Improvements to Baltimore Fire Dept.
In conjunction with extensive improvements to be made in the near future of the apparatus and equipment of the Baltimore fire department, the double platoon system will be put into effect October 1. This will add approximately 310 men to the present personnel. A revision of the system of answering alarms is to be put into immediate effect and is as follows: A minimum of three engine companies will answer all first alarms and two hook and ladder companies will answer first alarms in apartment house centers. A new code of fire alarm signals will make provision for six alarms from any box.
The fire department now consists of nearly 1,200 officers and men. It has 54 engine companies, 24 hook and ladder companies, four hose companies, including those in the highpressure district, two chemical companies and four fire boats.
Findlay, Ohio, Elects New Chief—The Findlay, Ohio, fire department has appointed Raymond E. Long chief, to succeed Charles M. Arthur who recently resigned. Chief Long has been a member of the department for seven years. He has now announced his intention of going to Chicago to become acquainted with the fire-fighting institution of that city,