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Firefighting Canada Postage Stamp
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Title

Firefighting

Denomination

40¢

Date of Issue

September 23, 1991

Year

Quantity

3,600,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Dangerous Occupations

Series Time Span

1991

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Suzanne Duranceau.

About Stamp

In conjunction with an international convention of fire chiefs being held in Toronto, four stamps will be issued on September 23, 1991 to draw public focus on four Canada's Dangerous Public Service Occupations: fire-fighting; police; search and rescue; and the ski patrol. Firefighting is one of the oldest dangerous professions. A device for spraying water on fires can be traced to the second century B.C. History is full of fiery disasters including the Great Fire of London in 1666 and Chicago's inferno supposedly caused by the Mrs. O'Leary cow. Canada has not been spared its major disasters, with for example Quebec City being devastated in 1759, 1845, 1862, 1865 and twice in 1866. Forest fires today are one of the worst environmental catastrophes facing Canadians. Modern technology has both helped and hindered the role of the firefighter. Science has given us many new extinguishing agents at the same time as it has developed equally lethal combustants. The life of a modern firefighter is complex indeed.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 3, 1991, p. 7-8.

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