UNUSUALLY DETAILED WORK CHART OF A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

UNUSUALLY DETAILED WORK CHART OF A VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

Showing Complete Service of Organization at All of the Fires It Has Attended During the Year 1922—Chart Done in Pen and Ink

THE chart illustrated an this page, sent through the courtesy of Chief Fire Marshal Frank E. Soule, of the Chester County Firemen’s Association and ex-chief of the Coatesville, Pa., fire department, shows an unusual amount of the detailed work and thoroughness in the keeping of the record of the works of the members of the fire department. The chart, which is 19 1/2 inches wide by 36 inches deep, as will be seen, contains in the upper portion the details of 66 fires, the first portion of which is shorten in the illustration, and the lower part contains a recapitulation as shown arranged according to months and according to the number of calls from each box. The chart is done in India ink on tracing paper. Mr. Soule in describing the chart, says:

“I am sending you herewith a sheet showing the working of one of our fire companies here during the year 1922. This sheet shows practically everything that has been done by this company in the fire fighting line during the past year and is very complete down to the most minute detail. I thought that this might be of interest to you and the readers of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING if it could be shown in your publication. It just goes to show the amount of interest and the time spent by the volunteer fire official, in this town particularly. These sheets are framed and hung up in the engine room for the benefit of the members and create a great deal of interest. This sheet is the work of the foreman of the Brandywine Fire Company No. 2 of the city of Coatcsville, Pa., Robert Gilfillan. You will note that he even goes in to the detail as to the weather at the time of the fire. Another interesting feature is the tremendous number of men turning out to the fires from this company, a total of 2,874 men for the year. This is actual and is checked off after every fire. Please also note the amount of chemical used. 950 gallons, showing that we fight fires without the use of water wherever possible. When you consider that this is the report of only one out of three companies you can see that the use of chemicals is a big factor in keeping our yearly fire loss down as low as it is. Our boys here study fire fighting and a great deal of the credit for our small loss and the efficiency of the fire department is due to our fire school which was copied after that of the bureau of fire of Philadelphia. I sincerely hope that you can make use of this diagram and it will prove of interest to your readers I am sure. Your publication is a live wire one and of untold benefit to the fireman at large, and I am sure this will be looked over with a great deal of interest by your readers. We, here, are proud of our fire department, and justly so.”

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