I have been doing a bit of research after seeing an article with the CBC for the Moncton Youth Quest celebrating their 10th Anniversary across the street, a huge Congratulations to them and their team. I wondered how the CBC, the Moncton Museum, Heritage Canada and Heritage Moncton could all get their facts the same but not acurate. So I went to the proper channels that I know. The Moncton Firefighter's Historical Society Al McNutt. One thing I knew for sure was that the wood structure did not burn down because it is RD MacLean's and it is still standing. Why is this important? No one seams to think it is important other than me and Mr McNutt (my hope is someone else will be interested). It is part of our history of Moncton and a 128 year old building. 200 St George 1890-2018 No. 2 Firehouse.
I think part of the confusion is to follow logic RD MacLean could be No. 1 and Youth Quest could be No. 2. But this is wrong. The departments were divided into areas of Moncton. Both my buiding RD MacLean Co Ltd and Youth Quest were No 2 on St George st.
RD MacLean was No. 2 from 1800-1899
Youth Quest was No. 2 from 1899- 1960's
There was never a fire as a reason of building the Youth Quest building. The fire was in 1915 on Mechanic St. and the No 2 Youth Quest fire hall had already been built by that time.
See below the conversation with Al McNutt. Also they have a new book about the department's history available. They can be purchased at Reads Bookstore on Mountain Road, Shoppers Drug Mart on Mountain Road across from Vito's or Chapters in Dieppe
I also want to thank the Firemen for the extra hard work they put into saving my building when the neighboring building burnt down. I am very grateful.
"Hi Mrs. MacLean,
I had a phone call about a week ago concerning this same subject, a newspaper research
student I think. Anyway she had things all mixed up saying that the fire station on St George street ( your place ) had burnt down. Not so, it was the fire station on Mechanic St. that burnt in 1915. To explain things a little further, back in the day when your building was a fire station, it was the No. 2 station. Reason was the city was divided into wards and
the fire station on Mechanic St was No. 1,
you were St George st No.2 ,
Bonaccord St was No 3
High St was No. 4.
Your building became a fire station in 1890 and remained so until 1899 when they built the brick station across the street. Also I should say that your building was called a fire house because it housed one piece of equipment ( A steam pumper ) and had a barn for the fire horses out back. Upstairs your building has the old lath and plaster on the walls and this is where the firemen in No. 2 Company had their meetings. You can see on the floor where the stove pipe from downstairs came up through, they had to keep the main floor heated so the pump on the steamer would not freeze up. Our historical society has tried to give our fire fighters today some of the old history about the department and I think a few years ago when you had the fire next door, our guys worked extra hard to make sure your building would be safe. Also we have a new book about our department's history available if you are interested. They can be purchased at Reads Bookstore on Mountain Road, Shoppers Drug Mart on Mountain Road across from Vito's or Chapters in Dieppe. Thanks for your interest. Al MacNutt"