Quesnel’s newly renovated downtown fire hall will have some history to it.
Fire Chief Ron Richert says it will include a bell that was originally used more than a hundred years ago.
“That bell was actually purchased by the Quesnel Volunteer Fire Department back in 1911. I believe it was the actual 9-1-1 system from 1911 to about 1941. That was the way to get the fire fighters to the fire hall by ringing that bell, so there is a lot of history behind it. It was actually at the museum for quite a number of years but it will now be hanging where it will be visible to the public at the fire hall in the stair case, the glass stair case.”
Richert says it will light up at night.
He says that’s not the only piece from the past that will be incorporated into the newly renovated building.
“We have a hose cart that one of our fire fighters donated years and years ago. It’s actually one of the old hose carts. That will actually be out in front of the fire hall displayed right beside our flag pole, so that’s got a lot of history behind it too.”
Richert says the renovations are on schedule for them to move in in either February or March, and on budget.