CHIEF CHARLES J. VAIL.
Salt Lake City, Utah, has had some good firefighters in its midst. Among them may be reckoned Chief Devine, who resigned in 1905, who did a great deal to improve the service and handed it over in good shape to his successor, Chief Wm. H. Bywater, who did considerably more. Under his regime the headquarters were established; the Gamewell tirealarm telegraph system was extended and improved by the addition of more boxes, bringing the number up to sixty-eight and stringing nine wires; the old Boston aerial truck was remodeled; and the stations were generally bettered. After Chief Bywater’s accession to power the fire-service had been greatly improved by having all the Gamewell fire-alarm wires in the city placed underground. In July, 1905, were added to the equipment an extra first-size Metropolitan steamer and an up-to-date city service hook and ladder truck, complete in every detail, including Weston trussed ladders. The number of men was also added to, and, since the accession of Chief Bywater’s successor, Chief Charles J. Vail, the conditions of the service have been bettered so far as concerns the personnel. The good discipline and training have not been relaxed one whit, and. while the value of property exposed to .risk in 1906 was $2,227,840. the actual fire-loss was only $66,293.60, which was certainly a very good showing. Chief Vail entered the department on July 2, 1890, and has served practically continuously in its ranks since that time, lie was promoted to captain in 1891, being the first man to fill that position in the department. On January 16, 1906, he was appointed to the position of chief by Mayor Ezra Thompson. Chief Vail is an active member of the International Association of Fire Engineers and is an official of whom great things may be expected.