New York City Fire Notes

New York City Fire Notes

From Our Regular Correspondent

On August 1st the two-platoon system was extended to include four more battalions, the 10th and 12th in Manhattan, and the 40th and 48th in Brooklyn.

Promotions in the fire force on August 1st included one deputy chief, five battalion chiefs, seven captains, twelve lieutenants, and eight engineers. The new deputy is Chief John Davin, of the 44th Battalion, who is assigned to command the 13th Division. The battalion chiefs and their assignments are: David Kidney, Jr., 34th Battalion; M. F. Ruddy, 10th Battalion; Patrick Barry, 40th Battalion; Elmer Mustard, 44th Battalion; D. J. Curtin, 9th Battalion.

Twenty-six of the forty-eight battalion chiefs took the recent examination for deputy chief of department, and eleven of them were successful in getting a place on the list which has just been promulgated by the civil service commission. Chief John Davin, of the 44th Battalion, headed the list, and has just been promoted to deputy chief. The first four men on the list are all chiefs of Brooklyn battalions.

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New York City Fire Notes

Two hundred lieutenants, out of the three hundred twentyeight who took the examination, were successful in getting a place on the new civil service list for captain which was promulgated May 7th. Twenty-six of the men on this list will probably be promoted immediately as there are twenty-three vacancies for captain and three vacancies in the grade of battalion chief. There are also four lieutenants positions open, so thirty firemen and engineers will be made lieutenants to fill up the department’s quota. The new list runs four years and it is expected that all of the men who qualified will receive promotions before the list expires.

At last Engine 8 is to receive a new American-I.aFrance combination pumping engine and only one horse-drawn engine will remain in Manhattan, that of Engine 67 in 170th street. For some time Engine 8 has had the distinction of being the only horse-drawn apparatus below 59tb street and its steamer has attracted as much attention at fires in the mid-town district as the motor pumping engines did a little while ago. The big steamer of Engine 8 was equipped with a tractor several years ago but the plan of housing this company in the double station of Truck 2 was abandoned and the tractorized steamer was sent to another company. Now the old station of Engine 8 is to be rebuilt into what will virtually be a new station which will be suitable for motor apparatus.

One hundred thirteen companies in Manhattan and the Bronx are now equipped with motor apparatus and the horse will very soon be a thing of the past in the New York Department. New motor equipment is being acquired as fast as the factories can turn it out.