Features of the Firemen’s Show at St. Louis
The recent firemen’s show, staged at the Motordrom, in St. Louis, Mo., for the benefit of the St. Louis Firemen’s Pension Fund, included a large number of features, and they were so staged as to give the public a comprehensive understanding of the operation of the St. Louis fire department, including the dangers of the life of firemen. The first act of the show depicted the firemen protecting their pensioners. Then there was a drill by. the Fire Zouaves, commanded by Captain Andrew McHugh. In this a company of men, each measuring five feet nine inches, and weighing from 100 to 175 pounds, went through a drill of 145 movements per minute. This was followed by a fire horse competitive drill between Engine Companies Nos. 4, 12, 18 and 41, under the command of Captains Sherrett, Manion, Steinmcycr and Juelg. The first act of the show was closed with an exhibition of pompier ladder climbing, rope work and the proper handling of a life net, under command of Captain Joseph Ogulin. The examination of candidates for the fire department was a feature of the second act and in the third was shown wherein a false alarm caused the death of a fireman. In the last act was a fire scene wherein the home of a fireman was destroyed and his wife and child rescued: also the rescue of guests in an adjoining hotel and a leap for life by a fireman, whose escape had been cut off by the flames. The illustrations herewith show the inspection and drill of the fire Zouaves, a fireman descending head first from a building, bringing two exhausted firemen with him. Side and rear view of the street scene; a company answering a false alarm, one fireman being thrown off as the wagon rounds a corner; drill of the fire horses, at the sound of the gong the animals responding to their respective positions and seven pieces of fire apparatus that took part in the show. The show was carried out at the suggestion of and under the direction of Chief Frank K. Henderson, of St. Louis.