Appreciation of Chief Louis Pujol
The head of the fire department of New Orleans, La., Chief Louis Pujol, is one of the progressive fire leaders of the country. He is peculiarly fitted for this important position as he is a natural leader among men and has been notably successful in bringing the New Orleans fire department to-its present efficient state. A local newspaper states that present high standard of the fire department has resulted in voluntary reductions in insurance rates not only throughout the commercial district, but in the residential sections. The selection of the department’s equipment has been left to the judgment of Chief Pujol with the result that New Orleans to-day ranks among the very first cities of the United States in preparedness against serious conflagration. Chief Pryol, who is a native of New Orleans, was born September 11th, I860. He attended the public schools and later followed various commercial pursuits. In 1886 he joined the old volunteer department. He became connected with Pelican Hook and Ladder Company No. 4. Upon the organization of the paid department on December 15th, 1891, he was appointed driver of Hook and Ladder Company No. 4. In 1902 he was promoted to the position of captain and remained at that post until 1907, when he was promoted to assistant engineer of the fifth fire district. On June 21st, 1911, he was promoted to the chief of the fire department, which position he now fills with credit and distinction.