North Adams Firemen Object to Fighting Brush Fires.
The North Adams, Mass., correspondent of the Springfield Republican writes: “North Adams, a city of somewhere near 25,000 inhabitants, conducts a fire department on the basis of $14,000 annually, which is ‘going some.’ if one desires to compare the fire losses in the last decade with those of other cities with populations of about the same size and appropriations for fire lighting of many thousands more. It is a little provoking to the members of the department, especially the few permanent members, to he called on to help tight brush and forest fires that originate in other towns and spread to still others. Several times during the last two or three days the local fire department has received demands to send men into the town of Clarksburg to the north of North Adams, to protect cord wood which is piled on wood lots owned by North Adams men. from the ravages of flames which started in Williamstown and burned merely along the border on the North Adams line, where North Adams men fought it. North Adams is not often called upon for assistance, possibly because of its geographical location, hut there have been two or three times in the last few years when help has been asked to fight lire in adjoining towns where buildings were endangered and no time has been lost in getting men and apparatus to the point desired. But on an appropriation of $14,000, with which meager apparatus is expected to cover the most hilly city in the state and keep the fire loss low. North Adams is not in a position with half of the permanent force and hired outsiders, to say nothing of some call men, fighting brush fires on the outskirts of the town, to send others to woodlots in other towns, especially when the owners do nothing hut holler for help.”