Chief Louis Behrens Re-Elected
For the twenty-fifth year, Chief Louis Behrens, head of the Fire Department in Charleston, S. C., has been reelected to his office at the annual meeting of the Board of Firemasters.
On January 6 Chief Behrens began his fifty-fifth year with the Charleston Fire Department and his aftieth year as a member of the paid department.
Chief Behrens’ first experience in fire department work was in 1876, when, at the age of sixteen, he enlisted in the volunteer fire department and was assigned to Hook and Ladder Company No. 2. Two years later, in 1878, he resigned from this company and joined the German steam fire engine company. On the disbandment of the volunteer fire department on December 20, 1881, became a member of the paid fire department, entering as call man on Engine Company No. 1. Five years later he was appointed to the position of foreman of Company No. 1, and in 1898 he bacame assistant chief.
In 1900 the Board of Fire Masters at the advice of Chief O. G. W. Margenhoff, sent Mr. Behrens to New York for intensive training with the New York Fire Department. There he was assigned to Hook and Ladder Company No. 18 and served in the life saving corps of the department.
From 1900 to 1907 Chief Behrens was instructor and Assistant Chief at the school of instruction of the Charleston department. Here he introduced the most up-to-date methods and appliances, and even up to today over 90 per cent, of the drills and other methods used by the New York Fire Department are in vogue with the Charleston department.
On January 7, 1907, Mr. Behrens was appointed Chief of the Charleston Fire Department and he has served continuously since then. He has never missed a day from service during the course of the whole fifty-five years, except such as were necessary because of injury acquired in the course of duty.