BROCKTON, MASS., FIRE DEPARTMENT
The fire protection committee of the Board of Fire Underwriters has made its report on the fire protection, of which the following is a summary : Fire record, fair, Fire department part full paid and part call; under the management of a very competent chief. Financial support fair. Methods of appointment and promotion satisfactory except in the case of chief officers. Supervision is efficient, but liable to political influences. Too few permanent men. Engines in poor condition and of too small capacity. Ladder service adequate, except hose wagons lack short ladders. Hose wagons carry an ample supply of hose, but none are of the combination type. Chemical apparatus much used, but more is needed in some residential districts. Hose good and a fair supply. Discipline well enforced. Drills meagre. Response to alarms satisfactory for first alarms. F’ire methods excellent. Building inspections fair.I roper records are kept. Service, as a whole, fairly efficient, but weak.
Fire-alarm automatic system with provision for manual operation. Headquarters badly exposed and system liable to be seriously crippled by a small fire. All apparatus at headquarters installed in May, 1908. A new telephone system to lie installed which will meet present requirements. Boxes of good type with keyless doors or keys attached; distribution satisfactory in important districts, elsewhere fair to poor. Alarm circuits in duplicate and underground. Batteries satisfactory; maintenance good. Diagrams of circuits lacking. System good. The fire department consists of 4 engine, 3 ladder, 1 hose and 3 chemical companies manned by 43 full paid and 44 call men, a total of 87. Chief H. L. Marston, who has been chief since 1842 and a member of the department for 32 years, has actual supervision of most of its afTars. V. H. Daley is a full paid and bred II. Moore a call assistant chief. All members except the chiefs are under the State civil service laws. Age limit for appointment is from 22 to 35 years of age and promotion of a call to a paid fireman front the call force, 43 years.
The committee recommend. the following changes: Department be placed under the supervision of a board or commission composed of the chief and first assistant chief of the fire department as permanent members and of three members, one elected or appointed annually for a three-year term; chief and assistant chiefs be appointed for indefinite terms and removed only for cause, and that the position of first assistant chief he put on a full paid basis; the strength of the department be increased by the addition of an auxiliary squad of five full paid nun at all times and by additional full paid men in each company so that the least tit mher present at any time, including meal hours, will be: l» > giue and ladder companies. 4; in combined engine and ladder company, 8; at headquarters, including auxiliary squad, 13: an engine company cquiped with a modern second size engine and a combination hose wagon he established at the new lire station on the west side; that chemical company No. 3 be combined with engine company No. 2 and be provided with a combination hose wagon, carrying one 35-gal chemical tank and 250 feet of chemical hose, and an engine of 900gal. capacity ; engine company No. t he provided with an engine of 900 gal. capacity and a plain hose wagon cquiped with a turret nozzle: engine company No. 4 in provided with a combination hose wagon, carrying a 35-gal. chemical tank and 250 feet of chemical hose; plain hose wagons cquiped with turret nozzles and each carrying I.JOO feet of i’/t and 3-in. hose he placed in reserve at headquarters and station No. 2: minor equipment he furnished as follows, where not already provided: To each ladder truck: pompier ladders, a hose roller, a door opener and six waterproof covers. To each hose wagon: a short extension ladder, a hose roller and a waterproof cover. To each chemical tank: a 2’A-iu. hose connection. To each engine: a compound gage on the suction side of the pump: a drill school be established, cquiped with a pompier tower and in charge of a competent instructor; the fire-alarm headquarters be removed to a fireproof budding: the visual indicators in fire stations he replaced by punch registers connected to the tapper circuits’: additional boxes IKinstalled so that a lx>x shall he within 500 feet of every building in the highvalue districts, and within 800 feet of oven build i»g in closely built-up sections: one of the trunk lines to be installed with the new telephone system he reserved exclusively for alarms of fire; a complete code of regulations governing the manufacture, sale, storage and transportation of explosives and inflammable substances he adopted by the State police; that the officers of the tire department he required to make at least quarterly inspections of places storing hazardous materials and report violations of the code to the chief of the State police, who should he held responsible for prosecutions.