND LABELS ON SIDE ARE FADED AND DISCOLOURED; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. K. GREY POWER CORD (300CM LONG) WITH OPAQUE GREY PLASTIC PLUG END AND GREY ADAPTER END. CORD IS SCUFFED AND DISCOLOURED WITH BLACK AND PINK; ADAPTER IS DESIGNED FOR THREE-PRONG INSERT. PLUG END HAS BLUE, BLACK, WHITE AND GREEN WIRES INSIDE; END OF PLUG END HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “MADE IN U.S.A., ELECTRI-CORD, NESTFIELD, PA, 5-15P” WITH GREEN DOT BETWEEN PRONGS. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. L. WHITE PLASTIC BAG WITH CLEAR BACK (15.8CM LONG X 10.2CM WIDE, UNOPENED; INSIDE BAG IS OPAQUE PURPLE PLASTIC RESPIRATORY PIECE. FRONT OF BAG HAS BLACK TEXT, “TEAR TO OPEN, NEONATAL/PEDIATRIC AIRWAY ADAPTER, (RE-ORDER NO. 8000-0261), THIS ADAPTER IS FOR MONITORING PATIENTS WITH AN ET TUBE SIZE OF 4.0MM OR SMALLER WITH ZOLL CAPNOSTAT MAINSTREAM CO2 SENSORS, QTY: 1, U.S. PATENTS 4,859,858 4,859,859 4,914,720 5,146,092 5,153,436 5,793,044 5,616,923 5,693,944, OTHER PATENTS PENDING, MANUFACTURED BY NOVAMETRIX MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC., WALLINGFORD, CONN. 06492, MADE IN U.S.A., ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, SECOND AVENUE, BURLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01803, U.S.A., 800-348-9011, LOT 20060300”. FRONT LABEL INCLUDES “DIRECTIONS” AND DIAGRAM FOR PLACING ADAPTER. BAG IS SEVERELY CREASED AND FRONT TEXT IS FADED; BAG IS PUNCTURED AND FRAGILE; OVERALL FAIR CONDITION. M. BLUE BLOOD PRESSURE CUFF (49CM LONG X 12.3CM WIDE); CUFF IS POLYESTER AND COTTON; CUFF HAS VELCRO HOOK ON FRONT SIDE AND VELCRO LOOP ON BACK; CUFF HAS BLACK TUBE UNDER VELCRO HOOK WITH WHITE FITTING AT END OF TUBE. FRONT HAS WHITE LOGO WITH BLUE TEXT “ZOLL” AND WHITE TEXT “SMALL ADULT, LONG, 17-25 CM” WITH DIAGRAM OF OUTLINES OF FIVE FIGURES WITH SECOND-LAST FIGURE SOLID WHITE; UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF FRONT HAS WHITE TEXT “INDEX”. BACK OF CUFF HAS WHITE TEXT ALONG TOP EDGE “RANGE” WITH ARROWS ON BOTH SIDES OF TEXT; WHITE SYMBOLS BESIDE VELCRO LOOP SHOWS NO LATEX AND NO PVC. CUFF IS FRAYED AT TOP AND RIGHT EDGES ON FRONT; VELCRO HOOK HAS COLLECTED DEBRIS; RIGHT EDGE OF CUFF HAS WHITE BORDER AROUND OPENING; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. N. WHITE PULSE OXIMETER (95.8CM LONG X 2.5CM WIDE) ATTACHED TO BROWN CORD WITH GREY FITTING AT END. OXIMETER TOP HAS EMBOSSED FINGER WITH NAIL AND EIGHT-POINT STAR ON NAIL; OXIMETER END HAS FLAP ON RIGHT SIDE SHOWING TWO BLUE MALE FIGURES AND TWO GREEN FEMALE FIGURES; OXIMETER SIDES HAVE ROUND WHITE BUTTON WITH RED AND WHITE HEART MONITOR GRAPH SPIKE PRINTED. CORD HAS PAPER TAB ATTACHED WITH BLACK TEXT “DO NOT DISCARD, INTENDED FOR MULTIPLE USE”; OPPOSITE SIDE OF TAB SHOWS BLACK MAIL FIGURE BESIDE GARBAGE CAN WITH RED PROHIBITION SIGN PRINTED OVER. GREY FITTING AT END NINE BRASS SPIKES INSIDE GREY BOX AND EMBOSSED TEXT ON TOP “LNCS”AND STAMPED TEXT ON BOTTOM “7H052”. CORD IS DISCOLOURED AND SCUFFED; TAB ON CORD IS FADED AND WORN; WHITE OXIMETER FITTING HAS SOILING. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. O. DISPOSABLE PREP RAZOR WITH PACKAGING TORN INTO FOUR PIECES (RAZOR 6.2CM LONG X 4.8CM WIDE); RAZOR WHITE PLASTIC WITH BLUE PLASTIC SPIKES UNDER SILVER BLADE; FRONT OF RAZOR HANDLE HAS EMBOSSED TEXT “WORLDWIDE, MADE BY PC SWEDEN, PAT PEND” AND EMBOSSED TEXT ON BACK “GALLANT”. CARDBOARD PACKAGING FRONT PIECE IS WHITE WITH BLUE BORDERS AND TEXT “REORDER NO. 4251, GALLANT DISPOSABLE PREP RAZOR, STAINLESS STEEL BLADE, DYNAREX, MANUFACTURED FOR: DYNAREX CORPORATION, ORANGEBURG, NY 10962, WWW.DYNAREX.COM, MADE IN SWEDEN”. CARDBOARD PACKAGING BACK PIECE HAS BLUE DIAGRAM OF RAZOR IN USE AND BLUE TEXT “PULL GENTLY, DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE”. CARDBOARD PIECES ARE FRAYED AT EDGES FROM BEING TORN; TOP AND BOTTOM PIECES ARE SMUDGED WITH BLUE; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. P. WHITE PLASTIC BAG WITH CLEAR BACK (16CM LONG X 10.1CM WIDE), UNOPENED; INSIDE BAG IS CLEAR PLASTIC RESPIRATORY PIECE. FRONT OF BAG HAS BLACK TEXT, “TEAR TO OPEN, RX ONLY, SINGLE PATIENT USE, PEDIATRIC/ADULT AIRWAY ADAPTER, THIS ADAPTER IS FOR MONITORING PATIENTS WITH AN ET TUBE SIZE GREATER THAN 4.0MM WITH ZOLL CAPNOSTAT MAINSTREAM CO2 SENSORS, MANUFACTURED FOR ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION, 269 MILL ROAD, CHELMSFORD, MASSACHUSETTS 01824-4105, U.S.A., 978-421-9655 PHONE, 800 438-9011 PHONE, 978-421-0025 TELEFAX, ZOLL INTERNATIONAL HOLDING B.V., NEWTONWEG 18, 6662 PV ELST, THE NETHERLANDS, 9060-02-E TEL. +31 (0) 481 36 64 10, LOT 09081000, QTY: 1, U.S. PATENTS 5,146,092 5,153,436 5,793,044 5,618,923 5,693,944; OTHER PATENTS PENDING, CAPNOSTAT IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF RESPIRONICS INC. AND ITS AFFILIATES”. FRONT LABEL INCLUDES “DIRECTIONS” AND DIAGRAM FOR PLACING ADAPTER. BAG IS SEVERELY CREASED AND CRINKLED; TEXT IS FADED; OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. Q. BLACK CORD (119CM LONG X 2.5CM WIDE) THAT CONVERGES MIDWAY INTO SIX WIRES. END OF CORD HAS BLACK ADAPTER WITH EIGHT BRASS SPIKES INSIDE RECTANGLE. ENDS OF SIX WIRES HAVE MULTI-COLOURED NODES WITH WHITE TEXT ON BACK, LABELLED: “V1” RED, “V2” YELLOW, “V3” GREEN, “V4” BLUE, “V5” ORANGE, “V6” PURPLE. BLACK PLASTIC MIDDLE CONNECTOR WHERE WIRES CONVERGE HAS ENGRAVED CLOCK SYMBOL ON FRONT WITH MARKINGS FOR “12, 3, 6, 9” AND ARROW IN CENTER POINTED AT “3”. CORD IS CURLED INTO COIL; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
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MEDICAL & DENTAL T&E
Historical Association
HEALTH SERVICES
SAFETY SERVICES
History
ON OCTOBER 23, 2017, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LYNN VILLIGER WITH LETHBRIDGE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES ABOUT THE DONATION OF A ZOLL M-SERIES DEFIBRILLATOR AND CARDIAC MONITOR. ACCORDING TO CORRESPONDENCE WITH VILLIGER, THE ZOLL M-SERIES WERE USED WITH LETHBRIDGE FIRE AND EMEMRGENCY SERVICES UPON THEIR ACQUISITION IN 2003, AND WERE REPLACED IN 2011. THE ZOLL M-SERIES CARDIAC MONITORS WERE THE FIRST TO OPERATE WITH BIPHASIC WAVEFORM ENERGY, ENABLING SAFER AND MORE EFFICIENT DEFIBRILLATION. VILLIGER ELABORATED ON THE ZOLL M-SERIES DEFIBRILLATORS, NOTING, “IT’S A CARDIAC MONITOR, NOT ACTUALLY AN AED. IT DOES HAVE AN AED FUNCTION BUILT RIGHT INTO IT, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE AMAZING THINGS IN THIS NEW GENERATION OF CARDIAC MONITORS. IT ALLOWED US TO DO SO MUCH MORE THAN WE WERE ABLE TO DO IN THE PAST. NOT ONLY IS IT A CARDIAC MONITOR; IT’S A CARDIAC MONITOR; IT’S A CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATOR; IT CAN ALSO CARDIOVERT AND IT CAN PACE AS WELL. THOSE ARE FUNCTIONS THAT WE NEVER HAD IN PREVIOUS GENERATIONS OF MONITORS. IT ALSO CAN MEASURE VITAL SIGNS. IT CAN MEASURE A PERSON’S BLOOD PRESSURE; IT CAN MEASURE THE CARBON DIOXIDE CONTENT OF A PERSON’S BLOOD THROUGH INFRA-RED TECHNOLOGY. IT CAN ALSO RECOGNIZE THE OXYGEN SATURATION OF THEIR BLOOD USING THE SAME TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY, SO IT WAS QUITE A BIG JUMP FOR US. WE WENT FROM A DIFFERENT TYPE OF, IT WAS CALLED, MONOPHASIC ENERGY (WHICH IS THE TYPE OF ENERGY THAT WAS USED IN OLD CARDIAC MONITORS), AND THIS WAS, IN FACT, THE FIRST OF ITS TYPE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. ZOLL WAS A DOCTOR WHO INVENTED A TYPE OF CARDIAC ENERGY CALLED BIPHASIC ENERGY, AND IT WAS JUST A MORE EFFICIENT TYPE OF ENERGY FOR ALL OF THOSE PURPOSES. IT WAS JUST MORE EFFICIENT AT DOING [PACING, DEFIBRILLATION, AND CARDIOVERSION], AND, IN DOING SO, BIPHASIC ENERGY IS ACTUALLY SAFER, BECAUSE PRACTITIONERS (NURSES, DOCTORS, PARAMEDICS) ALL HAVE BEEN KILLED USING MONOPHASIC ENERGY IN THE PAST, BY TOUCHING THE PATIENT WHEN THEY GOT DEFIBRILLATED, AND THIS IS QUITE A BIT MORE FORGIVING, JUST IN THE NATURE OF THE WAY THE ELECTRICITY IS DELIVERED TO THE PATIENT. NOT ONLY IS IT MORE EFFICIENT AT CONVERTING THE HEART RHYTHM; IT’S ALSO MORE EFFICIENT, OR LESS EFFICIENT, AT KILLING PEOPLE BY ACCIDENT.” “[THE PEOPLE USING THESE MACHINES] WOULD BE PRACTITIONERS, OR…PARAMEDICS ARE TAUGHT TO MAKE SURE THE WHOLE SCENE IS SAFE BEFORE ANYBODY DISCHARGES THESE TYPE OF MONITORS, AND SO THEY…ARE LOOKING FOR NEGATIVE SPACE AROUND THE PATIENT; THAT NOBODY’S TOUCHING THE PATIENT; NOBODY’S TOUCHING THE GROUND, WHICH COULD BE WET; NOBODY’S TOUCHING THE COT THE PATIENT MAY BE LYING ON. THAT’S INGRAINED IN MOST PARAMEDICS. THERE’S A METHOD TO THAT WHOLE PROCESS…I’M SURE PEOPLE HAVE HEARD SIMILAR THINGS IN CPR COURSES. ONE OF THE OTHER WONDERFUL THINGS ABOUT THIS (AT THE TIME, I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS SO WONDERFUL) WAS, WE GOT HANDS-FREE DEFIBRILLATION FOR THE FIRST TIME. IN THE OLD DAYS, WE HAD PADDLES, AND EVERYBODY REMEMBERS PADDLES FROM THE REALLY-COOL MEDICAL SHOWS ON TV. WE PUT PADS ON THE PATIENT, AND THERE’S CABLES ATTACHED TO THE PADS, WHICH REQUIRES A SAFER PROCESS, BUT NOBODY IS TOUCHING THE PATIENT WHATSOEVER, EVEN WITH PADDLES, AT THAT TIME. THERE’S BENEFITS TO BOTH. IT WAS JUST QUITE A BIT SIMPLER.” “I STARTED [WORKING WITH LETHBRIDGE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES] IN 1988…WE HAD CARDIAC MONITORS IN THOSE DAYS. THEY WERE PHYSIO CONTROL, OR MEDTRONIC CARDIAC MONITORS, AND THEY DID DEFIBRILLATION. LATER ON, THEY STARTED TO DO CARDIOVERSION, AND PACING AS WELL…THEY HAD COMPONENTS THAT COULD FIT INTO EACH OTHER. ONE OF THE COMPONENTS WAS A RECORDER DEVICE, JUST LIKE A FOUR-TRACK CASSETTE TAPE RECORDER, AND IT LITERALLY WAS THAT. IT SLIPPED RIGHT IN BETWEEN THE CARDIAC MONITOR, AND THE REST OF THE MECHANISM FOR DEFIBRILLATION, OR FOR CARDIOVERSION AND PACING. IT RECORDED EVERYBODY’S VOICE IN THE ROOM, SO YOU COULD CALL OUT DRUG CALCULATIONS AND TIMES…WHICH YOU HAD TO DO IN THOSE DAYS. YOU WOULD TYPICALLY SLIP A CLOCK ONTO THE MONITOR, AND WATCH THE TIME…IT WAS A VERY STRANGE FEELING TO GO BACK AND REVIEW, AND HAVE VOICE RECORDING…THIS MONITOR DOES RECORD EVERYTHING. IT HAS A BUILT-IN TIMER, AND IT SUMMARIZES THE INCIDENT INSTEAD, SO IT PRINTED OUT EXACTLY ALL THE TIMES FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DID – INTERVENTIONS - BUT IF YOU WANTED TO GIVE DRUGS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, YOU STILL HAD TO MARK THEM DOWN AT THE TIME…” “[IN] 2003, WE DECIDED TO PURCHASE THESE MONITORS. IT WAS SOMEWHAT OF A PROTEST, BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS USED TO USING THE OLD CARDIAC MONITORS, AND THEY LOVED HAVING PADDLES ON. I REMEMBER, JUST IN FUN, OF COURSE, I MADE A LITTLE PROTEST SIGN THAT SAID “WE WANT PADDLES, WE WANT PADDLES”, AT THE TIME. AFTER YOU USE HANDS-FREE FOR A WHILE, YOU FIND OUT IT’S ACTUALLY QUITE A BIT SAFER. THERE WAS ALWAYS SOME SAFETY INVOLVED IN WATCHING YOUR PARTNER DO THIS – WITH THE GEL ON THE PADDLES, AND, THEN, YOU COULD ACTUALLY PHYSICALLY SEE HIM LEANING OVER THE PATIENT…THERE’S WARNING BUZZERS...WITH HANDS-FREE, I COULD SEE A CHANGE ON THE MONITOR, AND IT WOULD SET OFF AN ALARM, AND THEN THEY COULD CHARGE IT UP, AND DEFIBRILLATE IT, AND YOU HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE’S AWARE.” “THEY TRIED TO INVOLVE EVERYBODY…IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE MEDICAL TRAINING OFFICER…IN THE TRANSITION BETWEEN THIS MONITOR AND THE OLD VERSION, I BECAME THE MEDICAL TRAINING OFFICER MYSELF, SO WE HAD SOME INFLUENCE FROM THERE…AT THAT TIME, PROBABLY ONLY 20% OF OUR EMPLOYEES WERE PARAMEDICS. THE REST WERE EMT’S, WHO BECAME EMT’S AFTER THEY WERE FIREFIGHTERS. NOW, WE HIRE ONLY PARAMEDICS, AND WE TRAIN THEM TO BE FIREFIGHTERS. ONCE YOU HAD A LOT OF PARAMEDICS ON BOARD, WE COULD HAVE LONGER CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. THOSE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONS USUALLY ORIGINATED IN ACLS COURSES…WE TOOK THEM EVERY 3 YEARS, IN-HOUSE. ACLS WAS ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT. THEY ARE THE GUYS, REALLY, THAT SET THE STANDARDS FOR ALL OF THE CLINICAL THINGS INVOLVING PATIENTS THAT HAVE CONDITIONS THAT NEED INTERVENTIONS WITH CARDIAC MONITORS AND AED’S, BUT THEY DON’T DETERMINE WHICH UNITS YOU USE. THEY’RE NOT REALLY ALLOWED TO SAY WHICH TYPE OF ENERGY, OR MONITOR, IS MORE EFFICIENT THAN THE OTHER ONE. WE LEFT THAT UP TO DATA COLLECTION THAT HAPPENED AFTERWARDS.” “WE WERE AT THE FOREFRONT OF [THE CHANGE TO BIPHASIC MONTIORS]. WE HAD A REALLY COOL POSITION IN THAT, BECAUSE, IN THOSE DAYS, ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES DIDN’T GOVERN AMBULANCE SERVICES ANYWHERE IN ALBERTA. WE WERE THE LARGEST EMS SERVICE IN THE SOUTH ZONE, AND WE HAD DECIDED ON THE ZOLL CARDIAC MONITOR, SO SOME OF THE SMALLER SERVICES WERE CURIOUS. THEY CAME TO US, SAID, “WHAT’S GOING ON? WHAT ARE YOU USING? HOW DOES IT WORK?”. WE CONVINCED ALMOST EVERY OPERATOR IN THE SOUTH ZONE, AT LEAST WEST OF MEDICINE HAT, TO BUY INTO THE ZOLL’S, AND AT ONE TIME, EVERY EMS OPERATOR IN THE SOUTH WAS USING THE ZOLL M SERIES, INCLUDING THE COLLEGE, WHO WAS TRAINING PARAMEDICS AND EMT’S. WE WERE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THAT, AND WE INVITED ALL THESE OTHER PEOPLE, AND, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, WE WERE ALL SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE.” “WE HEARD ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY – BIPHASIC ELECTRICITY – THROUGH ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT COURSES, SO WE HAD TO LOOK INTO IT. WE WERE LEARNING, THROUGH THE DATA THAT WAS COLLECTED, THAT IT WAS SIMPLY SAFER, MORE EFFICIENT…IT JUST CAME DOWN TO IT THAT WE ENDED UP THERE FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS. THESE GUYS WERE THE ONLY ONES USING BIPHASIC TECHNOLOGY AT THE TIME. IT WASN’T UNTIL A FEW YEARS LATER THAT THEIR COMPETITORS STARTING USING IT, AND THEY STILL CAN’T USE EXACTLY THE SAME TYPE OF BIPHASIC TECHNOLOGY. THIS PARTICULAR TYPE, IT’S CALLED ‘RECTO LINEAR BIPHASIC’; IS PATENTED BY THIS COMPANY; AND IT IS STILL CONSIDERED THE MOST EFFICIENT TYPE OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY FOR DOING ALL THOSE THINGS – PACING, CARDIOVERSION, DEFIBRILLATION.” “ORIGINALLY, WE BOUGHT 6 OR 8 [ZOLL M-SERIES MACHINES]. WE HAD EVOLVED TO 4 UNITS ON THE STREET. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT IN 2004…ONE OF OUR DEPUTY CHIEFS STARTED THE PROCESS OF HAVING ALL OF OUR FRONT-LINE ENGINES, OR PUMPS, ON THE FIRE SIDE, BE ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT, BECAUSE ALL OF OUR FOLKS WERE PARAMEDICS, SO WE STARTED CARRYING THESE TYPES OF MONITORS NOT ONLY ON OUR AMBULANCES BUT ON EVERY SINGLE FIRE TRUCK AS WELL.” “THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE USING THIS, AND IT’S STILL A GREAT MONITOR. I’D TAKE IT OUT ON THE STREET, AND BE QUITE COMFORTABLE, AND HAVE FAITH THAT IT WOULD DO EVERYTHING NECESSARY.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS MEMORIES OF USING THE ZOLL M-SERIES MONITOR, VILLIGER RECALLED, “WE DO SO MANY EVENTS…PROBABLY 50% OF THE EVENTS WE WOULD GO TO, WE WOULD CONNECT THE CARDIAC MONITOR TO PATIENTS, AT LEAST TO MONITOR THEIR HEART RHYTHM AS PART OF A COMPLETE CLINICAL ASSESSMENT. I CAN’T REMEMBER A PARTICULAR EVENT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT STOOD OUT IS THEY MADE THE ‘M’ SERIES AS A STREET-WORTHY PARAMEDIC VERSION OF A HOSPITAL-TYPE CARDIAC MONITOR. THEY MADE THEM TOUGH AND THEY WOULD THROW THEM…OFF A MOVING AMBULANCE, OR OFF THE BACK OF A FIRE TRUCK, JUST TO SHOW THEM HOW TOUGH THEY WERE. SOME OF THE OLD VIDEOS…SHOWS THEM EITHER THROWING THEM OFF A BALCONY, OR HAVING A TRUCK DRIVE OVER THEM, AND THEY STILL FUNCTION. OR, SOMEBODY BLASTING IT WITH WATER FROM A HOSE LINE…SO THEY MADE A MONITOR THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT TOUGHER, AND A LITTLE BIT MORE RUGGED THAN THEY HAD BEEN IN THE PAST.” “I REMEMBER US GOING OUT AND SOLICITING FOR DONATIONS TO PURCHASE THESE. ONE OF OUR GUYS WENT OUT…WE ACTUALLY PURCHASED 2 CARDIAC MONITORS, WITH THE HELP OF DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY, THAT DONATED FUNDS…THE KINSMEN WAS QUITE PREVALENT…IN HELPING US PURCHASE THE FIRST…[AND] A COUPLE OF ADDITIONAL MONITORS…” “I USED [THE MONITOR] FOR A LOT OF YEARS, AND I THOUGHT THEY WERE GREAT MONITORS. THERE IS AN EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT, BECAUSE I WAS INVOLVED IN THE NEXT TWO PURCHASES. I WAS ON THE FRONT LINES; I WROTE UP THE RFQ, FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE NEXT SERIES OF ‘M’S; THE NEXT SERIES OF ‘E’S; AND THE ‘X’ SERIES…SO I’VE BEEN INVOLVED. I’VE GOT SOME PERSONAL ATTACHMENT, BECAUSE I USED IT AS A STREET PARAMEDIC, AND THEN I GOT ON IN FRONT OF IT IN THE BUSINESS END…I WATCHED HOW THAT PROCUREMENT PROCESS WENT DOWN, WORKING IN COOPERATION WITH OUR PROCUREMENT THROUGH THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. WHEN THESE ARRIVED, IT WAS A BIG DAY. IT WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS, WHEN THE NEW CARDIAC MONITORS ARRIVE. I WOULD SPEND 6 WEEKS OR SO JUST GETTING ALL OF THESE ATTACHMENTS [THAT] ARE NOT ON THEM WHEN THEY COME - YOU’RE SCREWING ALL THESE PIECES TOGETHER; PUTTING OUT ALL THE INFORMATION TO THE STAFF; WRITING UP SOG’S AND POLICIES RELATING TO CARDIAC MONITORS.” FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES, AND MANUALS ON THE MONITOR, PLEASE SEE THE PERMANENT FILE P20170016000-GA.
Catalogue Number
P20170016000
Acquisition Date
2017-04
Collection
Museum
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