The Fire Truck Story
Fred Paasche with the Original 1952 Ford Fire Truck that serviced the Hamlet of Chestermere
Restoring First Chestermere Fire Truck
Back in October 2011 , the keys to Chestermere’s first fire truck were handed over [by the Meier family] to members of the Chestermere Historical Foundation. The 1952 Ford was used from [1961 into the 80s] by members of the Chestermere Volunteer Fire Department, which was started by Wayne Paquette and Roy Berg. It began as the Volunteer Fire Protection group, and consisted of around a dozen active volunteers. The old truck was only used for a few years before it was replaced by a newer tanker truck, but it was still regarded as the first ever fire truck in the community. After it was replaced, it went into retirement for a few years, then it was later used by the Meier Welding company in Forest Lawn. Shortly after, it was officially retired, and then it sat in outdoor storage until October 2011. Luckily, the truck was generously sold to the Historical Foundation by the Meier family for $1. The following photo montage describes many highlights in the restoration story. During the restoration, many donations were made to help support the effort.
Go to DONATIONS to see a list of all those who contributed.
Fire Truck Finds Friends – March 2013
If you were ‘born’ in 1952, some of your parts might not be repairable! And so the story goes with the little 1952 Ford fire truck which is being restored by the Chestermere Historical Foundation. Serving the Chestermere Cabin Owner’s Association back in the 60s this little truck was purchased by the Chestermere Historical Foundation from the Jack Meier estate in 2011. It is being restored slowly but surely and as the work moved along it became obvious to our Chef de Restoration, Vince Young, that some replacement parts were going to have to be found. Enter the Hugh McDonald family, who just happened to have a truck that could be purchased for parts. Jack McDonald, and his wife Audrey made a trip (trailer courtesy of Zane Southgate) to the farm out at Hand Hills and brought the truck back to Chestermere. The little fire truck now has access to a ‘new’ cab vent, a replacement door, front grill, radiator and hood. Although the little fire truck truck has been hiding out during these many months of tearing down and building back up, it will be on view at the next Show and Shine in Chestermere. Some fire hose has been recently donated by the new owners of The Landing, a siren from Brent Paquette (see previous article), but the CHF is still seeking some firefighter jackets or hats from the 60s.
Many Thanks to Scotia Bank
M and M Meats
Hosted many BBQs to support the truck restoration, with willing workers from Firehall 116 in Chestermere. Pictured with Lori Nielsen.
June 2016 – Asset Insurance Invites the Firetruck for a visit AND a fundraiser!
Thank you Gregg and Mona Whitely of Asset Insurance of Chestermere for a great Saturday of visiting, seeing the firetruck and tasty hamburgers!
– The Historical Foundation is pleased to announce that great progress has been made on the restoration of the 1952 fire truck. It is being safely stored at this time in the Chestermere fire hall under the watchful eye of several FF who have offered their expertise as we move forward to complete this restoration. Watch for the truck to hopefully be out on the road this summer. I know that CHF has made that promise before, but this time we are pretty sure we will be on the money
September 2018 – Firefighters at #116 Taking Good Care of It
– All on its own, both to and from the Parade on Saturday September 8th 2018, and the whole route as well–the 1952 restored CCOA fire truck made it the whole way. Thanks to the Firefighters at #116 for continuing to take such good care of the truck, and continuing to work on the small details of its restoration. A number of CHF members were able to ride on the truck to hand out candy and greet the passing crowd. Read on to see how it got this far.
2019 On Display
The truck will also be out to the Show and Shine, Saturday August 24th 2019 at the Chestermere Recreation Centre grounds. Watch for the truck to be out in the Parade for the Country Fair on Saturday September 7th, 2019.