Buffalo Claims Hitching Record
The “Evening Times” of Buffalo, N. Y., of a recent issue said: “Captain Thomas O’Hara and his men of Engine Ten, have made what is known among Fire Department fans as a wonderfully quick hitch. The men of this house hooked up five horses in eight seconds, and hung up a world’s record. Besides the fact that we are awfullv glad to sec the world’s record broken, as all Buffalo was last year when Chemical One on the Terrace made a two-horse hitch in five seconds the citizens are glad to note the increased efficiency, for they know what the reduction of a second from the record means. Or do they know what a second means? It might mean the difference between a $25 fire and the development of a $250,000 fire A second sooner might mean successful rescue from the suffocating atmosphere of a smoke-filled room. A second might mean the squelching of a fire which would endanger the lives of other firemen. Seconds are a specialty dealt in by the Buffalo Fire Department. That is the policy, steadily adhered to by Chiefs McConnell and Murphy, which has put the Buffalo department in a class by itself.
It is one thing that Buffalonians need not he ashamed of. It is known and recognized by critics all over the country as A No. 1, and takes a back seat for no organization with the possible exception of the metropolitan department. This has been accomplished because the heads of the organization believed in saving seconds. Captain Thomas O’Hara and his men of Engine Ten, and his quintet of gallant blacks, are all to be congratulated.”