Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 6, 2014

Artifact of the Week. Cornwall Fire Brigade Helmet,

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White metal helmet surmounted by a brass lion with a leather front, decorated with the letters “CFB” for Cornwall Fire Brigade.  The helmet was painted black.  The style was patented first in July 1889, this example was patented in July 1897.

Cornwall’ s first Volunteer Fire Department was formed on May 2, 1835.


The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Brigade, 1906.  The helmet shown above can be seen on one of the firemen.


This fire wagon belonged to the Cornwall Fire Brigade.


Minutes of the Provincial Fire Company Cornwall, 1863.  The Cornwall Community Museum has the entire Minute Book.

scan0022Fire truck, Cornwall Volunteer Fire Brigade.  The Brigade purchased their first automotive fire truck in 1921.  Cornwall’s firefighters were all volunteer s until August, 1945, when the City took over the operation of the Fire Department.

scan0023Cornwall Volunteer Fire Brigade, 1940.  From left to right:  Chief G. Hunter, Art Parker, Fred Taillon, Charles Snetsinger, Alf Wilson, Art Silmser, John Tim?, Art Conliffe, Harry Plumbly, Fred Silmser, George Vasbiner, William Milligan, Dave McCrackern, J. Miller, Walter Silmser, Deputy Chief Corey Moore.


Apple Hill 025Helmet belonging to Captain Clarence W. Snider of the Cornwall Fire Department.  Captain Snider was with the fire department from 1945 until the late 1970s.  The helmet was generously donated to the museum by his son, Brian Snider in 2010.

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Helmet worn by Captain William Rankin of the Cornwall Fire Department in the 1970s.  The helmet is a “Chieftan” Safe-T-Helmet, Made in Canada.


A Cornwall fireman examining the ruins of a fire August 1, 1956.


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