(Note—While gladly publishing letters from its readers, FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING does not hold itself responsible for the vietvs expressed THEREIN.—EDITOR.)

Two Platoon in Ogden, Utah

To the Editor:

Just a word to inform you that the city of Ogden, on September first of this year, will join the ranks of the cities whose fire departments are working under the two-platoon system. The change from the one-day-infour to the two-platoon system was brought about with the aid of Public Safety Commissioner J. Ray Ward, to take effect immediately. The men will work in two shifts, a day shift of ten hours, and a night shift of fourteen hours, shifts changing every fifteen days. Thinking this might be of interest to you, I remain



Chief of Fire Department. Ogden, Utah, August 30, 1920.

First Aid Instruction in Volunteer Departments

To the Editor:

A recent inquiry by one of your readers and Mr. Shepperd’s reply, on the subject of Treatment for Asphyxiation, gave me the idea that some of your subscribers among the volunteer firemen might like to hear of a plan we have recently adopted in our company, and “go and do likewise.”

We appointed a “Topical Discussion Committee” which is to be prepared at each monthly meeting to present a subject for discussion by the members. Several have proved very interesting, anil more of the men have taken part than we ever hoped for.

Quite lately we put this matter of asphyxiation before the meeting, and asked what should be done if a fireman was overcome by smoke at a fire. It appeared that several had more or less training in First Aid, and as a result of that discussion we have asked one of our doctors to give us a regular First Aid Course, which he very cordially agreed to do, and is now making the course both instructive and interesting for us.

I am sure this can be done in any village lire department, and it is certain if it was done our men would be better prepared to act promptly and rightly in the event of any accident at a fire (or elsewhere).

We are never fore-warned of accidents, but we may be prepared for them and if such a course, which, in itself is a good way to spend a few evenings, results in the companies carrying First Aid Kits on their trucks and having men prepared to use them, much useless suffering may be spared a friend (or it may be yourself, kind reader).

Wont you think this over, and suggest to your company that they adopt this suggestion, if you have not already had such instruction yourselves?

Very truly yours,

B. L. WALLACE, Ex-Chief, Fire Department. Dobbs Ferry, N. Y. August 25th, 1920.

Chief Mitchell and the Black Bass

To the Editor:

When vacation time rolled around this year Chief George L. Mitchell of East Orange, N. J., happened to think of his old friend “Timber” (Deputy Chief Wood of Watertown, N. Y.) who spent several weeks with him in the New York Fire College. So he packed his bag and started for the North Country. It is safe to say that he had some time, and Chief Wood mentions one day in particular. It seems that Chief Wood has a man in his department that is a very good fisherman. And this fireman invited the two chiefs to go afishing with him.

Now, it so happens that Chief Mitchell had never caught any fresh water black bass. And Fireman Hose took the chief right over the bass grounds. When the first bass took the chief’s bait it was as good as a circus. His face took on a look he might assume at the sight of a working fire, and instead of ordering a line stretched he was pulling on the line himself.

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The bass cleared the water twice and the chief in standing on the side of the boat, allowed the water to run in, and there he stood, in about three inches of water without his rubber boots on, his pole bent nearly double, and the bass started under the boat, whereupon the chief was going to step out and get him but Fireman Hose reached out with the landing net and saved the bass. After the first bass the chief came up with a rose on him; he captured every bass that was caught that day.

A fine shore dinner made up the rest of the day and

the chief says that the best he could do was to eat ten ears of corn at one sitting. Very truly yours,


Deputy Chief Fire Department.

Watertown. N. Y., August 31, 1920.

A Correction

To the Editor:

Regarding the inclosed clipping from page 406 of the August 25 issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, will state that the item probably refers to the city of Watervliet, which I understand has had some trouble with its water supply. The city of Albany has experienced no difficulties of the kinds mentioned.

Very truly yours,


Commissioner of Public Works. Albany, N. Y., August 31, 1920.

Note—Acknowledgement with thanks is made to Mr. Greenalch for the above correction. Through an inadvertence the name of Albany was substituted for that of Watervliet, N. Y., in the item herewith,


The water supply of Albany was recently suspended for some hours, owing to the lack of chlorine with which to purify the water. A break in the city main had made it necessary to pump water directly from the Hudson river without filtration. The break was repaired as quickly as possible and filtered water supplied, but users were warned not to drink the water without boiling, until analysis has determined that no contamination remains in the pipes.

Diagram Showing Relation Between Public Water Supply and Typhoid Fever Death Rates in Columbus, Ohio—Filtration Plant was Put in Operation September, 1908.

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