The idea for the TLC Corps was formed in 1998 by 3 fine Al Shamal Nobles: Dennis Hooper, Bob Russell and Laurie Niewchas.
Noble Laurie returned from the PNSA that year and approached Noble Bob and Noble Dennis to express his desire to come up with an idea for a new Al Shamal unit where fun and fellowship were the focus. A short time later Noble Bob and Noble Dennis were talking over coffee and the idea came up that perhaps members of this new unit could convert riding lawn mowers into miniature Fire Trucks that would be ridden in parades.

It took very little discussion before all three Nobles got busy with the planning and building. The TLC Corps was born!!! To this day it remains a unique unit in all of Shrinedom.
Noble Bob was the first member to get his unit road worthy and participated in the Leduc “Black Gold Days” parade in the Spring of 1999. Noble Laurie and Noble Dennis very quickly followed with building their units.

The TLC Corps was created on the concept of having fun, while raising awareness of the “Shriners Hospitals for Children®”.

The TLC member’s attitude can be summed up in the Shrine motto: “WE RIDE SO KIDS CAN WALK”.

Since Dalmatians have traditionally been associated with fire trucks and fire halls, the original TLC unit founding members adopted the Dalmatian as the TLC mascot. Dalmatians are perhaps best known as fire-fighting apparatus escorts and firehouse mascots. Since Dalmatians and horses are very compatible, the dogs were easily trained to run in front of the carriages to help clear a path and quickly guide the horses and firefighters to the fires. The Dalmatian, as shown in the TLC unit logo, is named “DAC”, an acronym for “Donations Assist Children”.


The cost to build a miniature fire truck varies as each tractor was/is individually customized and reflects the personal taste of the TLC member building the unit.

One member, Noble Maurice Riopel, built a larger unit known as the TLC Hospital Train that is capable of accommodating several riders.

Free Rides by Maurice

TLC Jacket DAC logo-1

TLC DAC Pin copy