FIRE DOINGS

FIRE DOINGS

The town of Merrill, Wis., has received the fire truck ordered some months ago.

Casper, Wyoming, has a new American-LaFrance fire truck of 120 horsepower.

It is stated that Cleveland, O., firemen are drawing, with the back pay, about $234 a month.

The council of Urbana, O., refuses to increase the pay of the fire department at this time, as it is unable to devise any means whereby the city can raise the money necesasry.

Canton, O., has passed an ordinance forbidding the parking of automobiles near fire hydrants and has plainly marked the “zones” so that there can he no mistake on the part of the motorists.

Lieut. Frank J. Melampy of the Dayton, O., department, was in the hospital with a broken ankle and several fractured ribs as a result of falling from a ladder at a recent fire.

The department in Houston, Tex., has recently acquired three new tractors for fire apparatus, which makes a total of five pieces motorized. Commissioner Halverton and Chief Siebert look forward to having the entire department on a motor basis before long.

The mayor and city council of Aberdeen, Wash., accepted the new Seagrave double combination fire truck, after a thorough and highly satisfactory test. The sale was effected by Miss Courtney, the first woman ever recognized by the municipality in such a deal.

An eighth fire company was added to the city volunteer fire department of Lebanon, Pa., by the action of City Council in adding the Washington Fire Company to membership. The company is located in the new Ninth ward, formerly known as the East Lebanon district.

Safety Director Hamaker of Canton, O., says that the fire department is gradually returning to its normal strength, being short only nine men as compared with sixteen in the summer. The shortage in men is said to be due in part to the low wages paid and in part to other causes which are now being investigated.

The firemen of Toledo, O., recently presented to the city council a petition with 20,171 signatures, urging that the city add $300 a year to the salaries of the department. The names were secured in four days in a house-to-house canvass. The men received an increase of $12.50 per month last July and now are getting $112.50.

The official count of the vote for Firemen’s Pension bill at the recent election in Wichita, Kans., shows that the measure carried by more than 5,000 votes. In no precinct in the city was it defeated and the members of the department are highly elated over the generous way in which the citizens of the municipality responded to their call.

An increase of pay has been granted to the firemen of Wooster, O. Regular firemen who have been in the service six months or more consecutively previous to January 1, 1919, will receive $1,080 instead of $860. Cadet firemen who have served less than six months will receive the same as now. $900. The chief’s salary is increased to $1,200 from $1,080.

From reports covering the United States and Canada the estimated losses by fire during the week ended December 9, 1918, aggregated $4,188,300, as compared with $4,675,000 for the corresponding week in 1917.

Members of the St. Louis, Mo., fire department, recently gave the melodrama, “The Still Alarm,” for a week, for the benefit of the Firemen’s Pension Fund. The audiences regarded the performances as highly satisfactory, particularly in the two scenes where the actors played the part of firemen, the alarm of fire in the engine house and rescues from a burning building.

At the recent big fire in Upper Sandusky, O., the fire department from the neighboring town of Carey rendered fine service. A local paper commented as follows, in a report of proceedings of the Upper Sandusky city council: “Fire Chief Ilo Wonder, of Carey, was present at the meeting and when asked what the expense was for bringing the Carey department over to the fire stated that there was no charge of any kind for it. The Carey boys were glad to be of assistance and do not know but that sometime they might need the help of Upper Sandusky. The council extended a vote of thanks to the Carey department for their prompt response and splendid work and offered to make good a ladder and rubber coat lost here by the Carey department. Chief Theodore Bolish, who was present, said the local fire department will give the Carey boys a banquet.”

Owosso, Mich., has partially returned to the old volunteer system for its fire department, the plan of more than ten years ago, paying the volunteers at so much per false alarm and so much per water-throwing call, having been adopted. This reduces the number of regular men from 13 to 10, leaving Chief Wm. Howell and nine others. The chief gets a raise from $95 to $100 a month. Salaries are provided for an electrician and two truck-drivers at $100 a month. An assistant chief and a second assistant will be appointed. Call men will get $1 for a daylight false alarm and fires at which no water is thrown; for night calls of the same nature, $2; for daytime calls to throw water, $2 for the first hour and 75 cents for each succeeding hour; for night water-throwing, $3 the first hour and $1 for each succeeding hour. The changes in the department have been made necessary by wholesale resignations to accept betterpaying jobs.

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