By Captain David J. McPherson (ret.) who served RMES from 1981 through 2012.
Redwood Meadows was incorporated in 1975 with the total development covering 1600 acres. The lease provided one third to one half acre residential lots for homes with a treated water and sewer lines to the homes. The original phase of development surrounded the front nine holes of the golf course with the building of private housing beginning in 1977.
With the first house fire in 1978, interest in staffing a volunteer Fire Department arose. The development lease provided the first fire truck that was purchased from North Vancouver and was refurbished by Superior Fire Services in Red Deer. The pumper was a1962 Thibault with an 840 gallon per minute pump that carried 6oo gallons of water.
The fire hall was a half bay of the golf course maintenance building on the back nine of the course at the south end of Redwood Meadows. A siren on top of the water plant could be activated by a multi-party phone line installed in member homes in the development. The crew consisted of some six residents. Turnout gear was a collection of old style high top boots and coats acquired from Calgary Fire Department and there were no pants available for several years.
A second fire truck was bought at auction from Calgary and refurbished in house and the Auto Body shop at SAIT in Calgary. It was a decommissioned 1969 International pumper from Calgary. Volunteer work was provided by members in house and our Chief Ed “ Red “ Bowen as he became known locally due to our repaint of all trucks back to Fire Engine Red from the lime yellow in vogue at that time.
A third truck, a 1967 Ford half ton donated by a resident. The department bought a TransAlta truck service body and again were busy in house doing body work and painting. The paint booth at SAIT was available through our fire chief as he was a heavy duty mechanics instructor there.
More History will follow on our hardy group of volunteers to bring us through the 80s and up to current times.