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Series s00022 - Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department

Transcript of meeting of the Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department

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Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department

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  • 1916 - 1920 (Creation)
    Winnipeg (Man.). Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department

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2 cm of textual records.

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The City of Winnipeg was incorporated in 1873 by a charter granted by the legislature of Manitoba. At incorporation, the City established a committee system of government – while Council was the governing body for the City, it was in committee that civic policies were formed and executed. The initial task for the first and all subsequent Councils was to strike standing committees for the Council year. In addition to standing committees, Council established special committees to investigate and manage various projects, issues and questions placed before the City. Special committees were typically struck by a Council motion that outlined committee composition and responsibilities. From about 1924 onward, special committees and their associated files were assigned an alpha-numeric code beginning with the letter “A”.

The Special Committee on Investigation of the Fire Department was appointed by Council on May 13, 1919. It was composed of three aldermen, a representative of the Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association, one citizen member and one member of the Firemen’s Union. The Special Committee was instructed to review departmental operations with a view to recommending changes that would improve efficiency. The final report of the Special Committee was submitted to Council on May 25, 1920. While the Special Committee file does not contain a copy of the final report, the report was referred from Council to the Committee on Fire, Water, Light and Power and from there to the Committee on Public Safety (two copies of the report are located in File 12 of this committee’s communications). No file code was assigned to this special committee.

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City Clerk's Department.

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Forms part of Fonds 1. Series consists of communications and detailed reports regarding staffing levels and equipment in use by the Fire Department during this period, as well as the availability and pressure of water required to fight fires in various districts of the City. The file includes: a 1916 report on domestic water supply; copy of recommendations following the Stovel fire in 1916; copy of recommendations following the Enderton fire of 1918; blank application for employment with the Fire Department; transcript of meeting held in March of 1920 with statements from firemen who had been dismissed for going out on strike in 1919; departmental organization chart; map sheets showing location of water supply (in poor condition); detailed drawing of sewer structure. The records are contained in one folder and are in chronological order.

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Related groups of records within the same fonds:
Special Committees, Minutes
Council, Minutes
Committee on Fire, Water, Light and Power, Minutes
Committee on Public Safety, Minutes
Committee on Public Safety, Communications.

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