MASSACHUSETTS FIRE NOTES

MASSACHUSETTS FIRE NOTES

[Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.]

Eighty years ago the fire department of Brookline. Mass., consisted of one handtub and one small engine house. On November 29, the eightieth anniversary of the organization of the department, it consisted of two steam fire engines, two chemical engines on wheels, five hose wagons, two hose reels, two hook and ladder trucks, combination hose wagon and chemical, 9,000 feet of good cotton hose, twenty-one horses, value, $3,500, seventy one men—fifteen paid full time, fifty-six part time, forty-eight call men, Gamewell fire alarm, with thirty-seven street boxes, all under Chief George H. Johnson. The total value of the fire department equipment is $15,000; its annual expenses amount to $32,000.—Turner’s Falls. Mass., is being equipped with an electric fire alarm telegraph system.—Supt. Abbott, of the Boston protective department, records for the month of October ninety bell alarms, twenty-eight still, seven automatic, and twelve put out by the occupants. The members of the department performed eighty-three hours fire duty, 133 hours watch duty, seventeen hours extra duty; 172 ordinary covers were spread and fourteen roof covers. The insurance involved on buildings during the month was $1,014,540, with loss of $23 512; loss on buildings not insured, $909; insurance on contents, $197,665; loss on contents, $10,068; loss on contents not insured, $1,288; total insurance, $1.212,205—total loss, $35,777. Of the total number of fires eighteen were caused by careless use of matches; sixteen from gas jets curtains, stoves, and explosion, twentytwo kerosene lamps,stoves, and explosions; eleven from sparks and spontaneous combustion; eight unknown, and thirteen alarms were needless.—The Boston Merchants’ Association has requested its 500 members to petition the fire insurance Co npanies through the brokers for a reduction in rates. A combination chemical and hook and ladder truck has been added to the Worcester fire department. The truck was constructed from plans designed by Chief Vaughn. The chemical arrangement is so out the way that it will not interfere with the work of the laddermen.

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MASSACHUSETTS FIRE NOTES.

[Specially written for FIRE AND WATER.]

In the opinion of the city solicitor of New Bedford the Central engine house property can legally be sold, in which case a new location will be found for the central engine.— Worcester is still discussing the new fire headquarters plan.— The veteran firemen of Springfield offer a handsome cup to the veteran company presenting the finest appearance on parade at the forthcoming tournament in that city. The company winning the play out will likewise be presented with a banner by the Springfield veterans who will also offer a trumpet By the unanimous vote of the outside delegates the committee refused permission to the Springfield company to withdraw from competition in the play out. — Rutland’s new engine house is neirly completed. It is twenty-eight feet by forty-five, one story high, witha high roof, clapboarded and shingled; the inside finish being of hard pine. It has a reception room in the rear of the apparatus room, and a cupola and weathervane. The building runs parallel with the main street —the old cemetery being in the rear—and faces east wards to the town hall, necessitating a run of forty feet to the street. The house is built on a high elevation,and its cost was $1,000. — Bulfinch street fire station, Boston, has now a handsome new pool table completely furnished, the gift of Fire Commissioner Russell, who has also caused window and door screens to be supplied to all the sleeping rooms in the various fire stations. —From July 31 to August 3 no bell fire alarm was turned in at Boston and on August 30 there was neither bell nor still alarm.—Boston needs more engines and land has been, and is to be bought for sites. One for which the lot has been secured is for engine No. 30 on Centre street, West Roxbury. At Grove Hall some 1,250 square feet have been purchased for a truck house and chemical engine.—Boston firemen are to receive instruction in the natureand use of electrical appliances. The idea is that at fires it may be very important for them to understand transformers, switches, fuse boxes, and so on, and specimens of them and of other forms of apparatus are to be placed at the fire department headquarters, where regular instruction will be given to the men.

Chief Gaverich,of Harrisburg. Pa., has suspended Citizens’ and Susquehanna hose companies. Two new steam fire engines will be added to the fire department.

A firemen’s relief association has been incorporated at Milburn Township, N. J.. The firemen of Trenton. N. J., are at last beginning to think of doing the same thing for the benefit of their widows and orphans.