Oldest Fire Chiefs

Oldest Fire Chiefs

The fire commissioners of Fall River, Mass., have requested the resignation of Chief William C. Davol, who has been a member of the department since 1859 and chief since 1870, with the exception of 1882 and 1890, 1891 and 1892. Chief Davol, who is now 70 years of age, is a member of the Davol family which has been prominent in the cotton manufacturing industry of Fall River for many years and owners of the extensive Davol mills. Mayor Key has requested the fire commissioners to send him in writing the reasons of their demanding the chief’s resignation. The mayor says: “Pending the arrival of your reply and my approval of your reasons, you will take no further action respecting the resignation of Chief Davol.” The chief declines to resign.

There are several chiefs now in service who are older than Chief Davol. The oldest of them is T. J. Williams, of Charlottesville, Va., who is also the oldest in years of service as chief. He is 82, has been a fireman 64 years and chief 58 years. George Cushing, of Gingham, Mass., who has been chief 34 years, is 72 years of age. T. W. Lane, of Manchester, N. H., who has been chief four months longer, is one month older than Chief Cushing. G. O. Wilmarth, of Topeka, Kan., who has been chief since April, 1872, is 70. Chief N. T. Burker, of Cambridge, Mass., will be 70 next February. George Fendrick, who has been chief of the Vincennes, Ind., department since May, 1872, is oast 70. Chief Patrick Byron, of the Troy, N. Y., department, is 73, and has given 33 years of his life to the fire service. He is still as agile as a man half his years.

At the first fall meeting of the Georgia F’ire Prevention Association held at Columbus last week with 35 members present, a complete investigation of fire conditions in that city was made. Gasoline was found to be improperly stored in a number of nlaces. Only one public school has fire escapes, while none of the school doors open outward. The fire department was found to be without anv serious fault.

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