A Model Volunteer Department

A Model Volunteer Department

Chief W. H. Frank, Poughkeepsie

A model volunteer fire department is that of the city of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., of which William H. Frank, Jr., is chief Under his administration the department has been brought to a state of high efficiency, as it is fully in sympathy with all his ideas. In other words, it is said to be behind him to a man! In his annual report to the mayor and common council, Chief Frank shows that considerable progress has been made in the work of motorizing the apparatus, as in a total of eleven pieces there are five that are either motor or tractor drawn. The entire list of apparatus records one triple combination American-LaFrance, type 12; one triple combination American-LaFrance, type 75; one tractordraw n American-LaFrance ladder truck; one second size American-LaFrance steam fire engine, tractor-drawn; one third size AmericanLaFrance steam fire engine, horse-drawn; one White motor combination; one American-LaFrance double-tank chemical combination, horse-drawn; two chemical combinations, horse-drawn; one third size Metropolitan steam fire engine and one old aerial truck kept in reserve. There are also seven sleighs and six horses. In reserve, in addition to the aerial truck, is a horsedrawn hose wagon. There are 853 men in the department and the year’s roll of dead numbered 40. Among the occupations listed in the roster of the department are electricians, candy-makers, chauffeurs, physicians, bakers, salesmen, architects, bookkeepers, stonecutters, editors, machinists, merchants, druggists, painters, barbers, printers, clerks, undertakers, letter carriers, glass blowers, insurance agents, masons, dentists, jewelers, stock brokers, carpenters, bankers and men of leisure, retired from business; a list that certainly is a concrete example of true democracy.

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