Chief Smith of Providence

Chief Smith of Providence

The new head of the fire department of Providence, R. I., Chief William F. Smith was appointed on August 7, to succeed Reuben D. Weekes, who resigned on August 3, after a service of forty-one years in the department, twelve of which he was chief. Chief Smith was appointed a call hoseman on November 1, 1886 and was assigned to Engine No. 8. He became a permanent member of the Providence fire department on March 19, 1889, when he was appointed ladderman of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. His first promotion was to a lieutenancy, which occurred on September 21, 1891, he being then transferred to Hook and Ladder No. 2. On July 20, 1895, he was promoted to a captaincy and placed in command of Hook and Ladder No. 6. The next advancement that Chief Smith received was that of district chief—now designated as battalion chief—of District No. 3, which occurred on June 1, 1902. Since that time Chief Smith has been transferred twice, in the first instance to District No. 2, on April 1. 1909, and in the second to District No. 3, on May 7, 1921. Chief Smith’s record in the Providence fire department is an excellent one and he bears the reputation of being a strict disciplinarian and efficient officer.

An order for additional fire fighting equipment, including a pumper to be used outside the fire limits, has been given by the Lockhart, Texas, fire department. Chief Muecke with several members of the department recently returned from a visit to New Braunfels, where they went to inspect a new fire engine.

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