New Chief of New Britain, Conn.
Herewith is presented a portrait of Chief William J. Noble, who was appointed as successor of the late Chief Robert M. Dame on March 24, 1920. Mr. Noble was appointed a substitute callman of Number 3 Engine Company of the New Britain fire department on June 1, 1895. He became a regular callman on June 1, 1898, and on July 1, 1903, he was appointed call foreman of the same company. He was made a call assistant chief engineer on July 1, 1905, and was regarded so highly that even after the fire department was placed upon a permanent basis he still remained assistant chief engineer even though he was a call foreman and not on permanent duty. Since that time Chief Noble has taken the place of the late Chief R. M. Dame whenever that officer was off duty for any reason. Chief Noble’s work in this capacity has always given the greatest satisfaction. He was formerly superintendent and general manager of the Brady Electric Company of New Britain and worked for that concern for thirty years. Chief Noble takes hold of a department in excellent and efficient condition and, no doubt, with his experience and executive ability, its record will be second to none in the State of Connecticut. Chief Noble is well liked by the citizens of New Britain and general satisfaction is expressed at his appointment as the head of the department.