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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 



CITY OF BOSTON 



YEAE E^DI^CI 31 JANUAET, 1915 




CITY OF BOSTON 
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1915 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1914-15. 



Boston, February 1, 1915. 

Hon. James M. Curley, 

Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Dear Sir, — In accordance with section 24, Revised 
Ordinances, 1898, City of Boston, I respectfully submit 
herein the report of the Fire Department for the year 
ending January 31, 1915. 

Appended to my resume of the year's work are the 
reports of the Chief of Department and the officers in 
charge of the different bureaus, with the usual statistics 
giving all the necessary information of the property in 
charge of this department, the personnel, and miscel- 
laneous statistics. 

Finances. 

The cost of maintenance was $2,007,440.94, an 
increase of $82,527.10 over the previous fiscal year. 

Numerical Strength of Department. 

On February 1, 1915, there were 978 men assigned to 
duty in the fire-fighting force as compared with 986 on 
the same date of 1914, a decrease of 8 men. 



2 City Document No. 13. 

During the year there have been 20 retirements for 
age and disability. 

There are 118 employees, in all other branches, an 
increase of 2 over last year. 

The total number of employees is 1,096. 

Third Division Abolished. 

The third division, which was established in 1913, was 
abolished and the city redivided into two divisions for 
fire-fighting purposes, a new district to be known as 
District 13 established, and the boundary lines of 
Districts 8, 9, 10 and 12 changed. 

Inspections. 

There have been 35,885 inspections of schoolhouses, 
theaters, moving picture houses, buildings, etc. 

There have been 4,227 permits granted for fires in the 
open air, blasting, storage, sale and discharge of fire- 
works. 

There have been 602 inspections for gasolene licenses 
and for permits to build garages, and 53 inspections of 
magazines containing high explosives. 

Fire Prevention. 

Notwithstanding the fact that there were approxi- 
mately 36,000 inspections made during the year, and in 
spite of the publicity campaign conducted as to the 
causes and prevention of fire, there were 716 more alarms 
than in 1913. 

This brings us face to face with the fact that the public, 
or that part of the public whom we have tried to reach, 
pay little attention to the advice, warnings and the con- 
stant publicity given to the subject by those having fire 
prevention and extinguishment in charge, consequently 
the next step is to get legislation under which penalties 
can be meted out to those whose carelessness causes a 
fire. 

With the incoming motor apparatus and the high 
pressure fire service the appliances for extinguishing fire 
will have about reached their limit of efficiency, so that 
it is to the prevention of fire that we must devote our 
energy if the disgracefully enormous losses are to be 
curtailed. 



Fire Department. 3* 

I have found that automatic sprinklers are the most 
valuable adjunct in preventing big losses and all build- 
ings in the city used for manufacturing or business 
purposes should be so equipped. 

Under the present laws sprinklers must be installed, 
upon the order of the Building Commissioner, in the 
basements of apartment houses. On the order of the 
Fire Prevention Commissioner of the metropolitan dis- 
trict they must be installed in business and mercantile 
houses where business of a hazardous nature is con- 
ducted, and where more than four people are regularly 
employed above the second floor. This is wise legis- 
lation and is not a hardship, but is a benefit to the 
property owner. Wherever this department has felt 
that sprinklers were necessary under the above laws it 
has not failed to recommend them to the proper 
authorities. 

Administration. 

The following motor apparatus was purchased during 
the year, viz. : Six tractors, two ladder trucks, two hose 
and chemical combinations, one combination pumping 
engine, chemical and hose wagon and two commercial 
trucks, at a total cost of $68,100. 

Engine House 41 in Allston was remodeled to house 
two companies, at a cost of $10,655.57. 

The quarters of Water Tower 2 in the headquarters 
building were remodeled and fire shutters were installed 
on all windows on the exposed sides of this building, and 
all interior doors covered with metal. This was done to 
minimize the hazard of fire in this building in which is 
located the fire alarm operating room. 

The Sewall cushion wheel was installed on several 
pieces of motor apparatus. This was a move for safety 
and economy. 

All the old type of fire alarm boxes in Hyde Park were 
replaced by new modern boxes. 

The above and other improvements which are noted 
in more complete detail in the appended reports of the 
Chief of Department and the officials in charge of the 
various branches were paid for out of the appropriation 
for the maintenance of the department. 

Motor Apparatus. 

With the experience of several months' actual service 
I am able to report that the motor apparatus in commis- 



4 City Document No. 13. 

sion has fulfilled all requirements and its greater celerity 
and mobility over that of the horse-drawn gives the 
increased efficiency expected. 

Regarding the economical side, the decreased number 
of men needed to man certain apparatus will in time 
show a marked saving, and if the prices of hay and grain 
remain normal the saving in those commodities will be 
substantial, for during the year the number of horses in 
the department was reduced by 64. 

Civil Service. 

During the year examinations were held by the Massa- 
chusetts Civil Service Commission for promotion to all 
grades below that of Chief of Department, and promo- 
tions have been made in order from the eligible list 
established. 

It may be true that this system is not perfect, as it 
would be difficult to devise a system that would satisfy 
all, still I believe it is an ideal one and should continue. 
Not only does it put all the men on the same basis, but 
it rids the department of politics and eliminates the 
opportunity for criticism or favoritism. 

High Pressure Fire Service. 

Actual construction of the high pressure fire service 
has been commenced; 2.62 miles of pipe have been laid 
and 78 hydrants set; stock on hand is sufficient to lay 
seven miles in addition to that already laid. 

Recommendations. 
Motor Apparatus. 
I would respectfully call your attention to the recom- 
mendations of the Chief of Department which contain 
plans to motorize practically all of the apparatus in the 
outlying sections of the city, and to urge the carrying 
out of these recommendations as far as the financial 
conditions permit. 

New Stations. 
I would recommend a special appropriation of $25,000 
to build a new station in Readville to replace the quarters 
at present occupied by Hose Company 49, which are not 
adapted for occupancy. The New York, New Haven & 
Hartford Railroad Company has offered to furnish the 
land required for this station at a nominal rent. 



Fire Department. 5 

The station now occupied by Chemical Company 3, 
Winthrop street, Charlestown, should be remodeled to 
house a pumping engine and company. This would 
cost $20,000. 

With the incoming motor apparatus it appears to me 
that the apparatus repair shop will be inadequate to 
store the spare apparatus and house the apparatus being 
repaired. This department is at present paying approx- 
imately $4,000 a year rental for buildings for the Fire 
Alarm Branch and to store spare apparatus, therefore 
it would be a sound business proposition to secure a site 
and erect a building that would serve the needs of the 
future. 

Yours very respectfully, 
John Grady, 

Fire Comndsawner, 



City Document No. 13. 



REPORT OF CHIEF OF THE DEPARTMENT. 



From: The Chief of the Department, Boston. February 1, 1915. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

The following is the report of the Fire Department 
for the year ending January 31, 1915. 

During the calendar year the department has 
responded to 5,540 alarms. The fire loss was $3,075,- 
060.43, which includes $31,771 marine loss. 

Additions and Changes. 

July 3, 1914, a gasolene combination pumping engine, 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 11, replacing the gasolene com- 
bination chemical engine and hose wagon and the 
horse-drawn steam fire engine. 

July 3, 1914, a gasolene combination chemical engine 
and hose wagon was placed in service with Engine 
Company 46, replacing the horse-drawn hose wagon. 

August 4, 1914, a gasolene combination pumping 
engine, chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in 
service with Engine Company 45, replacing the horse- 
drawn apparatus. 

August 10, 1914, the horse-drawn steam fire engine 
in service with Engine Company 37 was replaced by 
the same engine equipped with a two-wheel tractor. 

August 24, 1914, a gasolene combination chemical 
engine and hose wagon was placed in service with 
Engine Company 10, replacing the horse-drawn hose 
wagon. 

August 31, 1914, the horse-drawn steam fire engine 
in service with Engine Company 10 was replaced by the 
same engine equipped with a two-wheel tractor. 

September 1, 1914, the horse-drawn steam fire 
engine in service with Engine Company 46 was replaced 
by an engine equipped with a two-wheel tractor. 



Fiee Department. 7 

September 13, 1914, a gasolene motor truck was placed 
in service with the Fire Alarm Branch. 

September 25, 1914, a gasolene motor truck was 
placed in service with the Repair Division. 

September 28, 1914, a motor-driven 85-foot aerial 
truck was placed in service with Ladder Company 4, 
replacing the horse-drawn apparatus. 

November 11, 1914, the horse-drawn water tower in 
service with Water Tower Company 2 was replaced by 
the same tower equipped with a two-wheel tractor. 

December 3, 1914, a gasolene combination chemical 
engine and hose wagon was placed in service with 
Chemical Company 13, replacing the gasolene combina- 
tion chemical engine and hose wagon badly damaged by 
a collision while responding to an alarm. 

December 9, 1914, a motor-driven city service truck 
was placed in service with Ladder Company 7, replacing 
the horse-drawn apparatus. 

January 4, 1915, the horse-drawn 85-foot aerial truck 
in service with Ladder Company 15 was replaced by the 
same truck equipped with a two-wheel tractor. 

The district chiefs of Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 
and 15, the veterinary surgeon, Superintendent of the 
Fire Alarm Branch and the foreman of construction 
of the same branch have been furnished with gasolene 
runabouts. 

A turret nozzle was placed on Water Tower 2, making 
a total of thirty-eight in service in this department. 

The quarters of Water Tower Company 2 in the Fire 
Department headquarters were remodeled. The stable 
and hay loft were demolished. The wooden main floor 
was removed and replaced by a concrete floor with a 
granolithic finish designed to carry heavy loads. 

The mezzanine floor over what was formerly the 
stable was reconstructed of steel and concrete, and rooms 
for officers, a dormitory, shower baths and modern 
sanitary conveniences provided. 

The tower being motorized, eleven horses were 
removed from this building, the menace of hay loft 
and stable eliminated and much needed space for the 
housing of motor cars obtained. 

All windows on the exposed sides of the headquarters 
were protected by the installation of fire shutters, and 
all interior doors were covered with metal, thus reducing 
the fire hazard. 



8 City Document No. 13. 

Engine House 41 in the Brighton district was 
remodeled to house a triple combination, pumping 
engine, chemical engine and hose wagon and an 85-foot 
motor-driven aerial truck. 

This was a much needed improvement, and besides 
providing the accommodations for housing the increased 
number of men it is now possible to give this section 
the ladder service absolutely necessary. 

The exterior walls of the building in which are quar- 
tered Ladder Companies 8 and 14 and Engine Company 
25 were pointed and treated by a process which removed 
from the brick and stone the weather stain of years. 
The exterior wood and metal was painted, the whole 
greatly improving the appearance of this station. 

Retaining walls were built on the side and rear of 
Ladder House 31, and ornamental brick posts and an 
iron paling fence were erected, giving a finished appear- 
ance to the grounds and building. 

A retaining wall was built on the Walk Hill street side 
of Chemical House 13. 

At Engine House 30 the wing walls and the area walls 
were rebuilt and the side wall of the building pointed. 

The exterior walls of the building in which are quar- 
tered Engine and Ladder Companies 3 were pointed. 

More adequate toilet facilities were installed in the 
Veterinary Hospital. 

In the quarters of Engine Company 21, a chimney 
running up through the center of the house was removed 
and a new chimney built on the outside, thus removing a 
source of danger and annoyance. 

March 14, 1914, the third division was abolished and 
the city redivided into two divisions for fire purposes. 

The district lines of Districts 8, 9, 10 and 12 were 
changed, and a new district to be known as District 13 
was established and a district chief assigned in charge. 

The position of supervisor of motor apparatus was 
created and a member of the department assigned to 
the duties, which consist of the supervision of the 
maintenance and repairs of all motor apparatus and 
instructor in the school for chauffeurs. 

The office of the supervisor is in the quarters of Tower 
2, and here are located workshop, storeroom for spare 
parts and wrecking and spare cars. 

Assigned to this company are several expert chauffeurs 
and mechanicians who are called upon to repair and 



Fire Department. 9 

change cars at all hours of the day and night, and by 
this service the department avoids the payment of extra 
time to civilian mechanics. When it is considered that 
in addition to the twenty-eight pieces of motor-driven 
fire apparatus there are thirty smaller cars in this depart- 
ment, the remodeling of these quarters to make possible 
all this was a measure of economy. 

Ladders 7, 8, 21, 29 and Engine 41 have been equipped 
with the Sewall cushion wheel. At the present writing 
it appears that this wheel has solved the problem of 
giving the desired resiliency for heavy motor apparatus 
without the dangers of the pneumatic or the short lived 
and therefore costly service of the filler tired wheels. 

A two-wheel gasolene tractor has been received and 
applied to Ladder 14, and will shortly be placed in service 
in the quarters of Engine Company 41, and a new 
company organized to man this truck. 

An 85-foot gasolene motor truck has been received 
and will be placed in service with Ladder Company 8, 
replacing the horse-drawn apparatus. 

Towers 1 and 3, equipped with gasolene-electric two- 
wheel tractors, have been received and will shortly be 
placed in service. 

Buildings. 

The interiors are in good condition as regards clean- 
liness, but in a great many instances the stations are not 
modern, the quarters are cramped, and a few hardly fit 
for occupancy. With the incoming of motor apparatus a 
great deal of remodeling will have to be done. 

Apparatus and Equipment. 

The annual inspection of apparatus and equipment, 
including hose, was made, and the necessary repairs made 
to bring everything up to the standard. 

Building Inspection. 

The usual inspections were made of theaters, motion 
picture houses and all places of public assembly for either 
a new or renewal of license. 

A weekly inspection and report was made of theaters 
and motion picture houses. 

Weekly inspections were made and reports submitted 
of buildings which were visited, and when conditions 



10 City Document No. 13. 

considered a menace were found the officials under whose 
supervision they came were notified. 

A monthly inspection of all fire appliances in schools, 
libraries and other public buildings was made and 
conditions reported. 

On request signs erected on roofs were inspected and 
reported on. 

Inspections of reported hazardous conditions were 
made when requests were received to do so. 

A member of this department was detailed to safeguard 
the transportation and storage of explosives and to pass 
on all applications to store gasolene. 

Drills. 

During the year all companies have held weekly drills, 
and all men coming into the department have passed 
through the regular drill school. 

During the year eight men have successfully passed 
the school of instruction for engineers. 

During the year ninety-one men have received instruc- 
tion in the department automobile school. 

Mutual Aid. 

The usual spirit of cooperation has been shown by the 
cities and towns adjacent to our city, and during the 
year this department has responded to calls for assist- 
ance from Salem and Chelsea. 

Fire Hazard and Prevention. 

A Fire Prevention Commission was created by the 
Legislature of 1914 and a commissioner and assistants 
appointed and are now at work with the hearty coopera- 
tion of this department to remedy the well-known 
hazards that exist. 

A campaign of education was carried on by this depart- 
ment to spread a far-reaching knowledge of the result of 
carelessness in its relation to the causes of fires. 

Civil Service. 

Examinations for promotion to all grades below that 
of Chief of Department were held September 3 and 4, 
and the lists posted. 

Promotions were made from the list in order. 



Fiee Department. 



11 



Hydrants. 
The following is the number and type of hydrants in 
use for fire service January 31, 1915: 



Boston post 
Ordinary post 
Lowry . 
Boston Lowry 
Boston 

Chapman post 
Ludlow post 
Coffin post . 

Total . 



3,319 

2,956 

1,770 

703 

204 

167 

12 

1 

9,132 



Recommendations. 
The items named under this heading constitute, in 
my opinion, what is absolutely necessary to keep abreast 
of the modern standard demanded by our citizens. 

Fire Stations. 

A site should be secured in the Readville section of the 
city and a house built to replace the present quarters of 
Hose Company 49, which are unfit for occupancy. 

The building formerly occupied by the Municipal 
Court in South Boston, which has been turned over to 
this department, should be remodeled for Ladder Com- 
pany 5. 

The quarters now occupied by Chemical Company 3 
should be remodeled for an engine company. 

The quarters of Engine Company 14 are not modern 
and sadly lacking in the proper sanitary equipment and 
should be remodeled. 

The substitution of shower baths for bath tubs, 
especially in the quarters of double companies, should 
be carried out as far as financial conditions will permit, 
also the work of providing separate rooms for all officers. 

All exterior wood and metal work on the stations 
should be painted when conditions permit. 

Apparatus. 

Engines. 

A gasolene combination pumping engine, chemical 

engine and hose wagon with a pump capacity of at 

least 700 gallons per minute for the proposed station in 

Readville. 



12 City Document No. 13. 

A gasolene combination pumping engine, chemical 
engine and hose wagon to have a pump capacity of at 
least 1,000 gallons per minute for the proposed remodeled 
station on Winthrop street, Charlestown. Chemical 
Company 3 should be disbanded and the men assigned 
to the new engine company. 

Gasolene combination pumping engines, chemical 
engines and hose wagons to have a pump capacity of at 
least 700 gallons per minute to replace the horse-drawn 
apparatus in the quarters of Engine Companies 14, 16, 
17, 19, 20, 28, 30, 42 and 48. 

A gasolene combination pumping engine and hose 
wagon with a pump capacity of at least 1,000 gallons per 
minute to replace the horse-drawn apparatus in service 
with Engine Company 43. 

A tractor should be applied to the horse-drawn steam 
fire engine in the quarters of Engine Company 33. 

Chemical and Hose Combinations. 
A gasolene combination chemical engine and hose wagon 
to replace the present horse-drawn wagon in the quarters 
of Engine Company 33. 

Chemical Engines. 
The horse-drawn chemical engines at present located 
in the quarters of Chemical Companies 1 and 2 to be 
replaced by motor-driven chemical engines. 

Ladder Trucks. 

An 85-foot motor-driven aerial truck to replace the 
75-foot horse-drawn truck in the quarters of Ladder 
Company 17, and this 75-foot truck to have a tractor 
attached and placed in service with Ladder Company 12, 
replacing the horse-drawn truck. 

A tractor should be applied to the horse-drawn truck 
in service with Ladder Company 18. 

A 75-foot motor-driven aerial truck to replace the 
horse-drawn truck in service with Ladder Company 9, 
Charlestown. This would give the desired service for 
the hill section, and could respond to first alarms as far 
as Haymarket square. 

Motor-driven combination ladder trucks and chemical 
engines to replace horse-drawn apparatus in the quarters 
of Ladder Companies 6, 10, 16, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 
and 28. 



Fire Department. 13 

Men. 

The company recommended for Readville should 
consist of a lieutenant and six men, and as Hose Company 
49 would be disbanded the man now assigned to that 
company could be transferred to the engine company. 

The engine company recommended for Charlestown 
would require but seven men, as Chemical Company 3 
would be disbanded and the men transferred to the new 
engine company. 

The new ladder company in the quarters of Engine 
Company 41 in the Allston section would require ten 
men. 

The morale of the department is up to the standard 
expected, and to all the other departments who have 
worked with a cheerful spirit when called upon to 
cooperate I wish to express my gratitude. 

P. F. McDonough, 

Chief of Department. 



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City Document No. 13. 



FIRE ALARM BRANCH. 



From: The Superintendent of Fire Alarm Branch. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report for Year Ending January 31, 1915. 

I respectfully submit the following report of the Fire 
Alarm Branch for the fiscal year February 1, 1914, to 
February 1, 1915: 

Operating Division. 
Alarms received and transmitted: 



Box alarms, first .... 


2,960 


Box alarms, second .... 


59 


Box alarms, third .... 


27 


Box alarms, fourth .... 


6 


Box alarms, fifth 


1 



Alarms received but not transmitted: 

Alarms received from the same box two or more times 

for the same fire 

Alarms received from adjacent boxes for same fire 

Box alarms received but treated as stills 

Third alarms for which first and second had been 

received 

Third alarms, second omitted 

Fourth alarms for which second and third had been 

received 

Fourth alarms, second omitted, third received . 
Fifth alarms, second omitted, third and fourth 

received 



253 

317 

19 

19 

7 

4 
2 



Still Alarms. 

Alarms received from citizens by telephone . . . 1,215 
Alarms received from Police Department by telephone, 213 
Alarms received by companies which responded . . 1,167 
Box alarms received for same fires . . . . 151 
Alarms received from Protective Department by tele- 
phone 4 



Fire Department. 15 

Automatic and A. D. T. Alarms. 

Boston Automatic alarms received .... 139 

Box alarms received for same 11 

A. D. T. alarms received 32 

Box alarms received for same 4 

Total Alarms. 

Box alarms received 3,642 

Box alarms transmitted 3,053 

Still, Automatic and A. D. T. alarms (eliminating 

those for which box alarms were transmitted) . . 2,604 

Total alarms transmitted 5,657 

Box Records.* 

Boxes from which no alarm was received . . . 381 

Boxes from which twenty or more alarms were received, 14 

Box tests and inspections 9,060 

* Each keyless door is tried biweekly. 



16 City Document No. 13. 



CONSTRUCTION DIVISION. 
Improvements in Department Houses. 

Electric lights have been installed in place of gas in 
the houses of Engine Companies 27, 32 and 36 and 
Ladder Company 9, and the houses of Engine Com- 
pany 41 and Tower Company 2 were rewired, because 
of change of construction. Many additions and changes 
have been made in the lighting systems in various 
department houses and fire alarm test switches have 
been installed in four houses. 

In May and June all carbon lamps throughout the 
department were replaced with Mazda lamps, and a 
saving in lighting bills of several thousand dollars 
yearly is anticipated. 

Several new tappers have been connected into serv- 
ice, and most of the large electro-mechanical tappers 
have been replaced with small direct-acting tappers, 
thereby eliminating considerable trouble. 

Fire Alarm Boxes. 

During the past year 66 new fire alarm boxes were 
established, consisting of 17 on lamp-posts, 35 on poles, 
5 on schoolhouses, 3 on property of Edison Electric 
Illuminating Company, 3 in theaters, 1 in a hospital, 
1 in a manufacturing plant, and 1 on railroad property. 
Twenty-one boxes were removed from poles and build- 
ings and re-established on lamp-posts, 2 were changed 
from buildings to poles, the locations of 5 were changed, 
and 3 boxes were removed from service. 

Fifty-seven street boxes in Hyde Park of an obsolete 
type were replaced by new boxes, and new boxes have 
been ordered to replace three on private property. Out- 
side alarms in Hyde Park have been eliminated, and the 
speed of the boxes has been increased to the Boston time. 

Outside Construction Work. 

Forty-four thousand three hundred and thirty-four 
feet of underground cable were installed during the 
past year on Blue Hill avenue to Mattapan square; on 
Massachusetts avenue, from railroad bridge to Edward 
Everett square; on Centre street, Jamaica Plain, from 



Fire Department. 17 

Heath street to Green street, and to connect various 
lamp-post boxes and overhead wires. 

Twenty-two new lamp-posts were put up, new con- 
nections to old posts were made, and posts were reset. 
Three new test posts and pole connections were installed. 
One test post was removed from service. 

Ten thousand three hundred and twenty-two feet of 
ducts were laid, and of this amount 6,114 feet were laid 
in conjunction with the Police Department. Nine man- 
holes were built. 

Considerable old wire was removed from poles due 
to the underground work, and some old wire was replaced 
with new. Much time was spent in changing wires 
from old to new poles that are set by the various com- 
panies. 

Recommendations. 

The district prescribed by the Wire Commissioner 
for the coming year, wherein poles and wires in certain 
streets must be removed, does not materially affect 
this department. There are certain places, however, 
where the present overhead system is in dangerous 
condition, and I recommend that underground cables 
be installed. The Hyde Park alarm system should be 
controlled from the main office, and considerable under- 
ground work will be required. One of the most impor- 
tant needs of the department is more cable in Boston 
proper to relieve the old cables of parts of their loads 
and which could be used in emergency. 

Underground Cable Installed. 

City Proper. Feet . 

To City Hall Annex, 6-conductor 513 

Milk street, Washington street to Congress street, 

10-conductor 1,029 

Post connections, 10-conductor ..... 1,226 

Post connections, 6-conductor 518 

Post connections, 4-conductor 527 

Charlestown. 

Post connections, 10-conductor . . . . . 984 

Post connections, 6-conductor 359 

Chelsea Bridge (temporary), 6-conductor . . . 440 

South Boston. 
To L street power station . . . . , . 560 



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City Document No. 13. 



Dorchester. 
Blue Hill avenue, Harvard street to Mattapan square, 

20-conductor 

Massachusetts avenue, railroad bridge to Boston 

street, 20-conductor .... 
McLellan and Erie streets, 4-conductor 
Post connections, 20-conductor 
Post connections, 15-conductor 
Post connections, 10-conductor 
Post connections, 6-conductor 
Post connections, 4-conductor 

Roxbury and West Roxbury. 

Centre street, Heath street to Lamartine street, 20- 
conductor 

Centre street, Lamartine street to Green street, 10- 
conductor 

Hyde Park avenue, Tower street to Walk Hill street, 
10-conductor 

Southampton street, Albany street to Massachusetts 
avenue, 10-conductor 

Post connections, 20-conductor 

Post connections, 15-conductor 

Post connections, 10-conductor ... 

Post connections, 6-conductor 

Post connections, 4-conductor 

Brighton. 

Post connections, 15-conductor 

Post connections, 10-conductor . . 

Post connections, 6-conductor 

Post connections, 4-conductor 



Feet. 

11,768 

2,735 

732 

634 

50 

1,489 

1,451 

1,779 



1,042 
7,328 
1,929 

1,038 

40 

302 

1,211 
85 

1,615 



229 

357 

175 

3,834 



New Fire Alarm Posts Set and Duct Lengths to Same. 



Dorchester. 
Blue Hill avenue and Greenock street 
Blue Hill avenue and Johnston road 
Blue Hill avenue and Morton street 
Blue Hill avenue and Walk Hill street 
Mattapan square .... 
Erie and Elmo streets 
Hamilton and Speedwell streets 



Centre street 
Centre street 
Centre street 
Centre street 
Centre street 
Centre street 
Green street 



Jamaica Plain. 
and Chestnut avenue 
and Mozart street 
and Perkins street 
and Spring Park avenue 
and Pond street 
and Orchard street . 
and Chestnut avenue 



Feet. 

48.5 
36.0 
72.0 
54.0 
52.0 
22.0 
22.0 



14.0 
39.0 
40.0 
47.6 
46.0 
121.0 
14.0 



Fire Department. 19 

West Roxbury. Feet. 

Washington and South streets . . . . . 41.0 

Brighton. 

Brighton avenue and Malvern street . . . . 30 . 

Brainerd road and Marshall terrace . . . . 35 . 

Quint and Glenville avenues 6.5 

City Proper. 

Somerset and Allston streets 11.0 

Charles street, opposite Poplar street . . . . 32 . 

Beverly street and Warren Bridge .... — 

Charlestown. 

High and Cross streets 21.0 

Fire Alarm Posts Reset. Feet. 

Edward Everett square, change of connection . . 70 

City square, change of connection 135 

Cambridge street and Harvard avenue, change of curb, — 

Commonwealth and Harvard avenues, change of curb, — 
Washington street and Montebello road, change of 

curb — 

Union Wharf and Commercial street, knocked down by 

team . . — 

Norfolk and Thetford streets, change of curb . . 20 
Cambridge and South Russell streets, account of new 

subway 1 

Summer street, opposite Hawley street, account of 

new subway 23 

High and Oliver streets, knocked down by team . — 
Brookline avenue and Lansdowne street, account of 

building construction — 

Brighton and Harvard avenues, knocked down by 

team • . — 

Massachusetts avenue and Beacon street, knocked 

down by team — 

Dorchester avenue near drawbridge, knocked down by 

team — 

Washington and Park streets, Dorchester, obstruction 

in duct — 

Test Posts Set. 

Park and Warren streets, 4 ducts 66 

Blue Hill avenue and Harvard street, 4 ducts . . 36 

Mattapan square, 4 ducts 61 

Test Posts Removed. 

City Square — 



20 



City Document No. 13. 



Pole Connections. 

Blue Hill avenue and Wayne street 

Blue Hill avenue and Harvard street 

Blue Hill avenue and Woodrow avenue 

Blue Hill avenue and Morton street 

Blue Hill avenue and Walk Hill street . 

Blue Hill avenue and Almont street 

Blue Hill avenue and Fremont street, 2 ducts 

Blue Hill avenue and Oakland street 

* Massachusetts avenue near railroad bridge 
Centre and Lamartine streets 
Centre and Gay Head streets 
Centre and Creighton streets 
Centre and Day streets . 
Centre and Perkins street 
Centre and Amory streets 
Chestnut avenue and Sheridan street 

* Centre and Highland streets 
Cambridge street and Allston Heights 



Feet. 

168.5 
196.0 
212.0 
250.0 
194.0 
230.0 

78.0 
179.0 

12.9 
146.0 
236.0 
229.0 
202.0 
163.0 
200.0 

90.0 
172.0 
248.0 



Conduits Installed. 

Engine 4, 3 ducts 33 . 5 

* Massachusetts avenue, between railroad bridge and 

Edward Everett square, 2 ducts .... 2,560 . 

* Centre street, between Amory and Lamartine streets, 

2 ducts 222.0 



Manholes Built. 
* Massachusetts avenue 

New Public Fire Alarm Boxes. 
City Proper. 

1272. Washington street, opposite Water street. 

1273. Washington street, opposite Bromfield street. 
1294. Atlantic avenue, at India Wharf. 

1314. Beverly street and Warren Bridge. 

1335. Somerset and Allston streets. 

1347. Charles street, opposite Poplar street. 

1425. Winthrop square. 

1576. Beacon and Fairfield streets. 

South Boston. 

166. Northern avenue, opposite Pier 5. 

167. Fargo and C streets. 



* One-half expense borne by Police Department. 



Fiee Department. 21 

Dorchester. 

180. Crescent avenue and Sydney street. 

304. West Cottage and Judson streets. 

391. Harvard and Morton streets. 

911. Gushing avenue and Windermere road. 

914. Adams and Linden streets. 

926. Hamilton and Speedwell streets. 

939. Homes avenue and Topliff street. 

942. Dix and Lafield streets. 

955. Brent and Wainwright streets. 

3113. Southampton street, near railroad bridge. 

3453. Ashmont street, opposite Newhall street. 

3532. Morton and Oakridge streets. 

3573. Oakland and Tampa streets. 

3642. Granite avenue, near Milton Bridge. 

Roxbury. 

2356. Francis and Binney streets. 

Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. 

2471. Chestnut avenue and Green street. 

2524. Hyde Park avenue and Northbourne road. 

2544. Washington street, opposite South street. 

2562. Kittredge and Albano streets. 

2613. Bellevue avenue and Auburn street. 

2617. Aldrich and Cornell streets. 

2625. Park street, opposite Rutledge street. 

2633. Centre and Spring streets. 

2641. La Grange and Shaw streets. 

2653. Centre and Grove streets. 

2662. Rockland street and Schiller road. 

2756. Vermont and Temple streets. 

Brighton. 

801. Allston Heights and Ridgemont street. 

802. Maple avenue and Dustin street. 
812. Brighton avenue and Malvern street. 

816. Brainerd road and Marshall terrace. 

817. Quint and Glenville avenues. 

860. Warren street and Woodstock avenue. 

879. Waverly and Lincoln streets. 

883. Union and Shepard streets. 

884. Brookdale road and Faneuil terrace. 

885. Newcastle road and Hobson street. 

886. Stratton and Champney streets. 
891. Cambridge and Mansfield streets. 

893. Appian way and Raymond street. 

894. Lincoln street, near Everett street. 

895. Braintree street and Denton road. 



22 City Document No. 13. 



New Schoolhouse Boxes. 

689. Philip Sheridan School, Prescott street. 
2262. Nathan Hale School, Cedar street. 
3163. Benedict Fenwick School, Magnolia street. 
3347. Florence Nightingale School, Park street, near Wash- 
ington street. 
3523. William Bradford School, Willowwood street. 

New Private Boxes. 

620. Signal Station, Boston & Albany Railroad Yard. (Aux- 
iliary.) 
630. American Stay Company, Marginal street. 
805. St. Elizabeth Hospital. 
896. Allston Theater, Brighton avenue. 
1326. Palace Theater, Court street. 
1476. Wilbur Theater, Tremont street. 

3125. Edison Electric Illuminating Company, Massachusetts 
avenue. 

7325. Edison Electric Illuminating Company, L street station. 

7326. Edison Electric Illuminating Company, First street 

yard. 

Changes in Location op Boxes. 

341. Bowdoin and Bullard streets, to Bowdoin street and 

Geneva avenue. 
441. Engine House 27, Elm street, to High and Cross streets. 
526. Centre street, near Goldsmith street, to Centre and 

Orchard streets. 
844. Lincoln street, near Market street, to Lincoln and 

Market streets. 
1274. Washington and Milk streets, to Hawley and Milk 

streets. 
2357. Children's Hospital, Huntington avenue, to Children's 

Hospital, Longwood avenue. 
2514. Washington and Morton streets, to Hyde Park avenue 
and Tower street. 

Boxes Made Accessible to Public. 

414. Warren School, to pole, Summer and School streets. 
1494. Quincy School, Tyler street, placed on building out- 
side of yard. 
2818. Gardner School, to pole, Athol and Brentwood streets. 

Boxes Removed from Service. 

616. Commonwealth Pier, near Lewis street. 

781. Museum of Fine Arts. 

792. Metropolitan Steamship Company, India Wharf. 



Fire Department. 



23 



Summary of Work Done. 

New line wire used . 

Old wire removed from poles 

Aerial cable installed 

Conductors in same 

Aerial cable removed 

Conductors in same 

Underground cable installed in ducts of New England 

Telephone and Telegraph Company- 
Conductors in same .... 
Underground cable installed in Boston Fire Depart 

ment ducts 

Conductors in same .... 
Underground cable installed in ducts of Postal 

Telegraph Company- 
Conductors in same 
Total underground cable installed 
Conductors in same 
Cables used for repairs and on account of new 

subway .... 
Conductors in same 
Miscellaneous cables installed underground (to con 

nect private boxes) 

Conduit laid by this department . 

Ducts in same 

Manholes built . . 

Poles set .• 

Crossarms used 

Fire alarm boxes installed : 

By Fire Department 

By Schoolhouse Department .... 
By Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company . 

On private property 

Fire alarm boxes removed from service 

Fire alarm posts set (new) 

Fire alarm posts reset 

Fire alarm test posts installed (new locations) 
Fire alarm test post removed .... 
Fire alarm pole test boxes installed 



93,151 
194,550 
25,964 
93,564 
6,050 
46,600 

31,145 
392,026 

12,924 

152,877 

215 

2,990 

44,334 

547,553 

3,916 

86,289 

2,447 

7,128 

10,322 

9 

5 

1,025 

52 
5 
1 
8 
3 

22 

15 
3 
1 

19 



Fire Alarm Boxes in Service. 

Total number 

Owned by Fire Department 

Owned by Schoolhouse Department . 
Owned by Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company 

Private ownership 

Department boxes in service: 

On lamp-posts 

On poles ... 



1,025 

749 

142 

56 

78 

316 

406 



24 



City Document No. 13. 



On buildings with lights over them 

On buildings (not lighted) . 

With keyless doors 

With keyless doors — handles under glass guards 

With key doors .... 

With auxiliary attachments 
Schoolhouse boxes in service: 

On lamp-posts . . . . 

On poles ..... 

On outside of buildings 

Inside buildings .... 

With keyless doors 

With key doors .... 
Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company boxes m service 

On poles 

On outside of buildings 

Inside buildings .... 

With keyless doors 

With key doors .... 
Private boxes in service: 

On poles . . . . . 

On outside of buildings 

Inside buildings .... 

With keyless doors 

With key doors .... 



21 
3 

688 

57 

4 

15 

10 
15 
60 
57 
85 
57 

7 
17 
32 

8 

48 

6 
18 
54 
11 
67 



Posts. 
Lamp-posts in service 
Lamp-posts set but not in service 
Test posts in service 
Pole test boxes in service 



326 

3 

55 

157 



Classification of Fire Alarm Stations. 



Academies 

Asylums 

Ball ground 

Car barns . 

Cemetery 

Church 

Homes for Aged People 

Hospitals . 

Hotels 

Manufacturing plants 

Milk depot 

Navy Yard 

Newspaper office 

Office building 

Police station . 

Power stations 

Prison 



4 
2 
1 
5 
1 
1 
2 

14 
6 

18 
1 
3 
1 
1 
1 
5 
1 



Fiee Depaetment. 



25 



Public building 
Public hall 
Railroad shops 
Railroad stations 
Railroad yards 
Restaurant 
Retail stores 
Schoolhouses 
Stables 
Stock yards 
Street boxes * 
Theaters . 
Warehouse 
Wharves . 
Wholesale house 



1 
1 
4 
5 

10 
1 
5 

156 
2 
2 

725 

28 

1 

5 

1 

1,025 



Circuits. 

Number of box circuits (main office) . 
Number of box circuits (Hyde Park) . 
Number of tapper circuits . . . . ■ . 

Number of gong circuits 

Special repeater circuit, Hyde Park to main office 
High pressure signaling circuit .... 
Number telephone circuits to department stations 
Number telephone circuits to Oxford Exchange 
Special telephone circuit to Back Bay Exchange 
Special telephone circuit to Police Headquarters 
Special telephone circuit to A. D. T. Company's 
office 



49 

4 

12 

13 

1 
1 

43 

7 
1 
1 



Wire, Cable and Conduits. 

Feet. 

Line wire in service 1,381,600 

Aerial cable in service 110,703 

Conductors in same 632,841 

Aerial cable conductors in service .... 457,929 

Underground cable in service 614,110 

Conductors in same 9,971,947 

Underground conductors in service .... 5,200,527 
Conduit owned by Fire Department .... 43,287 

Ducts in same 56,302 

Ducts in New England Telephone and Telegraph 

Company's system used by Fire Department . 417,702 
Ducts in Postal Telegraph Company's system used 

by Fire Department . . . . . . 1,411 



* There are several boxes installed by the Schoolhouse Department and others, so as to 
be accessible to public, which are not counted as street boxes. 



26 City Document No. 13. 



Fire Alarm Apparatus. 

Tappers in service 134 

Boston tappers in adjacent towns and cities . . 6 
Tappers connected to adjacent system in Boston Fire 

Department stations 6 

Gongs in service . . . . . . . 121 

Registers in service (outside of Fire Alarm Office) . 25 

Relays in service 12 

Telephones in department system .... 134 

Public exchange telephones ...... 8 



Tower Bells. 



Pounds. 



Bells in service: 

Faneuil Hall 5,816 

Bells owned by Fire Department, but not in service : 

Engine 29, Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton, steel . 1,535 

Engine 30 (old house), Mt. Vernon street, West 

Roxbury, steel . 1,000 

Saratoga Street Church, East Boston, steel . : 1,968 

Trinity Church, Trenton street, East Boston, 

composition 1,760 

Old hose house, Hyde Park avenue .... — 

Public Clocks. 

Thirty tower clocks, twenty-five of which are owned 
by the city, are taken care of by this department. 
Sixty-two reports of clock troubles were attended to, 
and quite extensive repairs were made on the clock of 
the Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church. The 
weight rope in St. Augustine's Church, South Boston, 
broke, causing considerable damage to the building. 

Geoege L. Fickett. 



Fire Department. 27 



SUPERINTENDENT OF REPAIR SHOP. 



Boston, February 9, 1915. 
From: Superintendent of Repair Shop. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Repair Work for Fiscal Year of 1914. 

I respectfully submit the following table giving the 
number of repairs on horse-driven apparatus and auto- 
mobile apparatus in the Repair Shop Branch and their 
cost; also the number of repairs done on both by outside 
firms and the cost. The number of repairs made at 
company quarters by department mechanics and by 
outside firms is shown, and the amount of material 
furnished where the work was done by members of the 
respective companies. Repairs on furniture is also 
included. 

Horse-driven Apparatus. 

Number of jobs done in repair shop . . . . 2,535 

Cost for material and labor $24,980 

Number of jobs by outside firms 350 

Cost of jobs by outside firms $7,890 

Motor Apparatus. 

Number of jobs done in repair shop .... 482 

Cost for material and labor $3,800 

Number of jobs done by outside firms, including shoes 

and tubes 609 

Cost of the above $3,253 

House Repairs. 

Number of repairs by carpenters, plumbers, painters 

and steamfitters 392 

Cost of the above . $15,100 

Number of jobs done by outside firms .... 139 

Cost of jobs done by outside firms .... $2,455 

Stock furnished, work done by company members . $1,459 

Furniture Repairs. 

Number of jobs done in repair shop .... 44 

Cost of jobs done in repair shop $136 

Number of jobs done by outside firms .... 26 
Cost of jobs done by outside firms .... 



28 City Document No. 13. 



Outside Work on Apparatus. 

43 Springs applied and repaired on horse-driven apparatus. 
26 Springs applied and repaired on motor apparatus. 

Repair Shop Repairs. 

Solid tires were applied to 30 engine wheels. 
Solid tires were applied to 14 ladder wheels. 
Solid tires were applied to 5 chemical wheels. 
Solid tires were applied to 4 D. C. wheels. 

Motor Apparatus. 

90 Storage batteries recharged by the Exide Company. 

25 Storage batteries recharged in the repair shop. 
105 Prest-O-Lite tanks were exchanged. 

46 Automobile shoes were repaired outside repair shop. 
306 Automobile inner tubes were repaired outside repair shop. 

Apparatus Rebuilt. 
Engines 6 and 34. 
Towers 1, 2 and 3 and Ladder 15 changed to tractors. 

General Repairs and Overhauling on 

6 Ladder trucks, Ladders 6, 13, 21, 24, 29 and spare truck. 

7 Chemicals, Chemicals 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 13. Chemical 10 in 

repair shop. 
12 Fire engines, Engines 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 22, 36, 39, 43, 45 and 48. 
10 Hose wagons, Hose Wagons 1, 6, 9, 11, 12, 16, 23, 24, 26 
and 43. 

Hose. Feet. 

Total purchased during the year 20,734| 

Total condemned during the year 15,637^ 

Amount in use February 1, 1915 136,41 If 

Amount in store February 1, 1915 .... 5,881 

1,200 feet 2^-inch Eureka hose was furnished to this depart- 
ment by the city of Salem to replace hose destroyed at the 
fire in that city, June 25, 1914. 

Miscellaneous. 

Numerous small jobs by carpenters, plumbers, painters 
and steamfitters. Boilers installed in Engines 30 and 41, 
Ladder 19 and Chemical 2, besides making improvements 
in the heating system throughout the department. 
Respectfully submitted, 

E. M. Byington, 

Superintendent. 



Fire Department. 



29 



BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT VETERINARY 
HOSPITAL. 



From: The Department Veterinarian. Boston, February 4, 1915. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

Sir, — I respectfully report for the year ending Janu- 
ary 31, 1915, the number of calls received for treatment 
of sick and injured horses and for medicines was 950. 

There were 350 horses treated at the Veterinary 
Hospital for sickness and injuries and 312 treated in their 
respective quarters for minor troubles. 

There were 388 calls for medicines for emergency use. 

The health and condition of the horses of this depart- 
ment is excellent. 

The number of horses purchased, sold, died, killed in 
service and destroyed for the year ending January 31, 
1915, is as follows: 



Total number on hand, February 1, 1914 






407 


Total number on hand, February 1, 1915 






343 


Horses purchased 






25 


Horses sold 






73 


Horses died 






5 


Horses destroyed 






10 


Horses killed in service .... 






1 



Daniel P. Keogh, M. D. V. 



30 City Document No. 13. 



HEADQUARTERS FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



From: The Medical Examiner. Boston, February 1, 1915. 

To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I have the honor to report for the year ending January 
31, 1915, as follows: 

Number of cases of illness . . . . . . . 289 

Number of cases of injury 720 

Remained on duty . 579 

The total number of injuries appears large, but this is 
due to the stricter observance of the rule that all injuries, 
however slight, must be reported. 

Examinations. 

For appointment as probationary firemen . . . . 17 

General examinations, including probationers, at the 

expiration of their terms . . . . . . .1,531 

House and hospital visits .156 

The health of the men has been exceptionally good, 
the principal ailments being acute bronchial affections 
in the winter and spring, and gastro-intestinal disorders 
in the summer months. The thirty-seven medicine 
chests carried on the different apparatus have been 
regularly inspected and invariably found in first-class 
order, for which great credit is due to the commanding 
officers. 

Deaths. 

Lieut. William Hughes, Engine Company 20, February 

24, 1914, of injuries received at box 945, January 14, 
1914. 

Thomas F. Turner, repair shop, March 2, 1914, 
suicide. 

Raymond V. Landry, Engine Company 26-35, July 

25, 1914, drowning. 

Lieut. William H. Magner, Ladder Company 9, 
December 18, 1914, fractured skull and multiple injuries. 



Fire Department. 31 

Thomas W. Devney, Engine Company 38-39, Decem- 
ber 25, 1914, fatally injured in quarters. 

In closing permit me to thank you for your unfailing 
courtesy, and your subordinate officers for their cheerful 
and loyal support in the discharge of my duties. 

Respectfully, 

R. W. Sprague, 

Medical Examiner. 



32 City Document No. 13. 



GASOLENE BOARD. 



From: Gasolene Board. Boston, February 1, 1915. 

To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully report for the year ending January 31, 
1915, as follows: 

During this period the Board has made 602 inspections 
and passed upon plans for new or alterations of 517 
buildings in which gasolene was to be stored. 

Seven hundred thirty-five reports have been made to 
the Fire Commissioner on various matters. 

The system of regulations which were arbitrarily 
brought into existence by the former Board has been 
abolished. These regulations were based upon self-given 
authority and tended to create great dissatisfaction 
among property owners and builders. These same 
property owners and builders are now only too willing 
to adopt the regulations from us by delegated authority 
from the District Police and the new regulations of the 
Fire Prevention Commissioner of the metropolitan 
district. 

Conferences have been held with the Building Depart- 
ment, District Police, Street Commissioners, Fire Pre- 
vention Commissioner and Law Department. . 

Demonstrations of safety devices have been witnessed 
in New York, New Jersey and Boston. 

During the past year the Board has passed on 308 
applications for the storage of combustible oils, super- 
vised 312 transportations of high explosives and passed 
upon 323 blasting and transportation permits of high 
explosives for contractors. 

The Board has made 53 inspections of magazines 
where high explosives are stored. 

The Fire Prevention Commissioner has turned over to 
the Fire Commissioner his authority on the work that 
comes under this branch and has sought the advice of 
this Board on these matters for neighboring cities and 
towns. 

Michael J. Gilligan, 

Inspector of Explosives and Combustibles. 



Fire Department. 33 



MOTOR APPARATUS. 



From: Supervisor of Motor Apparatus. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

Boston, March 9, 1915. 

I respectfully state that on February 1, 1915, there 
were fifty-eight (58) pieces of motor apparatus owned by 
the Fire Department. Thirty (30) of these were chiefs' 
cars, fire alarm repair shop and Veterinary Hospital cars 
of the touring and runabout type and termed light 
apparatus. Twenty-eight (28) were of the heavy truck 
type such as ladder trucks, pumping engines, hose 
wagons, chemicals and tractors and termed heavy 
apparatus. Three (3) of the heavy type are not yet in 
commission, namely, Tower No. 1, Ladder No. 8 and 
Ladder No. 14. Sixteen (16) heavy pieces and four (4) 
light pieces of this apparatus have been placed in commis- 
sion since May 29, 1914. 

On February 1, 1915, there was a total of two hundred 
(200) men in this department who were capable of 
operating at least one of the different kinds of motor 
apparatus in this department. Of this number, ninety- 
one (91) have been trained since I was appointed super- 
visor of motor apparatus, May 29, 1914. 

From May 29, 1914, to February 1, 1915, there have 
been three hundred and seventy-three (373) repairs 
made on automobiles in the repair shop by repair men 
and chauffeurs assigned to the auto squad, and one 
hundred and ninety-three (193) made outside of shop, on 
the road and in quarters, generally during the night and 
on Sundays, by the chauffeurs assigned to duty on the 
automobile apparatus. 

A card system has been originated covering description 
and record of apparatus, expense account of each sepa- 
rate piece and a service record as well as a chauffeur's 
record. 

A chauffeur's school has been installed and in opera- 
tion (the department owns all the appliances), and many 
new mechanical devices for repairing automobiles have 



34 City Document No. 13. 

been installed, such as chain hoist (Franklin crane), 
Arbor press, welding and cutting off outfit, wrecking 
truck and other devices, making the repair work much 
more expedient than could be possible without these 
devices. 

Respectfully submitted, 

N. Boutilier, 
Supervisor of Motor Apparatus. 



Fire Department. 



35 



THE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. 



Commissioner, John Grady. 

Chief Clerk, Benjamin F. Underhill. 

Chief of Department, Peter F. McDonough. 

Superintendent of Construction and Repairs, Eugene M. 

Byington. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms, George L. Fickett. 
Chief Operator and Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, 

Richard Donahue. 
Veterinarian, Daniel P. Keogh. 
Medical Examiner, Rurus W. Sprague. 



STRENGTH AND PAY. 
Headquarters. 



1 Commissioner 

1 Chief clerk 

1 Medical examiner 

1 Bookkeeper 

2 Clerks 
1 Clerk 
1 Clerk 

1 Assistant engineer (messenger) 
1 Private (inspector explosives) * 

10 



Fire-fighting Branch. 

1 Chief of department 

2 Deputy chiefs 
15 District chiefs 
57 Captains . 
92 Lieutenants 

1 Private, aid to chief 
50 Engineers 

4 Engineers 

5 Engineers 
1 Engineer . 

42 Assistant engineers 

6 Assistant engineers 
1 Assistant engineer . 



Per annum. 

$5,000 
2,500 
1,300 
1,850 
1,600 
1,400 
1,200 
1,400 
1,400 



$4,000 
3,000 
2,300 
1,800 
1,600 
1,400 
1,500 
1,300 
1,200 
900 
1,400 
1,300 
1,000 



* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



36 



City Document No. 13. 



701 Privates: 
432 
46 
51 
46 
88 
34 
4 



Per annum. 

$1,400 
1,300 
1,200 
1,100 
1,000 
900 
720 



978 



Repaie Shop Branch. 



1 Superintendent 

1 Captain, assistant superintendent * . 
1 Lieutenant, foreman of hose and harness shop, 
1 Engineer (master plumber) * . . . 
1 Hoseman (master carpenter) * . . . 
1 Hoseman (master painter) * ... 
4 Privates * 



Employees. 



1 Clerk 
1 Clerk 
1 Clerk 



1 Engineer . 
3 Firemen . 

2 Plumbers 
1 Steamfitter 
7 Painters . 
1 Wheelwright . 
1 Wheelwright . 
1 Machinist 
6 Machinists 
1 Foreman blacksmith 

3 Blacksmiths 
6 Blacksmith's helpers 

3 Carpenters 

1 Vulcanizer 

2 Hose and harness repairers 
1 Hose and harness repairer 

4 Laborers .... 



$2,500 


1,800 


* 1,600 


1,400 


1,400 


1,400 


1,400 


$1,300 


1,050 


1,300 


Per day. 


$3 50 


3 25 


4 40 


4 00 


3 50 


3 75 


3 25 


4 00 


3 75 


4 00 


3 75 


2 75 


3 50 


3 00 


3 50 


2 50 


2 50 



57 



Fire Alarm Branch. 



1 Superintendent 

1 Chief operator and assistant superintendent 



Per annum. 

$2,500 
2,300 



* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



Fire Department. 



37 



Operating Force. 



4 Principal operators 

3 Operators 

4 Assistant operators 



3 Assistant operators 
1 Assistant operator . 



Construction Force. 



1 Foreman 



1 Assistant foreman 

1 Clerk . 

1 Clerk * . 

1 Repairer * 

1 Machinist 

2 Machinists 

19 Repairers, linemen and wiremen (average) 

1 Hostler . . 



45 



Veterinary Hospital Branch. 



1 Veterinarian 

1 Captain, assistant to veterinarian 

3 Hostlers (average) . . . ' . 
1 Horseshoer 



Per annum. 

$1,600 
1,400 
1,200 

Ppr day. 

$2 75 
2 50 



Per annum. 

$2,000 

Per day. 

$3 75 

Per annum. 

$1,140 
1,400 
1,400 

Per day. 

$4 25 

3 75 

3 63 

2 50 



Per annum. 

$2,300 
1,800 

Per day. 

$2 50 
3 50 



1,096 



CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. 



Peter F. McDonough. 

Headquarters, Engine House 26-35, Mason Street. 

The Chief is in charge of the fire protection of the 
city, which is divided into two divisions, each com- 
manded by a deputy chief, which are subdivided into 
fifteen districts, each commanded by a district chief. 

Division 1. 
Deputy Chief, John O. Taber. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 8, Fort Hill Square. 
This division comprises Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. 

* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



38 City Document No. 13. 

District 1. 

District Chief, John W. Godbold. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 2, Paris Street, 

East Boston. 

All that portion of the city which is included within 

the district known as East Boston. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 5, 9, 11, 
40, 47 (fireboat), Ladders 2, 21, Chemical 7. 

District 2. 
District Chief, William J. Gaffe y. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 9, Main Street, 
Charlestown. 
All that portion of the city which is included within 
the district known as Charlestown. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 27, 32, 
36, Ladders 9, 22, Chemicals 3, 9. 

District 3. 
District Chief, Stephen J. Rydek. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 18, Pittsburgh Street. 

All that portion of the city which is included within 
a line beginning at the intersection of State and Devon- 
shire streets, thence easterly through State street to the 
waterfront, thence southeasterly across the harbor to 
the extension of C street, South Boston, thence southerly 
through C street to Cypher street, thence northwesterly 
through Cypher street to B street, thence southwesterly 
through B street to West First street, thence westerly 
through West First street to Atlantic Avenue Bridge, 
thence through Atlantic Avenue Bridge and Atlantic 
avenue to Summer street, thence westerly through Sum- 
mer street to Devonshire street, thence through Devon- 
shire street to the point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 25, 38, 
39, 44 (fireboat), Ladders 8, 14, 18, Water Tower 3. 

District 4- 
District Chief, John E. Madison. 
Headquarters, Engine House 4, Bulfinch Street. 
All that portion of the city which is included within 
a line beginning at the intersection of State and Devon- 
shire streets, thence through Devonshire street southerly 



Fire Department. 39 

to Water street, thence westerly through Water street 
to Washington street, thence southerly through Wash- 
ington street to School street, thence through School 
street and Beacon street to Charles street, thence north- 
erly through Charles street to Pinckney street, thence 
westerly through Pinckney street to the Cambridge 
boundary line, thence northerly along said Cambridge 
boundary line to its intersection with the tracks of the 
Eastern Division of the Boston & Maine Railroad, 
thence northeasterly to the Warren Avenue Drawbridge, 
thence easterly to the Charlestown Drawbridge, thence 
northeasterly and then southerly around the waterfront 
to the extension of State street, thence through State 
street to the point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 4, 6, 8, 
31 (fireboat), Ladders 1, 24, Chemical 1, Water Tower 1. 

District 5. 
District Chief, William Coulter. 
Headquarters, Engine House 26-35, Mason Street. 
All that portion of the city which is included within a 
line beginning at the intersection of Devonshire and 
Water streets, thence running westerly through Water 
street to Washington street, thence southerly through 
Washington street to School street, thence through School 
street and Beacon street to Charles street, thence 
northerly through Charles street to Pinckney street, 
thence westerly through Pinckney street to the Cam- 
bridge boundary line, thence southerly along said 
boundary line to the extension of Otter street, thence 
through Otter street to Beacon street, thence easterly 
through Beacon street to Arlington street, thence through 
Arlington street to Boylston street, thence easterly 
through Boylston street to Church street, thence through 
Church street to Providence street, thence through 
Providence street to Columbus avenue, thence through 
Columbus avenue to Church street, thence through 
Church street to Tremont street, thence northerly 
through Tremont street to Pleasant street, thence south- 
easterly through Pleasant street and Broadway extension 
to Fort Point channel, thence northerly through Fort 
Point channel to Atlantic Avenue Bridge, thence through 
Atlantic Avenue Bridge and Atlantic avenue to Summer 
street, thence westerly through Summer street to Devon- 
shire street, thence through Devonshire street to the 
point of beginning. 



40 City Document No. 13. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 7, 10, 26, 
35, Ladder 17, Chemical 2. 

District 6. 

District Chief, Edward J. Shallow. 

Headquarters, Engine House 1, Dorchester Street, 
South Boston. 

All that portion of the city which is included within 
a line beginning at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue 
Bridge and Fort Point channel, thence southerly through 
Atlantic Avenue Bridge to West First street, thence 
through West First street to B street, thence northerly 
through B street to Cypher street, thence through 
Cypher street to C street, thence northerly through C 
street to the waterfront, thence by the waterfront south- 
easterly, then westerly to the extension of Columbia 
road, thence through Columbia road to Mt. Vernon 
street, thence through Mt. Vernon street to Willow 
court, thence through Willow court to Massachusetts 
avenue, thence through Massachusetts avenue to the 
New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad tracks 
(inclusive) , thence northerly along said tracks (inclusive) , 
to the South bay, thence northerly to Fort Point channel, 
thence through Fort Point channel to the point of 
beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District.— Engines 1, 2, 15, 
43, Ladders 5, 19, 20, Chemical 8. 

District 7. 
District Chief, Peter E. Walsh. 

Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. 

All that portion of the city which is included within 
a line beginning at the intersection of Beacon and Otter 
streets, thence easterly through Beacon street to Arling- 
ton street, thence through Arlington street to Boylston 
street, thence easterly through Boylston street to 
Church street, thence through Church street to Provi- 
dence street, thence through Providence street to 
Columbus avenue, thence through Columbus avenue 
to Church street, thence through Church street to 
Tremont street, thence northerly through Tremont 
street to Pleasant street, thence easterly through Pleas- 
ant street and Broadway extension to Fort Point 
channel, thence southerly through Fort Point channel 



Fire Department. 41 

to the Roxbury canal, thence southerly through the 
Roxbury canal to Massachusetts avenue, thence north- 
westerly through Massachusetts avenue to the Cam- 
bridge boundary line, thence northeasterly along said 
boundary line to a point opposite the extension of 
Otter street, thence through Otter street to the point 
of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District.— Engines 3, 22, 
33, Ladders 3, 13, 15, Chemical 4, Water Tower 2. 

Division 2. 
Deputy Chief, Charles H. W. Pope. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 4, Dudley Street. 
This division comprises Districts 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14 and 15. 

District 8. 

District Chief, Daniel F. Sennott. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 12, Tremont Street. 

All that portion of the city within a line beginning at 
the intersection of Massachusetts avenue and the Cam- 
bridge boundary line, thence through Massachusetts 
avenue to Washington street, thence southerly through 
Washington street to Marcella street, thence by Mar- 
cella street to Centre street, by Centre street to New 
Heath street, thence by New Heath street to Heath 
square to Heath street, thence by South Huntington 
avenue to Huntington avenue, thence by Huntington 
avenue to the Brookline boundary line, thence northerly 
and easterly along the Brookline boundary line to the 
Cottage Farm Bridge (inclusive), thence northerly 
through Essex street to the Cambridge boundary line, 
thence easterly by said Cambridge boundary line to the 
point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 13, 14, 
37, Ladders 12, 26, Chemical 12. 

District 9. 

District Chief, Michael Walsh. 

Headquarters, Engine House 12, Dudley Street. 

All that portion of the city within a line beginning at 

the intersection of the extension of Columbia road and 

the Old Harbor, thence running westerly through 

Columbia road to Mt. Vernon street, thence through 



42 City Document No. 13. 

Mt. Vernon street to Willow court, thence through 
Willow court to Massachusetts avenue, thence through 
Massachusetts avenue to the New York, New Haven & 
Hartford Railroad tracks (exclusive), thence northerly 
along said tracks (exclusive) to the South bay, thence 
westerly along said South bay to the Roxbury canal, 
thence southerly through the Roxbury canal to Massa- 
chusetts avenue, thence northwesterly through Massa- 
chusetts avenue to Washington street, thence southerly 
through Washington street to Elmore street, thence 
easterly through Elmore street to Monroe street, 
thence easterly through Monroe street to Warren 
street, thence southeasterly through Warren street to 
Sunderland street, thence through Sunderland street to 
Stanwood street, thence through Stanwood street to 
Columbia road, thence northeasterly through Columbia 
road to Stoughton street, thence easterly through 
Stoughton street to Pleasant street, thehfce through 
Pleasant street to Savin Hill avenue, thence easterly 
and northerly through Savin Hill avenue to Evandale 
terrace, thence through Evandale terrace to waterfront, 
thence northerly along waterfront to the point of 
beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 12, 21, 
23, 24, Ladder 4, Chemical 10. 

District 10. 

District Chief, John W. Murphy. 

Headquarters, Engine House 18, Harvard Street, 
Dorchester. 

All that portion of the city within a line beginning at 
the intersection of the extension of Evandale terrace and 
Dorchester bay, thence thrpugh Evandale terrace to 
Savin Hill avenue, thence northerly and westerly through 
Savin Hill avenue to Pleasant street, thence northerly 
through Pleasant and Stoughton streets to Columbia 
road, thence southerly through Columbia road to Blue 
Hill avenue, thence southerly through Blue Hill avenue 
to Canterbury street, thence through Canterbury street 
to Morton street, thence southerly through Morton 
street to Blue Hill avenue, thence northerly through 
Blue Hill avenue to Woodrow avenue, thence through 
Woodrow avenue to Norfolk street, thence through 
Norfolk street to Centre street, thence through Centre 
street to Adams street, thence northerly through Adams 



Fire Department. 43 

street to Mill street, thence through Mill street to 
Preston street, thence through Preston street to Free- 
port street, thence southerly through Freeport street to 
Dorchester bay, thence northerly along the water- 
front to point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engine Company 
17, 18, Ladders 7, 29, Chemical 11. 

District 11. 
District Chief, Henry A. Fox. 

Headquarters, Engine House 41, Harvard Avenue, 
Brighton. 

All that portion of the city included within the dis- 
trict known as Brighton which is west of the Cottage 
Farm Bridge and Essex street. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 29, 34, 
41, Ladders 11, 31, Chemical 6. 

District 12. 
District Chief, Michael J. Mulligan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 28, Centre Street, 
Jamaica Plain. 

All that portion of the city known as West Roxbury 
and Jamaica Plain within a line beginning at the inter- 
section of Washington and Morton streets, thence by 
Morton street to Canterbury street, thence by Canter- 
bury street to Blue Hill avenue, thence by Blue Hill 
avenue to Columbia road, thence by Columbia road to 
Stanwood street, thence by Stanwood and Sunderland 
streets to Warren street, thence by Warren street to 
Munroe street, thence by Munroe street to Elmore 
street, thence by Elmore street to Washington street, 
thence by Washington street to Marcella street, thence 
by Marcella street to Centre street, thence by Centre 
street to New Heath street, thence by New Heath street 
to Heath square, thence through Heath square to Heath 
street, thence by Heath street to South Huntington 
avenue, thence by South Huntington avenue to Hunting- 
ton avenue, thence by Huntington avenue to the Brook- 
line boundary line, thence southeasterly along said 
Brookline boundary line to Perkins street, thence by 
Perkins street to Prince street, thence by Prince street 
to the Arborway, thence by the Arborway to the point 
of beginning. 



44 City Document No. 13. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 28, 42, 
Ladders 10, 23, 30, Chemical 5. 

District 13. 
District Chief, Michael J. Kennedy. 

Headquarters, Engine House 45, corner Washington 
and Poplar Streets, Roslindale. 

All that portion of the city beginning at the inter- 
section of Washington and Morton streets, thence by 
Morton street to Harvard street, thence by Harvard 
street to Ashland street, thence by Ashland street to and 
across the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad 
tracks, thence southerly along the New York, New 
Haven & Hartford Railroad tracks to the boundary 
line of Ward 26, thence southwesterly along the said 
boundary line of Ward 26 to the Dedham boundary line, 
thence along the Dedham boundary line to the Newton 
boundary line, thence northeasterly along the Newton 
boundary line to the Brookline boundary line, thence 
southeasterly and thence northerly along said Brookline 
boundary line to Perkins street, thence by Perkins street 
to Prince street, thence by Prince street to the Arborway, 
thence by the Arborway to the point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 30, 45, 
Ladders 16, 25, Chemical 13. 

District 14- 

District Chief, Maurice Heffernan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 46, Peabody Square, 
Dorchester. 

All that portion of the city within a line beginning 
at the intersection of Dorchester bay and Freeport 
street (Commercial Point), thence northerly through 
Freeport street to Preston street, thence through Preston 
street to Mill street, thence through Mill street to 
Adams street, thence southerly through Adams street 
to Centre street, thence through Centre street to Nor- 
folk street, thence through Norfolk street to Woodrow 
avenue, thence through Woodrow avenue to Blue Hill 
avenue, thence southerly through Blue Hill avenue to 
Morton street, thence northwesterly through Morton 
street to Harvard street, thence southerly through Har- 
vard street to Oakland street, thence through Oakland 
street to Rexford street, thence through Rexford street 



Fire Department. 45 

to Blue Hill avenue, thence northerly through Blue Hill 
avenue to Fremont street, thence through Fremont 
street to the Neponset river, thence along the Neponset 
river and Dorchester bay northwesterly to the point of 
beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 16, 20, 
46, Ladders 6, 2.7. 

District 15. 

District Chief, Walter M. McLean. 

Headquarters, Engine House 48, Corner Harvard 
Avenue and Winthrop Street, Hyde Park. 

All that portion of the city within a line beginning 
at the intersection of the extension of Fremont street 
and the Milton boundary line, thence through Fremont 
street to Blue Hill avenue, thence southerly through 
Blue Hill avenue to Rexford street, thence through Rex- 
ford street to Oakland street, thence westerly through 
Oakland street to Ashland street, thence through Ash- 
land street to the New York, New Haven & Hartford 
Railroad tracks (inclusive), thence southerly along the 
New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad tracks 
(inclusive) to the boundary line of Hyde Park, thence 
along the Hyde Park boundary line to the Dedham 
boundary line, thence southeasterly along the Dedham 
boundary line to the Milton boundary line, thence 
along the Milton boundary line to the point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 19, 48, 
Ladder 28, Chemical 14, Hose 49. 

Note. — Wherever a street, channel or bridge is named the center line of each will be 
the line used. Inspections of the following-named islands will be made under special 
orders issued by the Chief of Department: Apple, Castle, Gallop's, George's, Governor's, 
Long, Lovell's, Rainsford, Deer, Thompson's and Spectacle. 



46 



City Document No. 13. 



FIRE STATIONS. 



Location and Valuation. 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


Assessed 
Valuation. 


Occupied by 


Dorchester and Fourth streets 


8,169 


S25.800 


Engine 1 and Ladder 5. 


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 
1,647 


96,000 
9,000 


Engine 4, Chemical 1 and 




Tower 1. 
Engine 5. 




2,269 
1,893 
2,568 
4,720 
1,886 
10,000 


40,000 
39,200 
27,200 
33,300 
20,500 
40,000 


Engine 6. 




Engine 7. 




Engine 8. 




Engine 9 and Ladder 2. 




Engine 10. 


Saratoga and Byron sts., East Boston, 


Engine 11 and Ladder 21. 




7,320 


25,000 


Engine 12. 




4,832 

5,713 

2,803 

12,736 


14,800 
14,600 
18,600 
19,200 


Engine 13. 




Engine 14. 




Engine 15. 


Corner River and Temple streets. . . . 


Engine 16 and Ladder 6. 


Meeting House Hill, Dorchester 


9,450 


17,300 


Engine 17 and Ladder 7. 




9,440 


18,800 


Engine 18. 




7,683 
9,000 
10,341 
7,500 
3,445 


14,200 
17,300 
17,100 
62,500 
11,200 


Engine 19. 




Engine 20 and Ladder 27. 




Engine 21. 




Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 




Engine 23. 


Corner Warren and Quincy streets. . . 


4,186 


18,100 


Engine 24. 




4,175 
5,623 
2,600 


100,600 

207,000 

17,500 


Engine 25, Ladder 8 and 




Ladder 14. 
Engines 26 and 35. 




Engine 27. 




10,377 


28,300 


Engine 28 and Ladder 10. 




14,358 


37,200 


Engine 29 and Ladder 11. 




12,251 


25,000 


Engine 30 and Ladder 25. 



Fire Department. 

Fire Stations. — Concluded. 



47 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


Assessed 
Valuation. 


Occupied by 






§15,700 
25,000 




Public Works Department. 
Bunker Hill street, Charlestown 


8,188 


Engine 32. 


Corner Boylston and Hereford streets, 


5,646 


108,000 


Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 




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. 


Congress street 


4,000 


40,000 


Engines 38 and 39. 




4,010 


18,000 


Engine 40. 


Harvard avenue, near Cambridge 

street, Brighton. 
Washington street, at Egleston square, 


6,112 
3,848 


25,500 
22,900 


Engine 41. 

Engine 42 and Ladder 30. 


Andrew square 


5,133 


19,600 


Engine 43 and Ladder 20. 






30,000 
22,400 
23,200 


Engine 44, fireboat. 


Washington street, corner Poplar 

street, Roslindale. 
Dorchester avenue, Ashmont 


14,729 

4,875 


Engine 45 and Ladder 16. 
Engine 46. 


Adjoining South Ferry, East Boston. . 


11,950 


31,600 


Engine 47, fireboat. 


Harvard avenue and Winthrop street, 
Hyde Park. 


9,450 
3,412 
5,230 


40,100 
23,600 
15,400 


Engine 48, Ladder 28 and 
Chemical 14. 




Chemical 3. 




889 
9,300 


4,300 
40,600 




Saratoga street, East Boston 


Chemical Engine 7. 




1,800 


7,800 


Chemical Engine 8. 




1,790 


8,000 




Corner Callender and Lyons streets. . 


7,200 


13,200 


Chemical 11 and Ladder 29. 


Corner Walk Hill and Wenham streets, 


11,253 


17,800 


Chemical 13. 




1,676 
3,923 


37,200 
26,000 








Main street, Charlestown 


4,290 


16,400 


Ladder 9 and Chemical 9. 




4,311 
2,134 


25,600 
22,900 




Harrison avenue 


Ladder 17. 


Pittsburgh street, South Boston 


8,964 


39,900 


Ladder 18 and Tower 3. 




3,101 

6,S75 


10,700 
21,400 




Washington street, Dorchester 


Ladder 23 and Chemical 5. 




3,918 
9,889 


19,800 
42,000 


Ladder 24. 




Ladder 31. 


Sprague and Milton streets, Hyde 
Park district, on land owned by the 
New York, New Haven & Hartford 
Railroad. 




* 


Hose 49. 







1 Building of little value and belongs to city. 



48 City Document No. 13. 

Headquarters Building, corner of Albany and 

Bristol streets, 15,679 feet of land . . _. $113,000 

Water Tower No. 2 and wrecking wagon are in 
Headquarters Building. 

OTHER BUILDINGS. 

Repair Shop, 363 Albany street, 8,000 feet of 

land . $68,000 

Veterinary Hospital, Atkinson street, 64,442 feet 

of land 75,000 

Coal station, Dorchester street, 1,610 feet of land, 3,100 

Coal station, Salem street, 417 feet of land . . 4,400 

Coal station, Main street, Charlestown, 2,430 feet 

of land 6,500 

1,980 square feet of land and buildings at corner 

of Park and Joiner streets, Charlestown, cost . 10,300 

Total value of land, wharves and buildings . . 2,209,800 

LEASED BUILDINGS. 

Building No. 50 Bristol street used by the Fire Alarm 
Branch as workshop, storeroom and stable. 

Part of building 240-256 Dover street used as store- 
house for spare apparatus. 

About 800 square feet of shed on Sleeper street (New 
Haven Terminal Stores) used as a coal station. 

Part of building 11 Atherton street used for storage. 



Fire Department. 



49 



CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 





Division 1. 






District. 


Location. 


CaDacity. 
(Tons.) 


Wagons. 


1 


Engine 11 


12 
20 
35 
35 
15 
45 
6 
1 
5 
16 
20 
35 
20 
20 
25 


1 


1 


2 


2 


Engine 36 


1 


2 


Ladder 9 

Chemical 3 


1 


2 

3 


....1.,. 

3 


3 


Engines 38 and 39 


1 


3 






4 




1 


4 


Ladder 24 


2 




Engine 26 


1 


5 

6 


Chemical 2 

Engine 2 

Dorchester street, 330 

Engine 33 


3 
1 


6 

7 


2 
1 








Division 2. 


s 


Engine 13 


40 
10 
20 
5 
6 
5 
7 
3 
5 
7 
7 
10 




8 






8 


Engine 37 




9 


Engine 12 




9 


Engine 21 




9 


Engine 23 




9 






10 


Engine 17 




10 


Engine 18 




11 


Engine 29 




11 


Engine 34 




11 













50 



City Document No. 13. 

Division 2. — Concluded. 



District. 



Location. 



Capacity. 
(Tons.) 



Wagons. 



11 
12 
12 
12 
12 
14 
14 
14 
15 
15 
15 



Ladder 31 
Engine 28 
Engine 30 
Engine 42 
Engine 45 
Engine 16 
Engine 20 
Engine 46 
Engine 19 
Engine 48 
Hose 49. . 



10 
20 
9 
9 
9 
5 
7 
4 
8 
10 
1 



APPARATUS. 



Engines. — 45 in service, 8 in re- 
serve. 

Ladder Trucks. — 31 in service, 9 in 
reserve. 

Chemical Engines. — 13 in service, 3 in 
reserve. 

Water Towers. — 3 in service, 1 in 
reserve. 

Fireboats. — 3 in service. 



Hose Wagons. — 42 in service, 8 in 
reserve. 

Motor Cars. — 30 in service. 

Motor Combination Wagons. — 7 in 
service. 

Miscellaneous. — 41 fuel wagons, 6 
repair wagons, 2 supply wagons, 3 manure 
wagons, 30 hose pungs, 3 jobbing pungs, 
4 fire alarm pungs, 3 hydrant pungs. 



Fiee Department. 



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60 



City Document No. 13. 



NUMBER OF RUNS EACH COMPANY HAD FROM 
FEBRUARY 1, 1914, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1915. 



COMPANY. 



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16 



Fire Department. 



61 



Number of Runs of Each Company. — Continued. 



Company. 



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Engine 34 . 
Engine 35 . 
Engine 36 . 
Engine 37 . 
Engine 38 . 
Engine 39 . 
Engine 40 . 
Engine 41 . 
Engine 42 . 
Engine 43 . 
Engine 44 . 
Engine 45. 
Engine 46 . 
Engine 47 . 
Engine 48. 
Hose 49 . . . 
Ladder 1 . 
Ladder 2. 
Ladder 3 . 
Ladder 4 . 
Ladder 5 . 
Ladder 6 . 
Ladder 7 . 
Ladder 8 . 
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Ladder 10. 
Ladder 11. 
Ladder 12. 
Ladder 13. 
Ladder 14. 
Ladder 15. 
Ladder 16. 
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Ladder 18. 
Ladder 19. 



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35 


17 


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7 


6 


24 


24 


40 


29 


9 


10 


22 


12 


8 


10 


27 


14 


43 


34 


23 


23 


24 


17 


2 


4 


37 


36 


8 


11 


9 


14 



36 


16 


15 


17 


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17 


44 


18 


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28 


19 


23 


17 


18 


13 


44 


25 


3 


12 


15 


7 


16 


28 


14 


11 


10 


6 


12 


4 


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46 


28 


21 


21 


26 


28 


26 


31 


20 


13 


13 


27 


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35 


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10 


17 


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32 


29 


28 


22 


27 


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11 


7 


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19 


7 


7 


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30 
170 
287 

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191 
245 
245 
240 
329 

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160 
211 
124 
125 
101 
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267 
328 
309 
257 
123 
257 
425 
186 
170 
168 
361 
388 
295 
227 

71 
306 
117 
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62 



City Document No. 13. 



Number of Runs of Each Company. — Concluded. 



Company. 


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29 
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19 

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34 
32 
20 
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18 
25 
21 
22 
4 
17 
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27 
22 
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22 
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11 

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29 

23 

4 

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12 

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26 

19 

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12 

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25 

17 

18 

24 

12 

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28 

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9 

6 

10 

2 

6 


13 

10 

13 

12 

22 

3 

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8 

5 

13 

16 

14 

46 

35 

6 

17 

10 

14 

12 

15 

9 

31 

11 

24 

11 

9 

8 

2 

3 


18 
19 
13 
22 
21 

4 
12 
11 

4 
14 
16 
19 
52 
40 

9 
33 
19 
24 
26 
22 

8 
29 
14 
27 
14 

5 
12 

4 

4 


23 

17 

10 

24 

27 

5 

9 

12 

13 

34 

15 

25 

52 

39 

5 

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21 

13 

21 

31 

8 

27 

22 

25 

22 

16 

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14 
18 
35 
25 

6 
13 
10 

9 
40 
31 
20 
59 
50 

7 
32 
33 

29 
26 
14 
15 
39 
20 
29 
13 
14 
5 
7 


10 
13 
17 
33 

27 
8 
11 

9 
10 
23 
16 
71 
49 
11 
31 
30 
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26 
25 
14 
16 
11 
21 
12 
11 
14 
12 


13 

9 

15 

27 

23 

3 

9 

1 

4 

12 

18 

5 

66 

37 

10 

32 

22 

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15 
17 
12 
19 
11 
30 
4 
3 

10 
10 


214 


Ladder 21 

Ladder 22 


162 
166 


Ladder 23 


309 


Ladder 24 


280 




57 




129 


Ladder 27 


107 


Ladder 28 


96 


Ladder 29 


274 


Ladder 30 


239 




191 




683 




520 




101 




344 




280 




152 




259 




289 




124 




258 




254 




313 




175 




132 




140 


Tower 2 


60 


Tower 3 


64 






I 





: Out of service. 



Fire Department. 



63 



Expenditures for the Year. 



Headquarters. 


Salaries 


$14,368 65 


Printing 


5,095 94 


Stationery 


1,711 60 


Expert services .... 


1,268 75 


Books, papers and office expenses, 


672 46 


Care of headquarters 


602 40 


Expert accountant's services . 


590 00 


Postage 


273 07 


Traveling expenses .... 


154 29 


Exhibit Food Fair .... 


115 00 


Advertising 


38 20 




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Fire-Fighting 


Force. 


Salaries $1,330,306 69 


Horses : 




Hay, grain and 




straw . . . $50,293 61 




Shoeing . . . 20,477 89 




Harnesses and re- 




pairs . . 7,324 37 




Purchase and ex- 




change . . 3,177 44 




Horse hire . . 2,026 50 






83,299 81 


Fuel for engines and houses 


48,982 98 


Hose, pipes and repairs . 


20,532 63 


Supplies 


16,257 33 


Electric lighting .... 


9,982 92 


Furniture and bed- 




ding . . . $7,520 56 




Washing . . . 1,357 85 






8,878 41 


Uniform cloth 


3,078 44 


Rents 


2,517 52 


Medical services .... 


1,794 36 


Hats, badges and buttons 


1,587 95 


Gas 


1,114 36 


Chemicals . . 


1,060 15 


Ice 


533 62 


Carried forward . . $1,529,927 17 $24,890 36 



64 



City Document No. 13. 



Brought forward 


$1,529,927 17 


$24,890 36 


Expenses detailed men . 


490 67 




Removing ashes from fireboat 


145 22 




Medical supplies 


76 66 




Freights 


68 63 




Insurance 


21 98 




Damage 


10 80 


1,530,741 13 



Veterinary Hospital. 
Attendants, medicine, etc. 



Repair Shop. 



Pay rolls . 
Materials, etc. . 
Hardware and tools 
Electric power . 



561,106 72 

33,243 39 

5,419 11 

610 20 



Fire Alarm Branch. 


Salaries 


$58,094 71 


Instruments, tools and repairs 


11,288 53 


Wire, cables and conduits 


10,193 60 


Repairs, alterations and extensions 


4,747 86 


Telephone service . 


2,017 21 


Rents 


1,848 50 


Electric power .... 


1,365 27 


Use of duct in East Boston Tunnel 


, 450 36 


Removing bells from towers . 


440 00 


Maps and plans 


353 60 


Car fares and traveling expenses 


, 286 47 


Repairing clocks ... 


161 24 


Electric light for clocks . 


161 11 


Repairing tower of St. Augustine' 


5 


Church 


100 00 


Time service .... 


12 00 



Repairs of Houses. 
Repairs and alterations . . . $44,583 41 
Bronze tablets . . . . . 330 00 



Pensions . . . ... . . . 

New Apparatus. 

6 Tractors $28,110 00 

1 Motor truck and 1 fire engine . 15,750 00 
1 Motor aerial truck . . . 11,000 00 



8,911 10 



100,379 42 



91,520 46 



44,913 41 
136,204 06 



Carried forward 



$54,860 00 $1,937,559 94 



Fire Department. 



65 



Brought forward 
2 Motor combination chemical and 

hose wagons 
2 1-ton motor trucks 
1 Buick roadster 
1 Second-hand engine 
7 Extinguishers 



$54,860 00 $1,937,559 94 



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3,950 


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$2,007,440 94 



Special Appeopriations. 
Automobile Apparatus. 

2 Combination chemical engine and hose cars . ") 

2 Combination pumping engine and hose cars . 

2 Two-wheel front drive tractors ...,'} $41,847 65 

1 Two-wheel front drive aerial truck . . . j "~"~~~^~ " 

American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company . J 



Fire Alarm Branch, Improvements. 

Continuation of payments: 

Overhauling, repairing and altering central 

office transmitter $1,530 00 

Total cost, $41,511.10. 

Fireboat Quarters and Pier, Northern Avenue. 
Tide water displacement $33 75 



Fire Department Repair Shop, Construction. 
Furnishings $444 00 



Fire Station, Charlestown. 

Payments on account: 

Site, Park and Joiner streets .... $10,300 00 

Architect, C. H. Blackall ..... 2,160 00 

Surveys and plans 65 00 



$12,525 00 



66 



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Recapitulation. 

Fire Department 

Automobile apparatus 

Fire Alarm Branch, improvements 
Fireboat quarters and pier, Northern avenue 
Fire Department repair shop 
Fire station, Charlestown .... 



!,007,440 94 

41,847 65 

1,530 00 

33 75 

444 00 

12,525 00 

2,063,821 34 



Income. 

Rebate on bill 

Damage to hose 

Services of fire alarm employees . 

Sale of manure 

Sale of automobile 

Contributions for damage to fire alarm boxes 

lamp-posts, etc 

Changing of fire alarm conduits . 

Sale of old material 

Licenses to sell fireworks and powder . 

Sale of badges 

Sale of fire alarm bells (City Council Order 

October 5, 1914) 

Heat and power to Dover Street Bath House 



$0 45 


25 


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42 


00 


227 


00 


300 


00 


375 


76 


382 


15 


407 


00 


1,019 


50 


1,088 


75 


2,346 


68 


5,171 


25 



.1,385 54 



Fire Department. 



67 




68 



City Document No. 13. 



Causes of Fires and Alarms from 1 January, 1914, 
to 1 January, 1915. 



Alarms, false, needless, bell 

and still 751 

Alarms out of city 12 

Automatic alarms, false and 

accidental 90 

Automobiles 105 

Brush, rubbish, etc 1,194 

Careless use lamp, candle ... 82 
Careless use matches and set 

by rats 534 

Careless use pipe, cigar and 

cigarettes 170 

Chimneys, soot burning 257 

Clothes near stove 27 

Defective chimney, stove 

pipe, boiler 71 

Electric wires, motor 109 

Fireworks and firecrackers . . 27 

Gas jet, gas stove 118 

Gasolene, naphtha, benzine, 25 

Grease in ventilator, oven . . 53 



Hot ashes in wooden recep- 
tacle 67 

Incendiary and supposed ... 63 

Lamp upsetting, explosion . . 37 

Miscellaneous 48 

Oil stove, careless use and 

explosion 22 

Overheated furnace, stove, 

boiler 122 

Set by boys 90 

Sparks from chimneys, 

stove 125 

Sparks from locomotive, 

engine 42 

Spontaneous combustion.. . . 66 

Thawing 95 

Unknown 1,132 

Total 5,534 





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Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



Loss. 



1914 

Jan. 2. 

Jan. 14. 

Jan. 14. 

Jan. 30. 

Feb. 9. 

Feb. 10. 

Feb. 16. 

Feb. 19. 

Feb. 25. 
March 5 . 
March 7. 
March 8. 
March 9 
March 21 , 

April 2. 

April 3. 

April 14, 

May 19, 

May 19 

May 21 , 

June 2 

June 9 

June 18 

July 20 

Aug. 22, 

Aug. 28. 

Oct. 6 

Oct. 15 

Oct. 28 

Nov. 2 

Nov. 7. 

Nov. 7 

Nov. 12 

Nov. 14 

Nov. 23 

Nov. 24 

Nov. 24 

Dec. 9 

Dec. 24 



20-24 Medford street, Paris Paper Box Company 

2175 Washington street, W. & A. Bacon Company 

Boston & Maine Railroad Yard, off Nashua street 

1-11 Union street, A. E. Dorr & Co 

32 Purchase street, W. A. Woods & Co 

Clarendon street and Columbus avenue (Second Universalist 
Society) 

130-132 Lincoln street, W. & J. Haartz 

233 South street, J. D. Emerson Company 

114 Fenway, Snyder & Rudnick 

29 Brattle street, McCarthy & Co 

65-69 Summer street, Carey & McNamara 

1 1-17 Kingston street, H. Simon 

65 Essex street, Standard Petticoat Company 

23-31 School street, Posner Company 

Rear 25-27 Stanhope street, K. A. Skinner 

348-358 Congress street, W. H. McElwain Company 

1315 Commonwealth avenue, J. R. Power et al 

520-524 Atlantic avenue, A. M. Davis Company 

168 Tremont street, Pelton Piano Company 

42 Pearl street, Fairbanks Company 

Ill Commonwealth avenue, J. A. Crafts 

715 Boylston street, Driscoll, Inc 

400 Border street, G. W. McQuesten Company 

145-147 Pearl street, Landers Brothers Company 

280-282 Commercial street, Carlisle Ayer Company 

493 Huntington avenue, Spector & Segal , 

83-91 Dedham street, L. D. Johnson 

Front street, Stimpson Company 

396-398 Boylston street, Hall & Barreto 

Brighton Abbatoir, S. S. Learnard 

119 Summer street, Norea Flannel & Wool Company 

4 Richards street, Hide Skin Importing Company 

4-6 Alden court, Royal Laundry Company 

48-52 Boylston street, Boston Young Men's Christian Union, 

12-14 South street, Northwestern Leather Company 

347-357 Cambridge street, Glenbrook Wine Company 

82-84 Commercial street, M. F. Stinson & Co 

Navy Yard Shed, No. 64, United States Government 

164-170 Purchase street, Watson Brothers 



844,507 

160,958 

15,500 

23,469 

43,036 

67,206 
50,185 
20,645 
65,635 
21,694 
34,249 
39,752 
19,735 
93,664 
21,786 
66,774 
93,435 
110,168 
20,500 
34,304 
42,993 
43,549 
44,432 
28,910 
26,443 
46,192 
22,540 
32,654 
23,277 
26,982 
24,042 
18,888 
56,154 
25,848 
47,762 
44,250 
23,327 
20,000 
51,709 



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STATISTICS. 



Population, 1 January, 1915 . 
Area, square miles . . 
Number brick, etc., buildings . 
Number of wooden buildings . 
Fires in brick and stone buildings 
Fires in wooden buildings 
Out of city . . . " " ' . 
Not in buildings, false and needless 

Total alarms . 





746,917 




47.34 




29,159 




72,936 


1,700 




1,514 




12 




2,308 





5,534 



Fire Loss for the Year Ending 31 December, 1914. 



Buildings, loss insured 
Contents, loss insured 



Buildings, loss not insured 
Contents, loss not insured 



Total loss buildings and contents 
Marine loss .'.... 



$33,596 
115,277 



$1,286,477 
1,577,919 

$2,864,396 

148,873 

$3,013,269 

$31,358 



YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN 
YEARS. 



Year ending February 



January 



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 


1 


1911 (11 months) 




3,159,989 


1 


, 1912 




2,232,267 


1 


1913 




2,531,017 


1 


1914 




* 3,138,373 


1 


, 1915 






3,013,269 



* Does not include marine loss of SI, 116, 475. 
Note. — January loss, 1911, amounting to $165,001, deducted from previous year and 
included in calendar year 1 January, 1911, to 1 January, 1912. 



Fire Department. 



71 



ALARMS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS.* 



Year. 


Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Totals. 


1914 


2,945 

2,594 
2,812 
2,291 
1,864 
2,101 
2,210 
2,441 
1,687 
1,905 


2,589 
2,322 
2,432 
2,142 
1,801 
1,677 
1,700 
1,600 
1,262 
1,210 


5,534 


1913 


4,916 


1912 


5,244 


1911 


4,433 


1910 (11 months)t 


3,665 


1909 


3,778 


1908 


3,910 


1907.. 


4,041 


1906 


2,949 


1905 


3,115 







* Each fire is treated as having only one alarm. 

t 202 bell and 196 still alarms deducted from year 1910-11 and included in calendar year 
1 January, 1911, to 1 January, 1912. 



72 



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73 



ROLL OF MERIT, BOSTON FIRE 
DEPARTMENT. 



Thomas J. Muldoon, Captain, Engine Company 20. 
Michael J. Teehan, Captain, Engine Company 24. 
Denis Driscoll, Captain, Engine Company 37. 
James F. McMahon, Captain, Ladder Company 1. 
Frederick F. Leary, Captain, Ladder Company 3. 
Thomas H. Downey, Lieutenant, Engine Company 4. 
Michael J. Dacey, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 20. 
Joseph P. Hanton, Lieutenant, Chemical Company 4. 
Timothy J. Heffron, Lieutenant, Chemical Company 9. 
Florence Donoghue, Ladderman, Ladder Company 15. 
Patrick E. Keyes, District Chief, retired. 
Martin A. Kenealy, Captain, retired. 
Charles W. Conway, Captain, retired. 
James E. Downey, Hoseman, retired. 
James F. Bailey, Ladderman, retired. 



Changes from 1 February, 1914, to 1 February, 1915. 
Number of men appointed to fire force 



Number of men reappointed 

All others 

Number of men dishonorably discharged 
Number of men dropped .... 
Number of men resigned .... 
Number of men pensioned 
Number of men who have died 
Number of pensioners who have died . 



Members Pensioned from 1 February, 1914, to 
1 February, 1915. 



John A. Mullen. 
William H. Shute. 
Charles W. Conway. 
Henry F. Brady. 
Edward G. Hook. 
Walter H. Wright. 
Issachar Wells (U. S.). 
Martin A. Kenealy. 
John Kippenberger. 
Murdock D. McLean. 



Francis McArdle. 
John Flavell. 
Andrew R. Hines. 
Thomas F. Frazer. 
George B. Norton. 
James A. McGee. 
Solomon E. Aaron. 
George A. Verkampen. 
William J. Muir. 
Michael Kyle (Vet.). 



16 
5 

12 
6 
3 
8 

20 
6 
9 



74 



City Document No. 13. 



Deaths of Members from 1 February, 1914, to 
1 February, 1915. 

Active Force. 



William H. Hughes 
Thomas F. Turner 
Raymond V. Landry 
William H. Magner 
Thomas W. Devney 
Arthur F. Mendall* 



Engine Company 20. 
Repair Shop. 
Engine Company 26-35. 
Ladder Company 9. 
Engine Company 38-39. 
Ladder Company 28. 



Charles D. Bordman. 
John Prendergast. 
Anor W. Brown. 
Joseph M. Garrity. 
John F. Greenwood. 



Pensioners. 

Charles Miller. 
Thomas A. Andrews. 
John Knights. 
George W. Berry. 



Fire Department. 



75 



BOSTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND. 



Boston, January 31, 1915. 

The treasurer of the Boston Firemen's Relief Fund 
herewith submits the following report and statement 
covering the period from February 1, 1914, to January 
31, 1915. 

The following was the condition of the fund January 
31, 1915: 

City of Boston, 3| per cent bonds . . . $153,000 00 

City of Boston, 4 per cent bonds . . . 79,000 00 
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, 

Nebraska division, 4 per cent bonds . . 8,000 00 

Cash on hand January 31, 1915 .... 1,232 25 

Total $241,232 25 

The fund received as part of the legacy from the 
estate of the late Anne Sargent twenty-six shares of 
railroad and corporation stock; the dividends received 
have been carried under the head of " Income from 
Investments." 





Cash. 


Securities. 


Total. 


February 1, 1914 


$698 71 
1,232 25 


$237,000 00 
240,000 00 


$237,698 71 
241,232 25 






Receipts. 

Annual ball 

Donations 

Income from investments 

Legacy 

Checks returned 


• ■ 5 


115,178 50 

644 31 

9,129 11 

2,002 89 

30 25 


Total 

Cash on hand February 1, 1914 . 


$26,985 12 
698 71 


Total 


£27,683 83 



76 



City Document No. 13. 



Disbursements. 

Benefits and gratuities 

Administration expenses .... 

Bonds purchased 

Treasurer's bond 

Auditing 

Safe deposit box, rental 

Legal services 


$22,523 12 

528 50 

2,677 46 

62 50 

50 00 

10 00 

600 00 


Total 

Cash on hand January 31, 1915 . 

Total 


$26,451 58 
1,232 25 

$27,683 83 



Respectfully submitted, 

Francis C. Shannon, 



John Grady, President, 

Fire Commissioner, City of Boston. 

Edward J. Coveney, 

Secretary. 



Treasurer.