New Rules of the New York Fire Department
This Twelfth Installment Covers Sections Dealing With Reports, Requisitions and Property Accountability and Uniforms
FOLLOWING is the twelfth installment of the “Rules and Regulations of the Uniformed Force of the Fire Department of the City of New York,” just issued by that department, and which are to be published serially in their entirety in FIRE ENGINEERING. This book has been compiled and edited by Captain John J. McCarthy, of H. & L. No. 43, detailed in charge of the Division of Public Assembly at Fire Headquarters, who worked under the personal supervision of Chief John Kenlon. This installment includes sections covering the making of Reports, Requisitions and Property Accountability and Uniforms:
SEC. 280. When a member changes his residence, is transferred, or is changed from one platoon to another, the commanding officer shall forward a report to that effect to the commanding officer of the company in whose district the member affected resides, so that the card indexes showing the group and platoon assignments of members may be accurately maintained.
SEC. 281. When sick leaves of absence are granted to members, commanding officers shall forward a report giving full particulars.
SEC. 282. Commanding officers shall forward a report when members are excused to attend court, stating the name and rank of member, the court attended, time of leaving quarters, time of return thereto, and nature of court proceedings.
Requisitions and Property Accountability
SEC. 283. In addition to the Department property now accounted for in the annual property returns, keys for high pressure service telephone boxes, shall be carried.
Chiefs of Battalion shall retain official badges issued to them, when transferred.
Officers transferred from one borough to another shall retain official badges, but shall leave the telegraph and inner box keys in the command from which they are transferred. They shall make immediate application, in person, for an issue of keys for the fire alarm system in the borough to which they are transferred.
SEC. 284. A book form of Property Returns (two copies) shall be forwarded to each company, division, bureau, etc., to be made out as of December 31st of each year; one book to be retained by the officer preparing it and the other to be forwarded to the Division of Requisition and Property Accountability, when directed.
Company property returns shall be examined and endorsed by Chiefs of Battalion.
The property returns of Chiefs of Battalion shall be examined and endorsed by Deputy Chiefs.
SEC. 285. For all supplies received from the Repair Shop, Division of Buildings, or Telegraph Bureau, which are expended in making repairs to apparatus, buildings, etc., no invoice shall be issued but a receipt obtained for such from the receiving officer; such supplies are not to be accounted for on the Property Returns.
SEC. 286. For all other supplies received, one invoice and one receipt (Form No. 209) shall be prepared by the division or officer issuing such; the invoice to be retained by the receiver of the goods and the form of receipt, properly signed, shall be returned to the division or officer with whom it originated.
There shall also be forwarded with the Property Return book a receipt (Form No. 209) for any apparatus, supplies, etc., which may have been forwarded to the Division of Apparatus or other Division, and not returned before the expiration of the year. Property Returns book, as explained, should goods not be repairs to quarters.
SEC. 288. Requisitions for repairs to apparatus shall specify the exact nature of repairs needed. When necessary, a memorandum shall be forwarded with such requisitions giving full details. All such requisitions shall specify the class designation and registered number of apparatus involved.
SEC. 289. When forwarding apparatus, supplies, etc., to the Division of Apparatus or other division for repairs, one invoice and two receipts (Form No. 209) shall accompany such; the invoice to be retained by the receiver of the goods, and the two receipts, properly signed, shall be returned to the issuing officer. One of these receipts is to be forwarded with the Property Returns book, as erplained, should goods not be returned before the expiration of the year.
Repairs shall not he invoiced on companies.
No stationery, except Journals, shall be carried on Property Returns.
SEC . 290. For articles lost or to be condemned, etc., Form No. 203 shall be prepared, in duplicate, and forwarded to the Division of Requisition and Property Accountability as heretofore. One copy of Form No. 203, which has been acted upon, must accompany yearly Property Returns book when forwarded, and one copy shall be retained by the commanding officer.
SEC. 291. Requisitions for general supplies shall be forwarded on the first Monday in each quarter by all branches of the service, except the Division of Apparatus and the Marine Division. They shall forward such requisitions oil the first day of each month.
SEC. 292. Where the bin capacity in quarters (other than those in the Marine Division) will permit the receipt of a yearly supply, requisitions for such shall be forwarded on March 1st for June 1st delivery. Where a yearly supply cannot be received. requisition shall be for bin capacity.
Additional requisitions, when necessary, shall be forwarded on the first of each month.
Requisitions shall show the size of coal required, bin capacity, average yearly consumption and quantity on hand.
SEC. 293. Fuel requisitions for the Marine Division shall be forwarded on the 25th of each month.
SEC. 294. All other requisitions (except those for gasoline) shall be forwarded on Monday only, unless the supplies or repairs are of a very urgent nature. Under no circumstances shall the Repair Shop be requested to furnish articles not officially requisitioned.
SEC. 295. Requisitions for gasoline shall be forwarded when the quantity on hand is 100 gallons; for lubricating oil, when the quantity is not less than 15 gallons. Kerosene and light lubricating oils shall be included in the quarterly requisitions.
SEC. 296. Members when appointed in the Department (except those appointed provisionally and serving on probation) and members promoted shall equip themselves with proper uniform, according to these rules, within ten days after they report for duty.
SEC. 297. The uniform as prescribed shall be worn as follows:
On house watch, the uniform coat, trousers, shirt, fatigue cap, badge pinned on left breast. From June 1st to September 15th, a black shirt of light weight material, with a rolling collar, and with badge pinned on left breast, may be worn on house watch duty. Suspenders shall be worn under the shirt, when the coat is dispensed with.
At Roll Calls—The uniform coat of the season, trousers, shirt and fatigue cap.
On the tours of house watch duty between midnight and 6 a. m. The coat, coat badge, and cap shall be worn.
Outside of quarters—The fatigue cap, uniform coat, overcoat in cold weather, trousers and shirt; during snow or rainfalls, dark waterproof clothing may be worn over the uniform, leaving cap badge exposed.
On Theatre Detail Duty—The uniform coat, trousers, fatigue cap, shirt, badge pinned on left breast.
Coat badges shall he worn by members at roll calls, and when on house watch duty.
Theatre detail badges shall be worn while on duty in a ptace of public assembly.
The carrying of umbrellas, while in uniform is not approved.
SEC. 298. Uniform clothing of the type described below shall be worn during the periods named:
From April 15th to June 1st, and September 15th to November 1st—Cloth uniform coats, trousers and uniform caps.
From June 1st to September 15th—Flannel uniform coats, flannel or dark shirt, (white shirt—officers), cloth or flannel trousers, and summer caps.
From November 1st to April 15th Overcoats, (with short coats for all officers), cloth trousers and uniform caps.
SEC. 299. When the uniform is worn it shall be in an unsoiled condition, pressed and completely buttoned. Shoes, buttons, badges and insignia shall be well polished. The cap shall be worn evenly. Hands must be kept from pockets. No buttons, badges or decorations shall be worn other than those permitted by the rules, or by order of the Fire Commissioner,
SEC. 300. The clothing described below shall be worn by all members at fires and when riding upon Department apparatus responding to or returning from alarms for fire:
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New Rulen of the New York Fire Department
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The helmet, a double breasted black rubber coat extending below the knees, black heavy rubber hip boots provided with inside soles of leather or of leather reinforced with steel, (except that during the day in Summer shoes or knee boots may be worn while on apparatus), blue flannel or black shirt (gray or white shirts for officers) and uniform or other trousers of dark material.
When the street temperature exceeds 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the rubber coat may be dispensed with.
Members assigned to Hook and Ladder Companies and Rescue Companies may wear, in place of the rubber coat, a dark waterproof coat extending below the thighs, but they shall have the regulation rubber coat ready for wear at all times.
Chauffeurs and Tillermen may dispense with the helmet while riding upon apparatus, but it shall be worn immediately upon arrival at fires.
Members operating high pressure hydrants shall wear the helmet.
Rubber coats and rubber hip boots shall have the name and badge number of owner stamped (with indelible ink) or painted, inside.
Hose spanners and straps shall be carried by firemen.
The fire clothing of members on duty shall be folded compactly, with helmet on top, on apparatus while in quarters. Before going off duty, members shall hang their fire clothing, in orderly fashion, on hooks adjacent to apparatus.
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