Truro fire­fighter trans­forms old fire hoses into flags

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - FRAM DINSHAW [email protected]­

TRURO, N.S. – It may never flut­ter in the breeze but a Cana­dian flag hang­ing in the Truro fire house un­furls a sense of pride for those who dwell there.

The flag, to­gether with a sec­ond one bear­ing the Town of Truro’s em­blem, had the hum­blest of be­gin­nings, as dam­aged fire hoses des­tined for the dump­ster.

“The peo­ple that work in this depart­ment take a great deal of pride in the fire house and our jobs,” said Truro fire­fighter Mitchell Shewfelt of Val­ley, who trans­formed the old fire hoses into flags now dis­played on the fire house walls.

“This is a home away from home for us, be­cause we’re work­ing here for 24 hours at a time.”

For Shewfelt, mak­ing the flags was easy. All he needed was a 1.5-me­tre-by-three­me­tre ply­wood board, a sup­ply of nails and some old fire­hoses. Nail­ing the hoses onto the board was the easy part. But paint­ing the cor­rect flag colour de­signs was a some­what more painstak­ing process and each flag took about a month to com­plete.

Shewfelt made the Truro flag last Fe­bru­ary and the Cana­dian one the fol­low­ing month, work­ing on them in his garage when­ever he had free time.

“I can’t say I came up with the idea,” Shewfelt said. “I saw a few pic­tures on so­cial me­dia of other fire de­part­ments in the United States that had built them and I thought they looked pretty cool.”

Shewfelt’s art project did, how­ever, of­fer in­spi­ra­tion to other fire­fight­ers nearby. Af­ter see­ing his cre­ations, mem­bers from New Glas­gow Fire and Res­cue cre­ated their own Cana­dian flag.

Fel­low Truro fire­fighter Er­ri­son Blackie said he en­joys see­ing Shewfelt’s cre­ations dur­ing his work­ing shifts and feels they help spruce up the bare walls as well as giv­ing fire­fight­ers a sense of pur­pose.

“I think we all ap­pre­ci­ate what he did. It def­i­nitely adds char­ac­ter to the fire house and hav­ing that char­ac­ter around us all the time def­i­nitely in­spires us a lot,” Blackie said.

Shewfelt and Blackie are both full-time fire­fight­ers among the 18-mem­ber paid crew.


Er­ri­son Blackie, left, is proud of his buddy Mitchell Shewfelt’s ef­forts to dec­o­rate Truro’s fire hall.

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