FIRE NEWS FROM ALL PARTS
Tenino, Wash., has organized a hose company of 40 men.
Abram Gonsman was elected foreman of the Red Lion, Pa., department recently.
The Sapulpa, Okla., department has just added a Webb motor engine to its equipment.
Ten alarms in twelve hours is the record of the Baltimore, Md., department for Dec, 13.
A. H. Haugen has been appointed chief of the Monhall, N. D., fire department.
Aurora, Ill., now has a full paid fire department.
The Franklin, O., council has appointed Wade Robinson chief of the fire department.
Chief Peterson, of the Galesburg, Ill., department, wants the city to purchase a steamer.
Firemen of Rockford, Ill., ask the city council for a raise from $72.50 to $75 per month.
A new lire company will be established in the Bessemer section of Pueblo, Col.
Joseph O. Mozrall has been appointed chief of the Littleton, N. H. fire department.
Sumter, S. C., is in receipt of a new steamer. A new central station will soon be built.
For repairing and painting four hose houses Montclair, N. J., has appropriated $2,700.
Hook and Ladder Company No. 4, of Chillicothe, Mo., has elected Emil Goetz foreman.
Henry J. Hickey, of Tomahawk, Wis., has been granted a patent on fire hose couplings.
Valentine Bixenstein has been appointed chief of the Jeffersonville, Ky., fire uepartnient, and John Gilbert assistant chief.
George Schenck, a member of the New Market fire department, has presented the firemen with a building to he used as headquarters.
The service and safety hoards of Tremont, O., have contracted for an $8,000 auto engine for the fire department.
Ex-Battalion Chief P. Keyes, of Boston, is prominently mentioned as successor to Chief Hopkins of Somerville, Mass.
The Reading, Pa., Firemen’s Relief Association has assets and cash amounting to over $25,000.
The Lockport, N. Y., fire hoard re-elected Samuel Cunningham chief of the fire department at a salary of $800 a year.
Alexander Bradley has been elected chief of the Shamokin, Pa., fire department, and will take charge the First Monday in March.
Simon F. Moran has been nominated by Liberty Fire Company as its choice for chief of the Wilmington, Del., fire department.
The hoard of police and fire commissioners of Covington, Ky., has increased the salary of Chief Griffith from $1,800 to $2,400 a year.
The Boonton (N. J.) Firemen’s Relief Association has elected Thomas L. Logan president.
Haddon Height (Pa.) volunteer fire company, No. 1, has elected A. F.. Hummel president.
Northumberland County, Pa., court has granted a charter to the Shamokin Volunteer Firemen’s Association.
North Catasauqua, Pa., has been given a plot of land and expects to erect a fire house within the next six months.
At the annual meeting of the Portland, Me., Veteran Firemen’s Association, W. H. Turner was elected president.
Rockford, Ill., has an option on a site for the proposed central fire station. It is directly opposite the city hall.
At the regular monthly meeting of Hygienic Hose Company No. 5 of Harrisburg, Pa., Jesse Rhodes was elected foreman.
The service and safety boards have closed a contract for an $8,000 auto fire engine for the Fremont, Ohio, fire department.
Engine Company 1, of Passaic, N. J., has struck from the by-laws the section imposing fines for non-attendance at fires.
Chief Mooney of Bridgeport. Conn., has his automobile in commission again, the machine having been given a thorough overhauling.
The regular pay day falling on Christmas day, the commissioners of Newark, N. J., arranged to have the firemen receive their money Dec. 23.
The Melrose (Cal.) Volunteer Fire Company, with a membership of 26, will henceforth be under the direction of Chief Ball, of Oakland.
Brockport, N. V., is planning the organization of a chemical fire company, which will be subject to the supervision of the village fire department.
Pecos, Tex., has a new gasoline engine, which has already done good service in connection with the artesian wells with which the town is supplied.
One of the Rochester, N. Y., latest type engines is out of commission as a result of a collision with a street car. No one was seriously injured.
Ivy Hook and Ladder Company, of Bound Brook, N. J., is planning to erect a new hall, part of which will he rented to the town for public use.
The Pasadena, Cal., department recently had to lay 1,350 feet of hose, in spite of which fact the fire in a handsome residence was extinguished with exceptionally small salvage.
On December 29, Lebanon, Pa., had a $50,000 fire. It is said that inadequate protection and previous bad fires caused most of the insurance companies to withdraw.
Fire in the Kennedy Building, Coatesville, Pa., last week caused a loss estimated at $30,000. It was said to he started by a customer treading upon a match.
The city electrician of Houston, Tex., says that city’s new underground alarm system will be large enough to handle calls for a city of 200,000 population.
The Joliet, Ill., common council adopted an ordinance providing for a high pressure tire protection system to he installed at an estimated cost of $110,000.
Chief Slaughter, of the Ardmore, Okla., fire department, received severe injuries by the front axle of his buggy breaking while on a hard run to a fire.
The Elgin, Ill., fire department, for the first time in seven years, has been using bobsleighs instead of the regulation wagons, on account of the deep snow.
The auto fire engine recently purchased from the Seagrave Company, by the city council of Ensley, Ala., was formally accepted by Mayor Sugg and Chief Joseph Tetlow.
The selection of Captain George E. Dodge of engine 2 company to be district chief of the Haverill, Mass., fire department, met with general approval.
Mr. E. G. Kalbfleisch, chairman of the council fire committee of Augusta, Ga., was presented by Chief Reynolds and members of the fire department with a handsome lounge.
The new steam fire engine for the Greenville, Tex., fire department, has been put in commission. It is said to be one of the finest built by the Ahrens Fire Engine Company.
Plans are being made to place red light globes over every fire alarm box in Rochester, N. Y. The red globes have proved a great success in other cities.
Chief Tait and Assistant Chief Lewis have been rc-appointcd at Santa Cruz, Cal. Chief Tait is also superintendent of wateworks and it is his eleventh yearly election to the dual position.
Assistant Chief S. T. Matthews has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late chief, Charles Shipps, of the Carthage, Mo., fire department.
The Saginaw, Mich., fire department responded to 345 alarms during 1909. The total loss was $75,272, insurance involved $305,252 and estimated value of property jeopardized, $416,000.
Chief Campbell, of Portland, Ore., favors the firemen’s request for 2-1 hours off duty each week, and they are encouraged to believe other concessions may be granted.
An even 10,000 alarms of fire were responded to by the Chicago fire department from December 24, 1908, to December 24, 1909. This is said to be a reduction from previous years.
Henry L. Westerman has been a member of the St. Louis fire department for fifty years, and at the age of 78 still accompanies his engine on its runs.
The permanent men in the Haverhill, Mass., fire department petitioned for an increase of 25 cents a day. The aldermen split the difference and granted them 12 1/2 cents a day increase. Captains are paid $3 a day and privates $2.75 a day at present.
W. R. Joyner, for 12 years head of the Atlanta, Ga., volunteer department, and chief of the paid force front 1885 to 1906, has opened an office in the Candler building, Atlanta, as expert consulting engineer.
The new paid fire department of Chisholm, Minn., went into commission with Chief O’Connor in charge. The council fixed the salary of the chief at $1,500 a year and of the firemen at $900 a year.
The city council, of Kalamazoo, Mich., has sent a resolution ot thanks and vouchers for $100 each to Grand Rapids and Battle Creek in appreciation of assistance rendered at the Burdick fire.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) high pressure system has been tried out and made part of the city s fire system. It is claimed that under emergency a 200-pound pressure could be maintained.
Ensley, Ala., has just received a new motor combination hose and chemical wagon. It was built bv the Seagrave Company, of Columbus, O., and went through a most satisfactory test.
W. I. Babcock, the New York marine engineer, will design the new steel fireboat on which Baltimore plans to expend $100,000. Chief G. W. Horton was in New York last week going over the details with Mr. Babcock.
The total loss by fire in the United States and Canada, according to reports received for the week ending January 2, 1910, amounted to
$4,315,890. The reported loss for the month of December was $18,573,892.
All the regular members of the Chelsea, Mass., fire department have petitioned for more pay. Fifteen minutes extra also is asked for meals. The drivers now get $950, lieutenants $960 and captains $975 annually.
Chief W. K. Morse, of the Leominster, Mass., fire department, states that it has been decided to equip different wagons of the department with emergency kits in case of injury to the men at fires.
Chief Joseph Toynton, of the Pontiac, Mich., fire department, has resigned. It is said that Mr. Toynton has been tendered a more lucrative position with the Oakland Motor Car Company.
Government statistics indicate that Newport, Ky., not only has the cheapest fire department of any city of its size and class in the country, but that there is less loss from fire of a serious nature.
Elgiu, Ill., firemen want their salaries raised. and, as an inducement. Chief William Haible and ix of his firemen have promised to get married this year, if the city council will increase their pay.
The new 65-foot hook and ladder truck of the Nashville fire department was given a try-out, and Chief Rozetta said it was the most perfect niece of fire apparatus he had ever seen and exceeded the highest expectations.
A delegation of Trenton, N. J., officials, headed by Chief Allen of that city, visited Newark recently on an inspection trip. Chief Ostley met the visitors on their arrival and escorted them about the city and department quarters.
The residents of the new Thirteenth Ward, Harrisburg, Pa., organized a new fire company with forty-nine charter members. A committee will be appointed to secure a building site for quarters.
Chief Andrew Graham, of the Jenkintown, Pa„ fire department, on a trial test, drove the new $6,000 automobile truck fully equipped and manned by 17 men, four miles in eleven minutes. Chief Graham asserts the same run can be made in eight minutes.
Edinboro, Pa., had to call on Erie and Meadvdle, for help on December 30, when fire threatened to sweep the village out of existence. A number of stores and business buildings the Masonic temple, postoffice and other buildings were destroyed.
Chief Aungst, of the Alliance, Ohio, fire department. in a letter to the director of safety advocates automobile apparatus. He recommends for the department an auto aerial truck tor $8,500; an auto triple combination engine chemical and hose wagon for $7,000; an auto combination hose wagon, to carry 2,000 feet of hose and turret pipes for $5,000; an auto patrol wagon and ambulance for $3,500 and a chief s car _____horsepower, equipped with a 30-gollon chemical tank, for $2,000.