Baltimore Fire Fighters Kept Busy
The Baltimore. Md., fire fighters have had their share of work recently. In two weeks the city firemen attended eleven multiple alarm fires, with a total of twenty-nine other alarms spread among them. Six of the calls were from a paper box factory, six on a boat, a ragshop and in a woodworking shop. The seven two-alarmers were in another boat full of sisal, a cotton warehouse and several dwellings. Western Auto Supply Company had one in the warehouse holding the salvage from their $1,000,000 fire of last July.
The county firemen had a busy Hallowe’en, with children touching off porch furniture and a roadside stand. A fire in Dundalk seriously injured four firemen, hurt forty more, killed one and cleaned out a block of frame stores. The loss was $30,000 and the fire was handled by three companies of county firemen.
The Baltimore Auxiliary Fire Brigade is growing. There are now 500 trained auxiliary firemen, with 300 now in training. Each man must stand duty two hours a week on his assigned night, but he may come in for additional duty at any time. One man put in over sixty hours in three weeks. An auxiliary fireman is permitted to stand house watch, answer the telephone and plug companies on the “running hoard” that is maintained in each house. No more than four auxiliary firemen may rule at one time. The OCD hose has arrived. The auxiliaries have started a naner.