New Duties for Providence Fire Department
Something new has been added to the duties of the Providence, R. I., firemen. They are now recruiting men for the Navy. Through a plan worked out by Fire Chief Thomas E. Cotter and Lieutenant Paul Lee of the local Navy recruiting office, all fire stations in the city are information centers. If a man is interested in joining the Navy, all he need do is go to the fire station nearest his home. There he may find out what types of jobs the Navy has to offer and what the requirements are. If he finds he can meet the elementary requirements, he is then sent to the main recruiting office and the fire department can chalk up another job well done.
Three Providence Fire Department officers have secured leaves of absence from the department to join the U. S. Coast Guard. The men are Captain Joseph Little of Hose Company 4, Lieutenant James Lynch of Hose Company 6 and Lieutenant Sam Fogell of Hose Company 3. All three men have received chief petty officer’s ratings. A member of the Auxiliary Fire Department. Rescue Squad Division, also joined the same service. The auxiliary, Louis Paquel, was the first to join and is now serving on the fireboat that is on duty in Narragansett Bay. The three officers are now in training at the Coast Guard Fire Fighting School and will be assigned to fire fighting duties.