Issue 12 and Volume 17.

PATENTED DEVICES IN FIRE DEPARTMENTS. A NUMBER of years ago, when the present chief of the Fall River Fire Department, William C. Davol, Jr., was a member of a fire company, a very great rivalry existed between his company and the others as to getting out first to a fire and getting first water. The company to which the chief belonged was composed mainly of young, enterprising and active fellows, who were particularly ambitious and progressive, adopting every possible device to give them additional celerity in their movements. It occurred to Chief Davol that one serious cause of delay arose from the horses standing in their stalls with their tails to the apparatus, and he conceived the idea of changing the stalls, placing them on lines parallel with the engine and facing to the front. He, accordingly, went to work on this idea and perfected a plan for which he…

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