Boston Starts Disaster Relief Program

Issue 11 and Volume 93.

Boston Starts Disaster Relief Program By WILLIAM ARTHUR REILLY Fire Commissioner, Boston, Mass. THE volunteer fireman is coming back in Boston. Information from England has indicated that where at one time there were only 20,000 firemen in all of England, today there are over 18,000 firemen in London alone. Boston’s answer to that choice morsel was “What are we waiting for?” The entire list of eligibles for appointment to the Fire Department was obtained from the Civil Service Commission and invitations were sent to all the names on the list asking for enrollment in a civilian auxiliary fire fighting force for the city of Boston. Large Volunteer Force A total of 450 volunteers were thus secured and they were given the same training that is given to regular firemen upon their entrance into the regular paid fire department. Sixty hours of drill time, two hours an evening during the months…

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