Firemen Drill for Motion Picture.
In the presence of a large crowd of curious spectators representatives of the California Moving-picture Company photographed the members of the San Diego Fire Department recently on one of the most spectacular runs ever made by the local men. The run was not in answer to an alarm of fire, but was merely for exhibition purposes. With Fire Chief Louis Almgren leading in his private automobile, the apparatus from Companies Nos. 1, 2 and 4, the chemical auto and the big aerial truck dashed up D street from F’ront to a point opposite the U. S. Grant hotel. Here they stopped, and with the cameras of the moving picture men trained upon them, gave an exhibition drill with the big aerial truck. The 85-foot ladder was extended to its full length, and a fireman made his way to the top. The ladder was then lowered against the wall of the hotel, and the fireman opened a window on the sixth story and entered, thus demonstrating the actual uses ot the apparatus. At the conclusion of the drill the representative of the movingpicture company, who superintended the photographing, declared that never before in his experience had so well equipped and so well trained a group of firemen posed before his camera. He says he has taken moving pictures of fire apparatus in action in most of the large cities of the country, and that in his opinion the San Diego department will stand comparison with the best of those in the East. The pictures will be exhibited throughout the Eastern States, and will serve as an excellent advertisement for San Diego.