NOTE—Special Fire Business News, with proposals, etc., will be found on page 474.—EDITOR.

Lima Acquires New Pumper—A Stutz 1,000-gallon triple combination pumper has been purchased for the Lima, Ohio fire department.

Los Angeles Awards Hose Contract — A contract for 20,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch fire hose for $12,850 has been awarded by the city council of Los Angeles, Cal.

New Cars for Boston District Chiefs—Four handsome new Buick runabout automobiles for district chiefs have been placed in service with the Boston Fire Department.

Chief Taber, Boston, Sick—Chief J. O. Taber, of the Boston Fire Department, has been confined to his home at 20 Fletcher street, for a week, because of an attack of tonsilitis.

Activities of the Dingville Fire Department

Foreword—We take pleasure in introducing to the readers of FIRF AND WATER ENGINEERING an organization known to the fire world as The Dingville Volunteer Eire Department.

This aggregation of a few dozen souls (and half-souls) was originally ushered into prominence by the American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company of Elmira, N. Y., through whose courtesy we are enabled to present chapters of this history.

The doings of these now celebrated fire-fighters have been closely observed by critical eyes and their deeds recorded by an honest pencil. Dingville, the home of this renowned organization, is merely a flyspeck on the map and a rusty cog in the wheel of national commerce. But for fire-fighting, it stands without an equal.

Dingville is so hot a town that it sets fire to itself at least once a month, so that its firemen are obliged to remain inside their uniforms with their hands on the drag, constantly ready to answer the call of duty. Their activities will be portrayed in this space from week to week.

South Bound Brook Acquires Pumper— South Bound Brook, N. J., fire department’s new 400-gallon Waterous triple combination pumper, obtained through the Woodhouse Manufacturing Company, has successfully passed the Underwriters’ test.

New Pumper for Holdenville, Okla.—In accordance with the state law, which requires that a city attaining a population of more than 5,000 be equipped with two fire-fighting apparatus, a new Seagrave 750-gallon pumper has been purchased for the fire department of Holdenville, Okla.

File Application for New York Chief Examinations—The examinations for deputy chief of the New York City fire department is to be held on March 27 and 28, and those for battalion chief on March 19 and 20. Of the 303 captains, 202 have filed application for promotion to the rank of battalion chief and of the 47 battalion chiefs 28 have filed for the post of deputy.

Drainage Increases Forest Fire Hazards—According to W. T. Cox, state forester of Minnesota, the promiscuous drainage in Minnesota has cost the taxpayers more than $200,000,000 in the past twelve years and has increased the forest fire hazard four-fold. He said that although the fire-fighting forces of the forestry department have doubled in efficiency in recent years the extension is not comparable to increased hazards.

January’s Fires Break All Houston’s Records—According to a report from the fire chief’s office of Houston, Tex., the number of fires and losses for last month have broken all known records at that city. There were 225 fires with an approximate loss of $350,000 which is said to be over 50 per cent, of the total for the entire year of 1923. The losses include three business houses and 22 homes—the most disastrous fire being that of the Houston Bag and Bagging Company, with the estimated loss of $150,000.

Firemen’s Wages in Canada—Hull, P. Q., has requested the city council to create a wage schedule similar to one in force in Ottawa, Ont. The firemen have presented a wage schedule calling for a minimum wage of $1,200 per annum for first year men, increasing at the rate of $75 per year until a maximum of $1,500 is reached. At present it requires four years service before the maximum wage of $1,150 is reached— the minimum being $1,000. A report from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., contains the announcement of a $5,000 increase in the new budget for firemen’s wages over that of last year.

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