Chief McFall Urges Motorization

Issue 4 and Volume 61.

Chief McFall Urges Motorization In his annual report, for the year 1916. Chief Janies McFall, of Roanoke, Va., presents a strong argument in favor of complete motorization of the department, and states that it will cost $75,000 to do it, bringing the department up to date in every particular, and he suggests that this be done by the issuing of bonds. In telling of the advantages of motorization, the chief says: “In our case, when called to the business section, from eight to ten men of the original forty who answer the alarm are required to look after the horses and fire the engines. If the entire department was motorized, these men would be available for fire service upon their arrival. In other words, a motorized department gives you about 25 per cent, more men in the first twenty minutes of a fire than does a horsedrawn department, and usually…

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