Fire Chauffeurs Warned.
At Springfield, Mass., the fire commissioners have taken precautionary measures to guard against possible accidents on account of the high speed attained by the automobiles used in the department. The following precautionary notice has therefore been issued to the drivers of these machines: “To the officers and members of the department using automobiles for the fire service in the city of Springfield: By a vote of the board of fire commissioners, I am directed to notify you that the commission expects and will insist upon extraordinary care in handling such machines, especially in turning corners and on wet and slippery pavements. While it is commendable on the part of a good firefighter to reach the scene of action at the earliest possible moment, he must remember the difference between a highpower engine and an ordinary team of horses, and he must not allow his familiarity with the automobile to take him beyond the point of reasonable safety. It is the belief of the commission that precautionary measures before a serious accident are of vastly more value than regrets after a calamity. You are, therefore, notified that each and every person connected with this branch of the service will be held strictly responsible, and should an accident occur through bad judgment or carelessness, an immediate dismissal from the department will result and be followed by any legal action applicable to the case.”