Sponsors

Without our sponsors this site would not have been possible. So taking a minute to thank them helps.

Here are a few details about our sponsor. Pestcontrolkitchener.ca is a pest control Kitchener company operating in Kitchener and Waterloo. Jim, the owner, is also the leading technician. They are licensed to do all kinds of pest control including bed bug control, mouse control, and treatments for a variety of other pests such as cockroaches. Pest control is something we don’t really or talk about but it is very important. Whether we like it or not pests can easily make their way in places we dont want them in. Please support our sponsor.

 

Donations

The WHFB needs your support. Donations of firefighting paraphernalia are much appreciated and tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $10 or more. Thank you.

SCRAP METAL DONATIONS:

The WHFB recycles scrap metal as one
of our fundraisers.  We accept:

  • aluminum cans
  • white goods (appliances)
  • furnaces, water heaters
  • other METAL items

We CANNOT accept:

  • fuel tanks of any kind
  • tires or tires on rims
  • microwaves
  • any NON-metal items

Thanks for your support — items may be dropped off at the museum.

Equipment

Wilmot Heritage Fire Brigades has the following equipment in its collection:

Vehicles

  • 1879 horse drawn steam pumper
  • Two early 1900s hand drawn hose reels
  • 1935 Bickle pumper
  • 1939 GMC/Bickle pumper
  • 1940 Fargo/Bickle pumper
  • 1956 International/American Marsh pumper
  • 1964 GMC/American Marsh pumper
  • 1969 Ford/King Seagrave pumper
  • 1974 International/Thibideau pumper

 

Equipment

  • Smoke masks
  • Defibrillator
  • Fire bell
  • Nozzles
  • Air packs
  • Uniforms
  • and much more!!

Other

  • photographs
  • documents
  • letters
  • interview transcripts with fire service members

Mission

To restore, maintain and preserve historical firefighting vehicles, equipment and documents.

To promote and educate the public in the heritage of firefighting in Wilmot Township in particular, and the firefighting service in general, by displaying historical firefighting vehicles, equipment and documents.

History

The history of firefighting in Wilmot Township began almost 150 years ago. New Hamburg residents, with donated money, purchased a hand pumper in 1858. In 1879, a steam pumper was acquired (This has been preserved today at Doon Heritage Crossroads, in Kitchener).

New Dundee organized a formal fire brigade, equipped with a hand pumper, in 1914 following a major fire. In 1927 a motorized pumper was added.

The residents of Baden purchased a hand pumper in the early 1900s. The Baden Fire Brigade debentured $692.92 to puchased a 1926 Model T Ford pumper from the Lorne Tractor Company in Mitchell, Ontario, on January 1, 1927. Baden went on to purchase a 1940 Fargo pumper, a 1956 International pumper and a 1975 International pumper. A 1990 Superior pumper was purchased and is in use today. Residents of Wilmot Township have the unique distinction of having all of their motorized pumpers from Baden since the department was formed.

Events

You’re invited to attend an exclusive show (for WHFB members and friends only) of “The Foursome,” a Norm Foster play showing at the St. Jacob’s Schoolhouse Theatre

Tickets are $35 each, which is a discounted price from the Schoolhouse Theatre’s usual prices.  Groups are welcome to book entire tables; it’s a terrific night out for a group of friends, and it’s a great fundraiser for a very worthy group.

If you’d like tickets, please contact any member of the WHFB as soon as possible … be advised that last year, we sold out!

The Waterloo Heritage Fire Brigades thanks you for your continued support!