AMERICAN FIRE HATS FOR SOUTH AMERICA.
Until quite recently it has been difficult to introduce American ideas into the South American countries, on account of the English systems and products which had secured such a foothold there, being introduced and perpetuated by resident representatives of English concerns. Whether it is due to the visit of the Pan-American delegation to this country or for other reasons, it is an assured fact that the American fireman’s helmet has displaced the time honored English double _____nder in Guayaquil, Ecuador, that city having just been equipped with over 100 of the one-piece aluminum hats invented by Chief Hopkins some years ago, the hats being designed and specially made by the E. P. Gleason Manufacturing company, of New York, for the Amercan Fire Engine company, which took the order. The accompanying illustration shows the American square cape hat, with rounding corners, short brim or peak, and, instead of the eagle, a Roman crest of polished aluminum holds the leather front in place. The chiefs’ and assistants’ hats are white enameled, with blue patent leather fronts and nickel plated letters. The privates’ hats are of the same shape, black in color, with blue front and white letters, the fronts being only five and one-half inches high, instead of eight and one-fourth—the American standard. A South American fire department parading with American helmets will create quite a stir among the natives, and it is only a question of time when the time-honored three-pounders of English make will be displaced by the American style.
Upon the recommendation of Chief Foley, of Milwaukee, the common council committee on fire department voted to recommend the creation of the offices of fifth and sixth assistant chiefs. Chief Foley told the committee that the increasing size of the department and increased calls to duty made it necessary to have more commanding officers. The new assistants will be appointed by the chief and will receive $2,000 annually. One of them will be stationed on the South Side and the other in the northwest part of the city.