Chief Makes Recommendations for Toronto
Chief John Thompson, of Toronto, Can., in submitting his report to the Board of Control upon the findings of the recent department inspection report states that after looking into these reports he finds that the preponderance of defects mentioned are in connection with the office work of the department, and he has outlined a plan to put into immediate operation a remedy for all such defects. He says, in part: “During the past few years the city has been growing very rapidly, and to meet the growing needs of the city the department has had to be very materially increased in both men and apparatus, while the office staff has remained practically at a standstill. A little over a year ago I appointed a stenographer which has enabled me to look after the correspondence of the department and to inaugurate a satisfactory filing system for the correspondence; and in the latter part of 1913 an additional clerk was appointed for the purpose of assisting the secretary in the office work of the department. I think your board will see by taking these duties into consideration that a very large part of the time of the secretary is taken up in connection with the street lighting of the city. In my opinion this duty should not be under the jurisdiction of the fire department and the secretary should be relieved of the duties of looking after the street lighting that he may devote his entire time to the office work of the department, together with the control of stores and supplies, and be furnished with the additional help necessary to efficiently and systematically carry out the work in connection with these duties. In connection with the reorganization of the department, I am of the opinion that the time has come when a certain amount of fire prevention as well as fire extinguishment should be undertaken by the department. In submitting the estimates for the present year I asked that an additional 35 men might be used for inspection. Your board reduced the number to 20, for which provision has been made. I am still of opinion that the 35 men should be provided, and that from this number a corps of qualified inspectors be appointed.” Chief Thompson also recommends that a drill school be established in the centre of the city, to be followed in the near future by two others, one in the east and one in the west end of the city.