PACIFIC COAST AND CANADIAN NEWS.

PACIFIC COAST AND CANADIAN NEWS.

Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

The first meeting of the B. C. Association of Fire Chiefs and Firemen will be held in Nelson, B. C., on Sept. 18. Chief J. H. Watson, of New Westminster will call the meeting to order. Papers on various topics will be read and discussed. The recent convention of Western Canadian fire chiefs, held in Winnipeg, Man., was well attended and important work performed for the betterment of the fire departments. Chief E. G. Wiswell, president of the association, occupied the chair. Chief J. E. Buchanan, of Winnipeg, and the officers of the local fire department were very attentive to their visitors, showing them every consideration. The meeting was a success in every particular.—Chief W. J. Phillips, of the hernie, B. C., fire department, has tendered his resignation and left for Spokane, Wash. Daniel McDougall, formerly assistant chief of the Victoria, B. C., fire department, was selected by the mayor and council to fill his position. During the six months tenure of office Chief Phillips was fortunate enough to have no fires of any consequence.—Noith Yakima, Wash., was visited by a serious fire on the 3rd inst. Three persons lost their lives. With the Pascoc fire and the explosion and fire at Waneta, the State of Washington added materially to the fire losses during that week.—The Spokane fire department received a material advance in salaries and has been kept busy during the warm weather answering alarms. I he last fire of any consequence occurred at the King Sash and Door factory, on the north side of the city. Chief Myers is holding an investigation of the telephone service to fix the blame for delay in turning in the alarm on the night of the disastrous fire at the corner of Boone avenue and Post street,

PACIFIC COAST AND CANADIAN NEWS.

PACIFIC COAST AND CANADIAN NEWS.

Special correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

Assistant Chief W. J. Phillips, of the Nelson fire department, in British Columbia, has been appointed chief of that of Fernie, B. C. On retiring from the Nelson fire department, Chief Phillips was presented with an address by Chief Deasy and members of the department, accompanied by a souvenir traveling case. The new chief will organise a paid department in Fernie.— The turmoil in the Seattle fire department has been the cause of the resignation of Chief Cook and the installation of Harry W. Bringhurst, formerly secretary of the Pacific Coast association of Fire Chiefs, to the position of chief of the lire department. Former Chief Ralph Cook retires with a good record as a firefighter. He succeeded Chief Gardner Kellogg on the appointment of the latter to the position of fire marshal. The many readers of FJRE AND WATER ENGINEERING are acquainted with former Chief Cook and met him at the convention of the International Association in New York city. He served for many years on the Seattle fire department and was a general favorite with the firemen and citizens. His successor. Chief Bringhurst, is well acquainted with the fire service of the city, although he at no time served in the department there. At Logansport. Ia., Chief Bringhurst was a member of the fire department and was the first paid assistant chief. From Logansport he went to Mismarck, N. Dak., as city engineer, and moved to Seattle before the conflagration, at which he rendered invaluable service. During 1893 he attended the World’s Fair in Chicago, in charge of the lire exhibit. His profession is that of civil engineer, and he will bring to the office the executive ability required to manage that branch of the city service. Mayor Moore considers it necessary to have an administrative head to the fire department and to put the firefighting in the hands of the assistant chief. This will require the placing of Assistant Chief George Marlow at the head of the force at all fires, and in this way Seattle will he on the same footing with other metropolitan cities.—Pacific coast records, to date, show small losses during 1906. Chief Watson reports $6,500 as losses in Victoria, B. C. Chief Deasy, of Nelson, B. C., reports $355 for the nine months since he assumed the position—the most phenomenal record of an,y city of the size of Nelson on the continent. Following closely, Chief Bruce, of Hoquiam, Wash., reports twenty-two fires and losses aggregating $180. The larger cities have not reported; but there is no doubt of the decrease of losses on all sides which are offset hv the California horror of May last.