Leadership

Washington’s Fire Chief.

Issue 10 and Volume 7.

Washington’s Fire Chief. We take pleasure in reproducing this week the features of the head of the fire department of Washington, D. C., Chief Engineer Joseph Parris. Mr. Parris has been in active fire service for about thirtyfive years, having been a member of the old Union Company and one of the charter members of the Western Hose Company of the old volunteer fire department. In 1868 he was appointed driver of Engine Company No. 1, but left the department within a year. In 1870, however, he re-entered it as foreman of the same company, and after sixteen years’ steady and able service, was, in 1886, appointed to the position of chief engineer of the department. Mr. Parris is known as a thorough, practical fireman, quiet, unassuming and earnest in the discharge of his duties, and has deservedly gained the confidence of his subordinates and the citizens of the District…

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