Commissioner Murphy Urges New Apparatus for Boston
Large areas of the city of Boston, Mass., were left unprotected and in others the degree of protection was seriously reduced for certain periods last year because there was no reserve fire department apparatus to substitute for regular apparatus undergoing repairs, according to a report by Fire Commissioner John B. Murphy, of that city. He urged the immediate appropriation of $100,000 for the purchase of additional new apparatus. He pointed out that all large cities maintain a reserve equal to 20 per cent, of their motor apparatus actually in service, whereas Boston has practically no reserve.
The Massachusetts Legislature has passed a bill allowing the two-platoon system in such cities and towns as accept it by referendum.