INSTRUCTION SCHOOL FOR BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS.
The first session of a school of instruction for lieutenants, captains and district chiefs of the Boston, Mass., fire department was held recently, Senior Deputy Chief lecturing on water supply in its relation to the fire department. Commissioner John Grady is responsible for the establishment of the school and his purpose is to give the officers a means for a thorough course of lectures in matters pertaining to the fire department, and by discussions and exchange of ideas with brother officers, an opportunity to better fit themselves for the work they are expected to do, and that certain standards pertaining to the work of this department may be established throughout the city. The sessions of this school will be continued daily, Sundays and holidays excepted, until April 24th of next year. Each session being for two hours. The program outlined shows the scope of the school, the program including: Charles E. Stewart, supervisor of motor apparatus, on “Motor Apparatus;” John W. Godbold, district chief, on “Administration and Paper Work Laws, Ordinances, Rules and Regulations;” District Chief William Coulter on “Sprinkler Systems, Installations, etc.;” District Chief Peter E. Walsh on “Laws and Ordinances, etc.;” District Chief Henry A. Fox on “Methods of Fire Fighting, Including Building Construction, Inspection, Contents, etc.;” Junior District Chief Daniel F. Sennott on “Apparatus,” and George L. Fickctt, superintendent of fire alarm, on “The Alarm System.” There will be lectures also on appliances, hydraulics, discipline in quarters and at fires, judgment in action in case of fires happening in different sections of the city at the same time, first duty on arrival at fires, fireboats, conflagrations, explosives and inflammables. It is Commissioner Grady’s intention, after the school gets well under way, to have experts in this or that line, in so far as they may contribute to the efficiency of the officers, visit the school and deliver lectures in their chosen lines. The conduct of this school, Commissioner Grady said, will in no wise conflict with the drills in daily progress at the different firehouses. The drills and courses of instruction for men on the probation list will also go on as usual at headquarters. In this last course, a man on the probation list has to give thirty days of close application so that he may qualify as a fullfledged fighter when advanced to the regular list.