Ten months after CKLW went on the air, the Windsor Fire Department teamed up with the new TV station to put on a thrilling public demonstration of its modern apparatus and firefighting prowess. On Sunday, July 17, 1955 fully two-thirds of the Windsor fire Department participated in a live television broadcast from the back lot behind the TV station. The W.F.D. was featured on a locally produced adventure program called Danger Is My Living.
Before the 2:00 p.m. broadcast began, apparatus from the W.F.D. Headquarters station on Pitt St. E. was carefully staged at the foot of Pitt St. W. at Caron Ave. A few minutes into the program a small wooden shack erected for the purpose was set ablaze – under the watchful eyes, of course, of Windsor Fire Prevention officers. On cue, the “alarm” was turned in.
Way too soon it was all over. Ladders were lowered, hose lines rolled up and the rigs headed back to their stations. But the memories of that amazing TV spectacular are still with me more than half a century after it all happened. To heck with Oprah and American Idol – I’ll take WFRS Live anytime!
Written By: Walt McCall