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The first fire engine in the city dated back to 1830 when the British regiment stationed on Barracks Hills, now called Parliament Hill, acquired the , a small manually operated machine. Later, the first fire hall was established on the ground floor of Bytown’s (later Ottawa’s) City Hall on Elgin Street.During these early years, insurance companies played a major role in fire-fighting, even providing the fire equipment.The volunteer fire department was neither well managed, nor very professional in its operations.According to David Fitzsimons and Bernard Matheson who wrote the definitive history of the Ottawa Fire Department, there were complaints in the 1850s of volunteers who were quick to show off their sky-blue and silver laced uniforms in parades, but were no-shows when there was an actual fire.



Although such financial incentives did indeed encourage prompt service, they also led to fisticuffs between competing firemen with fires sometimes left unattended. Latimer, a fire department veteran, recalled a major fire in the Desbarats building located on the corner of Sparks and O’Connor Streets that occurred in February 1869.Updated Crossover Buying Guides Geely wants to be Daimler's $9B 'friend' Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs.competitors Find and compare 2018 models Even though Aston Martins and especially the DB5 are inseparably linked with James Bond lore, the late Roger Moore never drove an Aston Martin in a 007 film.A Horse-Drawn Hose Reel with 500 feet of hose wrapped around the axle in front of No.