Items include reproduction photographs of nine Belleville Fire Chiefs: William J. Brown (1915-1929), William Lynch (1929-1948), Gerald Vance (1948-1965), Thomas E. Poste (1965-1969), Leo Culhane (1969-1977), Fred Hosking (1977-1985), Raymond Reid (1985), Gordon Gazley (1986-2008), Rhéaume Chaput (2008-2013); print of a hand pump, 1925; typescript information about automatic sprinkler systems, c.1960; photograph of St. Thomas's Church, Belleville, in flames, 1975.
This fonds contains a variety of documents relating to the Belleville Fire Department which include, but are not entirely composed of, official policies relating to officer's reports, fire logs, health and safety, arbitration, indemnity agreements with surrounding communities, uniform specifications, certificates and cards, labour related issues, scientific studies, records of the city of Belleville and the Belleville Professional Fire Fighters Association in addition to newspaper clippings related to the fire department dated from 1907 to 2001.
Eight negatives of older photographs, with thirteen prints made from the negatives. Six of the prints show a map of the Belleville Water Works, made in 1883 by Moffet, Hodgkins and Clarke of Watertown, New York. The other seven prints are of photographs of members of the Belleville Fire Department, fire trucks, the 1936 flood, and the fire at the Cities Services Oil site on John Street in Belleville in 1948.