Among the Fire Fans
INFORMATION on the origin of the sliding pole was sent in by Wm. H. Wallace, 198 Linden St., Rockville Center, N. Y., and E. E. Douglass, 33 Walnut Street. Medford, Mass. They report that the first pole was introduced by members of Engine 21. Chicago, in 1878. The pole superseded the sliding chute, then in use in many fire stations. The first pole was of wood. They differ on the location of the first metal pole: Mr. Wallace naming Chicago, while Mr. Douglass gives Worcester, Mass.
Knowing that buffs are interested in new and unusual apparatus, this writer has arranged to receive photographs and data on such apparatus. American-La France obliged with six photos and data on two types of engines. Three of the photos are interesting views of three pumpers recently delivered to Los Angeles County, Cal. The pumpers carry 1,000-gallon water tanks, arranged in compartments of 167 gallons each. Piping is connected so that water may he pumped from or to any one compartment, or from or to the entire tank. Eight discharge gates for 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch hose are at the rear of the body, while the 2 1/2-inch outlets are on each side. A total of 2,700 feet of hose are carried.
Also from the same firm are three photos and data on Airport Crash Cars, an especially interesting type of apparatus. This writer will be glad to furnish additional information on the photos, or show them to buffs in the Baltimore area. Those writing are requested to enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The June issue of the “Phoenician News” reports that two additional fireboats are now in service in the San Francisco Fire Department . . . . that department also has in service, the largest and most powerful tow truck in fire service on the West Coast. Stanley H. Sugarman, Compilator of the “Phoenician News” would like to correspond with other buff groups. His address is 1045 Cabrillo Street, San Francisco, Cal.
The “Phoenician News” is available to fire fans who care to send the Compilator one dollar to cover costs of printing, mailing, and other expenses.
A copy of the new by-laws manual of Box 9 Assn., Attleboro, Mass., has been received from President J. W. Wolfenden. The book also lists the Attleboro fire boxes and signals. Headquarters of this fire fan club is at Central Fire Station in Attleboro.
Harry Breen is the new Chief of Box 35 Associates of Minneapolis, Minn. Mr. Breen’s address is 3116 4th Street, North, Minneapolis. H. Peterson is Deputy and Jack L. Chrissinger is Secretary. Mr. Chrissinger also announced the birth of his son, Edson Lyman Chrissinger, on April 28.
An interesting account of the New York Fire Department action during the Baltimore Fire of 1904 was presented in the New York paper W.N.Y.F. A slight correction is in order, regarding one paragraph in the story. Baltimore had a 14-alarm fire on Feb. 15, 1941, not a 19-
alarm fire. Assistance was not received from any other department, the only action taken was to recall the off-shift to duty to man reserve apparatus. Outside of that error, the account is interesting. During the Baltimore fire of 1904. the officer commanding the New York companies reported to his superior in New York by telegram This is the Department’s only record of an officer “reporting in” by such means.
Note to Readers: At a recent fatal fire on the Washington Blvd., near Washington, D. C., this writer noticed numerous persons taking pictures of the activities. He was on the fire engine first in at this fire and held the nozzle of the first hose line put on the fire. Many of the camera users were from cars with license plates from various states. A possibility exists that one of the many fire scene snappers on the scene may also be a reader of this column. If so, kindly contact this writer, as he has a personal interest in the affair.
To Joseph Krucher, 307 East 73rd St., New York, N. Y.—this writer has never heard of a fire fan club in Los Angeles. The only West Coast club known to me is the Phoenix Society of
Emmons E. Douglass is head of the Mystic Sparks Club, youthful buff unit of Medford, Mass. . . Howard Larcombe and Art Cline of Washington, D. C. enjoyed a picture snapping tour of the Baltimore Fire Department a few weeks ago. Apparatus was snapped while at Sunday drill. As usual, the gong remained quiet out of respect for visitors, and no fire scenes were available. This writer now has a fairly representative set of photos of District of Columbia fire apparatus, via the trading route.