FIRE PROTECTION AT UTICA.
UTICA is one of the most, representative, as it is amongst the most beautiful cities in Central New York. It has a population of 65,000 inhabitants, and from it have gone forth into the world men who have risen to both wealth and renown It is famous for the number and high character of the institutions, public and private,which have been established within its boundaries; its trade and other business buildings are many and large, its private residences and churches are numerous and costly; and its municipal administration, able and intelligent
Among its city departments the fire department has received a large amount of attention, and now, after months of patient work and avast expenditureof time and personal labor on the part of those who manage it, the people of Utica possess a fire-protective organzation of which any city might well feel proud. Its chief engineer, Frederick .1. Murphy, is a graduate of the New York school of instruction for firemen, in which Henry W.McAdams holds the rank of chief instructor, and to which he was sent as captain of truck No.l by Utica’s fire commissioners about a year ago. Capt. Murphy proved an apt pupil, and in six weeks had perfected himself in the course and received a certificate of graduation in honors and personal mention. On May 4, 1889, he was promoted to the office of chief of the department, after which was immediately seen evidence of the long looked for improvement in all that pertains to that most important branch of municipal administration. In a very short time the city’s fire department was raised to a height of discipline and efficiency such as it had never attained to before, and today it is looked upon ns one of the beet organized,best managed, best equipped, and best disciplined departments in the state of New York. Utica 1ms added to its fire department equipment since Chief Murphy assumed the reins of office a full paid system, consisting of sixty-five men all told, a Gleason & Bailey aerial truck and company, two combination hose wagons of the same make and the remodeling of two of the steamers The fire commissioners have also established a school of instruction, from which each new appointee must graduate and show certificate of graduation before he is eligible to appointment on the permanent force of the department. The work at the school is not hard or difficult, but it trains the new hand to operate properly the life-saving apparatus and fits him for efficient work as a fireman. Chief Murphy, being young in years, has the promise of a brilliant future before him in his chosen profession. He is ably assisted by Deputy
Chiefs Garthside and Myers, both of whom have seen long years of service, as the stripes or chevrons on their sleeves attest.
With this article are given cuts showing a group consisting of Chief Murphy, Deputy Chiefs Henry F. Garthside and Edwin J. Myers, and the school of instruction, which is located at the quarters of No. 1 truck and No. I engine on Park avenue. It is conducted personally by Chiei Murphy.