A 53-year-old time capsule memorializing the history of emergency responders in Winnipeg was unveiled Tuesday.

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A 53-year-old time capsule memorializing the history of emergency responders in Winnipeg was unveiled Tuesday.

Welders unsealed the time capsule after it was removed last year from the cornerstone of the former Public Safety Building, where it was placed Nov. 30, 1965, a few months before the downtown building opened.

The PSB was once the headquarters for city police, firefighters, emergency communicators in the signals department and the magistrate court. Now, the structure awaits demolition after the Winnipeg Police Service relocated in 2016.

Photographs, badges, buttons and statistics were held within the capsule, along with an audio recording of the time capsule ceremony in 1965, featuring comments from the police chief, fire chief and city signals engineer of the day.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane, Winnipeg Police Service Chief Danny Smyth and city archivists wore gloves as they inspected the more-than-50-year-old photos and documents during a news conference at city hall Tuesday.

It was the first time envelopes were unsealed on behalf of each of the emergency response departments, who saved them in the time capsule before the building opened.