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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIKE DEPARTMENT 



YEAR ENDING JANUARY 31, 1910 




CITY OF BOSTON 

PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1910 



Digitized by the Internet Archive 

in 2010 with funding from 

Boston Public Library 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1909-10. 



Boston, April 12, 1910. 

Hon. John F. Fitzgerald, 

Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Sir, — In accordance with the Revised Ordinances 
I respectfully submit the annual report of the Fire 
Department from February 1, 1909, to February 1, 1910. 

During the year the department responded to 3,831 
alarms. 

The most important changes during the year were as 
follows: All the call men, twenty-seven in number, 
were replaced by permanent men. A second fireboat 
was put in service, and a marine district was estab- 
lished which includes the entire water front. The 
thirteen districts were divided into two divisions, and 
a deputy chief placed in command of each division. 

An automobile chemical engine has been purchased, 
and will be placed in the new engine house at Forest 
Hills, which is nearing completion. Land has been 
purchased at the corner of Callender and Lyons streets 
for an engine house, to take the place of the temporary 
quarters of Chemical 11, which are entirely inadequate. 



2 City Document No. 15. 

Plans and specifications have been prepared for a third 
fireboat, which will be built as soon as the necessary 
funds are available. 

A test of all the hose was made, and the small amount 
of hose which burst during the year has proved the 
advisability of this yearly test. Nine of the hose 
wagons have been equipped with a Morse Invincible 
Monitor nozzle, which has rendered excellent service. 
Additional wagons will be equipped as soon as possible. 

A modern card system has replaced the assignment 
book. 

The position of supervisor of engines and superin- 
tendent of the repair shop have been combined with 
very satisfactory results. 

Many of the houses in the department are old and 
inadequate and, when possible, should be remodeled. 
Shower baths have been placed in various houses, a 
necessary feature for the health and comfort of the men. 

I again recommend the installation of a high pressure 
service for the congested district. 

By the increase of the actual fire-fighting force, the 
improvement in equipment and apparatus, and the close 
attention to duty of both officers and men, the efficiency 
of the department has increased during the year. 



Fire Department. 



ORGANIZATION. 



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

Chief Clerk, Benjamin F. Underhill. 

Chief of Department, John A. Mullen. 

Deputy Chief, John Grady, First Division. 

Junior Deputy Chief, Peter F. McDonough, Second Divi- 
sion. 

Superintendent of Fire- Alarms, Brown S. Flanders. 

Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, Cyrus A. George. 

Superintendent of Repair Shop and Supervisor of Engines, 
Eugene M. Byington. 

Veterinary Surgeon, George W. Stimpson. 

Medical Examiner, Rufus W. Sprague. 



George F. Murphy, 
Edward L. Tierney. 



Clerks. 
Daniel J. Quinn, James 



P. Maloney, 



District Chiefs. 



District. 

1. John W. Godbold . 

2. Charles H. W. Pope 

3. Joseph M. Garrity . 

4. Henry A. Fox 

5. Daniel F. Sennott . 

6. Edwin A. Perkins . 

7. John T. Byron 

8. Stephen J. Ryder . 

9. Michael J. Kennedy 

10. John 0. Taber 

11. John F. Ryan 

12. Michael J. Mulligan 
Marine, Robert A. Ritchie 



Our Roll of Merit contains the names of 

Nathan L. Hussey . 
Edward H. Sawyer (2) 
James F. Bailey 
Eugene Rogers 
Peter Callahan 
Joseph A. Kelley . 
Timothy J. Heffron 
James E. Downey . 
Frederick F. Leary . 



Headquarters. 

Ladder House 2. 

9. 

18. 

Engine House 4. 

" 26-35. 

1. 

22. 

Ladder House 12. 

Engine House 12. 

" 18. 

41. 

28. 

47. 



Engine 23. 
Ladder 4. 
17. 
1. 
Engine 4. 
Chemical 1. 
Engine 4. 
" 6. 
Ladder 12. 



City Document No. 15. 



Florence Donoghue 
James J. O'Connor . 
James F. McMahon 
Martin A. Kenealy . 
Denis Driscoll 
William H. Magner 
Thomas J. Muldoon 
Dennis McGee 
Joseph P. Hanton . 
Michael J. Teehan . 
Charles W. Conway 
Michael J. Dacey . 
Patrick E. Keyes 



Force and Pay Roll February 1, 1910 

Commissioner . 

Chief clerk 

Chief of department 

Deputy chief . 

Junior deputy chief 

Superintendent of fire alarms 

Assistant superintendent of fire alarms, 

Superintendent of repair shop and sup- 
ervisor of engines 

Veterinary surgeon 

Assistant veterinary surgeon 

Medical examiner 

Master carpenter 

Master painter. 

Bookkeeper 
2 Clerks 
2 Clerks 
1 Clerk . 
1 Clerk . 
13 District chiefs 
55 Captains . 
80 Lieutenants 
1 Lieutenant, aid to chief 

1 Lieutenant, foreman of hose and 

harness shop 

2 Engineers . 
46 Engineers . 
46 Assistant engineers 

2 Assistant engineers 
628 Privates: 
435 
56 
48 
40 
49 



Combination 8. 


Engine 7. 


Combination 8. 


Engine 7. 


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7. 


Ladder 8. 


Chemical 8. 


Combination 5. 


Ladder 17. 


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17. 


a 


13. 


u 


13. 


District Chief. 


, 1910. 




>5,000 per annum 


2,500 


a 


4,000 


a 


2,400 


a 


2,200 


u 


3,200 


u 


2,000 


u 


2,500 


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2,000 


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1,400 


u 


1,300 


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1,300 


u 


1,300 


a 


1,650 


a 


1,400 


u 


1,000 


u 


900 


a 


700 


a 


2,000 


u 


1,600 


u 


1,400 


a 


1,400 


u 


1,400 


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1,400 


a 


1,300 


a 


1,200 


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1,100 


u 


1,200 


a 


1,100 


a 


1,000 


a 


900 


a 


720 


u 



Fire Department. 



Chiefs' drivers . 
Chiefs' drivers . 
Chiefs' drivers . 
Horseshoer 
Hostlers (average) 
Shipkeeper 



75 per day. 

00 " 

25 " 

00 " 

25 

00 " 



Fire- Alarm Force 



1 Chief operater . 
6 Operators . 

2 Assistant operators . 

1 Foreman of construction 
1 Machinist . 
1 Machinist . 



52,000 per annum. 
1,600 
1,200 
2,000 " 

4 25 per day. 

4 00 



20 Telegraphers and linemen (average), 3 06 
Repair Shop Employees. 



1 Master plumber 




$1,300 per annum 


1 Engineer . 




3 25 per day. 


4 Firemen 




2 50 


a 


1 Painter 




3 75 


a 


3 Painters 




3 50 


ii 


2 Painters 




3 16 


a 


2 Wheelwrights . 




3 25 


ii 


6 Machinists 




3 25 


ii 


3 Blacksmiths 




3 50 


ii 


1 Blacksmith 




3 25 


ii 


4 Blacksmiths' helpers 


2 50 


ii 


2 Plumbers . 




4 40 


ii 


3 Carpenters 




3 50 


a 


1 Hose and harness 


repairer 


3 25 


a 


1 Hose and harness 


repairer 


2 25 


a 


1 Laborer 




2 50 


u 


3 Laborers . 




2 25 


u 


1 Steam fitter 




4 00 


a 


980 total force. 









Fire Districts. 
The city is divided into thirteen 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. 15. 

District 3. 

The territory bounded on the north by State street, 
on the east by the water front to B street, on the south- 
east by B street, on the south by West First street, 
across Dorchester avenue and Cove Street Bridge to 
Atlantic avenue, and on the west by Atlantic avenue, 
Dewey square, Summer street, Church Green and 
Devonshire street. 

District 4- 

The territory bounded on the north and east by the 
water front, on the south by State, Devonshire, Water, 
Washington, School and Beacon streets, and on the west 
by Charles and Pinckney streets and the Charles river. 

District 5. 

The territory bounded on the north by Water, Wash- 
ington, School, Beacon, Charles and Pinckney streets, 
on the west by the Charles river, Otter, Beacon, Arling- 
ton, Boylston (Short), Church and Providence streets, 
Park square, Columbus avenue, Church and Tremont 
streets, on the south by Pleasant street and Broadway 
extension to bridge across Fort Point channel to Dor- 
chester avenue, and on the east by a line from Dorchester 
avenue across Cove Street Bridge, Atlantic avenue, 
Dewey square, Summer street, Church Green and 
Devonshire street. 

District 6. 

The territory bounded on the north by Broadway 
extension 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 Boylston 
(Short), Church and Providence streets, Park square, 
Columbus avenue, Church, Tremont and Pleasant 
streets and Broadway extension to bridge, on the east 
by Fort Point channel and South bay, and on the south 
by Massachusetts avenue and the Charles river. 



Fire Department. 



District 8. 



The territory bounded on the north by the Charles 
river and Massachusetts avenue, on the east by Wash- 
ington 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 Brook- 
line 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 by Dorchester bay, on the south by Hoyt, Hancock, 
Bowdoin and Quincy streets, 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 Jamaicaway to Castleton street, through Castle- 
ton 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. 



8 City Document No. 15. 

Marine District. 

All buildings or other property, including wharfs, 
bridges, etc., bordering on the water front, beginning 
at a point on the northerly side of the reserved chan- 
nel at L Street Bridge, South Boston, thence westerly 
along the harbor line of South Boston to Fort Point 
channel; thence southerly to Dorchester Avenue Bridge; 
thence northerly by the way of Fort Point channel; 
thence along and around the city proper harbor line 
to the Charlestown Bridge; thence northerly along the 
water front around the Charlestown district to Mystic 
river; thence westerly along the Mystic river (south 
side) to Maiden Bridge, or Alf ord street. Also, beginning 
at Jeffries Point at the head of Marginal street, thence 
northerly and westerly along the East Boston water 
front to Chelsea creek; thence easterly along said 
creek (south side) to the Grand Junction Railroad 
Bridge, and to include all property on the islands in 
Boston harbor. 

Note. — The lines of Districta 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are affected by the Marine District. 



Assignment of Districts. 

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





Chief in Command. 


Companies in Districts. 


District. 


Engines. 


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1 

2 

3 

4 


John W. Godbold 

C. H. W. Pope 

Joseph M. Garrity 


5,9,11,40 

27, 32, 36 

25, 38, 39 

*4, 6, 8 

7, 10, *26, 35 

*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 

44, *47 


7 
3,9 

1 

2 

8 

4 

12 

10 

11 

6 

5 


*2, 21 

*9, 22 

8, 14, *18 

1,24 

17 

5, 19, 20 

3, 13, 15 

*12, 26 

4,23 

6, 7, 27 

11 

10, 16, 25 


3 
1 


5 

6 

7 

8 

9 

10 

11 


Daniel F. Sennott 

Edwin A. Perkins 

John T. Byron 

Stephen J. Ryder 

Michael J. Kennedy. . . 
John 0. Taber 


2 


12 

Marine. . . . 


Michael J. Mulligan. . . 
Robert A. Ritchie 





* Headquarters of district chief. 



Fire Department. 



9 



The following property is in charge of the Fire Com- 
missioner : 

Houses. 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


Assessed 
Valuation. 


Occupied by 


Dorchester and Fourth streets 


8,167 


$25,800 


Engine 1 and Ladder House 
5 on this lot. 


Corner of and Fourth streets 


4,000 


16,200 


Engine 2. 


Bristol street and Harrison avenue. . . . 


4,000 


30,000 


Engine 3 and Ladder 3. 




6,098 


96,000 






Tower 1. 


Marion street, East Boston 


1,647 


9,000 






2,269 
1,893 


40,000 
36,400 










2,568 


24,000 


Engine 8. 




4,720 


29,700 






1,886 
10,000 


20,000 
39,500 




Saratoga and Byron sts., East Boston, 


Engine 11 and Ladder 21. 




7,320 


25,000 






4,832 


16,000 






5,713 


14,600 






2,803 


18,600 


Engine 15. 

Engine 16 and Ladder 6. 


Corner River and Temple streets 


12,736 


19,200 


Meeting House Hill, Dorchester 


9,450 


17,300 


Engine 17 and Ladder 
House 7 on this lot. 




9,440 
7,683 


18,800 
14,200 


Engine 18. 
Engine 19. 


Norfolk street, Dorchester 


Walnut street, Dorchester 


9,000 


17,300 


Engine 20 and Ladder 27. 


Columbia road, Dorchester 


10,341 


17,100 






7,500 


62,500 


Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 
Engine 23. 


Northampton street 


3,445 


11,200 


Corner Warren and Quincy streets. . . . 


4,186 


18,100 


Engine 24. 




4,175 


100,600 






Ladder 14. 




5,623 


163,000 


Engines 26 and 35. 
Engine 27. 


Elm street, Charlestown 


2,600 


18^000 




10,377 


28,300 


Engine 28 and Ladder 10. 
Engine 29 and Ladder 11. 




14,358 


37,200 


Centre street, West Roxbury 


12,251 


25,000 






8,188 


26,200 


Engine 32. 


Corner Boylston and Hereford streets, 


5,646 


84,000 


Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 


Western avenue, Brighton 


4,637 


17,800 


Engine 34. 


Monument street, Charlestown 


5,668 


21,000 


Engine 36 and Ladder 22. 


Corner Longwood and Brookline aves., 


5,231 


14,300 


Engine 37 and Ladder 26. 




4,000 


37,000 


Engines 38 and 39. 





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City Document No. 15. 

Houses. — Concluded. 



Location. 



Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 



Assessed 
Valuation. 



Occupied by 



Sumner street, East Boston 

Harvard avenue, near Cambridge 
street, Brighton 

Washington street, at Egleston square, 

Andrew square 

Washington street, corner Poplar 
street, Roslindale 

Dorchester avenue, Ashmont 

Church street 

Shawmut avenue 

Saratoga street, East Boston 

B street 

Eustis street 

Friend street 

Dudley street 

Main street, Charlestown 

Tremont street 

Harrison avenue 

Pittsburgh street, South Boston 

Fourth street 

Washington street, Dorchester 

Winthrop street 

North Grove street 



4,010 

6,112 
3,848 
5,133 

14,729 
4,875 
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 



$18,000 

25,500 
22,900 
19,600 

22,400 
22,900 
23,600 
4,300 
40,600 
7,800 
8,000 
37,200 
26,000 
16,400 
25,600 
23,500 
35,400 
10,700 
21,400 
13,200 
19,800 



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 

11,169 feet of land at the corner of Walk Hill and 

Wenham streets 2,500 

7,200 feet of land at the corner of Callender and 

Lyons streets 1,200 

11,500 feet of land adjoining the South Ferry, 

East Boston, quarters of Engine Company 47 . 16,300 

Building not assessed 



Fire Department. 



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1 Second-size Amoskeag steam fire engine. 

1 Automobile chemical engine. 

1 Wagon, superintendent of fire alarms. 

2 Engines rebuilt. 
1 Ross runabout. 

1 Horse ambulance. 
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1 Ladder truck. 

3 Hose wagons. 

1 Combination hose wagon. 

2 District chiefs' wagons. 
1 Wagon for fire alarm. 

1 Ladder truck rebuilt. 

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6,800 feet 


Leading rubber 


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1,650 " 


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3,600 feet 


Leading rubber . 


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600 " 


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1,150 " 


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Rubber suction . 


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322 " 


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Samuel D. Parker, Commis- 



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B. F. Underhill, Chief Clerk 


2,493 40 


John A. Mullen, Chief Engineer, 


3,988 92 


Deputy and district chiefs . 


27,972 23 


Members of the various engine, 




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999,152 70 


Clerks in office .... 


5,489 60 


Pensioners 


97,987 10 




$1,142,070 23 


Less amount deducted for cloth 


3,838 52 




$1,138,231 71 


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Shoeing . . .... 


18,807 74 


Purchase and exchange of . 


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8,105 62 


Harnesses and repairs . 


3,073 39 


Horse hire 


567 00 

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Mechanics $38,185 54 

Materials, etc 27,380 17 









65,565 71 


Fuel for houses and engines 




37,775 00 


Tools and supplies .... 




13,310 67 


Repairs and alterations of houses 




18,611 61 


New apparatus: 






2 engines 


$9,880 00 




1 automobile chemical and hose 






wagon .... 


5,380 20 




1 Ross runabout . 




2,014 21 




1 horse ambulance 




550 00 




24 extinguishers 




483 00 


18,307 41 






Hose, pipes and repairs 






14,897 19 


Electric lighting 






9,841 47 


Furniture and bedding 




$8,036 43 




Washing 




1,088 10 








9,124 53 


Carried forward . 




.$1,423,172 66 



Fire Department. 



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Brought forward 
Rents .... 
Printing 
Medical services 
Gas . . . . 
Chemicals . 
Stationery . 

Hats, badges, buttons and belts 
Janitress at headquarters 
Ice .... 
Traveling expenses . 
Rent of gas regulators 
Reservoirs and hydrants 
Freights and small items 
Expenses of detailed men 
Advertising 
Cloth .... 
Medical supplies 
Postage 
Expert services on power and heating system 

repair shop 
Paid for improvement in buildings on land trans 

ferred from Street Department 



.$1,423,172 66 


7,813 50 


1,650 93 


1,815 36 


1,694 16 


807 06 


580 51 


1,155 39 


602 40 


480 92 


145 28 


71 25 


38 49 


89 24 


189 49 


26 30 


4,670 44 


14 14 


74 00 


100 00 


739 21 


$1,445,930 73 



Fire-alarm telegraph: 

Salaries: Brown S. Flanders, 
superintendent .... 
Operators, repairers, etc. 

Less amount deducted for cloth, 



$3,190 72 
43,911 29 

$47,102 01 

27 73 





$47,074 28 


Repairs 


1,861 06 


Instruments, tools and repairs 


3,487 47 


Wire, cables and conduits 


11,757 24 


Electric power .... 


154 28 


Telephone service 


979 17 


Use of duct in East Boston tunnel 


450 36 


Car fares and traveling expenses 


183 09 


Maps and plans 


149 30 


Electric light for clocks . 


281 56 


Repairing clocks 


33 85 



66,411 66 



,512,342 39 



22 



City Document No. 15. 



New Fireboat No. 4.7. 




Balance of payments: 




Contractors, Bertelsen & Petersen Engineering 




Company 


$34,297 68 


Two fire pumps 


12,158 50 


Hose pipes, nozzles, etc 


8,849 35 


Architect, William T. Keough .... 


1,018 36 


Inspection 


490 50 


Engineer's services and small items 


99 88 


Electrical work 


23 00 




$56,937 27 



Total cost, $92,625.01. 



Landing for Fireboat and Quarters for Men. 
Payments : 

Contractor on storehouse, Martin Flynn . . $6,676 70 

Contractor on wharf and pier, George T. Rendle, 3,600 00 

Architect, C. J. Bateman 333 84 

Engineering and inspection 126 00 

Advertising , 43 97 

Typewriting 20 00 



Total cost 



Payments on account: 
Printing . 
Advertising 



New Fireboat. 



,800 51 



$119 84 
4 40 

$124 24 



House, Land and Apparatus, Forest Hills. 
Continuation of payments: 

Contractor on building, Martin Flynn 

Site 

Contractor on retaining wall, 

Sheils Company 
Architects, Moller & Smith 
Engineering and inspection 
Advertising 
Printing .... 



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$6,608 75 




3,938 55 


Coughlan & 






3,325 00 




523 20 




180 00 




80 24 




74 63 



$14,730 37 



Fire Department. 



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Permits for sale of explosives . 
Fines from boys for giving false alarms 
Sale of metallic badges 
Sale of celluloid badges 
Sale of manure . 
Fireworks licenses 
Sale of old material^ . 
Bath Department, steam for Dover Street Bath 
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1909 to February 1, 1910. 



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same fire - 8 

Alarms, accidental, auto- 
matic 93 

Alarms, false bell and still. . 148 

Alarms out of city 39 

Ashes, hot, in wooden re- 
ceptacle 48 

Automobiles, igniting of . . . . 40 

Boiling over of fat, tar, etc . . 57 

Bonfires, grass, rubbish, etc., 322 
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lantern 78 

Careless use of pipe, cigar, 

cigarette 102 

Chimneys, soot burning. ... 168 

Chimneys, defective 42 

Clothes too near stove 30 

Defective flue 15 

Defective stovepipe 13 

Defective furnace, stove, 

boiler 5 

Defective gas pipe 3 

Defective fireplace 2 

Electric motor igniting car . . 14 

Electric wires, motor 72 

Explosion and ignition of 

chemicals 6 

Fireworks 52 

Friction, picking machines, 

shafting 17 

Fumigating 6 

Gas, escaping and explosion, 16 

Gas jet setting fire 55 

Gas stove, careless use of and 

explosion 34 

Grease, igniting in ventila- 
tor, oven 20 

Kerosene, careless use light- 
ing fire 6 

Lightning 3 

Incendiary 31 

Incendiary, supposed 27 

Lamp, explosion of 54 

Lamp, upsetting and break- 
ing 59 



Light, smoke, mistaken for 

fire 42 

Matches and rats 25 

Matches and children 93 

Matches, careless use of . . . . 255 
Meat burning on stove, in 

oven 21 

Naphtha, gasolene, benzine, 
turpentine, etc., careless 

use of and ignition 32 

Oil stove, careless use of, and 

explosion 33 

Overheated boiler or steam 

pipe 15 

Overheated stove or furnace, 69 

Plastering, drying 14 

Plumber's, roofer's, painter's 

stove or torch 26 

Rescues, elevators, miscel- 
laneous 16 

Rekindling of ruins 4 

Set by boys 201 

Slacking of lime 10 

Smoky chimneys 55 

Smoky lamp 4 

Smoky stove or furnace .... 104 

Sparks from another fire .... 4 

Sparks from boiler 9 

Sparks from chimney 53 

Sparks from engine or loco- 
motive 114 

Sparks from forge 11 

Sparks from furnace or stove, 1 1 

Sparks from open grate 2 

Sparks from steam roller .... 1 

Spontaneous combustion .... 34 

Steam escaping 29 

Street fight — family brawl, 2 
Suicide, attempted by ignit- 
ing clothing 1 

Unknown 776 

Water pipes, thawing out ... 25 

Water back, bursting 6 

Wood in oven igniting 4 

Total 3,784 



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Fire Losses for the Year Ending January 31, 1910. 

Buildings $796,727 00 

Contents 883,518 00 



Total 



$1,680,245 00 



FIRES WHERE LOSS EXCEEDED $15,000. 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



Loss. 



1909 

Feb. 4 
Feb. 25 
March 6. 
March 8 
April 6 
April 17 
May 6 
'May 10 

May 31 

June 2 

June 18 

June 26 

Oct. 20 

Nov. 10 

Dec. 17 
Dec. 18 
Dec. 23 
1910 
Jan. 13 



90-92 South street, P. Rielly & Sons etal 

95-97 Bedford street, Devort & Co. etal 

347-349 Congress street, Columbia Counter Company et al. 

Atlantic avenue, Publishers' Printing Company etal 

160 Tremont street, T. E. Moseley & Co. et al 

82-85 Union street, Bell & Brown etal 

Rear 49-53 Miller street, W. H. Breen etal 

Off Marginal street, National Dock and Warehouse Com- 
pany et al 

243-245 South street, J. T. Connor etal 

69-71 South Market street, S. L. Clark etal 

Rear 48-54 Dorchester avenue, Wilson Tisdale & Co. et al. . 

81-83 Franklin street, Metropolitan News Company etal. . 

150 Beacon street, residence Gov. Eben S. Draper etal 

69-75 Chauncy street, Columbia Manufacturing Com- 
pany et al 

Hamilton court, Charlestown, J. H. Whiton & Co. etal 

Hospital Dock, off Lewis street, City of Boston ferryboat.. . 

2-3 Bath street, C. W. Sanborn etal 

Boston Young Men's Christian Association etal 



$23,274 03 
16,066 09 
15,502 66 
21,192 72 
26,049 02 
29,659 17 
33,227 23 

32,118 71 
24,254 60 
30,822 96 
22,457 87 
16,403 03 
301,529 92 

31,934 39 
20,354 50 
35,073 39 
21,679 83 

135,988 00 



Fire Department. 



29 



YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. 



Year 



>ruary 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 


1, 1910 . 






1,680,245 



ALARMS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS. 



Yeak. 


Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Totals. 


1909 


2,101 

2,210 
2,441 
1,687 
1,905 
1,580 
1,633 
1,566 
1,349 
1,351 


1,677 

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


3,778 


1908 


3,910 


1907 


4,041 


1906 

1905 


2,949 
3,115 


1904 


2,739 


1903 

1902 


2,754 
2,665 


1901 


2,326 


1900 


2,498 







30 City Document No. 15. 

FIRE-ALARM BRANCH. 



From February 1, 1909, to February 1, 1910, there 
were 2,062 first alarms, 32 second, 6 third and 1 fourth 
alarm, making a total of 2,101 box alarms struck dur- 
ing the year. Eight of the first alarms were for fires 
for which a previous first alarm had been given from 
another box, making practically 2,054 first and 40 
second alarm movements of apparatus. 

To give these alarms and the " all-out" signals to the 
department, together with the meridian blow, school 
signals, etc., there were 18,735,403 blows struck by 
the apparatus (117 tappers, 125 gongs and bells) 
connected into the striking circuits. 

For 146 alarms the same box was received two or 
more times, and for 169 alarms one or more adjacent 
boxes were received, a total of 315 not struck as they 
were for the same fire. 

No alarm has been received from 281 boxes of the 
system during the year, while 20 or more have been 
given from 6 different boxes, the highest number being 
from Box 705, from which 37 alarms were received. 

Eighteen hundred and sixty-three reports for fire 
have been received by telephone. Of these 151 were 
for automatic alarms, viz.: One hundred and twenty 
from the Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company, 
24 from the American District Telegraph Company 
and 2 from private sources. One thousand and eighty- 
two reports were sent in by department companies. 
For 130 of these reports box alarms were received and 
struck, 57 of them being on telephone reports and 73 
on reports received from department nouses. The 
result of these reports, not including those for which 
box alarms were struck, was — 

Boston automatic alarms 109 

A. D. T. automatic alarms ... . . 24 

Local automatic alarms 2 

Still alarms 1,595 

making a total of 1,730 still and automatic alarms and 
a grand total of 3,831 box, still and automatic alarms 
for the year. 



Fire Department. 31 

There are 728 signal boxes in service connected 
into 44 circuits. Seven thousand one hundred and 
ninety-two inspections and tests of the same have 
been made during the year. 

While the record of alarms covered by this report 
has been exceeded in two previous years, the fore- 
going details will show that this year has been a busy 
one and one successful in results. 



32 City Document No. 15. 



CONSTRUCTION DIVISION. 



Underground construction has been completed within 
the district prescribed by the Commissioner of Wires 
for 1909 by laying cable on Blue Hill avenue, from 
Dudley to Washington street. 

Some work had been done previously in the pre- 
scribed district on Blue Hill avenue as far as Waverly 
street. Underground construction has also been 
extended on Wayne street outside the limit of the dis- 
trict. On account of new circuits proposed to be built 
in Brighton, and in order to make a better distribution 
of circuit connections with the boxes in Back Bay, 
underground cable has been placed to take the place 
of overhead wires forming a part of the present Brighton 
circuits. Cables have been laid in Tremont street, 
from Waltham to West Newton street ; on West Newton 
street to Huntington avenue; on Massachusetts avenue, 
from Norway to Beacon street, and on Commonwealth 
avenue, from Cottage Farm to Allston. On Lewis 
street, East Boston, a new cable with greater capacity 
of conductors was laid for connection with the station 
of the new fireboat, designated Engine No. 47, replac- 
ing a smaller cable formerly running to the South Ferry. 

The circuit to Brookline has been rebuilt by using 
a twin wire underground cable running from Boston 
Engine House 37 to Brookline Engine House 1. A 
sixty-one conductor cable has been laid from Oak to 
Harvard street to replace one condemned and removed 
on account of its defective condition. 

In order to remove some open wires in Dorchester 
which were liable to damage on account of local condi- 
tions, overhead cables have been run on East street, 
from Dorchester avenue to the house of Engine 17, 
and on Harvard street to Engine 18. 

A considerable amount of underground construc- 
tion has been done, and cable used for connection with 
new lamp-post boxes during the year, viz. : On Dart- 
mouth street for Box 84; on Cedar street, Roxbury, 
for Box 250, and on Poplar street, West Roxbury, for 
Box 575. The removal of Box 39 from the house of 



Fire Department. 33 

Engine 26 in Mason street to a position on Tremont 
street, opposite Mason, required a cable to be laid from 
the engine house through Mason street to the lamp- 
post on which the box was placed. 

Testing facilities for the maintenance of proper 
circuit conditions have been greatly improved by the 
installation of switches designed for the purpose in 
various department houses All the houses in Dor- 
chester, several in West Roxbury, Brighton and other 
parts of the city have been so equipped and it is intended 
to extend the system throughout the department. 
By the use of these switches the location of grounds 
and breaks can be determined at once, and, in case of 
breaks, more or less of the circuit affected is held in 
commission pending the time required for repairs to 
be made. This- is an important improvement in the 
service and has proved its worth many times since it 
was adopted, notably after the storm of December 26, 
which caused such serious damage to all overhead 
wires. The station of Engine 47 has been wired and 
equipped for electric 1 ghting, and extensive alterations 
and repairs in other houses of the department have 
caused much work of this character to be done during 
the year. 

In addition to the suburban service previously estab- 
lished and in operation for Dedham, Brookline and 
Newton arrangements have been made whereby assist- 
ance can be given to Cambridge, Milton, Hyde Park, 
Revere and Winthrop. For these places certain num- 
bers have been selected, representing maginary fire- 
alarm boxes, which are to be struck on the tappers 
and gongs in the Boston department houses when 
information is received at headquarters by telephone 
that aid is required. A regular assignment has been 
arranged to govern the response of the Boston apparatus 
to such calls, and, in the event of a serious fire in any 
of these places, assistance can be rendered promptly 
on receipt of information that it is wanted. 

Three numbers have been assigned to Cambridge, 
each covering a definite district, two to Milton and one 
each to the other places. The use of telephones to 
make this service effective is necessary, as no connection 
other than this has been established to the fire-alarm 
headquarters. 



34 



City Document No. 15. 



feet. 



Summary of Construction Work. 

New wire used 90,420 

Old wire taken down ....... 85,390 

Overhead cable put up .."... 26,069 

Overhead cable taken down .... 1,390 

Conductors in cable put up .... 185,898 

Conductors in cable taken down . . . 5,900 

Underground cable used in ducts owned by 
New England Telephone and Telegraph 
Company . 22,719 

Same used in fire-alarm ducts, service connec- 
tions, etc. (new construction) .... 1,485 

Total underground cable used (new con- 
struction) 

Conductors in same 

Cable used for repairs . 

Conductors in same 

Total underground cable in use . 

Conductors in same . . * . 

Conduit built by this department 

Total conduit owned by city 

Ducts laid 

Total ducts owned by city . 

Manholes built .... 

Boxes built over .... 

Auxiliary boxes built over . 

New public boxes put in service 

New lamp-post boxes . 

New schoolhouse boxes 

New auxiliary boxes 

Private boxes built over 

Schoolhouses built over 

Total number boxes built over . 

New private boxes 

Total boxes added to service 

Schoolhouse boxes equipped with keyl 

Boxes placed on lamp-posts 

Lamp-posts set 

Lamp-posts reset for cause 

Crossarms used 

Boxes now in service 

The following boxes are private property: 113, 115, 117 
119, 149, 152, 161, 163, 166, 212, 228, 244, 271, 279, 283 
297, 299, 328, 342, 429, 433, 434, 442, 443, 448, 449, 466 
467, 468, 475, 495, 511, 533, 616, 617, 619, 626, 629, 653 
698, 711, 714, 715, 716, 718, 719, 720, 722, 724, 725, 726 
727, 728, 729, 730, 731, 733, 734, 735, 736, 737, 738, 739 
740, 741, 742, 743, 744, 745, 746, 755, 758, 759, 762, 766 



ess doors 





24,204 


u 


284,475 


a 


8,138 


a 


41,772 


a 


345,550 


a 


7,586,058 


u 


1,096 


a 


29,698 


a 


1,348 


u 


37,581 


u 




1 








39 








2 








7 








2 








7 








2 








6 








46 








93 








1 








19 








32 








4 








7 








4 








309 








728 



Fire Department. 35 

.767, 773, 776, 778, 779, 781, 782, 788, 789, 791, 792, 793, 
794, 795, 798, 828, 838, 842, 864, 865, 875, 919, 927, 967, 
969, 971, 974, 2236. 

Alarm Bells. 

The fire-alarm telegraph is connected with the follow- 
ing bell: 

Faneuil Hall, steel, 5,816 pounds, owned by city. 

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

Berkeley Temple, composition, 2,941 pounds. Formerly 
used on Quincy Schoolhouse. 

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

Engine House No. 1, Dorchester street, South Boston, 
composition, 2,911 pounds. 

Engine House No. 16, Temple street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 4,149 pounds. 

Engine House No. 17, Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, 
composition, 4,000 pounds. 

Engine House No. 18, Harvard street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 3,184 pounds. 

Engine House No. 19 ; Mattapan, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 2,927 pounds. 

Engine House No. 20, Walnut street, Dorchester, com- 
position, 3,061 pounds 

Engine House No. 21, Columbia road, Dorchester, com- 
position, 3,026 pounds. 

Engine House No. 28, West Roxbury, composition, 4,000 
pounds. 

Engine House No. 29, Brighton, composition, 1,535 
pounds. 

Old Engine House No. 30, West Roxbury, steel, 1,000 
pounds. 

Engine House No 34, Brighton, composition, 1,501 
pounds. 

Engine House No. 41, Allston, composition, 800 pounds. 

Engine House No. 45, Roslindale, composition, 1,059 
pounds. 

Ladder House No. 4, Dudley street, Roxbury, composi- 
tion, 3,509 pounds. 

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

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



36 City Document No. 15. 

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

Bells formerly in service, located on schoolhouses, have 
been turned over to the Schoolhouse Department. 

Public Clocks. 

The following public clocks are cared for by this 
department: 

City Proper. 

Charles Street Church. 

Christ Church, Salem street, owned by city. 

Commercial Wharf. 

Odd Fellow's 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. 

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's 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 car house, 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). 



Fire Department. 37 

Charlestown. 

St. Francis de Sales 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. 



38 



City Document No. 15. 



BOSTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND. 



From February 1 to November 30, 1909, Inclusive. 

The Fire Commissioner, as treasurer of the Boston 
Firemen's Relief Fund, acknowledges the following con- 
tributions; these sums were accompanied by letters 
expressing appreciation for services rendered by the 
department : 



Date. 



Name of Donor. 



Amount. 



1909 

March 15. . 

April 

April 22 

May 9 

July 6 . . . . 
Oct. 15. . . . 



Roland C. and Alice N. Lincoln 

Mrs. J. M. B. Churchill 

T. E. Moseley Company 

Annie F. Hudson 

Frank Seiberlich 

Gov. Eben S. Draper 



5200 00 
2 00 
100 00 
5 00' 
100 00 
100 00 



$507 00 



The receipts from the annual department ball and 
contributions constitute the fund from which sick bene- 
fits and doctors' bills are paid. Destitute members of 
deceased firemen's families are also given assistance 
from this fund. 

Financial Statement op the Boston Firemen's 
Relief Fund February 1, 1909, to November 
30, 1909, Inclusive. 

(The Mayor and Fire Commissioner, Trustees.) 



Receipts. 

Balance, February 1, 1909 

Net proceeds of ball, February 17, 1909, 

Interest on bonds 

Interest on deposits .... 

Carried forward . 



$3,994 93 

13,961 02 

5,037 50 

104 46 



,097 91 



Fire Department. 39 

Brought forward .... $23,097 91 
Donations 507 00 



Total receipts . . . ' . . . . $23,604 91 

Expenditures. 

Benefits paid 

Auditor's services 

Rent of box, International Trust Com- 
pany . 

Printing and stationery .... 
B. F. Underhill, salary as secretary 
City of Boston bond 

16,888 15 

Balance December 1, 1909 .... $6,716 76 



$8,808 


79 


50 


00 


10 


00 


39 


70 


100 


00 


7,879 


66 



On December 1, 1909, all books, papers, securities and 
cash on hand were transferred to the corporation known 
as "The Boston Firemen's Relief Fund" as provided by 
chapter 308 of the Acts of 1909 of the General Court of 

Massachusetts. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Samuel D. Parker, 

Commissioner.