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The Answer of the main question:

Let me short explain, why a German volunteer firefighter presents a Canadian Fire Department. The first thought may be, that there are some private or personal relations. Approximately true! The reason is a coincidental meet between the Chief of the Nipigon Fire Department and me (the author of this website) in the depth of the world wide web. Here is the way it happens:
I am a nosey guy, and so I asked the USFA (United States Fire Administration) why there are so often Dalmations on many web-pages from US Fire Departments.
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While surfing some fire dept sites, the Chief of the Nipigon Fire Department caught my question at the page of the USFA and he desired to know the answer too. Unfortunately the USFA gave me the answer of the mysterious dalmation-question not on their page. They sent me a mail with the answer in it. So the chief has to sent me a mail too to get the answer from me. After that we started to send each other many many mails with pictures and informations about our fire depts and calls and also interesting private things. This was the beginning of a pretty good friendship.

Okay folks! For all who are nosey like me, here's the answer about the dalmations:
According to history, it began back in the days of stagecoaches when horse theft was so common that many stagecoach drivers would sleep in the same barnstalls to guard their horses. If a driver owned a Dalmation, he could sleep in the hotel or stagehouse, because Dalmations were a breed of dog that formed an uncommonly tight bond with horses and easily responded to noise.
Since firehouses had to have a set of fast horses to pull the pumper, it became common to own a few Dalmations. The spotted dogs not only guarded the firehouse horses, but kept them company between fires and would run alongside the pumpers. Thus, the horses are gone now, but the tradition has been carried on with the looks and appeal of these beautiful dogs from yesteryear.
(Original answer-text from the USFA)