Outside Officers Attend College
Four visiting fire officers are attending the fall session of the New York Fire College. They are taking the full six weeks course, attending the Fire College and the Drill School in the daytime, and responding to fires in the night time with some of New York’s busiest fire companies.
Jackson, Miss., Fire Department is represented by Assistant Chief G. E. Taylor and Capt. F. L. Boteler. Chief Taylor is quartered with the Deputy Chief in charge of the 3rd Division which embraces the dry goods, hotel and shopping districts. The headquarters are on West 33rd street in H A L Co. 24, a block away from the Pennsylvania Railroad Terminal. Capt. Boteler is “rolling” with Engine Co. No. 1 on West 29th street near 7th avenue.
From Wilmington, N. C., is Lieut. J. L. Croom. He is quartered at Engine C°13 on East 18th street near Union Square. This company is in the heart of the high pressure district.
From Bulgaria is Capt. Theodore KarageorgheifT who is taking up both police and fire matters. He has just completed a course in the New York Police Academy at Police Headquarters and is now making observations in the Fire Department. He is also taking a course in criminology at Columbia University. Capt. KarageorgheifT is not responding to fires. He is not a fireman, but an army officer and is spending his own time and money on his mission, although he came to Chief Kenlon at Fire Headquarters with very high recommendations from the Bulgarian Consul.
The three southern fire fighters are strictly on the job. The writer has been in their company somewhat and they are particularly impressed with the discipline of the New York Department. Chief Taylor, a former soldier, was with the A. E. F. and passed through the Port of New York on his way “over there.” Lieut. Croom has been to New York previous to this visit but Capt. Boteler never saw the big town before.
The latter asked the writer one day—“How many people do you kill here a day in this maze of traffic?”
I told him that fire fighting in itself was not so much a problem as it was in getting to the fire.
They have embraced in their observations and studies all phases of the fire situation in the metropolis, and while much of the New York curriculum deals with situations which may never arise in their home communities, yet the principle or the foundation at least has been placed before them.