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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 







ARTMENT 



ANNUAL REPORT 




FIRE DEPARTMENT 



FOR THE 



Compliments of 



Charles H. Cole, 



FIRE COMMISSIONER. 



CITY OF BOSTON 
PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1909 



ANNUAL REPORT 




EIRE DEPARTMENT 



TEAR ENDING JANUARY 31, 1909 




CITY OF BOSTON 
PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1909 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 



FOR THE YEAR 1908-1909. 



Boston, June 29, 1909. 

Hon. George A. Hibbard, 

Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Sir, — I respectfully submit the annual report of the Fire 
Department from February 1, 1908, to February 1, 1909, 
in accordance with the Revised Ordinances. 

While the total number of alarms received was less than 
those of the preceding year, the total fire loss was larger, 
due to the fire on the docks at East Boston and at Park 
Square Station, the estimated loss at these two fires being 
$1,910,280.91. The department sent thirteen engines, three 
ladder trucks and the fire boat to Chelsea at the fire on 
April 12, 1908. The work of the department in preventing 
what might have been a conflagration at East Boston at 
that time deserves commendation. 

During the year fifteen call men have been replaced by 
permanent men, and fifteen detailed men have been returned 
to regular fire duty. These changes have not only 
strengthened the fire fighting force, but the work of the 
repairs to the various houses has been done at less cost by 
employing men rated by the Civil Service Commission. As 
it is apparent that the work of the department requires men 



2 City Document No. 17. 

of sufficient size, a height and weight limit of 5 feet 7 
inches and 135 pounds has been established for candidates 
for the department. A yearly test of all the hose was made 
under 200 pounds pressure, and also a trial of the present 
salt water system. That the officers might have a better 
knowledge of the different apparatus and appliances in use, 
a school for officers was held during the summer months with 
satisfactory results. 

Arrangements are being made with adjoining cities and 
towns by which prompt assistance can be rendered and 
received in case of need, which should be of mutual benefit. 

The new fire boat will be in service during the summer, 
and quarters are now being built at East Boston, where one of 
the fire boats will be stationed. It is proposed to make a new 
district of the water front, in charge of a district chief. This 
will materially increase the protection of the water front, 
which is much needed. Plans are being prepared for a new 
engine house at Forest Hills, where a combination automobile 
chemical will be stationed An engine house should be built 
in the vicinity of Lauriat avenue, the temporary quarters of 
Chemical 11 being entirely inadequate, both for the company 
and the apparatus. As soon as possible, a ladder truck should 
be stationed in the Brighton district, 

I strongly recommend the installation of a high pressure 
service, with a pumping station at the Charles River Basin, 
and that provision be made by which the service can be ex- 
tended each year. This will afford much better protection in 
the congested districts, and eventually will afford opportunity 
to station more engines in the outlying districts. 

The services of. this department demand that the highest 
possible standard of efficiency be required, that the apparatus 
and appliances be modern, and that the size of the department 
increase in proportion to the growth of the city. The prompt 
and close attention to duty of both officers and men during 
the past year has enabled the department to perform its 
duty in a satisfactory manner. 



Fire Department. 



ORGANIZATION. 



Commissioner, Samuel D. Parker; term expires May, 1910. 

Secretary, Benjamin F. Underhill. 

Chief of Department, John A. Mullen. 

Deputy Chief, John Grady. 

Second Deputy Chief and Chief of District 8, Peter F 

McDonough. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms, Brown S. Flanders. 
Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, Cyrus A. George. 
Superintendent of Repair Shop, Alfred J. Porter. 
Supervisor of Engines, Eugene M. Byington. 
Veterinary Surgeon, George W. Stimpson. 
Medical Examiner, Rufus W. Sprague. 



Clerks. 



George F. Murphy, Daniel J. Quinn, James P. Maloney, Edward 


L. Tierney. 


District Chiefs. 


District. 


Headquarters. 


1. John W. Godbold . 


. Ladder House 2 


2. Charles H. W. Pope 








9 


3. Joseph M. Garrity . 








8 


4. Henry A. Fox 








Engine House 4 


5. Daniel F. Sennott . 








Ladder House 18. 


6. Edwin A. Perkins . 








Engine House 1 


7. Stephen J. Ryder . 








22 


8. Peter F. McDonough 








Ladder House 12 


9. Michael J. Kennedy 








4 


10. John 0. Taber 








Engine House 18 


11. John F. Ryan 








41 


12. Michael J. Mulligan 








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Our Roll of Merit contains the names of 




Nathan L. Hussey . 


Engine 23. 


Edward H. Sawyer 










Ladder 4. 


Edward H. Sawyer 










" 4. 


James F. Bailey 










" 17. 


Eugene Rogers 










" 1. 


Peter Callahan 










Engine 4. 


Joseph A. Kelley 










Chemical 1. 


Timothy J. Heffron 






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Engine 4. 


James E. Downey . 










6. 


Frederick F. Leary . 










Ladder 12. 


Florence Donoghue 










Combination 8. 


James J. O'Connor . 










Engine 7. 


James F. McMahon 










Combination 8. 



City Document No. 17. 



Martin A. Kenealy . 










Engine 7. 


Denis Driscoll . 










7. 


William H. Magner . 










Ladder 8. 


Thomas J. Mulcloon 










Chemical 8. 


Dennis McGee . 










Combination 5 


Joseph P. Hanton . 










Ladder 17. 


Michael J. Teehan . 










17. 


Charles W. Conway 










13. 


Michael J. Dacey 










13. 


Patrick E. Keyes 










District Chief. 


Force and Pay Roll February 1, 1909. 


Commissioner . . . $5,000 per annum 


Secretary . 




2,500 


Chief of Department 




4,000 


Deputy Chief . 




2,400 


Second Deputy Chief 




2,200 


Superintendent of Fire Alarn 


is . . 3,200 


Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, 2,000 


Superintendent of Repair Shop . . 2,000 


Supervisor of Engines . 2,000 


Veterinary Surgeon 




2,000 


Assistant Veterinary Sur 


geon 


1,400 


Medical Examiner . 




1,300 


Master Carpenter 




1,300 


Master Painter 




1,300 


Bookkeeper 




1,650 


2 Clerks 




1,400 


1 Clerk . 




900 


1 Clerk . 




800 


2 Clerks 




700 


11 District Chiefs . 




2,000 


56 Captains 




1,600 


78 Lieutenants 




1,400 


1 Lieutenant, Aid to Chief 1,400 


1 Lieutenant, Foreman of Hose and Har- 


ness Shop ... . 1,400 


1 Engineer . 




1,400 


46 Engineers . 




1,300 


1 Engineer . 




1,200 


1 Engineer . 




1,000 


46 Assistant Engineers 




1,200 


1 Assistant Engineer 




1,100 


584 Privates: 






399 . 




1,200 


67 . . . 




1,100 


63 . 




1,000 


46 . . . 




900 


9 . 




720 


27 Call men . 










200 



Fire Department. 



8 Chiefs' drivers . 




$1 


75 per day 


3 Chiefs' drivers . 




2 


00 


2 Chiefs' drivers . 




2 


25 


1 Horseshoer 




3 


00 


3 Hostlers (average) . 




2 


25 


1 Shipkeeper 


2 


00 


Fire Alarm Force. 




1 Chief Operator .... 


$2,000 per annum. 


6 Operators . . . 


1,600 


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4 Assistant Operators 


1,200 


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1 Foreman of Construction 


2,000 


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1 Machinist . . . ■ . 


$4 25 per day 


1 Machinist 


4 


00 


20 Telegraphers and Linemen (avera£ 


56), 3 


06 


Repair Shop Empl 


jyees. 




1 Master Plumber 


$1,300 per annum. 


1 Engineer . 




$3 


25 per day 


4 Firemen 




2 


50 " 


1 Painter 




3 


75 


3 Painters 




3 


50 


2 Painters 




3 


16 


2 Wheelwrights . 




3 


25 


6 Machinists 




3 


25 


3 Blacksmiths 




3 


50 


1 Blacksmith 




3 


25 


4 Blacksmiths' Helpers 




2 


50 


2 Plumbers . 




4 


40 


3 Carpenters 




3 


50 


1 Hose and Harness Repairer . 


3 


25 


1 Hose and Harness Repairer . 


2 


25 


1 Laborer 


2 


50 


3 Laborers 


2 


25 


966 total force. 









Fire Districts. 
The city is divided into twelve fire districts as follows : 

District 1. 
All that part of Boston known as East Boston. 

District 2. 
All that part of Boston known as Charlestown. 



6 City Document No. 17. 

District 3. 
The territory bounded on the north and east by the water 
front, on the south by Summer street, and on the west by 
Washington street and Washington Street North. 

District 4- 

The territory bounded on the north by the Charles river, 
on the east by Washington Street North and Washington 
street, on the south by Winter, Tremont, Boylston, Arling- 
ton, Beacon and Otter streets, and on the west by the Charles 
river. 

District 5. 

The territory bounded on the north by Winter and Sum- 
mer streets, Dorchester avenue,. Congress street, Fort Point 
channel and the harbor to B street, on the east by B street, 
on the south by First street, across Dorchester avenue and 
Fort Point channel to Broadway Extension, Pleasant street, 
Park square and Boylston street, and on the west by Tremont 
street. 

District 6. 

The territory bounded on the north by Broadway Exten- 
sion across Fort Point channel, and Dorchester avenue to 
First street, through First street to B street, on the west by 
B street to harbor line, by harbor line to Locust street, on the 
south by Locust and Dorset streets to the South bay and on 
the west by South bay to Broadway Extension Bridge. 

District 7. 
The territory bounded on the west by the Charles river,, 
on the north by Otter, Beacon, Arlington and Boylston 
streets, Park square, Pleasant street and Broadway Exten- 
sion, on the east by Fort Point channel and South bay and 
on the south by Massachusetts avenue and the Charles river. 

District 8. 
The territory bounded on the north by the Charles river 
and Massachusetts avenue, on the east by Washington street, 
on the south by Atherton and Mozart streets, Chestnut 
avenue, Sheridan and Centre streets, Hyde square, Perkins 
street, South Huntington avenue and Castleton street, across 
Jamaicaway to the Brookline line, and on the west by the 
Brookline line to Cottage Farm Bridge. 

District 9. 
The territory bounded on the north by Massachusetts 
avenue, South" bay, Dorset and Locust streets, on the east 



Fire Department. 7 

by Dorchester bay, on the south by Hoyt, Hancock, Bowdoin 
and Quincy sti eets, Columbia road, and on -the west by Seaver 
street, Columbus avenue and Washington street. 

District 10. 
The territory bounded on the north by Seaver street, 
Columbia road, Quincy, Bowdoin, Hancock and Hoyt streets, 
on the east by Dorchester bay, on the south by the Neponset 
river and the Hyde Park line, and on the west by Harvard 
street and Blue Hill avenue. 

District 11. 
All that part of Boston known as Brighton, and extending 
east as far as Cottage Farm Bridge. 

District 12. 

All that part of Boston known as West Roxbury, bounded 
on the north by a line from the Brookline line across Jamaica- 
way to Castleton street, through Castleton street, South 
Huntington avenue and Perkins street, Hyde square, Centre 
and Sheridan streets, Chestnut avenue, Mozart and Atherton 
streets, Columbus avenue and Seaver street, and on the 
east by Blue Hill avenue and Harvard street, on the south 
by the Hyde Park and Dedham lines, and on the west by the 
Newton and Brookline lines. 

In all cases where streets are designated as boundaries the 
center of the street will be the dividing line. 

Assignment of Districts. 

Each district is placed under the charge of a district chief 
as follows: 





Chief in Command. 


Companies in Districts. 


District. 


Engines. 


Chemical 
Engines. 


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CD £ 


1 

2 

3 

4. 


John W. Godbold 

C. H. W. Pope 

Joseph M. Garrity 


5, 9, 11, 40 

27, 32, 36 

8,25,44 

*4, 6, 10 

7,26,35,38,39 

*1,2, 15, 43 

3, *22, 33 

13, 14,37 

12,21,23,24 

16, 17, *18, 19,20,46 

29, 34, *41 

28, *30, 42, 45 


7 
3,9 

1 

8 

2,4 

12 

10 

11 

6 

5 


*2, 21 

*9, 22 

*8, 14 

1,24 

17, *18 

5, 19,20 

3, 13, 15 

*12, 26 

*4, 23 

6,7,27 

11 

10, 16, 25 


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5 

6 

7 

8 

9 

10 

II 


Daniel F. Sennott 

Edwin A. Perkins 

Stephen J. Rvder 

Peter F. McDonough. . . 
Michael J. Kennedy. . . . 
John O. Taber 


3 

2 


12 


Michael J. Mulligan. . . . 





* Headquarters of District Chief. 



8 City Document No. 17. 

The following property is in charge of the Fire Commis- 
sioner : 

Houses. 



Location. 


Number 
of feet 
in lot. 


Assessed 
Valuation. 


Occupied by 


Dorchester and Fourth sts 


8,167 


$25,800 


Engine 1 and Ladder 
House 5 on this lot. 


Corner of O and Fourth sts 


4,000 


16,400 


Engine 2. 


Bristol st. and Harrison ave 


4,000 


30,000 


Engine 3 and Ladder 3. 




6,098 


96,000 


Engine 4, Chemical 1 and 




Tower 1. 




1,647 
2,269 


9,000 
40,000 


Engine 5. 






East st 


1,893 
2,568 


36,400 
24,000 


Engine 7. 


Salem st 


Engine 8. 




4,720 
1,886 


29,700 
20,000 


Engine 9 and Ladder 2. 


River st 


Engine 10. 


Saratoga and Byron sts. .East Boston, 


10,000 


3S,500 


Engine 11 and Ladder 21. 




7,320 


25,000 


Engine 12. 


Cabot st 


4,832 


16,000 


Engine 13. 




5,713 
2,803 


14,600 
18,600 


Engine 14. 


Dorchester ave 


Engine 15. 


Corner River and Temple sts 


12,736 


19,200 


Engine 16 and Ladder 6. 


Meeting House Hill, Dorchester Dis- 
trict 


9,450 


17,300 


Engine 17 and Ladder 
House 7 on this lot. 


Harvard st., Dorchester District .... 


9,440 


18,300 


Engine 18. 


Norfolk st., " " .... 


7,683 


14,200 


Engine 19. 


Walnut st., " " .... 


9,000 


17,300 


Engine 20 and Ladder 27. 


Columbia road, " " .... 


10,341 


17,100 


Engine 21. 




7,500 
3,445 


62,500 
11,200 


Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 


Northampton st 


Engine 23. 




4,186 


18,100 


Engine 24. 


Fort Hill sq 


4,175 


100,600 


Engine 25, Ladder 8 and 




Ladder 14. 


Mason st 


5,623 


157,500 


Engine 26 and 35. 


Elm st., Charlestown District 


2,600 


18,000 


Engine 27. 




10,377 
14,358 


28,300 
37,200 


Engine 28 and Ladder 10. 


Chestnut Hill ave., Brighton District, 


Engine 29 and Ladder 11. 


Centre st., West Roxbury District.. . 


12,251 


25,000 


Engine 30 and Ladder 25. 


Bunker Hill st., Charlestown District, 


8,188 


26,200 


Engine 32. 


Corner Boylston and Hereford sts. . . . 


5,646 


81,000 


Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 


Western ave., Brighton -. 


4,637 


17,800 


Engine 34. 



Fire Department. 



Houses. — Concluded. 



Location. 



Number 
of feet 
in lot. 



Assessed 
Valuation. 



Occupied by- 



Monument st., Charlestown District. . 

Corner Longwood and Brookline 
aves:- 



Congress st 

Sumner st., East Boston. 



Harvard ave., near Cambridge st., 
Brighton District. 

Washington, between Atherton and 
Beethoven sts 



Andrew sq 

Washington, cor. Poplar sts., Ros- 
lindale 



Dorchester ave., Ashmont. 

Church st 

Shawmut ave 

Saratoga st., East Boston. . 
B st 



Eustis st 

Friend st 

Dudley st 

Main st., Charlestown. 
Tremont st 



Harrison ave 

Pittsburgh st., South Boston . 

Fourth st 

Washington st., Dorchester.. . 

Winthrop st 

North Grove st 



5,668 

5,231 
4,000 
4,010 

6,112 

3,848 
5,133 

14,729 
4,S75 
3,412 
889 
9,300 
1,804 
1,790 
1,676 
3,923 
4,290 
4,311 

2,134 
8,964 
3,101 
6,875 
3,000 
3,918 



21,000 

14,300 
37,000 
1S.000 

25,500 

22,900 
20,100 

22,400 

22,900 

23,600 

4,300 

40,600 

7,800 

7,500 

37,200 

26,000 

16,400 

25,600 

23,500 
35,400 
10,700 
21,400 
13,200 
19,800 



Engine 36 and Ladder 22. 

Engine 37 and Ladder 26. 
Engines 38 and 39. 
Engine 40. 

Engine 41 and Chemical 6. 

Engine 42. and Chemical 5. 
Engine 43 and Ladder 20. 

Engine 45 and Ladder 16. 

Engine 46. 

Chemical Engine 2. 

Chemical Engine 4. 

Chemical Engine 7. 

Chemical Engine 8. 

Chemical Engine 10. 

Ladder 1. 

Ladder 4. 

Ladder 9 and Chemical 9. 

Ladder 12 and Chemical 
12. 

Ladder 17. 

Ladder 18 and Tower 3. 

Ladder 19. 

Ladder 23. 

Chemical 3. 

Ladder 24. 



Assessed Valuation. 

Fuel house, Dorchester street, 1,610 feet of land . $3,100 

Fuel house, Salem street, 417 feet of land . . 4,000 

Fuel house, Main street, Charlestown, 2,430 feet of 

land . . . . . . . . . . 7,000 

Headquarters Building and repair shop, corner of 

Albany and Bristol streets, 23,679 feet of land . 185,000 

Water Tower No. 2 and Wrecking Wagon are in 

Headquarters Building. 
Veterinary Hospital, Atkinson street, 64,442 feet of 

land . 68,300 

Fuel house, Washington, near Dover street, 1,007 

feet of land 10,500 



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New Apparatus Put in Service During the Year. 

Purchased: 

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1 Second-size Amoskeag steam fire engine. 
1 Ladder truck. 
1 Ross runabout. 

1 District Chiefs wagon. 

Built at Fire Department repair shop: 

2 Ladder trucks. 

1 District Chief's wagon. 
1 Hose wagon. 

Amount of hose purchased and condemned during the year: 



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Leading rubber 
Chemical . 
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In Use. 


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18 



City Document No. 17. 



Expenditures for the Year. 

Salaries to January 28, 1909, inclusive: 

Benjamin W. Wells, Commis- 
sioner, to January 31, 1908 . $109 59 
Samuel D. Parker, Commissioner, 

from February 1, 1908 . . 4,972 58 
B. F. Underhill, Secretary . . 2,541 35 
John A. Mullen, Chief Engineer . 4,065 63 
Deputy and District Chiefs . 29,047 35 
Members of the various engine, 
hook and ladder and hose com- 
panies 1,000,717 64 

Clerks in office .... 6,020 13 

Pensioners 95,742 82 

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Less amount deducted for cloth 



Horses: 

Hay, grain and straw . . . $44,091 11 

Shoeing 20,004 71 

Purchase and exchange of . 14,630 99 
Attendants at hospital, medicines, 

etc '. . 8,180 90 

Harnesses and repairs . . . 2,896 80 

Horse hire . . . . . 798 75 

Repairs of apparatus, including 
stock sent to repair shop: 

Mechanics $31,239 25 

Materials, etc .... 27,462 33 

Fuel for houses and engines 

Tools and supplies 

Repairs and alterations of houses .... 

New apparatus: 

Two engines $9,850 00 

One automobile .... 1,930 50 

One combination ladder and 

chemical 1,000 00 

Twelve extinguishers . . . 264 00 

One wagon 215 00 

Hose, pipes and repairs 

Electric lighting 



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Furniture and bedding 


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Washing 


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Rents 




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Printing 






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Medical services .... 






1,894 29 


Gas 






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Chemicals 






941 57 


Stationery . . . 






803 70 


Hats, badges, buttons and belts 






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Janitress at headquarters 






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Ice 






582 75 


Traveling expenses .... 






113 70 


Rent of gas regulators . . 






72 00 


Reservoirs and hydrants . 






124 91 


Freights and small items 






96 99 


Expenses of detailed men 






46 25 


Refreshments 






9 80 


Advertising 






11 34 


Cloth 






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Medical supplies .... 






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Wire, cables and conduits 
Electric power . 
Telephone service 
Use of duct in East Boston tunnel 
Car fares and traveling expenses 
Maps and plans .... 
Horse-heeping .... 
Electric light for clocks 



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20 City Document No. 17. 



Engine 6 House, Addition. 
Payments on account: 

Contractors, M. F. McDonald & Son . . . SI, 864 03 

Total cost, $5,085.55. 

House and Apparatus, Parker Hill. 

Payments on account: 

Advertising . . • $27 90 

House, Land and Apparatus, Forest Hills. 
Payments on account: 

Advertising $27 90 

House, Land and Apparatus, Orient Heights. 

Payments on account: 

Advertising $30 90 

Ladder 1 House, Rebuilding. 

Balance of payments: 

Contractor, John J. Flynn .... 
Heating apparatus, William E. Bartlett 
Water service pipe . . . '. - . 
Total cost, $5,022.66. 



New Fireboat. 

Continuation of payments: 

Contractors, Bertelsen & Petersen Engineering 

Company 

Inspector 

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Car tickets redeemed 
Rent .... 
Sale of celluloid badges 
Sale of manure . 
Sale of old material . 
Fireworks licenses 
Damage to Engine 36 at fire in Chelsea, September 

21, 1908, paid by that city .... 
Bath Department, steam for Dover Street Bath 

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Causes of Fires and Alarms from February 1, 1908, to 
February 1, 1909. 



Alarms, unauthorized, for 

same fire 10 

Alarms, accidental, auto- 
matic 115 

Alarms, false 124 

Alarms out of city 42 

Ashes, hot, in wooden re- 
ceptacle 65 

Automobiles, igniting of 27 

Boiling over of fat or tar 40 

Bonfires, grass, rubbish, 

etc 434 

Careless use of lamps, candles, 

etc 78 

Careless use of pipes, cigars, 

etc., in smoking 109 

Chimneys, soot burning 207 

Chimneys, defective 51 

Clothes too near stove 18 

Collapse of building 2 

Defective flue 12 

Defective stovepipe 13 

Defective furnace 3 

Defective gas pipe 13 

Defective fireplace 3 

Electric motor igniting car. . . 18 

Electric wires 48 

Explosion and ignition of 

chemicals 9 

Fireworks 21 

Friction 13 

Fumigating 6 

Gas, escaping and explosion 

of 7 

Gas jet setting fire 69 

Gas stove, careless use of, 

and explosion 21 

Grease, ignition of in ven- 
tilator oven 17 

Kerosene, to light fire 4 

Incendiary 67 

Incendiary, supposed ' 44 

Lamp, explosion of 54 



Lamp, upsetting and break- 
ing 82 

Light mistaken for fire 43 

Matches and rats 33 

Matches and children 90 

Matches, careless use of 235 

Meat burning on stove 7 

Naphtha, careless use of, and 

ignition 35 

Oil stove, careless use of, and 

explosion 62 

Overheated boiler or steam 

pipe 22 

Overheated stove or furnace, 77 

Plastering, drying 6 

Plumber's, roofer's stove up- 
setting 9 

Rescues, elevators, miscel- 
laneous 11 

Rekindling of ruins 5 

Set by boys 116 

Slacking of lime 4 

Smoky chimneys 59 

Smoky lamp 3 

Smoky stove or furnace 97 

Sparks from another fire .... 28 

Sparks from boiler 6 

Sparks from chimney 52 

Sparks from engine or loco- 
motive 132 

Sparks from forge 14 

Sparks from furnace or stove 25 

Sparks from open grate 2 

Sparks from steam roller... . 1 

Spontaneous combustion... . 52 

Steam escaping 18 

Street fight 2 

Unknown 777 

Water pipes, thawing out ... 33 

Water-back, bursting 3 

Wood in oven igniting 5 

Total 3,910 



Fire Department. 









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414 


650 


316 


421 


322 


373 


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24 City Document No. 17. 



FIRE-ALARM BRANCH. 



The principal feature of the work done by this branch for 
the maintenance and operation of the fire-alarm system for 
the past year has been underground construction within the 
district prescribed for 1908 by the Commissioner of Wires, 
viz. : On Harrison avenue, from Northampton to Zeigler 
street; Warren street, Roxbury, from Washington street to 
Grove Hall, a total distance of 10,540 feet. 

Within this district cables have been placed in underground 
conduits, the circuits connected therewith, and all overhead 
wires removed in compliance with the requirement of the 
Wire Department. As in past years, other underground 
work has been done outside the prescribed district in order 
to improve conditions and promote the safety and efficiency 
of the service. In Ruggles street, from Tremont street to 
Huntington avenue, a cable has been laid and circuit connec- 
tions extended by an aerial cable running to the house of 
Engine No. 37 on Huntington avenue. 

On account of the work done by the Street Department for 
the construction of a new boulevard, extensive changes and 
repairs have been made on Washington street, between Grove 
and La Grange streets, Germantown, and in conjunction with 
this work renewal of and repairs made to the wires running 
into Dedham as far as Curve street for connection with the 
fire-alarm box previously established there, to be used for call- 
ing aid from this department in case of need. 

In addition to this, underground work has been done in 
South street, from Guernsey to Fletcher street, West Rox- 
bury, and for the installation of fire-alarm Box No. 60 on 
Church street' in the city proper, and in Harvard avenue, 
Brighton, from Brighton to Commonwealth avenue, for Box 
858. 

In order to relieve the congested condition of the two cir- 
cuits in Charlestown, two new box circuits were built during 
the year, and boxes, cut out from the old circuits, were con- 
nected therewith, practically making an equal division of 
boxes between the four circuits now covering that district. 

A new arrangement of circuits has been made in Roxbury 
and West Roxbury; one new circuit was built, one old one 
discontinued, and general improvements have been effected 
throughout these districts. A new cable containing 37 con- 
ductors has been laid under the Fourth Street Bridge, from 



Fire Department. 



25 



Dover street draw to Foundry street, to replace the old 
cable which had become defective from long service, and new 
construction of the circuits in South Boston has been made 
to complete the work commenced last year. 

The maintenance of electric lighting service in the depart- 
ment houses has called for much attention during the year. 

Lamps have been replaced and switches, push buttons and 
other appliances necessary to their proper operation have 
been installed and kept in good condition, together with 
extensions and other new work done as conditions required. 
Extensive changes of this character have been made in the 
house of Engine No. 25 and Ladders Nos. 8 and 14, and the 
houses of Engine No. 6 and Ladder No. 1 were rewired on 
account of alterations made to the buildings. 

On account of extensive repairs made to the school build- 
ings by the Schoolhouse Department during the summer 
vacation it became necessary to cut out the fire-alarm boxes 
located therein for the time being, and to restore them to 
service on completion of the work. These repairs and alter- 
ations, together with other considerations, made it advisable 
to relocate some of the boxes and, in some instances, to 
equip them with keyless doors and place them on the outside 
instead of inside the buildings. While this work was done 
by the Schoolhouse Department, a direct supervision of it in 
all its details, so far as it applied to the arrangement and 
adjustment of the mechanism of the boxes and main circuit 
connections, was maintained by this department. 

A new wagon has been received from the apparatus repair 
shop for use by the construction division to replace an old one 
condemned on account of its poor condition. 

Some statistics pertaining to the system and details of work 
done for its maintenance are appended hereto : 

From February 1, 1908, to February 1, 1909, there have 
been 2,285 box alarms struck by the bells, gongs and tappers, 
divided as follows : 



First alarms .... 


. 2,210 


Second alarms 


46 


Third alarms .... 


22 


Fourth alarms 


6 


Fifth alarms .... 


1 



To give these alarms, together with striking the meridian 
blow, school signals, etc., it required 20,600,305 blows to be 
struck by the apparatus employed for that purpose. 

There were 1,825 reports of fire received by telephone during 
the year. Of this number, 158 reports were for automatic 



26 



City Document No. 17. 



alarms, 611 were sent to headquarters by citizens, and 1,056 
received from department houses. Box alarms were received 
and struck for 94 of these reports. The result of these reports, 
not including those for which box alarms were struck, was 16 
alarms from the American District Telegraph Company, 142 
from the Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company and 1,542 
still alarms, 600 of which were sent out from headquarters 
to the proper department houses, making a total of 1,700 still 
and automatic alarms. These added to the 2,285 box alarms 
make a grand total of 3,985 box, still and automatic alarms 
for the year. For 130 alarms the box was pulled two or more 
times for the same fire for which only one alarm was struck, 
and boxes adjacent to the one first received have been pulled 
on 200 different occasions and not struck as they were pulled 
for the same fire. Sixty-three alarms have been struck for 
Box 705, being the highest record of alarms from any box in 
any previous year. 



Summary of Construction Work. 

New wire used 160,280 feet. 

Old wire taken down 95,460 " 

Overhead cable put up 4,581 " 

Overhead cable taken down .... 635 " 

Conductors in cable put up .... 39,034 " 

Conductors in cable taken down . . . 1,950 " 

Underground cable used in ducts owned by 

N. E. Telephone and Telegraph Company . 11,289 " 
Same used in fire-alarm ducts, service connec- 
tions, etc. (new construction) . . . . 719 " 
Total underground cable used (new con- 
struction) . . 12,008 " 

Conductors in same ' . 167,965 " 

Cable used for repairs 4,510 " 

Conductors in same 67,631 " 

Total underground cable in use .... 321,346 " 

Conductors in same 7,301,583 " 

Conduit built by this department . . . 487 " 

Conduit removed 56 " 

Total conduit owned by city .... 28,602 " 

Ducts laid 589 " 

Ducts removed . 102 " 

Total ducts owned by city 36,233 " 

Manholes built . 1 

Service connections 11 

Boxes built over 35 

Auxiliary boxes built over .- 2 

New public boxes put in service 3 

New auxiliary boxes 1 



Fire Department. 



27 



New private boxes 
Auxiliary boxes taken out of service 
Boxes equipped with keyless doors 
Boxes placed on lamp -posts 
Lamp-posts set 
Lamp-posts reset for cause . 
Cross-arms used . 
Boxes now in service 



The following boxes are private property: 113, 115, 117, 

149, 152, 161, 163, 166, 212, 228, 244, 271, 279, 283, 

299, 328, 342, 433, 434, 442, 443, 448, 449, 466, 467, 

475, 495, 511, 533, 617, 619, 626, 629, 653, 698, 711, 

715, 716, 718, 719, 720, 722, 724, 725, 726, 727, 728, 

730, 731, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 738, 739, 740, 741, 

743, 744, 745, 746, 755, 758, 759, 762, 766, 767, 773, 

778, 779, 788, 791, .792, 793, 794, 795, 798, 828, 838, 

864, 865, 875, 919, 927, 967, 969, 971, 974, 2236. 



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119, 

297, 



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729, 
742, 
776, 

842, 



Alarm Bells. 

The fire-alarm telegraph is connected with the following 
bells : 

Engine House No. 16, Temple street, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 4,149 pounds, owned by city. 
Engine House No. 28, West Roxbury, composition, 4,000 

pounds, owned by city. 
Engine House No. 29, Brighton, steel, 1,535 pounds, owned 

by city. 
Old Engine House, Mt. Vernon street, West Roxbury, steel, 

1,000 pounds, owned by city. 
Engine House No. 34, Brighton, composition, 1,501 pounds, 

owned by city. 
Engine House No. 41, Allston, composition, 800 pounds, owned 

by city. Formerly used on house of Engine No. 2. 
Engine House No. 45, Roslindale, composition, 1,059 pounds, 

owned by city. 
Faneuil Hall, steel, 5,816 pounds, owned by city. 
Princeton Street Schoolhouse, East Boston, composition, 

2,470 pounds, owned by city. 

Bells owned by the city, which have been disconnected 
from service, are located as follows: 

Adams Schoolhouse, Sumner street, East Boston, steel, 2,995 

pounds. 
Berkeley Temple, composition, 2,941 pounds. Formerly used 

on Quincy Schoolhouse. 



28 City Document No. 17. 

Bunker Hill Schoolhouse, Charlestown, composition, 2,009 
pounds. 

City Hall, Charlestown, composition, 3,600 pounds. 

Engine House No. 1, Dorchester street, South Boston, com- 
position, 2,911 pounds. 

Engine House No. 17, Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, com- 
position, 4,000 pounds. 

Engine House No. 18, Harvard street, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 3,184 pounds. 

Engine House No. 19, Mattapan, Dorchester, composition, 
2,927 pounds. 

Engine House No. 20, Walnut street, Dorchester, composition, 
3,061 pounds. 

Engine House No. 21, Columbia road, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 3,026 pounds. 

Ladder House No. 4, Dudley street, Roxbury, composition, 
3,509 pounds. 

Lawrence Schoolhouse, B street, South Boston, steel, 3,400 
pounds. 

Lincoln Schoolhouse, Broadway, South Boston, composition, 
3,110 pounds. 

Saratoga Street M. E. Church, East Boston, steel, 1,968 
pounds. 

Smith Street Schoolhouse, Roxbury, composition, 4,083 
pounds. 

Trinity Church, Trenton street, East Boston, composition, 
1,760 pounds. Formerly used on Castle Street Church. 

Van Nostrand's Brewery, Charlestown, composition, 818 
pounds. Formerly used on Old Franklin Schoolhouse. 

Warren Schoolhouse, Charlestown, composition, 3,000 
pounds. 

Public Clocks. 

The following public clocks, turned over to the Public 
Buildings Department in May, 1907, were returned to the 
care of this department November 13, 1908: 

City Proper. 

Charles Street Church. 

Christ Church, Salem street, owned by city. 

Commercial Wharf. 

Odd Fellows' Hall, Tremont street, owned by city. 

Old South Church, owned by city. 

Old State House, owned by city 

Suffolk County Jail, owned by city. 

St. Stephen's Church, Clark street, owned by city. 



Fire Department. 29 

Shawmut Avenue Church. 

Tremont M. E. Church, owned by city. 

Young Men's Christian Union, owned by city. 

South Boston. 

Gaston Schoolhouse, owned by city. 

Lincoln Schoolhouse, owned by city. 

Phillips Church, owned by city. 

St. Augustine Church, Dorchester street, owned by city. 

East Boston. 

London Street Church, owned by city. 
Lyceum Hall, owned by city. 
Trinity Church, owned by city. 
Orient Heights Church, owned by city. 

Roxbury. 

Winthrop Street Church, owned by city. 
Boston Elevated Railway Carhouse, Columbus avenue, 
owned by city. 

Dorchester. 

Baker Memorial (Upham's Corner), owned by city. 
Neponset Church. 

Tileston school (Mattapan), owned by city. 
Unitarian Church (Milton Lower Mills). 

Charlestovm. 
Bunker Hill Church. 
City Hall, owned by city. 

West Roxbury. 

Dr. Strong's Church (South Evangelical), owned by city. 
Unitarian Church, Jamaica Plain, owned by city. 
Congregational Church (Roslindale), owned by city. 

Brighton. 
Bennett Schoolhouse, owned by city. 



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31 



Fire Losses for Year Ending January 31, 1909. 

j- *$3,610,000 



Buildings 
Contents 



Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. 



Date. 


Location and Owner. 


Loss. 


1908. 








Feb. 


17 


22 Batterymarch street, Exchange Club 


327,309 


80 


Feb. 


18 . . . 




24,337 


75 


Feb. 


27 


104—116 Tremont street, Alameda Company et al 


18,377 


10 


Marc! 


2 


104-108 Friend street, E. J. Hickey Company et al 


. 15,326 


44 


March 29 


78-86 Purchase street, Deering, Milliken Company et al . 


67,911 


62 


April 


12 


Chelsea street, Standard Oil Company, of New York .... 


100,000 


00 


April 
June 


12 




50,000 


on 


17. . . . 


31 Irvington street, Knott Apparatus Company et al 


17,414 


63 


July 


8. .. . 


East Boston Pier, Cunard Wharf Company et al 


1,310,280 


91 


July 


8 


East Boston Pier, Marine Losses 


38,498 


07 


July 


28.... 




22,174 


69 


Sept. 


6. .. . 


171 Huntington avenue, Taylor & Palmer et al 


122,210 


30 


Sept. 


30.... 


40-44 Winchester street, Perry & Whitney Company.. . . 


65,658 


00 


Oct. 


10. .. . 


120-122 East Dedham street, Daniel D. Lee et al 


15,941 


20 


Oct. 


22 


14-16 Dunstabie street, Monroe & Conlev et al 


16,240 


00 




20 




60,385 


80 


Dec. 


12 


307-311 Atlantic avenue, Patterson, Sargent Company et al 


31,972 


62 


Dec. 


15... . 


24-26 South street, W. Roxbury, Curtis Hall, City of 


50,000 


00 


Dec. 


19. .. . 
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15,560 


19 


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Jan. 


7 


468-70 Boylston street, Foster & Wiley Co. et al 


35,000 


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Jan. 


17... . 


Park Square Station, N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. et al 


600,000 


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Jan. 


25. .. . 


73 Pitts street, E. B. Badger Sons Company et al 


27,306 


00 



* Estimated. 



32 



City Document No. 17. 



YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. 



Year ending February 1 



1, 1895 . 








$1,369,230 


1, 1896 . 








1,040,486 


1, 1897 . 








1,394,707 


1, 1898 . 








775,525 


1, 1899 . 








1,441,261 


1, 1900 . 








1,630,149 


1, 1901 . 








1,702,217 


1, 1902 . 








1,830,719 


1, 1903 . 








1,762,619 


1, 1904 . 








1,674,333 


1, 1905 . 








2,473,980 


1, 1906 . 








2,130,146 


1, 1907 . 








1,130,334 


1, 1908 . 








2,268,074 


1, 1909 . 








3,610,000 



ALARMS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS. 



Year. 


Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Total. 


1 908 


2,210 

2,441 
1,687 
1,905 
1,580 
1,633 
1,566 
1,349 
1,351 
1,387 


1,700 
1,600 
1,262 
1,210 
1,159 
1,121 
1,099 
977 
1,143 
1,125 


3,910 


1907 


4,041 


1906 


2,949 


1905 


3,115 


1904 


2,739 


1 903 


2,754 


1902. 


2,665 


1901 


2,326 


1900 


2,498 


1899 


2.512 







BOSTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND. 



The Fire Commissioner, as treasurer of the Boston Fire- 
men's Relief Fund, acknowledges the following contributions; 
these sums were accompanied by letters expressing appre- 
ciation for services rendered by the department. 



Fire Department. 



33 



Date. 


Name of DoBor. 


Amount. 


1908. 

Feb. 4 


Winthrop Street M. E. Church Society 


85 00 


March IS 


Priscilla Publishing Company, 85 Broad street 


25 00 


May 18 

May 22. . . . 


Boston Elevated Railway Company 

Standard Oil Companv, of New York 


100 00 
250 00 


Nov. 5. . . . 


Miss Marian Russell, 1 Louisburg square 


200 00 


Nov. 6 


Vacuum Oil Company 


100 00 


1909. 

Jan. 21 


Potter Drug <jt Chemical Corporation 


500 00 


Jan. 27 ... . 


E. B. Badger & Sons Company ". 


100 00 










$1,280 00 



The receipts from the annual department ball and contri- 
butions constitute the fund from which sick benefits and 
doctors' bills are paid. Destitute members of deceased fire- 
men's families are also given assistance from this fund. 



Financial Statement of the Boston Firemen's Relief 

Fund February 1, 1908, to January 31, 

1909, Inclusive. 

(The Mayor and Fire Commissioner, Trustees.) 

Receipts. 

Balance, February 1, 1908 . . $992 87 
Net proceeds of ball, February 

12, 1908 14,073 55 

Interest on bonds .... 7,210 00 

Interest on deposits ... 95 69 

Donations 1,280 00 

Sale of City of Boston bond . 7,328 00 



Total receipts 



,980 11 



Expenditures. 

Benefits paid 

Auditors' services; examining 
accounts, February 1, 1904, to 
July 7, 1908, to ascertain 
amount of defalcation 

Loans, American Trust Company, 



Carried forward 



$13,315 00 



660 00 
6,000 00 



$19,975 00 $30,980 11 



34 City Document No. 17. 

Brought forward . . . " 819,975 00 $30,980 11 
Rent of box, International Trust 

Company 

Printing 

Free beds, Carney Hospital 
F-ree beds, Massachusetts General 

Hospital 

Paid to Monument Fund 
Shortage caused by irregular 

checks from February 1, 1908, 

to July 7, 1908 . 



Balance, February 1, 1909 



10 00 

9 00 

200 00 




200 00 
4,691 18 




1,900 00 


26,985 18 






S3, 994 93 



We have audited the accounts of the Boston Firemen's 
Relief Fund for the fiscal year ending January 31, 1909, 
and have reported in detail thereon. The cash balance on 
that date is correct, and we have examined the securities 
belonging to the fund, which are deposited in the safe deposit 
vaults, and find them fully accounted for. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Amos D. Albee, Son & Co., 

Public Accountants and Auditors. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Samuel D. Parker, 

Commissioner. 



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