Chief Yates Gives Informal Talk
At a monthly meeting of the Schenectady, N. Y., Permanent Firemen’s Association, held recently at the Central Fire Station. Chief Henry R. Yates of the fire department gave the men an hour’s informal talk, and in speaking of this occasion a local paper says: “The talk given by the chief was prompted by a desire for further increasing the efficiency of the bureau of fire and the subjects selected referred to the professional and mechanical views of fire fighting as well as the smaller details relative to deportment, appearance of stations, apparatus and the members themselves. The chief, who is entering his twentysecond year as head of the department, explained the necessity of the firemen’s acquainting themselves with every piece of mechanism used on the various trucks, the general responsibility of members to the prevention bureau even on their day off, and impressed the men with the fact that they should not only strive to maintain the high standards already reached, but should aim to surpass them.
“The chief stated that the new low record of per capita loss held by the department during the year 1920 was attributable to a great extent to the working knowledge of the department members together with the splendid teamwork by officers and privates alike. For the first time since the platoon system went into effect the off duty men were summoned on New Year’s eve by resorting to use of the system in the signal station, where the address and telephone number of every permanent fireman is kept, the occasion being the break in the water main on the River Road at midnight. Nine men who were off duty responded during the first twenty minutes.” At the conclusion of his remarks a rising vote of thanks was accorded Chief Yates for the very interesting address.