GENERAL FIRE ITEMS
The two-platoon system will go into operation in South Bend, Ind., on July 1.
Parkersburg, W. Va., is considering the adoption of the two-platoon system for that city’s department.
Massillon, Ohio, is the latest Ohio city to adopt the two platoons, which will soon go into effect in the department.
The fire department of Warren, Ohio, expect that the two-platoon system will soon be installed there. President Tibbets of the city council favors the change, it is stated.
The city of Wichita Falls, Texas, has recently contracted for a 750-gallon pump and hose car; a combination chemical and hose and a hose and turret pipe car, from the Stutz Fire Engine Company.
The official bulletin of the Ohio State Fire Marshal, Wm. J. Leonard, for February, bears on its front page cover the startling inquiry: “Why burn to death twentyfour people in Ohio in one month, when care would have prevented 100 per cent, of the casualties?”
Akron, Ohio, has recently organized the Akron Fire Prevention League with the following officers: President, Chief John T. Mertz; vice-president, Ed. Davis, chief at the Goodrich; treasurer, A. F. Piper, chief at the Miller, and secretary, J. W. Myers, chief at the Goodyear plants.
The City Firemen’s Union at St. Louis, Mo., unanimously voted to strike unless its demands for higher pay and adoption of the two-platoon system be granted within thirty days, that is, by the first of May. There are 826 men in the department, of whom 70 are captains, 7 lieutenants, 53 engineers and 560 privates.
The Good Will Fire Company of Bridgeport, Pa., recently was guilty of incendiarism, wiping out the evidence of indebtedness amounting to $6,000. The last note on the fire apparatus having been paid, the men made a little bonfire and burned the two notes. Speakers at the celebration were Chief P. V. Hoey of Norristown and city officials.
State Fire Marshal Leonard’s bureau is working so effectively in Ohio that already steps have been taken in several towns to prevent July 4th fires. Wapakoneta and St. Mary’s have adopted ordinances prohibiting the sale or exposure of fireworks. The early action is taken to give the merchants ample warning not to provide themselves with the dangerous toys.
The fire department of Niagara Falls, N. Y., has presented a petition to City Manager E. J. Fort asking for an increase of salary. The firemen now get $1,300 the first year and $1,400 thereafter, and they request $1,400 for the first year and $1,500 thereafter. The city manager presented the petition to the council without endorsing it and the council took no immediate action.
The firemen of Oberlin, Ohio, have arranged a “Firemen’s Vaudeville and Benefit” for April 8, the proceeds to be devoted to their fund for entertaining the Lorain County Association when it meets in Oberlin. A street parade will be given the night before the show, which, the members of the department assert, will make the old-time circus parade look like a Sunday school picnic.
The village of Ferndale, Mich., having recently been called upon to approve several bills of $50 each for the services of the Royal Oak fire department in extinguishing fires, has organized a department of its own. A new motor apparatus costing $12,000 has been purchased, and a fire department headquarters included in the town hall building just finished, so that the village is now assured of self protection facilities in future fires.
Bridgeton, N. J., has just bought a 500 gallon combination of Stutz Fire Engine Company’s make.
The Alden Hose Company of Newport Township, Pa., has recently acquired a 500-gallon triple combination of Stutz make.
The city council of Warren, Pa., is considering the introduction of the two-platoon system, as requested by the fire department.
The fire department of Clayton, N. J., is rejoicing in the possession of a new Stutz pumper and hose of 500 gallons capacity and a chemical combination.
It is expected that 2.500 New York firemen and engineers will take the examination for lieutenant on April 20 and 21st. The present list expires December 10, 1920.
It is probable that the two-platoon system will soon go into effect in Zanesville, Ohio, and Chief Tanner has requested that a number of additional men be placed on the force.
The Boston fire department drill school opened for the spring term on Monday, March 29, with Captain James Mahoney in charge. There were sixteen in the class on opening day.
In responding to a recent fire in Bellville, the apparatus of the Essex Hook and Ladder Company, Bloomfield, N. J., was mired and sank to the side step. It was embedded in the mud for four hours and part of the machinery was damaged in extricating it, but was repaired the same day.
After five weeks’ of continuous day and night duty, the fire department of Milton, Mass., on March 20 resumed the two-platoon system. After the “big blizzard” the men voluntarily suspended the system and returned to the old plan in order to help out the town chief. J. Harry Holmes gave every man a letter of commendation in recognition of his loyalty and self sacrifice.
Because of the fact that hotel accommodations could not be secured for the first three days in June, President Samuel F. Hunter of the Fire Chiefs’ Club of Ohio, announces a change of dates to June 8, 9 and 10, at the Shawnee Hotel, Springfield. One of the speakers will be Dr. H. H. Brown of the United States Bureau of Agriculture.
A noteworthy firemen’s parade recently took place in New York, when the surviving members of the New York Volunteer Fire Department, which served the city prior to 1865, marched for the last time. The organization is now known as The Greenwich Village Veterans and there was not a man in line less than 70 years old, while a number were over 80 and James T. Watkins, the oldest member, has passed 91. The veterans wearing their uniforms of earlier days and escorting their old apparatus, marched from their headquarters in the old “village,” No. 10 Greenwich Avenue, to Union Square, a distance of about two miles, and were there reviewed by Governor Alfred E. Smith and city officials. They regard it as their last parade.
Fire Marshal Herman J. Lohmann’s report of the Fire Department of Aurora, Ill., recently received, shows the activities of the department, in a condensed but comprehensive manner. It calls attention of the Common Council to the fact that the adoption of the two-platoon system has made it imperative that the number of members shall be increased, as the department is now insufficiently manned and likewise recommends the reopening and manning of No. 2 Station, closed the past year owing to financial conditions of the city. During the year, the department responded to 270 alarms of which 13 were false. The total value of buildings involved was $3,166,695, on which the loss amounted to only $38,915, and on the contents, valued at $1,630,385 there was a loss of $5,974, making a total loss of $44,872, which is less than one per cent of the property endangered.
Three young women had an opportunity to show that nurses do not need to go to war in order to be heroines, when one of them recently averted a serious fire at the Evanston, Ill., hospital, at the risk of her life and the others risked themselves to save her life. It all happened when a pan of disinfectant in the laboratory became ignited and threatened to explode. Miss Mabel Hazen, 22 years of age, seized the pan and ran with it through a corridor 75 feet long to the open air. In so doing, her clothing caught fire and Miss Inez McLaughlin and Miss Katharine Markoe, two nurses, wrapped her in rugs and so extinguished the flames. When the department arrived, summoned by a box a block away, they found it possible to stop the fire before it had done much damage. Miss Hazen’s condition is said to be serious. Dr. E. H. Perry, superintendent of the hospital, said that if the explosion had taken place in the laboratory, many lives would probably have been lost.
In accordance with a recent order by Chief Kenlon, New York, the athletic activities of the fire department, which were suspended during the period of the late war, will now be renewed and extended into other branches and fields. Competition in baseball, running, handball, boxing and wrestling will be organized immediately, with possibly other sports added at a later date. Competition will be encouraged between companies, battalions and divisions. In order to carry out the foregoing a board, to be known as the Athletic Board, is designated, to consist of William W. Cohen, honorary officer, chairman ; Joseph Crawley, deputy chief of department, vice-chairman; Thomas J. Hayes, deputy chief of department (Bronx) ; William T. Beggin, deputy chief of department (Richmond) ; John Davin, No. 2, deputy chief of department (Queens) ; James W. Heffernan, chief of battalion (Brooklyn); James Sherlock, chief of battalion (Manhattan).