The Coal Shortage and the Fire Department

The Coal Shortage and the Fire Department

The following general order No. 13 has been issued from the headquarters of the New York City fire department and has for its object as will be seen, the Obtaining of data, as far as the members of the fire department are concerned, as to the effects of the coal shortage during the past winter:

I A communication from the mayor’s office has been received at this office today, the same reading as follows:

March 29, 1923.

“Thomas J. Drennan, Esq., fire commissioner.

“Dear Commissioner: Tn order to ascertain the effect of the coal

shortage on the people of this city during the past Winter and to seek means to prevent a recurrence of such shortage in the future, will you please send me data showing the effect of such shortage on the work of your department—on the employees—those who had sickness at home due to lack of coal or were unable to obtain coal, the length of time they were without heat :n their homes, the price paid for coal or coal substitutes, the difficulty of obtaining coal, etc.

“Please let me know how much soft coal was used by your department as a substitute for the coal ordinarily used and your opinion of the effect of such use.

“Kindly let me have this data by April 7th and oblige,

“Very truly yours,

“(Signed) JOHN F. SINNOTT.

Secretary to the Mayor.”

Members of the department who were affected by the recent coal shortage will make reports to their commanding officers giving all the facts requested in the above letter. Commanding officers shall make consolidated reports covering the members of their companies and forward to the office chief of dci’artment on Friday, April 6, 1923; also a separate report of how much soft coal was used in quarters as a substitute for the coal ordinarily used, and their opinion of the effect of such use.

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