Fire News from Georgia

Fire News from Georgia

The American-LaFranee Fire Engine Company of Elmira, N. Y., was awarded the contract for furnishing the city of Augusta, Ga., with a new 750-gallon triple pumper and a 75-foot motor driven aerial truck. Both pieces of apparatus will be on exhibition at the International Association of Fire Engineers convention at Atlanta, October 11 to 14, and will be delivered to the Augusta fire department immediately after the close of the convention. These apparatus will complete motorization of the fire department.

Firemen George Campsen and. S. G. Scott of Engine Company No. 2, Savannah fire department, were seriously injured at a fire recently when a carbide light exploded. Campsen and Scott went to move the light and flying pieces of tins and other metal struck both men in the face, injuring their eyes.

State Fire Marshal Albert Sharp, who has been investigating the fire which recently destroyed the Sandersville Oil Mills at Sandersville, swore out warrants for the arrest of C. C. Rawlings, H. T. Brown and four negroes. The fire took place on the morning of May 20. C. G. Rawlings was president of the oil mill and also an extensive farmer of Washington County. H. T. Brown was night watchman at the plant and the four negroes were laborers. The alleged motive, for the crime was the collection of insurance on the property. The Washington County grand jury returned six indictments charging arson.

Fire News from Georgia

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Fire News from Georgia

The fire committee of council and mayor of Augusta will order in the next thirty days a new 75-foot motor driven aerial truck and 750-gallon pumper for the Augusta fire department. By the first of the year the entire department will be completely motorized.

Examination papers of twenty-four applicants for positions on the Augusta fire department was turned over to the secretary of the Civil Service Commission to await further action by the board. At present there are only two vacancies in the department. Applicants making the best average will be slated for these positions.

Armed guards have been placed at bridges and trestles on the Valdosta, Moultrie & Western Railroad, under an order issued by Judge Beverly D. Evans of the United States District Court of South Georgia. Threats have been made that all bridges and trestles would be burned if the road was dismantled on August 1. The Valdosta, Moultrie & Western Railroad was recently ordered sold and junked by the court. The road traverses one of the richest sections of South Georgia, and several towns will he without shipping facilities. Several of the bridges have recently been set on fire.