Anniversary of Fire Apparatus

Charlottetown Celebrates Anniversary of PEI’s First Motorized Fire Apparatus
Posted on 11/15/2019
The City of Charlottetown is celebrating the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Federal Fire Truck today (Friday, November 15, 2019).

The Double Tank Combination Chemical and Hose Wagon arrived in Charlottetown on board the car ferry S.S. PEI on November 15, 1916. The truck was ordered through Rogers Hardware Company at a cost of $4,300 and was the first motorized fire apparatus on PEI.

On December 15, 1916, the Federal responded to its first fire call and the firefighters were able to quickly subdue the blaze. The truck remained in service until June of 1947 and was sold to the Parkdale Fire Department on October 26, 1954 for one dollar.

Restoration of the 1916 Federal started in the spring of 2001, led by Lieutenant Raymond Birt, Deputy Fire Chief Noel Palmer, George Scantlebury, and assistance from the members of the Charlottetown Fire Department – Station 2. The cost of the restoration was approximately $7,500 and it was road ready in 2004.

This historic antique firetruck is on display outdoors during the summer months and also participates in local parades and ceremonies.