Motor Fire Apparatus Urged for Massillon Fire Department
Claiming that the motor fire engine at Massillon, O., has saved the city $258.48 in the seven months it has been in commission, Director of Public Safety Jerome F. Shepley is urging the substitution of automobile for horse-drawn equipment throughout the fire and police departments, He says that if his plan is carried out, a saving of $1,000 a year will be effected, and the efficiency of both departments increased 50 per cent. In a report and request to the city council he points out the fact that under the liquor license law the city’s receipts from liquor tax will be cut in half and that it behooves the city to cut current expenses wherever possible. The statement of saving is based on the comparative cost of the maintenance of horse-drawn and automobile apparatus, Fuel, grease and repa rs cost $56.52 during the seven months, and the machine has traveled 556 miles. The maintenance of three horses, which the motor apparatus replaced. Director Shcpley says, would have been $15 a month per horse, or a total of $315.
Roswell, N. M., firemen recently went out. leaving the city unprotected. Friction between the chief, the captain, and the chairman of the fire department committee of the city council stirred up jealousy and caused the trouble. Within twelve hours, however, Chief Whitman had another force of firemen enrolled. But they must he drilled and propery trained before they will be of much use.