Corning Named Chief of Seattle Following a Fire Department election, Mayor Dore, of Seattle, Wash., appointed Claude W. Corning as Chief of the Fire Department. The Mayor had announced that he would let the men of the Fire Department indicate their own choice for Chief and that he would name the one favored. Chief Corning was appointed a fireman at the time that Seattle started the two-platoon system, April 2, 1913. He was promoted to Lieutenant on May 27, 1919 and on July 23, 1922, was advanced to Captain. On January 1, 1929 he was appointed Battalion Chief, and Chief of the Department on June 10, 1932. He fills the vacancy caused by the resignation of Chief George M. Mantor.