B. O. Hargrove, Chief of Birmingham, Ala.
Chief B. O. Hargrove, of the Birmingham, Ala., Fire Department, writes that he is a strong believer in the intensive training of members of the fire service, and intends to make the drills and training of the men of his command in all phases of fire prevention, fighting and inspection real and thorough.
Chief Hargrove was appointed on January 15 last to succeed Chief J. L. Akin, who resigned after a period of thirty-three years service in the department, ten years of which were as its head.
Chief Hargrove was born and raised in Alabama and received his education in the public and normal schools of the state. He entered the Birmingham F’ire Department, at the age of twenty years, on January, 1907.
His first promotion, to the Chief B. O. Hargrove post of Captain, came to him in November 1912. He was advanced to the position of Assistant Chief in October, 1922. He served in this capacity for nearly twelve years, when his appointment as head of the department became effective, on the resignation of Chief Akin.