NEW ENGLAND FIRE NOTES.
Specially written for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.
The other day in South Boston a fireman was thrown a distance of 60 ft. from a falling ladder. As luck would have it, he fell on the backs of the horses of an engine. From there he bounded off to the pavement and escaped with a few bruises. The ladder, as it fell, struck a fireman and injured him severely, but not fatally. No hurt came to the horses. It was a strange chapter of accidents.—The Boston firemen are now allowed an hour and a quarter for their meals. -On December 5 the lire department, especially in the downtown districts, was called out fifteen times.—At Manchester, X. H., recently the motorman of a trolley car has had a complaint registered against him for interfering with the fire department when it was on its way to a fire. Other cars had stopped in accordance with the law; but this car kept going ahead, in defiance of Chief Lame’s repeated command to stop. The chief then drove his wagon right on the track directly in front of the car. on which the motorman’s mood changed and lie pulled up.—The Point street fire station at Providence, R. I., has gone into commission. It is the finest in the city. There are now 325 firemen in Providence—the full number allowed by the law.— The Savin Rock hose company No. 4 of West Haven, Conn., now boasts an up-to-date enginehouse.—Brockton, Mass., has been greatly improving its tire department. Two old hose wagons have been made over after the Boston style; a new 85-ft. La France aerial truck has taken the place of the old Babcock truck. A new enginehouse will soon be ready for service in the western part of the city, with a full crew. The electrical fire-alarm and other wires in the centre of the city are being placed underground; the location of the box is shown by the Gamewell iron post, with red light. A new tire-alarm system, resembling that installed at Lynn, will soon be installed, with many more circuits and of greater quickness in operation. More permanent firemen are required.—Former Chief Butler, of Chelsea, Mass., has just died of pneumonia. He held his office from 1880 to 1889.—At Ware, Thomas C. Gleason has been chief of the fire department for twenty-seven years and superintendent of the water system for sixteen. .Mystic, Conn., trolley powerhouse has installed a new fire-alarm. Its whistle can be heard all over. -The Springfield, Mass., firemen will receive their promised increase in pay. —Frank P. Gott has been elected to fill the vacancy on the board of fire commissioners at Arlington, Mass.