Leadership

CHIEF CHARLES J. VAIL.

Issue 22 and Volume 42.

CHIEF CHARLES J. VAIL. Salt Lake City, Utah, has had some good firefighters in its midst. Among them may be reckoned Chief Devine, who resigned in 1905, who did a great deal to improve the service and handed it over in good shape to his successor, Chief Wm. H. Bywater, who did considerably more. Under his regime the headquarters were established; the Gamewell tirealarm telegraph system was extended and improved by the addition of more boxes, bringing the number up to sixty-eight and stringing nine wires; the old Boston aerial truck was remodeled; and the stations were generally bettered. After Chief Bywater’s accession to power the fire-service had been greatly improved by having all the Gamewell fire-alarm wires in the city placed underground. In July, 1905, were added to the equipment an extra first-size Metropolitan steamer and an up-to-date city service hook and ladder truck, complete in every detail, including…

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