The Pompier Service at a Boston Fire.
Last week a fire broke out in the Camden Hotel, Boston,which was filled with boarders, among whom were a large number of choruagirls from one of the theatres. When smoke filled the upper story of the building these girls rushed for the windows, and many of them were found hanging to the window sills when the firemen arrived. Chief Webber gave prompt orders to raise the ladders, and he was among the first to assist in the work of rescue. A local paper says: “Never did laddermen work quicker and never were hosemcn more ready to clitnb them than at this fire.
“ ‘Phe training the men have had for nearly two years stood them in good stead then. When the commissioners started the drill school in May, 1889, and put Capt. John Grady in command they knew that some time an emergency like that of last night would arise and that the members of the department should be in readiness to act when it did come. They made no mistake.
“ The Pompier ladders were used for the first time since their introduction to the department. They have been in the service for a long time, but if, before May, 1889, the firemen wanted to use them, there were very few who would have known how. Now there isn’t a man but can go over them as readily as he can over a regular ladder, anti as quickly, too.
“ These ladders accomplished wonders. It wasn’t necessary for the firemen to firing the bodies of any of the girls down over them, but by means of them the men reached the frightened chorus girls and lifted them back over the sills into the smoky rooms. The general promptness of everybody had a good deal to do with the absence of individual injury, but to the laddcrmen and the hosemen is due more credit than to anything else.
” Capt. John (irady of Ladder 3, who is also drill-master and instructor, said that when his truck rolled into Trcmont street, with its weight of ladders and men, he expected every minute to see some of the girls let go their hold and go plunging down to death, but, thanks to the firemen’s quick ami good work, no one was hurt.”
KIRK AND WATKR has always held that there was marked efficiency in Boston’s fire service, and it is pleased to notice that in the case referred to above its judgment is fully substantiated.