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Other Name
PIKE HOOK
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, WOOD
Catalogue Number
P20150010008
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PIKE HOOK
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
METAL, WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Length
323
Width
11.5
Diameter
4.2
Description
PIKE POLE. LONG, CYLINDRICAL WOODEN HANDLE, WITH A METAL HEAD. THE HEAD IS IN THE SHAPE OF A LOWER CASE 'R', WITH A STRAIGHT AND HOOKED POKER. TWO METAL RIVETS HOLD THE METAL HEAD ON THE WOODEN POLE. NO MARKINGS. FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. METAL HAS RUSTED. WOOD IS WELL USED AND HAS SEVERAL GOUGES/SLIVERS MISSING. WOOD IS VERY DARK FROM USE. WOOD ESPECIALLY DARK AT JUNCTION WITH METAL HEAD.
Subjects
FORESTRY T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS PIKE POLE 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 IT WAS “USED TO PULL CEILINGS FROM BELOW DURING OVERHAUL. ALSO USED TO FORCE CEILINGS DOWN DURING VENTILATION. THE SAME TYPE OF TOOK IS IN USE 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) AND TREVOR LAZENBY (HIRED IN 1994). BROWN EXPLAINED “THAT WAS PRETTY IMPORTANT … WHEN YOU HAD A FIRE, AND THE FIRE WAS STILL GOING, BUT MOST OF IT WAS OUT, THE CEILINGS – IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW IF THE FIRE WAS OUT IN THE CEILING, YOU’D TAKE THE PIKE POLE, AND YOU CAN SEE HOW YOU WOULD POKE IT IN … THAT WAS A VERY DESTRUCTIVE TOOL, YOU COULD DO A LOT OF DAMAGE WITH THAT. BUT IF THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAD TO GET INTO THE CEILING TO CHECK, AND WE’D OPEN A HOLE IN THE CEILING TO GET UP ON THE LADDER TO LOOK … POKING AROUND TO MAKE SURE THE FIRE WAS OUT.” LAZENBY ADDED: “THIS IS PROBABLY AS CLASSIC A TOOL, A HAND TOOL, AS MAYBE THE PICK HEADED AXE … AS FAR AS FIREFIGHTING GOES. THIS IS A GREAT SALVAGE AND OVERHAUL TOOL … IF YOU HAD A FIRE GO UP INSIDE THE WALLS AND YOU THOUGHT MAYBE THERE WAS FIRE IN THE ATTIC, YOU WOULD NEED TO PULL DOWN THE PLASTER BOARD OR THE LATH OR THE DRYWALL TO … DO A VISUAL INSPECTION OF THAT SPACE.” HE CONTINUED, EXPLAINING ITS USE: “THE POINTY END WAS PERFECT FOR BREAKING THROUGH THE DRYWALL AND ONCE YOU MADE THAT INCISION, FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM, IF YOU TURNED IT NINETY DEGREES, NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE HOOK IS POINTING TOWARDS A FRESH PORTION OF THE DRYWALL AND AS YOU PULLED, IT WOULD COME DOWN IN RELATIVELY LARGE CHUNKS. AND YOU CAN OPEN UP A FAIR AMOUNT OF CEILING IN A SHORT TIME WITH THIS.” LAZENBY DESCRIBED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS PIKE POLE AND MORE MODERN VERSIONS: “THE CONNECTION POINT BETWEEN THE METAL HEAD AND WOODEN HANDLE WOULD WEAKEN AND SOMETIMES THE HEADS WOULD ROCK A LITTLE BIT; THEY WERE TOUGH TO KEEP TIGHT, THEY WOULD RUST A LITTLE BIT. THEY’RE BEING MADE OUT OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS NOW, MOST NOTABLY, THE HANDLES HAVE GONE TO FIBERGLASS. THEY DON’T CONDUCT ELECTRICITY WELL, WHICH IS GOOD. NEITHER DID THE WOOD, BUT AGAIN, NO SPLINTERS, NO SLIVERS, THAT KIND OF THING.” HE REITERATED THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS TOOL: “IT’S ANOTHER GO-TO TOOL FOR US: AXE, HALLIGAN, AND I WOULD SAY PIKE POLE ARE PROBABLY THE THREE MOST COMMONLY USED HAND TOOLS … AND ACTUALLY, IF YOU LOOK, MOST FIRE SERVICE BADGES THAT PEOPLE WEAR – YOU’VE GOT A PIKE POLE AND LADDER – THEY’RE SYNONYMOUS WITH THE FIRE SERVICE.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE LETHBRIDGE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Catalogue Number
P20150010008
Acquisition Date
2015-02
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20020089002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS
Date
2002
Materials
GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
16.7
Diameter
6.5
Description
CLEAR WINE GLASS. LIP OF GLASS HAS GOLD EDGING. ON 2 SIDES OF GLASS ARE THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE LOGO OVER AN IMAGE OF THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE AND READS "1902-2002 LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE 100 YEARS". STEM OF GLASS IS HEXAGONAL.
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
COMMEMORATIVE
History
ITEMS WERE PRODUCED FOR THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE FORCE IN 2002. THE GALT MUSEUM SUPPORTED TWO CELEBRATORY FUNCTIONS BY PROVIDING A DISPLAY OF POLICE ARTIFACTS AT THE LETHBRIDGE LODGE HOTEL.
Catalogue Number
P20020089002
Acquisition Date
2003-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE TRAVEL MUG
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STAINLESS STEEL, PLASTIC, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P20030020000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COMMEMORATIVE TRAVEL MUG
Date
2002
Materials
STAINLESS STEEL, PLASTIC, RUBBER
No. Pieces
3
Height
16.5
Length
11.6
Diameter
7.8
Description
1. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. STAINLESS STEEL MUG WITH CAP. ONE SIDE OF MUG HAS "LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE" LOGO ALONG WITH " "IN PARTNERSHIP, PROUDLY SERVING OUR COMMUNITY" 100 YEARS 1902-2002", IN BLACK. OPPOSITE SIDE HAS "LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE" CENTENNIAL LOGO. THERE IS BLACK PLASTIC HANDLE ON ONE SIDE. LID IS RIM WITH BLACK PLASTIC CENTER. THERE IS A SLIDING MECHANISM TO COVER AND UNCOVER HOLE IN LID. LID HAS A GREY RUBBER SEAL INSIDE. ON BOTTOM OF MUG IS A RING OF BLACK FOAM. IMPRESSED INTO BOTTOM OF MUG IS "18-8 STAINLESS STEEL CHINA". 2. CARRYING CASE. DARK BLUE VELVETEEN BAG. CLOSES WITH BLACK CORD DRAWSTRING. NO MARKINGS
Subjects
FOOD SERVICE T&E
Historical Association
COMMEMORATIVE
SAFETY SERVICES
History
MUG WAS PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER ITEMS (P20020038005-6-GA) CELEBRATING THE 2002 CENTENNIAL OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICE.
Catalogue Number
P20030020000
Acquisition Date
2004-01
Collection
Museum
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