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3 ladders; one of which is a 45 ft. aluminum ladder; a 1937 Chevrolet Booster pumper, 240 gal. capacity pump carrying 230 gals. of water, driven by a power take off the transmission; a 1956 C.M.C. American Marsh pumper, 500 C.P.M. at 150 P.S.I. carrying 500 gals. of water and a 200 C.P.M. portable pump; a 1961 C.M.C. American Marsh pumper, 500 C.P.M. at 150 P.S.I. carrying 500 gals. of water and a 200 C.P.M. portable pump; and a 1 ton 1963 C.M.C. 4 wheel drive, front mount 4 ton winch rescue truck.

On Sept. 24, 1959, the same day as the old fire hall was vacated, firemen and equipment were moved into a new building located on Main Street north. The picture which follows will prove interesting for the sake of comparison. Note the uniforms and equipment.

New Fire Hall, Men and Equipment.

From left to right: A. R. McDonald, F. C. Lundy, M. LaPointe, J. F. Grassie, C. H. Braden (Fire Chief), R. H. Watson (Deputy Fire Chief), A. J. P. Fries and A. Smith.

There were 21 volunteer Bremen associated with department at this time. An extra item of interest is that there is $9,000.00 worth of equipment on the rescue unit alone.

THE DAYS WITHOUT POWER

We could say that the advent of electricity has been one of our greatest blessings. Consider the weekly wash-day of yesteryear!

Wash boilers were filled with water which had to be pumped from a well, or carried in buckets from a river or creek, and then warmed on top of a wood-burning stove. Home-made soap was chipped into the water, and when the temperature was considered right for the job it was dumped into a wash tub where muscle power and

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