Assistant Chief F. O. Spaine Retires
After thirty-eight years of service as a member of the New Haven, Conn., Fire Department, First Assistant Chief Francis O. Spaine submitted his petition for retirement on April 12. The Board of Fire Commissioners and Retirement Board met in special session and granted the request.
Assistant Chief Spaine, one of the best known fire officials in Connecticut, joined the New Haven Fire Department in 1906 as a fireman attached to Engine Company No. 3 and in 1915 was promoted to a lieutenant.
Two years later, having qualified by Civil Service examination, he was advanced to the rank of Captain and in 1919 was named a battalion chief. On January 18, 1928, he was appointed to the post of first assistant chief and has been second in command of the department since that time.
Chief Spaine is a graduate of the New York Fire College where he received high honors. He also helped in the formation of the New Haven County Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Plan and held the office of President of the Plan soon after it was organized.