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Galt 1842  Preston 1844   Hespeler 1856
3 Communities 1 Fire Department

Join us on Saturday, June 3

2017 Marks the 175th Anniversary of Fire Fighting in Cambridge. A parade of fire trucks old and new begins the day at 10:00am. Follow the route to Dickson Park to enjoy an afternoon of free family activities. Learn about the history of the fire department, fire safety tips, and see fire fighter demonstrations.  Enjoy activities for the kids, food trucks, a beer garden and more. 

 The Galt Fire Company No. 1

On June 9th 1842 the first fire company to be established in what is now known as The Regional Municipality of Waterloo was The Galt Fire Company No. 1 

Fire Company 1

 The Preston Fire Brigade

The Preston Fire Brigade originated in 1844, known as The Hook and Ladder Company. 

Fire Company Preston

 Hespeler (New Hope) Fire Fighting

Hespeler (New Hope) fire fighting got its start in 1856 with a hand-powered pumper. 

Fire Company Hespeler

The Cambridge Fire Department

On January 1st 1973 the three communities amalgamated, forming what is now, The Cambridge Fire Department.

Cambridge Fire Department Headquarters



 Parade Route

The parade begins from the parking lot at Galt Arena Gardens, 98 Shade St., Cambridge and proceeds to Main Street.  The parade will follow Main Street past the Library and Cenotaph turning right onto George Street North.  It will continue until it reaches Dickson Park where the afternoon festivities will begin.

 parade route


 Fire to Food Bank 365

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"Fire to Food Bank 365 - Cambridge"  This is a regional program where the Cambridge Fire Department has joined forces with the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank where people can bring food to any fire hall 365 days of the year.  The vision is to have food banks and emergency services across the country recognized as partners helping to provide vital services to those struggling in their own community. We would invite anyone attending our 175th celebration to bring a non-perishable food donation.  If anyone wishes to donate perishable items, the food bank is happy to accept as they have cooling systems in place.