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Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970105008
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
97.3
Width
5
Description
BROWN LEATHER BELT. BRASS BUCKLE WITH SINGLE PIN; FIVE HOLES FOR ADJUSTING SIZE. BACK OF LEATHER NEAR BUCKLE STAMPED "MP 32". LEATHER STRETCHED SLIGHTLY OUT OF SHAPE AT CENTRE; SURFACE WORN THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FROM 1957 TO 1989. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO P19970105001-GA.
Catalogue Number
P19970105008
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CITY POLICE SAM BROWNE BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19770085007
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CITY POLICE SAM BROWNE BELT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS, STEEL
No. Pieces
6
Description
BELT: 127(L) X 13(W); CROSS-STRAP: 106(L) X 3.1(W) LEATHER BELT WITH SHOULDER STRAP, HANDCUFF POUCH, AMMUNITION POUCH, REVOLVER HOLSTER IS MISSING. BRASS CLASPS. SEWN IN DESIGN ON BELT STITCHING.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
STAMPED ON HANDCUFF POUCH, "Q.M. SCULLEY LTD. MONTREAL 406". STANDARD UNIFORM ISSUE FOR LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE.
Catalogue Number
P19770085007
Acquisition Date
1976-09
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19970094020
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1955
Date Range To
1965
Materials
BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.7
Length
4
Width
1.6
Description
BRASS TIE CLIP WITH POLICE CREST FASTENED TO CENTRE. CREST ENAMELED BLUE AT CENTRE AND IN TWO BANNERS ACROSS WIDTH, READING "POLICE LETHBRIDGE". TENSION CLIP AT BACK WITH THUMB TAB AND SERRATED ARM FOR SECURING TO TIE. ENGRAVED "CMC".
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
BELONGED TO FRANK BATHGATE, A MEMBER OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE FROM 1953 UNTIL HE RETIRED IN 1988. DECEASED 1996. FOR HISTORY PLEASE SEE P19960107001-GA. DONOR IS FRANK'S WIFE.
Catalogue Number
P19970094020
Acquisition Date
1998-07
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960112040
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.8
Length
27.7
Width
12.3
Description
BLACK LEATHER FIREARM HOLSTER. INCLUDES BAND LOOPED AT TOP TO CONNECT TO BELT. POUCH FOR FIREARM BEGINS APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD FROM TOP; SHAPED TO PIECE. NARROW STRAP FASTENS WITH BRASS SNAP OVERTOP. LOWER REVERSE STAMPED "S&W MED FRAME 10". SOME STITCHING MISSING ON BACK.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. 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
P19960112040
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19960112041
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
1
Height
8
Length
24.2
Width
9.7
Description
BLACK LEATHER FIREARM HOLSTER. INCLUDES BAND LOOPED AT TOP TO CONNECT TO BELT. POUCH FOR FIREARM BEGINS APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD FROM TOP; SHAPED TO PIECE. NARROW STRAP FASTENS WITH METAL SNAP OVERTOP. REVERSE STAMPED "H286 NO. 14" DON HUME MAKER MIAMI, OKLA.". FITS ON RIGHT SIDE OF BELT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. 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
P19960112041
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960112008
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
0.5
Length
121
Width
7.26
Description
BLACK LEATHER BELT WITH CROSS-STRAP. BELT IS DOUBLE-THICKNESS AT ONE END; PERFORATED WITH 7 HOLES ALONG CENTRE AND 7 SETS OF DOUBLE HOLES, AT OTHER END. CHROME-PLATE BUCKLE INSERTED INTO BELT BY TWO PRONGS; FASTENS INTO TWO BRASS CLIPS AT OTHER END. CHROME KNOB FITS INTO HOLES IN BELT TO SECURE. TWO BANDS ACROSS WIDTH, WITH SEMI-CIRCULAR RINGS LOOPED THROUGH. BACK OF BELT CRACKED AND WORN. STAMPED "38" IN LEATHER NEAR BRASS DEVICE. CROSS-STRAP IS ALSO BLACK. REMOVABLE END PIECE ATTACHES BY CHROME BUCKLE AND KNOB, THROUGH HOLE PERFORATED IN BELT. OPPOSITE END HAS LOOP, STITCHED TO REVERSE OF STRAP AND FASTENED BY SNAP AT FRONT. CROSS-STRAP APPEARS NEWER THAN BELT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. 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
P19960112008
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
C/W HOLSTER & POUCHES
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME
Catalogue Number
P19960112036
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
C/W HOLSTER & POUCHES
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER, CHROME
No. Pieces
7
Height
7.7
Length
121.6
Width
22.8
Description
BLACK LEATHER SAM BROWNE BELT WITH BASKET-WEAVE PATTERN. SILVER BUCKLE AT ONE END, AND TWO HOOKS AT OTHER FOR SECURING. STAMPED "TEXAS SHOEMAKERS & SONS" "N38". REVERSE IS BROWN LEATHER. ATTACHMENTS INCLUDE (R-L): .1 AMMUNITION POUCH. 9CM (L) X 7CM (W) X 7.5CM (H). INCLUDES LOOP TO ATTACH TO BELT; AND TWO POCKETS MOUNTED SIDE BY SIDE FOR HOLDING LOADERS. FLAP WITH SNAP ON EACH. .2 GUN HOLSTER. 22.8CM (L) 10.6CM (W) X 7.7CM (H). BASKET-WEAVE HOLSTER WITH OPEN BOTTOM, AND STRAP AT TOP WITH SNAP-FASTENER TO SECURE GUN. "B30 34W PAT. # 3,942,692" STAMPED ON REVERSE. .3 HANDCUFF POUCH. 13CM (L) X 9.2CM (W) X 4.6CM (H). BASKET-WEAVE POUCH WITH FLAP AND SNAP FASTENER. TAPERED SLIGHTLY TOWARD SQUARED BOTTOM. REVERSE STAMPED "TEX SHOEMAKER & SONS" "204". .4 FLASHLIGHT POUCH. 16.2CM (L) X 3.6CM (W) X 6CM (H). LONG NARROW POUCH WITH BASKET-WEAVE PATTERN. FLAP WITH SNAP FASTENER AT TOP. REVERSE STAMPED "TEX SHOEMAKER & SONS 93MMF". BACK OF SNAP STAMPED "PULL THE DOT". .5 WALKIE-TALKIE HOLDER. 9.8CM (L) X 7.7CM (W) X 3.2CM (H). LEATHER BAND LOOPED AROUND BELT. MOUNTED WITH PLASTIC SQUARE ON FRONT, WITH SEMI-CIRCULAR KNOTCH FOR SECURING WALKIE-TALKIE (NOT INCLUDED). "19" SCRATCHED INTO MOUNT. REVERSE OF HOLDER STAMPED "42C05857B01". .6 BATON HOLDER. 10.3CM (L) X 7.4CM (W) X 4.2CM (H). CONSISTS OF NARROW LOOP AROUND BELT, AND BAND WITH TWO SNAPS FOR ADJUSTING LENGTH, MOUNTED HORIZONTALLY TO BASE OF LOOP.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
FROM LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. 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
P19960112036
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P19970111002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RCMP UNIFORM
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
4
Height
3.5
Length
131
109.0
Width
5.5
3.0
Diameter
2.3
Description
REDDISH BROWN LEATHER SAM BROWNE BELT WITH MATCHING & REMOVEABLE CROSS-STRAP, HOLSTER, & AMMUNITION POUCH. ONE END OF BELT HAS A BRASS BUCKLE, THAT FASTENS WITH DOUBLE PINS. OTHER END OF BELT HAS LARGER ROUND HOLES IN THE CENTRE TO ATTACH ACCESSORIES TO BELT, AND ALSO HAS DOUBLE HOLES FOR PINS ON BUCKLE. STAMPED "MP", "J.E. LORTIE CO. LTD. MONTREAL", AND "40". ITEMS SHOW LITTE WEAR OR DAMAGE.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
DONOR JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE IN AUGUST 1951, AT WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. HE WAS IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FOR 25 YEARS, AND WAS STATIONED ALL OVER NORTHERN ALBERTA AND CAME TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1974. WORKED IN THE OFFICE MOSTLY IN LETHBRIDGE, AND RETIRED OCTOBER 1976. THE BELT WAS ISSUED TO DONOR WHEN HE JOINED THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE, BUT HE RECEIVED A NEW HOLSTER WHEN THE FORCE SWITCHED FROM A .455 TO A 0.38 GUN LATER IN HIS CAREER. FOR HISTORY OF KEN VEALS PLEASE SEE P19970084001-GA, OR P19970111001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2016 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING AN RCMP UNIFORM DONATED BY KEN VEALS. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE WWW.RCMPVETS.CA. KENNETH GEORGE JOHN VEALS WAS BORN ON APRIL 14, 1928 IN WINNIPEG, MB. KEN JOINED THE RCMP IN AUGUST 1951 IN WINNIPEG, MB AND SERVED THROUGHOUT ALBERTA. HIS LAST TWO YEARS OF SERVICE WERE SPENT IN LETHBRIDGE. FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT IN 1976, KEN WORKED FOR PCL CONSTRUCTION AS A SAFETY COORDINATOR. HE PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 20, 2010 AT THE AGE OF 82. KEN’S WIFE, HELEN MARGARET GENEVIEVE VEALS (NEE CLEVEN) WAS BORN ON APRIL 7, 1935 AND PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 7, 2012. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THE WEBSITE WWW.RCMPVETS.CA.
Catalogue Number
P19970111002
Acquisition Date
1997-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
PAIR MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960112004
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PAIR MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
LEATHER, WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
2
Height
2.77
Length
38.6
Width
21.5
Description
PAIR BLACK LEATHER MOTORCYCLE GAUNTLETS. CARDBOARD-LINED FOREARM PROTECTORS, WITH STRAP ACROSS UPPER WRIST. RED SNAP WITH CLUB AND "PERRIN" MARKED ON TOP. SECOND BRASS SNAP FOR ADJUSTING BESIDE. LINED WITH WHITE WOOL. CREASES IN PALMS AND OUTER HAND AREAS.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-BODY ARMOR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MOTORCYCLE CORPS FORMED IN LATE 1940S, AND OPERATED UNTIL THE MID-1980S. SEE P19960112001-GA FOR MORE HISTORY ON MOTORCYCLE CORPS. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. 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
P19960112004
Acquisition Date
1996-0
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
“CANADA CD HEALTH”
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1965
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20150012003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“CANADA CD HEALTH”
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1965
Materials
CANVAS, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.75
Length
16
Width
9.5
Description
KHAKI-COLOURED CANVAS ARMBAND WITH BUCKLED STRAP. PRINTED DESIGN ON FRONT IS YELLOW CIRCLE WITH BLUE LOGO READING “CANADA CD HEALTH”. TEXT STAMPED ON BACK READS “FINNIGANS LTD. Y.A. 5.000”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-ACCESSORY
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
MILITARY
HEALTH SERVICES
History
THIS ARMBAND WAS RECOVERED IN SPRING 2015 FROM A STORAGE AREA IN THE BASEMENT OF THE ENMAX CENTRE SPORTS ARENA, WHERE SUPPLIES RELATING TO LETHBRIDGE’S CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE AND DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS/RISK MANAGEMENT HAD BEEN STORED FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS PRIOR. DURING MARCH AND APRIL 2015, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CURRENT AND RETIRED CITY STAFF THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SUPPLIES AND DISASTER RESPONSE SERVICES, INCLUDING DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT JESSE KURTZ, RETIRED DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF MIKE ROSS, FORMER CITY DIRECTOR OF DISASTER SERVICES JOE KARL, FORMER CITY EMERGENCY SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR DENNIS JOBE, AND FORMER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER/RISK MANAGEMENT & INSURANCE OFFICER LEO VANDENHEUVAL. PREVIOUS RESEARCH INTO THE LETHBRIDGE CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE WAS CONDUCTED IN 2009, WHEN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED ROBERT GARDNER, A FORMER C.D. POLICE MEMBER (SEE RECORD P19870044001 FOR MORE INFORMATION). THE AUXILIARY CIVIL DEFENCE POLICE WAS ORGANIZED IN LETHBRIDGE IN 1951 AFTER THE PROVINCE APPEALED TO ALBERTA MUNICIPALITIES TO PREPARE DEFENCES IN CASE OF AN ENEMY ATTACK, INCLUDING A NUCLEAR STRIKE. THE C.D. POLICE WERE NOT OFFICIALLY PART OF THE LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE. THE AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS DID, HOWEVER, RECEIVE TRAINING FROM THE CITY POLICE AND WHEN CALLED OUT BY THE C.D. DIRECTOR, CAME UNDER THE CONTROL OF CHIEF CONSTABLE JAMES H. CARPENTER.THE C.D. POLICE DISBANDED FOR UNKNOWN REASONS IN 1963. GARDNER WAS 33 WHEN HE JOINED THE C.D. POLICE IN 1960, AND EXPLAINS HIS MOTIVATION TO VOLUNTEER WAS BASED ON HIS PERCEPTION THAT A FUTURE WAR WAS LIKELY TO OCCUR – ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE PERIOD’S EVENTS, WHICH INCLUDED THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS. GARDNER REMEMBERED TRAINING UNDER THE POLICE CHIEF AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE POLICE FORCE, BUT MAINTAINED THAT OUTSIDE OF INITIAL TRAINING, C.D. POLICE OPERATIONS WERE NOT DIRECTED BY THE CITY POLICE. GARDNER SAID THAT MOST C.D. POLICE VOLUNTEERS WERE “MIDDLE AGED AND STAYED ON DUE TO THE THREAT OF WAR”. JOE KARL SAID: “[IN] LATE 1972 THE CITY MANAGER… [ASSIGNED ME TO] LOOK AFTER DISASTER SERVICES/CIVIL DEFENCE… IT’S HAD DIFFERENT NAMES AS TIME WENT ON… THIS EQUIPMENT… IS A CASUALTY COLLECTING UNIT, WITH WATER BOTTLES, BOOTS, RAIN GEAR, COVERALLS. THERE WERE STRETCHERS [AND] BLANKETS. THESE WERE ALL STORED AT THE OLD MUSEUM [ORIGINAL GALT MUSEUM BUILDING, BEFORE THE 1985 EXPANSION] NEAR THE BOILER ROOM… THAT’S WHERE I FIRST INHERITED THE STUFF. THERE WAS REALLY NO RECORD KEPT OF ANYTHING… [WHEN] WE FOUND OUT WE COULDN’T PUT [THE SUPPLIES] BACK INTO STORAGE [AT THE MUSEUM], BEING SAFETY OFFICER I KNEW AND SCOUTED ALL THE OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE CITY. THE SPORTSPLEX, DOWN IN THE DEEP BASEMENT, HAD A ROOM THAT WAS DRY AND UNOCCUPIED… SO I PUT THE STUFF DOWN THERE AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHERE IT WOUND UP… AT THAT TIME EACH MUNICIPALITY RECEIVED A MERE PITTANCE OF DOLLARS TOWARDS DISASTER SERVICES… 12-1500 EMPLOYEES AND THE ONLY SAFETY PERSON WAS ME… THEN AS THE MUNICIPAL ACT CHANGED, THE EMPHASIS WAS PUT ON POLITICALLY BY THE PROVINCE TO ESTABLISH A PEACETIME SCENARIO … IN THE BASEMENT OF THE OLD COURTHOUSE, THERE [WAS] A ROOM WHERE AN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE WITH ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS HAD BEEN SET UP… FOR GAS, WATER, SEWER, MAYOR, DEPARTMENT HEADS… [THE STRETCHERS AND BLANKETS] WERE USED IN HOSPITAL EXERCISES… TO SEE HOW PREPARED [STAFF WERE], HOW THEY COULD HANDLE MASS CASUALTIES… WE WOULD DO UP 30/40 KIDS IN BROKEN ARMS, AMNESIA, BURNS, FRACTURES, LOSS OF LIMB… THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY GOOD, [DOING] TRAINING AND MOCK SCENARIOS.” ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD RANGING FROM 1957 TO 2006 DESCRIBE MOCK DISASTER EXERCISES TAKING PLACE ON A SEMI-REGULAR BASIS, TO TEST THE PREPAREDNESS OF FIRE, AMBULANCE, HOSPITAL, AND CITY ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. DENNIS JOBE SAID: “SHORTLY AFTER THE EDMONTON TORNADO [IN 1987] THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT DECREED THAT EVERYONE, COUNTIES, CITIES, SHOULD HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN… SO THE CITY WAS INSTRUCTED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO PUT ONE TOGETHER… I WORKED FOR THE CITY MANAGER… WE WERE AWARE… THAT WE HAD TO HAVE SOME KIND OF PREPARATION… SO WE KNEW WHERE [THE SUPPLIES] WERE [AND] COUNTED THINGS… AND WE DID USE IT A COUPLE OF TIMES [WHEN] WE HAD AN EXERCISE.” LEO VANDENHEUVAL SAID: “WE USED TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE COURT HOUSE… THE REASON IT WAS THERE IS THAT THEY HAD ROOM [AND] IT WAS QUITE A STRONG, FULL CONCRETE FACILITY THAT COULD PERHAPS WITHSTAND A LOT OF DAMAGE… I WOULD HAVE BEEN INVOLVED BACK IN THOSE DAYS AS WELL FROM THE RISK MANAGEMENT STANDPOINT AND BECAUSE I WAS THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CITY WHENEVER THINGS WENT SIDEWAYS. THE CITY MANAGER WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THAT TEAM [AS WELL AS] THE FIRE CHIEF, POLICE CHIEF, ALL THE DIRECTORS… COMMUNITY SERVICES… ENGINEERING… THE MAYOR… THAT WHOLE TEAM WOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED TOGETHER TO WORK TOGETHER IN A DISASTER SITUATION… NOTHING OF [HIGHLY EMERGENT] SIGNIFICANCE HAS EVER HAPPENED IN LETHBRIDGE. WE’VE NEVER HAD TO OPEN UP HOUSING CENTRES LIKE THE CIVIC CENTRE OR THE AREAS TO ACCOMMODATE THAT KIND OF THING BECAUSE WE’VE NEVER HAD A DISASTER THAT BIG… THE BIGGEST ONE THAT COMES TO MIND IS THE 1995 FLOOD… AT THAT TIME THERE WAS SOME TALK THAT WE WOULD GET THE MILITARY INVOLVED… BUT BACK THEN IT REQUIRED APPROVAL FROM OTTAWA, SO IT WAS AWFULLY DIFFICULT TO BRING THE MILITARY IN… TO SOME EXTENT WE KNEW THAT [THE CIVIL DEFENSE] EQUIPMENT EXISTED… [SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT] MIGHT HAVE COME INTO THE SYSTEM IN THE LATE ‘80S WHEN DENNIS JOBE WAS AROUND… BECAUSE HE HAD CERTAIN CONTACTS WITH THE MILITARY, BECAUSE HE WAS A RETIRED ARMY OFFICER… [IT IS IMPORTANT THAT] SOMEBODY WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION [IS] AWARE [AND] THAT IT’S INVENTORIED AND KEPT UP TO DATE.” MIKE ROSS SAID: “WHEN I BECAME DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF IN 1998 [THAT POSITION] WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS… WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE BUDGET AND [ASKED] ‘WHAT’S THIS $1000 WE PAID TO THE ENMAX CENTRE?’ BECAUSE THERE WAS A RENTAL [FEE] THAT NO ONE SEEMED TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT… WE DID SOME INVESTIGATION AND THEN WE FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS ALL THIS MATERIAL THAT WAS STORED IN THE DEEP BASEMENT… WE STARTED TO DO SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS PART OF A MOBILE HOSPITAL UNIT DATING BACK TO THE COLD WAR… IT [HAD BEEN] BASICALLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT… [IN 2006/2007, HEALTH CANADA] CONTACTED THE CITY AND SAID ‘ON OUR BOOKS THERE IS A [MOBILE] HOSPITAL IN LETHBRIDGE. DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHERE IT IS?’ AND THIS MESSAGE CAME TO ME AS THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CO-ORDINATOR … SUGGESTED THAT [THE SUPPLIES] HAD COME TO THE CITY IN THE ‘50S OR EARLY ‘60S… THE MATERIAL THAT’S THERE NOW IS PROBABLY A THIRD OF WHAT WAS THERE WHEN WE DID THE AUDIT… WE FOUND THINGS LIKE RADIATION BURN DRESSING THAT HAD A ‘BEST BY’ DATE… IV BOTTLES AND IV SOLUTION [THAT] INSTEAD OF BEING CLEAR, WAS CLOUDY… WE KEPT THE STRETCHERS [AND] A BUNCH OF BLANKETS BECAUSE WE FELT THAT… THEY WERE STILL GOOD AND WE COULD USE THEM IN A CURRENT DAY EMERGENCY… SO I REMOVED SOME OF THAT STUFF AND PUT IT OVER [IN] THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE [AT] THE OLD COURTHOUSE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, COPIES OF ORIGINAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SUPPLY INVENTORIES, AND RESEARCH MATERIAL ON LETHBRIDGE’S CIVIL DEFENSE POLICE. FOR OTHER ARTIFACTS RELATING TO CIVIL DEFENSE IN LETHBRIDGE, SEE RECORDS P19870044001, P19870044002, P19960112110, P19960112111, P19970094001, AND P20090038000.
Catalogue Number
P20150012003
Acquisition Date
2015-03
Collection
Museum
Images
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