FIRE PROTECTION OF MOOSE JAW.

FIRE PROTECTION OF MOOSE JAW.

Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

MOOSE JAW, SASK, CANAHA.

Moose Jaw is the largest city in the Province of Saskatchewan, and from present indications it is bound to maintain that distinction—namely that of being the first city of Saskatchewan With the rapid development now going on in Western Canada, it is hard for the rising cities and towns to keep pace with this quick growth in modern improvements, and especially fire protection. Until June 1 of this year. Moose Jaw depended altogether on a volunteer fire brigade, equipped with a double-tank chemical and two hand reels, with 1,000 ft. of hose. In the latter end of May, the application of J. A. Macfndyen. lieutenant in No. 2 fire station, Winnipeg, for the position of chief was accepted by the council and his duties began on June 1 From his past experience in a large city, with almost the same climatic conditions to contend against, he ought to he a capable man to fill the position of chief in such a rising city. The city council, on his recommendation, has ordered from the W. F. Seagrave company a hose wagon and a city hook and ladder truck, which, with the present chemical, will equip an up-to-date station such as the council intends building. With a few additional paid men and the present volunteer corps, together with the supply of water now lieing brought in, the city should he in a fairly good condition, so far as fire protection goes. There is one thing, however, against which the city council should guard, and that is a possible breakdown in the present powerhouse. It should, therefore, purchase a steam fire engine, as there is always a possibility of some mischance happening to the powerhouse. In case of such an accident, the reservoir could then supply the fire engine with all the water needed.

The oldest lire department in the United States was the Prowlers, organised in 1638 in New York. The next to be established was one in Boston in 1678; the next in 1736 was the Benjamin Franklin, of Philadelphia.

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