Twelfth Milestone for Chief Boyd
Chief Sam Boyd, of Knoxville, Tenn., has just celebrated his tweltfth anniversary as head of the fire department of that city. In 1900 when Chief Boyd assumed command of the department, it contained twenty-nine men, and there are now seventy-two. It then owned but one building, the North Knoxville or Central Market station. There are now five stations, and the city owns all of them. The department has been enlarged, new apparatus purchased and the department’s property is valued at something like $200,000. There were forty-two alarm boxes then, as compared with seventy-six now, and the alarm system has all been overhauled and rewired and placed in good condition, n 1900, political ward workers got jobs in the fire department. Recently, civil service became effective and only merit counts. There is as much difference between the department then and now as between the old volunteer service and the department of 1900. When the city gets to a point where it can equip the department with some motordriven apparatus, the department will then be second to none in the country. Chief Boyd has been more instrumental than any other man in bringing about this improvement, and his ability has been recognized elsewhere as well as at home. He has attended all the fire chiefs’ conventions during the past twelve years, and has served as vice-president several terms. He has presented several papers at these conventions. For 1912 convention he will be a member of the committee to superintend the installation of exhibits, the most important committee in the association.