Boston Drill School Starts
Fire department work began in earnest on March 10 for the new firemen who were appointed to the Boston, Mass., department with the installation of the two-platoon system on February 1. In other words the drill school sessions started under direction of Capt. Daniel F. Baker, drill master, in the yard adjacent to the headquarters building on Bristol Street.
Three classes are being held daily except Sunday, the first at 8:30 A. M., the second at 10:30 A. M., and the third at 1 P. M. Each group will practice with ladders, hose and other appliances for a period of 30 days. The recruits started out with vigor, and following a preliminary talk and explanation of firefighting tools they were put through a stiff course in ladder raising.
This is the first time in the history of the Boston Fire Department that three sessions of drill school have been held daily. There are the largest number of recruits to go through the school on record, more than 200 men being on the list for drill this spring.
The three classes at present drilling are composed of fifteen men to each class, the men being selected in equal numbers from the various divisions and districts. By this method there will be five terms of three classes to a term or fifteen classes in all. Probationers must attend the drills daily whether on or off duty and no term is to be interrupted by vacation periods.