New York Entertains Detroit Officials
Fire Commissioner C. Hayward Murphy and Fire Chief Stephen J. De May, of Detroit, Mich., spent part of Fire Prevention Week in New York City, inspecting the New York Fire Department. They had been to the Gamewell plant in New England on official business and returned to Detroit, via New York, as Chief De May had not been to the metropolis before and wanted to look it over.
In the three days they spent in Gotham, they employed every minute of it on some sort of firemanic mission, from fireboats to water towers and from the depths of the Holland vehicular tunnel to the peak of the Woolworth Building.
Fire Commissioner John J. Dorman and Fire Chief John Kenlon greeted them most cordially. Chief Hurbert J. Treacy, of the Bureau of Repairs and Supplies, placed an official car at their disposal; Deputy Chief John J. McElligott of the Marine Division gave them a trip around the harbor in the flag ship of the Marine Division, Dr. Harry M. Archer, premier fire fan, gave a dinner in their honor; Honorary Deputy Chief Robert H. Mainzer who had just returned from inspecting the fire departments of the capitals of Europe entertained them at luncheon and Ole Zingstadt, chief engineer of the Holland Tunnel, who is scheduled to soon go to Detroit in the same capacity for the Detroit River Tunnel to Windsor, Canada, showed them through the vehicular tubes under the Hudson River.
The Detroit fire commander visited the New York School of Instruction, the High Pressure pumping stations, the Fire Department Ambulance and the Manhattan Fire Alarm Central Station located in Central Park. He inspected New York’s enormous shipping and wharfage facilities and was atl through the trans-Atlantic steamer, Berengaria, just prior to the ship’s departure for Southampton.
There is and has been for some time an entente cordiale between the New York and the Detroit Fire Departments — and baseball did it in the first instance, although the mutual admiration was cemented principally by Mr. Murphy, president of the Fire Commission of Detroit. The officials of the two cities have exchanged a great deal of official information, in the interests of better fire departments. One of the first things Chief De May wanted to inspect was the new 1,000 gallon Ahrens-Fox engine in the quarters of Company No. 65. About the only thing that nettled the veteran fire officer, from the mid-west was— “where does downtown begin?”—he said this at 96th street and Broadway, when the writer remarked that we would now go downtown. To the fire chief, 96th street and Broadway was as thickly populated as “downtown” could be anywhere, so therefore, where does “downtown” really begin and end.
At the gathering in Dr. Archer’s home, the chief of New York and the chief of Detroit exchanged many expressions. Chief De May has served for 43 years and Chief Kenlon for nearly 41 years. In leaving, Chief De May said to the writer: “I can see why your department is so wonderful and efficient, you have such splendid men in charge of it. Every possible courtesy has been extended to me here, your Commissioner and your Chief are extraordinary officials, progressive and efficient and seem to be held in the highest esteem by those whom they command.
“Is it any wonder therefore, that your department with its 6,500 men and its 320 fire fighting units, should be so well handled, for after all a contented force is an efficient force.”
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