Lane Chief of Alameda, Cal. Thomas M. Lane has been promoted to Chief of Department, Alameda, Cal., to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Chief Walter Steinmetz on March 1, because of ill health. He joined the department on September 1, 1909, and was advanced to driver on May 1 the following year. Other promotions followed at short intervals. Lane was appointed Assistant Engineer on July 5, 1917; Engineer on October 1, 1919; Captain on January 1, 1921; Assistant Chief on September 15, 1932.