ORIGIN OF THE TWO-PLATOON SYSTEM.

ORIGIN OF THE TWO-PLATOON SYSTEM.

The two-platoon system originated with the late former Chief J. W. Dickinson, of Cleveland, Ohio, who, at the annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, held at Minneapolis, Minn., in August, 1888, read a paper advocating its adoption. Before his death he realised and acknowledged his mistake, and recommended an alternative plan, which has since been adopted generally in New York. ClevelanJ was the first city to adopt the idea, and the twoplatoon method of distribution is still in effect there. New Y’ork came next. The Chicago city council voted for it a year ago, and again last month, only to have it vetoed by the mayor, and since reconsidered and retracted by the city council. The Massachusetts legislature, in 1903, passed an act providing for it in several of the largest cities in the State. That act was killed by the governor’s veto. A similar act was passed by the New Y’ork legislature for Buffalo. Other cities have made efforts to secure it, all of which met with early defeat.

Great Falls, Mont., believes that the extent of the present fire limits should be reduced, whereby building operations would not be retarded as at present

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