New Assistant Chief at Birmingham, Ala. The Birmingham, Ala., City Council on May 19 authorized Chief Bennett to create the position of second assistant chief, and on the same day the chief promoted Capt. S. A. Middleton to that position. The duties of the chief of department have become so extensive that more assistance was needed. W. P. Walton is now first assistant chief, and is located at No. 2 station on the South Side, and Middleton will be stationed at No. 1, at the city hall, where he has been captain for the past several years. Middleton has been with the fire department 14 vears and has been a captain for 12 years. He is well known and is highly regarded as a fire-fighter by Chief Bennett and all others who have had opportunity to observe his work.