New York Bureau of Fire Supplies.
Fire Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo issued an order establishing a bureau of repairs and supplies in his department. Heretofore there has been a purchasing clerk, but the heads of the different branches of the department have had power to purchase independently. The result has been that on certain occasions it has been hard to fix the responsibility for certain purchases, and it has been almost impossible to keep track of the stock at hand. Deputy Chief James J. McCartney. for twenty years a fireman, is to bead the new bureau. Its divisions and those in charge are: Purchasing division. Walter S. Healey; fire apparatus, Battalion Chief Thomas F. Barrett ; requisition and property accountability, Foreman John Gow; horses. George L. Ross: buildings, Alexander Stevens: stores. Frank McCoffrey. The purchasing division will have charge of the buying of all supplies and prepare contracts. Informal bids are to be asked on all supplies which may be bought in this way. In this division bills will be paid. The division of requisition and property accountability will approve requisitions, invoice supplies purchased, and receive the reports from commanding officers as to property remaining in their care. These reports are to be made semi-annually. This division alone will issue articles carried in stock. Fire apparatus will be in charge of the fire apparatus division, which will keep account of its maintenance and repair. All bills for the care and feeding of horses will go to George L. Ross. His division will inspect forage and have charge of the veterinary hospital and training stable. The building department’s duty wil be to prepare plans and contracts for construction, alteration, or repairs to buildings. One floor in the new fire department building in the rear of the old is to be occupied by the new bureau.