Leadership

MOTORIZING BOSTON APPARATUS.

Issue 22 and Volume 56.

MOTORIZING BOSTON APPARATUS. Mayor Curley of Boston figures that the city can save two millions in the next 10 years by having motors for every piece of apparatus used in the fire department. One big saving is the number of men. He thinks that by abolishing horses a company of 10 , men can do as much work at a fire as 12. and that means cutting the payroll one-sixth. The latest order from the Boston department is motors for the big water towers now using four horses. A former fire commissioner purchased some twenty motor cars for chiefs, heads of bureaus, etc., but no apparatus. When Deputy Chief John Grady became commissioner he commenced to motorize the apparatus and has so far procured a large number of motor pumping engines, hose wagons, ladder trucks and tractors for old apparatus, and will continue to procure it as rapidly as finances…

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