Chief of Williamsport Plans Improvements
Chief Michael E. Clark, ever since his appointment at the head of the Williamsport, Pa., fire department last March, has made plans for the gradual improvement of the department. While these changes will not be radical in their nature, Chief Clark expects results in increased efficiency. Some of these changes were the organization of a regular company to operate the department’s aerial, the increase in the radius of the aerial’s running territory, the creation of two additional captaincies, one for the new aerial company, and other improvements to follow as time goes on.
Chief Clark served as a hoseman in Engine Co. No. 3 for eleven years, joining the department on April 1913. He was made assistant chief of the department in the fall of 1924. He was sent to the New York Fire College for six weeks at this time, and was assigned to Truck Co. 24 in New York, rolling out with it at night, and attending the college during the day. Chief Clark, in referring to his experiences with the college, writes: “I am very proud to say that I learned a whole lot about fire-fighting while in New York and I found a fine lot of men in the fire department. They are always ready to make it pleasant for a visiting fireman.”