Then and Now: Captain Brian Freney, retired

Brian – Then

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Brian in the Honour Guard

Brian joined the Calgary Fire Department in June 1966. He worked at various stations including Station #7,  #27 and #2.  Brian was responsible for the creation of the CFD Honour Guard initially proposing it in August of 1970. The Honour Guard was formed a year later in 1971 which he was a part of for 17 years.  In 1985 Brian joined the Union and was involved with the Union for 8 years. Brian retired from the Calgary Fire Department as a Captain in January of 1995 but that didn’t stop him from fighting fires! In 1998 he joined the Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department where after a year they made him captain. A year later Brian became training officer of the volunteer department where he remained until 2004.

Brian – Now

Brian helping Marissa

Brian working with Marissa

Brian is a frequent visitor and volunteer  at the Firefighters Museum of Calgary – in fact he even sits on our Board of Directors and is the Chair of Vehicle Committee! He is a great source of information when we need to ask him questions about artefacts or to identify people in photographs. He joins us every month at First Tuesday  or Coffee at the Museum as it’s come to be known by our CFD Pensioners. Brian recently drove our 1929 Gotfredson Bickle for our program Live, Legacies and Legends of the Calgary Fire Brigade at Union Cemetery. During Stampede Brian volunteered at our Mobile Museum exhibit everyday through the rain and the heat. We love having him around!

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