Ottawa Fire Department News
An interesting exhibition of life-saving and general fire-fighting was recently given by the Ottawa, Canada, fire department. The drill was in charge of Chief J. W. Graham and Instructor Dicks. A large number of persons witnessed the drill, which took place at the training school at No. 4 station. Life nets, scaling ladders, and life lines were used, also engine streams and chemicals. A feature of the performance was a high dive from the fifth story of the training school to the net, a distance of 64 feet. Engineer Page, who did the stunt, came down head first and when about twenty feet from the net swung his body so as to light on his back. His trick was much applauded.
Chief Alphonse Tessier, of the Hull fire department, recently completed his twenty-fifth year as a fire fighter. Chief Tessier enlisted in the Ottawa fire department in 1887, and worked his way up to the rank of captain. In 1910 he resigned on appointment as chief of the Hull department.
Captain R. Jacques is another who has been twenty-five years answering the gong. He joined the Ottawa department in 1887 and was recently presented a silver tea service by the members of Dalhousie club, which has its headquarters near No. 7 station, to which Captain Jacques belongs. His father before him was a member of the Toronto department.
The explosion of a chemical caused several thousands of dollars loss to W. E. Bard’s drug store at Sedalia, Mo.