Fire Truck Restoration

Fred Paasche 1969 with the 1952 Ford firetruck used by the Chestermere Cabin Owners Association – now restored!

Fire Truck Story 

Out and about for July 27th 2019 at WaterFest.  Lots of visitors taking shots with the truck in the background.  And even Ducky from Synergy was there.

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.

Firetruck out at Water Fest display Sat 27 July 2019

September 2018 – 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.

2018 Fire Chief Brian Pomrenke and first Fire Chief Summer Village of Chestermere Wayne Paquette Sep 2018

The 1952 CCOA fire truck under its own steam Sep 8 2018 with CHF members Bill Peddlesden and John Timmermans on board.

August 2018 – the truck made an appearance at the 2018 Show and Shine sponsored by Dockside Marina and John Kittler.  Looking very spruce, shiny and nearly done, thanks to the fire fighters for bringing it out, and for the CHF volunteers for manning the tent and taking some very much appreciated donations!  See the truck next at the Country Fair parade Sep 8th.

CCOA 1952 Fire Truck at Show and Shine Aug 25 2018 photo courtesy City of Chestermere.

June 2018 – Thanks again to the Fire Department in Chestermere for working on the final stages of this little truck.  It is just about done! Here are some photos just in from Brent Paquette.  The truck is in the Chestermere Fire Hall.  Drop in and see it for yourself!

May 2018 –  the restored 1952 Ford truck used by the Chestermere Cabin Owners as a firetruck approximately 1961 to 1980.  Photos courtesy Brent Paquette, Chestermere Fire Department

July 13 2017 – Melcor/Chestermere Station BBQ – thanks to Fire Chief Brian Pomrenke for arranging to have the truck out on display at the BBQ.  Thanks also to those who donated both time to work at the display, and those who donated monies toward the rest of the restoration.  CHF was pleased to also, that day, accept a cheque for matching funds of $1311.02 from the ScotiaBank Chestermere.  For a photo of this presentation click here.

Next up — watch for further restorations which are ongoing right now, the Show and Shine here in Chestermere, Saturday August 26th, and at the Chestermere Country Fair parade, Saturday September 9th 2017.

June 2017 – Sneak a Peek! at the Firetruck Saturday June 3 9:30am to 3pm –  Have you been wondering what has happened to the fire truck that the Chestermere Historical Foundation, has been restoring with the help of the Firefighters at #116 (formerly #59).  Well, wonder no more.  We are having a “Sneak-a-peek” on Saturday, June 3 from 9:30 – 3 pm at the Lifepath Wellness/Safeway parking lot. Come out and see for yourself.  We are so excited and want to share the excitement with you. We will be serving refreshments.  Donation would be greatly appreciated.  There will be a 50/50 draw! The bank of Nova Scotia will be matching our donations dollar for dollar, so even your tonnie will be $4, your $50 will become $100.  Or you could win the 50/50!  The Lakeside Kruzer will also be there with their classic cars, so come out and join us.  It will be exciting day!

Thanks to everyone who participated, especially Lakeside Kruzers for bringing out their vintage cars/trucks. Thanks also to all the past sponsors who attended the event, and the new donors and 50 50 purchasers the funds for which will be matched by Scotia Bank Chestermere.   For more photos from Marla Forth and also Peter Tindall, and Sonja Nicholson for the 2017 June 3 Firetruck Sneak a Peek click here 2017 June 3 Firetruck Sneak a Peek Photos by Tindall Nicholson and Forth   

Marla Forth 2017

Marla Forth 2017

May 2017 – Have you been wondering what has happened to the fire truck that the Chestermere Historical Foundation, has been restoring. Wonder no more. Come out on Saturday, June 3 from 9:30am – 3 pm at the Lifepath Wellness parking lot. Unveiling at 10am. CHF wants to share the excitement with you. Refreshments. Donations would be greatly appreciated. 50/50 DRAW as well. The bank of Nova Scotia will be matching donations dollar for dollar, so even your toonie will be $4, your $50 will become $100. Or you may win the 50/50 Jackpot! The Lakeside Kruzers will also be there with their classic cars–it will be exciting day!

 February 2017 – 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!

1952 Ford truck used by the Chestermere Cabin Owners in the 60s and 70s as their fire truck. Photo by A McDonald. 18 Jan 2017


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!

Thank you Gregg and Mona of Asset Insurance for inviting the fire truck to visit.

Winners of the 50 50 draw, Ray Hessler Left, Audrey McDonald, winners. Bill Peddlesden

Fire Truck Finds a Friend – 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.


Restoring First Chestermere Fire Truck

Scotia Bank employees helped with both ‘War Brides’ and ‘Troop Train’ productions from Aspen Crossing in aid of the truck restoration.

Thanks to Crazy for Crafts for giving CHF a free table at enumerable Christmas Craft Sales. This year the upholstery by Tommy Fleger, artist, was on display.

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 t

o DONATIONS to see a list of all those who contributed.

October 2016 SAIT students Tyler Reeve and Andrew Quapp with teacher Ted Nelson design truck trailer for CHF

CCOA fire hat donated by Ted and David Butler.

Chestermere Car Show donated twice to the restoration of the truck. Thank you Elaine Smart and Chestermere Car Show.

CHF historians visit the truck in the Meier’s hayfield. Oct 2011

Documents found in the truck showing purchase of registration by Chestermere Cabin Owners

Thank you Asset Insurance for your fundraising day, shown are the winners of the 50 50 draw that Saturday in June 2016.

M and M Meats hosted many BBQs to support the truck restoration, with willing workers from Firehall 116 in Chestermere. Pictured with Lori Nielsen.

Giving the fire truck its first bath in the Firehall Fall 2011

Cover of the fundraising brochure designed by Marilyn King. 2012

Vince Young coordinated the early days of restoration with Don Lemna in the garage owned by Marty Trimm.

Don and Vince in Marty’s garage 2012

Vince and Don in Marty’s garage 2012

Oct 2011 celebrating with Dan Meier after sale of truck to CHF for $1

Meier Welding did not paint over the original logo on the truck when it was used in the Meier shop for many years.

1970-1971 at Meier Welding. L to R, Jack Meier, Rob Meier ( son of Ed Meier 12 yrs old) and Ed Meier

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