Scranton Fire Department Trouble

Scranton Fire Department Trouble

CURRENT FIRE AND WATER ARTICLES

The Scranton, Pa., fire department is in a demoralized state, according to Director Derby of the public safety department. Chief H. F. Ferber places the blame for the discord on the former city administration, but particularly on former Director of Public Safety O’Malley and Assistant Chief Storm. Ferber was twice suspended by O’Malley, but was reinstated both times by the mayor. O’Malley never afterward recognized Ferber as the chief and Assistant Chief Storm ran the department for about three years. The present mayor removed Storm, at the beginning of his administration. The Times of that city, says:

“Chief Ferber has had a long, honorable, and splendid career, in which the public has recognized a capable, efficient’ and heroic fire fighter. He has suffered physically from the effects of exposure and his strenuous life in behalf of the community, and we should like to sec him vindicated of the aspersions of enemies he has created in his office, in the performance of his duties, and we believe Chief Ferber owes it to himself and to the public who has had confidence and faith in him. and who still esteem and value his worth in his office, to clear himself of allegations that have been made, and if he has been neglectful, etc., his accusers should insist, rather that the director of public safety should take action and have an end to the present demoralization. It comes as a shock to the city, in the director pointing out what appears to be inadequate and inefficient fire apparatus and the need of immediate big expenditure in modern apparatus in order to meet possible conflagrations effectively. Such conditions can not afford to be trifled with.”

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