CHIEF BOYD ON MOTORIZATION.
In urging the complete motorization of the Knoxville, Tenn., fire department, Chief Sam S. Boyd, its efficient head, takes the excellent viewpoint that fire department equipment should be such as to be able to cope with extraordinary circumstances, not merely with circumstances that are easily handled. Chief Boyd shows that he is a large calibre chief, progressive and with a comprehensive view of fire department work, when he says he wants an equipment that will meet all emergencies. The emergency cases, says Chief Boyd, are the ones when all the energy and force that is within the fighting equipment is required, and that if that force and energy is not sufficient to meet the demands then a greater loss than the cost of making the equipment sufficient is likely to occur within thirty minutes or an hour. One of the things that Chief Boyd is taking into consideration in advocating motor apparatus is the outlying districts, which may become part of Greater Knoxville. It is the chief’s opinion that a motor-driven truck or engine could reach a fire in any of the outlying districts which may become a part of Knoxville within about ten minutes. This would be time enough to save the building from total destruction. But if the department had to depend on horses the delay would mean a total loss by the time the apparatus could reach it. Chief Boyd sums up his views by saying that fire-fighting equipment should be kept up to the biggest demands that may be made upon it, and that motorizing the Knoxville equipment completely is one of the things that Knoxville needs to make the department absolutely efficient.