AMONG THE FIRE ENGINEERS
NEWS OF THE DEPARTMENTS, SPECIALLY PREPARED FOR FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.
ALBANY, N. Y .
The annual parade inspection and review of the fire department of Albany, N. Y., took place on the afternoon of October 12. With it was joined the police force, and the two bodies of men made a fine showing. The first division in the parade was composed of police, just ahead of whom and following the band were Mayor Charles H. Gaus, Edward B. Cantine, commissioner of public safety, and William J. Rice, clerk. The second and third divisions were those of the fire department. The second was headed by Chief Michael G. Higgins and Lewis J. Miller, clerk, with Call Assistant Engineer James M. Shattuck on the right of the first division. It was made up of steamer companies 1 to 7. each with a chemical wagon, and the Albany Protectives, with their superintendent, Frank H. Wetherwax. The third division was headed by Charles E. Walsh, permanent assistant engineer, James J. Gillespie, superintendent of fire alarm, with Call Assistant Engineer William W. Bridgeford on the right of the second division. This division comprised steamer companies 8 to 10, each with its chemical, trucks I, 2, 3, and the fire alarm wagon with William B. Martin, assistant superintendent of fire alarm, and John G. Leary, lineman, the supply wagon, with Edward Roak, superintendent of the hose department, and his assistant, John J. Lansing. The department presented a very neat appearance; the officers and men were in the regulation department winter uniform with white tie and gloves. They turned out in full and marched well. The horses were groomed till their coats shone again. They paced proudly as the men and seemed fully to realise the important part they played in the parade. The apparatus was most admired because unadorned save by its own natural refulgence in the way of highly polished nickel, brass and steel work, which, as in a mirror, reflected every object in the streets. The result of the inspection was highly favorable, and the mayor and other officials only voiced the verdict of the citizens when they congratulated Chief Higgins on the fine appearance his men made. The parade followed the inspection, and was witnessed by every Albanian that could turn out.
QUEENS BOROUGH, NEW YORK.
Deputy Commissioner William A. Doyle, of the Brooklyn division of the fire department of New York city, has elaborated a plan for the extension of the paid fire department to Queens county. The plan calls for the appropriation of $976,707 to establish and maintain the projected equipment for the first year. After that the annual cost of maintenance will be about $500,000. Although Queens borough has been a part of the city of New York since January 1, 1898, no serious effort has been made by any preceding administration to extend the paid fire system within its limits. Long Island City, of course, has maintained a paid department, but the vast interests centring in the Rockawavs and the other holiday sections, not to speak of the thriving and industrious communities of Jamaica, Flushing, Newtown and Woodhaven, have gone on for almost seven years under the primitive equipment with which that Amagansett is satisfied. Naturally, the citizens of Queens have sought the needed improvement, but very many obstacles were placed in the path of those desiring the extension. Practically, however, all these have been overcome, and Deputy Commissioner Doyle and Commissioner Hayes are confident that the new system will be in operation in Queens borough next year. The cost and equipment in each town is given below: Newtown—Three fire engine companies, three hook and ladder companies, two hook and ladder chemical combinations—all at an estimated cost of $209,277.30. Rockaway Beach— Three engine companies and three hook and ladder companies—all at an estimated cost of $125,417.50. Far Rockaway—Two engine companies, one hook and ladder company and one hose company—at an estimated cost of $73,793.10. Flushing—One engine company, one hook and ladder company and one hose company—at a cost of $45,577.40. Woodhaven —Two engine companies, one hook and ladder company and one hose company—at a cost of $97,572.40. Richmond Hill—One engine company, one hook and ladder company and one hose company and the Columbia fire department—at a cost of $59,421.70. Jamaica—Two engine companies, two hook and ladder companies and one hose company—at a cost of 371,308,70. Bay Side—One engine company and one book and ladder company, at a cost of $37,594.60. Hollis—One engine company and one hook and ladder company—at a cost of $37,594.60. College Point -Two engine companies and one hook and ladder company at a cost of $58,649.60. Whitestone Two engine companies and one hook and ladder company —at a cost of $56,563.60. Queens -One engine company and one hook and ladder company at a cost of $38,206.60. Springfield—One hook and ladder company and one hose company—at a cost of $25,251.10. Jamaica South—One hose companyat a cost of $13,251.10. Little Neck and DouglastonOne hook and ladder company and one hose company—at a cost of $25,251.10.
NEW BEDFORD, MASS.
Edward F. Dahill, the new chief engineer of New Bedford. Mass., was born in that city on January 27, 1862, and received his education in its public shools. He served as councilman in 1887 and 1888, and joined the fire department with No. 2 hook and ladder company in September. 1888. He was elected captain in 1891, a member of the board of engineers in 1896, and appointed chief engineer in July, 1904. Chief Dahill is a member of the Elks, Royal Arcanum, Knights of Columbus and Plymouth clubs.
King’s sawmill, at Unadilla, Ga., the largest in that section, was burned early on October 10, together with several thousand feet of lumber.