FIRE DEPARTMENT DOING
From reports covering the United States and Canada the estimated losses by fire during the week ending March 29, 1915, aggregated $2,600,000 as compared with $4,783,000 for the corresponding week in 1914.
The City Council of Kenosha, Wis., has decided not to abolish the volunteer force.
It is reported that State Fire Marshal Harrison Parkman of Kansas will retire shortly.
The Elwood City, Pa., department has joined the Pennsylvania State Firemen’s Association.
Chief Dennis Curran of Bangor, Me., has been re-elected.
Chief Mesnar of Canton, O., has asked for money to buy a pulmotor.
Chief Frank Donegan of Cortland, N. Y, died last week at the age of 36 years.
First Assistant Chief William Cudmore of Rochester, Minn., has been made chief, succeeding John A. Boylhart.
Scotia, N. Y., had but seven fires last year with a loss of $970, according to the report of Chief Alvin C. Spitzer.
Volunteer firemen throughout Pennsylvania are opposing legislation providing for the establishment of paid departments.
At Portsmouth, Va., recently, it was necessary for the firemen to lay 2,500 feet of hose to reach a fire.
Chief Hochreiter of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., reports 16 fires during February, with a total loss of nearly $10,000.
The Protective Department of Boston has been allowed $115,000 for maintenance for the current year.
Last week in New York, 1,000 persons calmly walked out of a theater when a fire was discovered under the stage.
John H. Barber, a veteran fireman prominent in New England, died March 12th in Providence, R. I.
Secretary Charles S. Smith of the Board of Fire Commissioners of Newark, N. J., is recovering from an operation for appendicitis.
Factory No. 2 of the Woodbury Shoe Company at Derry, N. H., was recently destroyed by fire with a loss of $200,000.
At a town meeting at Reading, Mass., it was voted to increase the annual pay of 28 call men from $50 to $75.
Chief E. H. Austin was re-elected chief of the West Carthage fire department at the department’s annual meeting. He named as his assistants M. O. Pierce and Levi Fralick.
At the annual village meeting at Bennington, Vt., it was voted to give each company in the fire department $125 and to pay the Chief engineer $50, and each of his assistants $25.
The office of Director of Public Safety may be abolished at Middletown, N. Y., and the complete control of the department given to the chief.
After almost two years’ consideration, the City Council of Chicago has passed an ordinance extei ding the fire limits. Twenty square miles will be added.
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The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill inaugurating the two platoon system in all cities not of the first class. The act is not to become effective in any municipality until it is adopted by the voters at a referendum election.
The Conimicut Volunteer Fire Company of Warwick, R. I., has sold its fire station property and has under consideration a new site near the station. A committee has been appointed to purchase a fire engine.
Reports state that Chief Patrick Mealey of Gloucester, N. J., is to be asked to resign. Chief Mealey was one of the organizers of the department when he came from Philapdelphia more than forty years ago. He was also mayor last year.
A fire in a $12,000 residence at Daytona, Fla., last week, which Chief W. E. French says was one of the most stubborn he has had in a long time and which gave the firemen a twohour fight, was caused by a hot water heater being too close to a lath and plaster wall.
As a means of reducing expenses, Safety Superintendent Mitchell of Des Moines, Ia., may recommend a reduction in the number of firemen, the changing from the one day off in four system, to one day in seven, and the combining of fire stations.
The Bayonne, N. J., Council has before it an ordinance providing for a master mechanic for the fire department, who would have charge of the storehouse, and be under the direction of the chief and the assistant chief. His salary will be equivalent to that of a captain.
The City Council of Milwaukee, Wis., has directed the city clerk to oppose the Prescott bill now before the Legislature, providing for one day off in every three for the firemen. They claim this will necessitate the addition of 55 men.
Reports state that Chief Charles W. Crowe has tendered his resignation as chief of the Gloucester, Mass., fire department to the chairman of the council fire committee, on account of ill health. He has been chief for the past 18 years and was a member of the department many years prior to that.
Chief Thomas O’Connor of Chicago, and members of his staff, attended a celebration last week in honor of Battalion Chief John Touhy, who recently was promoted from captain of engine company No. 5. Members of the company presented him with a white coat and hat.
Assistant Chief Daniel McLean of Holyoke, Mass., who is in New York studying fire methods and has been assigned to Truck Company. No. 24, was overcome by smoke in a celluloid factory fire last week. He was carried out of the burning building unconscious, but was soon revived with a pulmotor.
Among the chiefs who attended the March meeting of the Fire Chiefs of Berkshire County, Mass., were Chiefs Montgomery of North Adams; Jones, of Adams; Shepard, of Pittsfield ; Jerome, of Stockbridge; Remillard, of Williamstown; Borden, of Lee, and Hardiman, of Dalton.
The City Council of Ceveland, O., is considering an ordinance which provides that citizens on whose property a fire occurs from rubbish, will have to pay the cost of extinguishing the blaze. The present ordinance provides for a fine of $50 for failure to remove debris when ordered to do so, and $3 additional for each day until the order is complied with.
Chief Sibrel of South Bend, Ind., has recommended to the Board of Public Safety that the fire limits of the city be extended one block to the north, two blocks to the south, two blocks to the west and extended to Eraerick street on the east. The chief declares the present limits do not coyer enough territory, and allows many frame buildings to be constructed in the congested district
Lieutenant William S. Robinson of Engine No. 16, Providence, R. I., died on March 19th. On April 1st he would have completed 25 years of service in the Providence fire department. He was born in Providnce on July 9th 1861, and entered the department April 1st, 1890, as a ladderman. He was attached to Hook and Ladder No. 4 until October 17th, 1912, when he was transferred to Engine 16. He was promoted to lieutenant on December 8th, 1904.
John C. McDonnell, Chief of the Chicago fire prevention bureau, is strongly opposed to the two-platoon system. In an address before a local civic organization he said: “The rank and file of the fire department are satisfied with present conditions. The double platoon system would not better the working conditions of the men. It would, moreover, place the fire department under the dictation of the labor unions, for a victory in the double platoon proposition would mean a stepping stone for other regulations.”
Philadelphia last week celebrated the 44th anniversary of the organization of the paid fire department in that city. Only eight men now remain in the department who have been in active service since the paid force was established. They are : William Graham, hoseman, Engine 25; Lawrence Green, captain, Engine 43; Samuel Killen, Sr., captain, Engine 57; William C. Robertson, engineer, Engine Company 11; John Winring, driver, Engine Company 41; Charles S. Williams, captain, Engine Company 34 ; John Rumney, captain, and William Lanigan, driver, Engine Company 12.
The Committee on Labor of the Massachusetts Legislature has reported a bill requiring the installation of a protective signal system and the holding of fire drills in practically all factories in the state. The bill specifies that in buildings more than two stories in height, in which more than 25 persons are employed, and in every building in which any hazardous occupation is carried on, there shall be a sufficient number of fire alarm signals to be clearly heard by every employee. The further stipulation is made that a fire drill of all employees shall be held in all of these factories at least once a month.
The Kansas Legislature has passed a measure authorizing a city to make an extra levy of one-tenth of a mill for taxes to maintain a pension fund for its fire department. It provides a pension of half pay upon retirement after 22 years of service. The pensioning would be under the direction of a board including the Mayor, the fire chief and three others. To receive a pension, the fireman must be in continuous service the last two years of the twenty-two. The proposal may be brought to a vote in any city by petition. An affirmative majority would result in a city ordinance providing for the tax, pension board, etc.
Edward G. Guiles, a volunteer fireman of Union. N. Y., has brought suit against the village for damages for injuries he received while working at a fire in May, 1912. which destroyed a brick block in the village. One fireman was killed and Mr. Guiles was injured by a falling cornice which crushed his heel and inflicted a compound fracture of his legs. As a result of his injuries his right leg has been shortened half an inch and he still suffers from the injury to his heel. Claiming that his case comes under an amendment to the general municipal law Mr. Guiles has filed a claim for $750 against the village of Union, which the trustees have refused to pay.