212 Dumoulin Street
This building is no longer used today. In the past, Fire Station No. 1, built in 1907, served the City of St. Boniface. At the beginning of the 1900s, a well supplied the water used by the firemen. In those days, budgets were limited. The employees accomplished various tasks: the Fire Chief was also the Municipal Works Chief for the city. Thus, he was often far from the station with his horse, busy at repairing the wooden sidewalks, since none of the streets were paved. Often, a fire would start when the Fire Chief and the horses were far from the Fire Station. Since there were no telephones, when someone saw a fire, the person would run to the Station and ring the bells. Hearing the bells, people would run, some to watch and others to help, bringing with them their horses. The first person to arrive with his horses would receive a crisp new twenty-dollar bill. He would hitch his horses to the equipment and head off to the site of the fire.