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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIEE DEPARTMENT 



CITY OF BOSTON 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1916-17. 



Boston, January 31, 1917. 

Hon. James M. Curley, 

Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Sir, — As provided by section 24, chapter 3, Revised 
Ordinances of 1898, City of Boston, I have the honor to 
present herewith a report of the activities of the Fire 
Department for the year ending January 31, 1917. 

Appended to my statement are reports from the 
Chief of Department and the officers in charge of the 
different branches and information and statistics of 
general interest concerning the work, personnel and 
property of the department. 

Finances. 

Two million fifty-one thousand two hundred forty- 
five dollars and seventeen cents was expended by the 
Fire Department for maintenance during the past fiscal 
year. This is $1,738.99 less than was expended during 
the previous year. In addition to the above, $51,826.33 
has been expended, by special appropriations, for much 
needed permanent improvements in the alteration of 
old fire stations. The income of the department from 
various sources amounted to $9,056.52. 



City Document No. 14. 



Peesonnel. 



On January 31, 1917, the fire-fighting force comprised 
973 men, with 122 employees in the other branches of 
the service. On January 31, 1916, there was a total of 
1,079 men in the employ of the department. 

Nineteen members were retired during the year on 
account of age and disability. 

Fire Prevention. 

The department has persisted in its efforts to reduce 
the fire loss by the practice of fire prevention methods. 
More than thirty thousand inspections have been made 
throughout the city during the past year, and in every 
case where the conditions required attention the officers 
of this department have not hesitated to take action. 
In hundred of cases only verbal orders have been neces- 
sary, the person responsible for the conditions realizing 
the grave danger of allowing conditions liable to cause 
fire to remain unremedied. Hundreds of written orders, 
however, have been issued, and it has been necessary 
to bring occasional obstinate cases to the attention of 
the courts. In some cases drastic recommendations are 
necessary, such as the installation of automatic sprinklers 
in certain classes of buildings. Such recommendations 
as the latter are forwarded to the Fire Prevention 
Commissioner of the metropolitan district for a review 
and such disposition as he thinks proper. Regular 
inspections have been made of schoolhouses, theaters, 
motion picture houses, public buildings, etc. A great 
amount of excellent work has been accomplished by 
this inspection system, not only in effecting the remedy 
of dangerous conditions but giving the officers of this 
department an opportunity to familiarize themselves 
with the interiors of buildings in their districts. 

During the year 8,544 permits were issued for fires 
in the open air, for the keeping and storage of inflam- 
mable fluids, for the keeping and storage of gasolene 
and other volatile fluids in amounts not exceeding 130 
gallons, for the keeping, storage and discharge of fire- 
works and firecrackers, and for the handling and 
transportation of explosives. Authority to issue these 
permits is delegated to this department by the Fire 
Prevention Commissioner of the metropolitan district. 



Fire Department. ,3 



Motor Fire Apparatus. 

Twenty-two new pieces of motor apparatus were pur- 
chased during the year, including nine chief's automobiles. 

I firmly believe that the department apparatus should 
be motorized as rapidly as possible. Not less than two 
hundred thousand dollars should be set aside each j^ear 
for the purchase of motor apparatus until the work is 
done. Today Boston is about 37 per cent motorized and 
is a little behind a few of the other large cities of the 
country. If enough money is made available in the 
next three years Boston should be the first of the large 
cities to complete the motorization of its equipment. 

The repair shop building at Bristol and Albany 
streets is fast becoming overcrowded, due to the 
change from horse-drawn to motor apparatus. It will 
be only a question of a short time when some arrange- 
ment will have to be made for a repair shop for motor 
apparatus, as it has been found that the care and 
repairing of other parts of apparatus and machinery 
connected with the department tests the capacity of the 
present repair shop. A very advantageous site for a 
motor apparatus repair shop would be on land owned 
by the city and occupied by this department as a 
veterinary hospital in Atkinson street, Ward 9. The 
increase in the amount of motor apparatus decreases 
the number of horses and naturally the demand for a 
hospital; eventually the hospital will be entirely unnec- 
essary. In erecting a motor apparatus repair shop the 
plans should include space for the storage of spare 
apparatus, and thus make possible the saving in rental 
of $2,000 per year which the city is now paying for 
storage space at Nos. 240-256 Dover street. I believe 
that money should be appropriated at once to start 
plans for this project. 

Fire Losses. 

Consideration of the number of alarms and the fire 
loss for the preceding twelve months is found most 
interesting. During the year the department responded 
to 4,531 alarms as compared with 5,437 alarms in 1915. 
The fire loss for the year amounted to $2,473,801, 
including $101,312 in marine loss. The total loss for 
1916 was $530,799 less than the total loss in 1915 — 



4 City Document No. 14. 

the year previous. Such an enormous reduction in the 
fire loss is most remarkable. A careful analysis of the 
activities for the past twelve months divides the credit 
in three parts. In my opinion the reduction is due, in 
part, to the inspection system instituted and conducted 
in this department; the greater efficiency of the depart- 
ment due to the motorization of much apparatus, 
and to the very successful arson investigation inaugu- 
rated by your Honor. There is not the slightest doubt 
in my mind that the greatest part of the reduction is 
due to the wonderful work resulting from this investi- 
gation. The results began to show most patently 
by a falling off in the number of alarms just as soon as 
action under the investigation was commenced. The 
district attorney's office and the state and city police 
are deserving of great praise for the invaluable work 
they performed in prosecuting the so-called ''arson 
trust." I hope the work will continue, and this depart- 
ment is most willing to cooperate in any proposition 
having for its end the reduction of the fire loss in this 
city. Merely for the sake of comparison and to show 
more clearly what this reduction of $530,799 in the fire 
loss means I give below the figures for the past four 
years : 





Number of 
Alarms. 


Fire Loss. 


1913 


4,916 
5,534 
5,437 
4,531 


$3,138,373 00 


1914 


3,013,873 00 


1915 


3,004,600 00 
2,473,801 00 


1916 







Alterations to Houses. 

The houses of Engine Company 14 on Centre street 
and Ladder Company 4 on Dudley street, Roxbury 
district, have been thoroughly remodeled. These 
houses have been practically rebuilt throughout and 
are now modern and up to date in every respect. 

The old municipal building at the corner of Dor- 
chester and West Fourth streets. South Boston, is being 
remodeled along the lines of the above stations and 
will provide suitable and commodious quarters for 
Engine Company 1 and Ladder Company 5. Engine 
Company 1 is stationed in this building and Ladder 



FiEE Depaetment. 5 

Company 5 in another building in West Fourth street. 
After the changes have been completed the two com- 
panies will be in the same building, increasing the effi- 
ciency and reducing the cost of upkeep. Similar 
changes are being made in the old and crowded quarters 
of Engine Company 8 in Salem street. Both of these 
houses will be ready for occupancy in the spring. 

There are many houses in this department which 
were erected in the early days of the call service and 
conveniences were provided for only two or three men. 
As the department gradually assumed a permanent 
basis minor changes were made from time to time in 
the houses. Today, with the department on a complete 
permanent basis and the motorization of the depart- 
ment taking on rapid form, the unfitness of these houses 
becomes more and more emphasized. To carry on this 
work of remodeling and altering the old fire stations will 
require large sums of money, but it is work that must 
be done. In my opinion it should be carried on gradu- 
ally, and a certain amount of money made available 
each year to modernize fire stations. 

At the quarters of Engine Company 33, Boylston and 
Hereford streets, much work has been done. The 
stable was demolished and granolithic floors, base and 
driveways installed. The walls and ceiling of the 
main floor have been fireproof ed; better toilet and locker 
facilities and shower baths have been provided. 

Owing to the construction of the Dorchester Tunnel 
the quarters of Engine Company 15 at Dorchester 
avenue and Broadway extension will have to be entirely 
remodeled. Arrangements are being made to divide 
the cost of this work between the Transit Commission 
and the Fire Department. 

Land has been bought and plans drawn for a new fire 
station at the Readville section. When the new 
building is erected it will be equipped with motor 
apparatus and will take the place of the old and con- 
demned structure now used for a fire station and located 
on land owned by the New York, New Haven & Hart- 
ford Railroad at Milton and Sprague streets. 

Miscellaneous. 

Three pulmotors were purchased during the year and 
installed on Ladders 1, 4 and 17, in different sections 
of the city. They have been used in giving first aid 



6 City Document No. 14. 

and relief to the members of the department and citi- 
zens and have proven their worth in the conservation 
of life. Additional machines will be purchased during 
the coming year and installed on other trucks. 

Six smoke masks and helmets have been ordered and 
I intend to establish a rescue squad in the near future 
at the Fort Hill fire station. These helmets will be of 
great service in fighting fires which are attended with 
dense smoke, especially in the basements of buildings 
and holds of ships. Undoubtedly they will prove of 
invaluable service to the department in the future in the 
rescue of persons from smoke and gas filled buildings. 

A school for officers has been established in the depart- 
m.ent where a course of lectures is provided for the 
officers of the department below the rank of district 
chief. Its purpose is to standardize certain lines of 
work in the department and to provide an opportunity 
for the officers to fit themselves for the work they are 
expected to perform in the fire service. 

The members of the department have worked hard and 
faithfully during the past year, and I believe the general 
efficiency of the department is reflected in the apprecia- 
tion manifested by citizens in generous donations to the 
Boston Firemen's Relief Fund as well as by num^erous 
letters of commendation received by me from time to 
time. An excellent spirit of cooperation exists between 
the Fire and other departments, and I am grateful for 
all assistance rendered by the heads of other city depart- 
ments, especially the Police Commissioner and the 
Commissioners of Public Works, Wire and Building 
Departments. 

Yours very respectfully, 

John Grady, 

Fire Commissioner. 



Fire Department. 



Names of Chief Engineers, or Chief of Depari^ 
MENT, Since the Fire Department was Estab- 
lished, January, 1826. 

Samuel D. Harris 1826-28 

Thomas C. Amory 1829-35 

William Barnicoat 1836-53 

Elisha Smith, Jr 1854-55 

George W. Bird 1856-65 

John S. Damrell 1866-74 

William A. Green 1874-84 

Lewis P. Webber . 1884-1901 

Wilham T. Cheswell 1901-06 

John A. Mullen 1906-14 

John Grady * 1914 

Peter F. McDonough 1914-17 



■ Appointed Fire Commissioner. 



City Document No. 14. 



REPORT OF CHIEF OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Boston, February 1, 1917. 
From: The Chief of Department. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

The following is the report of the Chief of Department 
for the year ending January 31, 1917: 

During the calendar year the department has re- 
sponded to 4,531 alarms. The fire loss was $2,473,801, 
including marine loss of $101,312. 

Additions and Changes. 

February 3, 1916, a gasolene motor-driven combina- 
tion pumping engine, chemical and hose wagon was 
placed in service with Engine Company 14, replacing the 
horse-drawn apparatus. Five horses were displaced by 
this change. 

April 5, 1916, a new company, to be known as Ladder 
Company 14, was organized and was established in the 
quarters of Engine Company 41, Allston. A gasolene 
motor-driven, quick-raising, 85-foot aerial truck was 
placed in service with this company. 

August 22, 1916, Engine 28 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

October 2, 1916, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Chemical Engine Company 10, replacing the horse- 
drawn apparatus. Two horses were displaced by this 
change. 

October 16, 1916, the horse-drawn engine in service 
with Engine Company 33 was replaced by an engine 
equipped with a two-wheel tractor, displacing three 
horses. 

January 18, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combina- 
tion chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in 
service with Engine Company 33, replacing the two- 
horse hose wagon in service with that company. 

Two steam fire engines and one combination ladder 



Fire Department. 9 

truck and chemical engine were equipped with two- 
wheel tractors and are being used as relief apparatus. 

Two gasolene touring cars and four runabouts were 
purchased for use by deputy and district chiefs. 

A gasolene motor-driven emergency truck was placed 
in service in the quarters of Water Tower Company 2, 
headquarters building. This truck weighs 12,550 
pounds without load and is in charge of the supervisor 
of motor apparatus. The capacity of the truck is three 
and one half tons and it is fitted with a power winch 
capable of lifting up to five tons. The truck is fitted 
with jacks, blocks and all such tools necessary for 
emergency work, also carries supplies of gasolene and 
lubricating oil. This truck will respond to extra alarms 
of fire and will be operated by the motor squad of the 
department. 

Engine 35, a self-propelling steam fire engine, and 
Engine 39 were equipped with new boilers and practi- 
cally rebuilt. 

The station in which is housed Engine Company 14 
was remodeled. A larger dormitory, separate rooms 
for all officers and better toilet and locker room facilities 
were provided. The stable was demolished, a grano- 
lithic floor and base installed and the walls and ceiling 
of main floor fireproofed. Dutch doors and granolithic 
driveways were other improvements. 

The station in which is housed Ladder Company 4 
was remodeled. A larger dormitory, separate rooms for 
all officers and better locker room and toilet facilities 
were provided. The stable was demolished and a grano- 
lithic floor and base installed. The walls and ceiling of 
main floor were fireproofed. A garage for the deputy 
chief of the second division was built in these quarters. 
Dutch doors and granolithic driveway and walks were 
other improvements. 

The station in which is housed Engine Company 33 
was remodeled. The stable was demolished and a 
granolithic floor and base installed. The walls and 
ceiling of main floor were fireproofed. Better locker 
room and toilet facilities and Dutch doors were other 
improvements. 

Land was purchased at the corner of Milton, and 
Hamilton streets in the Readville district for a site for 
the proposed new station to replace the present quarters 
of Hose Company 49, which are not fit for occupancy. 



10 City Document No. 14. 

Buildings. 

The interiors of the stations are in good condition as 
regards cleanUness and show evidence of painstaking 
work to keep them in order, but many of these build- 
ings are without modern facilities and in a few instances 
hardly fit for occupancy. The installation of motor 
apparatus is going to make considerable remodeling 
absolutely necessary. 

Apparatus and Equipment. 

The apparatus and equipment, including hose, was 
given the annual inspection and test and all necessary 
repairs made to put same in first-class order. 

Building Inspection. 

Regular inspections were made of theaters, motion 
picture houses, schoolhouses, public buildings and all 
places of public assembly. 

On request signs on roofs have been inspected and 
reported on. 

The system of building inspection throughout the 
city has been continued and many hazardous conditions 
have been corrected. 

Inspections of premises have been made in connection 
with applications for licenses for the storage and sale of 
explosives and inflammables. 

Under the direction of the district chiefs permits were 
issued for building fires in the open air. 

Licenses for the transportation of explosives were 
issued by the deputy and district chiefs. 

All blasting operations in the city limits were safe- 
guarded by this department. 

Drills. 

During the year all companies have held weekly drills 
and all new appointees have passed through the depart- 
ment drill school. 

All regularly assigned chauffeurs were instructed in 
the departmient automxobile school. 

During the year a school of instruction for officers of 
this departmxent below the rank of district chief was 
established at the headquarters building. 

The purpose of this school is to give to the officers, 
by 'means of a course of lectures in matters pertaining 



FiKE Department. 



11 



to the department and by discussion and exchange of 
ideas with brother officers, an opportunity to better fit 
themselves for the work they are expected to do and to 
standardize throughout the department certain lines of 
work. 

A committee consisting of the Chief of Department, 
two deputies and two district chiefs was appointed 
to conduct the school. 

It was the duty of the committee to make all arrange- 
ments for the conduct of the school, assign the instruct- 
ors for the different topics to be discussed, arrange for 
the attendance of the officers, and see that everything 
was accomplished for the successful operation of the 
school. 

The following topics will be lectured on and discussed 
during the term of the school: 



Water supply. 

Hydraulics. 

Appliances. 

Fire alarm system. 

Administration and paper 
work. 

Laws, ordinances, rules and 
regulations. 

Methods in fire fighting, 
including building construc- 
tion and contents. 

Conflagrations. 



Sprinkler installation. 

Discipline in quarters and 
at fires. 

Judgment in action in event 
of fires in different sections at 
the same time. 

Building inspection. 

Motor apparatus. 

Fireboats. 

Explosives and inflam- 
mables. 



Mutual Aid. 

The plan of cooperation with the cities and towns 
adjacent to our borders was maintained during the 
year passed with beneficial results. Our neighbors 
have shown the usual fine spirit. 



Hydrants. 

The following is the number and type of hydrants in 
use for fire service January 31, 1917: 



Boston post 
Ordinary post 
Lowiy 

Boston Lowiy 
Boston 



3,601 

3,361 

1,736 

652 

310 



Carried forward 



9,660 



12 City Document No. 14. 



Brought forward 
Chapman post . 
Ludlow post 
Matthews post . 
Coffin post 



9,660 

216 

23 

4 

1 



Total 9,904 

High Pressure Fire Service. 

The following is the report of the work done on the 
high pressure fire service as made by the engineer in 
charge : 

''The high pressure fire service of the Public Works 
Department, during the last year, has practically com- 
pleted the correction of excessive leakage conditions 
in the pipe lines installed previous to 1916, and has 
extended the system with about one half mile of piping 
located in Broad, Franklin, Purchase, Summer and 
School streets, which includes a 12-inch gated con- 
nection with the old salt water line at Congress and 
Purchase streets. A 16-inch gated connection located 
on Tremont street near West street has been established 
between the high service domestic and the high pressure 
fire service main. There is now a total of 192 high 
pressure hydrants connected with the system and 188 
of these are ready for use with domestic high service 
at about 95 pounds per square inch pressure. Tests 
were conducted on two successive Sundays at Hay- 
market square which demonstrated the possibilities and 
limitations of using these hydrants with hose lines 
playing from the street or connected with deck guns on 
hose wagons, at which were present representatives of 
the local and National Board of Fire Underwriters, Fire 
Department and Public Works Department officials. 
i- " The stand taken by the Municipal and State Boards 
of Health and the MetropoUtan Water Board required 
that we could use in the high pressure system either 
the fireboats for an emergency or the domestic high 
service, but not both, due to their fear of probable 
contamination due to the mixture of polluted harbor 
water which might find its way through the 16-inch 
connection on Tremont street back into the domestic 
supply. Due to the fact that the old salt water line, 
with its fireboat connections at Central Wharf, had 
been utilized in but one fire since 1898, when it was 
installed, it was thought by the Board of Underwriters 



Fire Department. 13 

and the Public Works Department officials that greater 
advantage would be derived for the present by utilizing 
the high service connection. This meant that the 
fireboat connection at Central Wharf must be aban- 
doned and it has been dismantled, and also that there 
must be no delivery connection from the fireboats to 
any hydrant in the system until the pumping station 
is completed, at which time it is intended to restore 
the Central Wharf fireboat connection and to provide 
at least one other harbor front manifold for fireboat 
connection. 

''The Fire Departmient has been provided with the 
equipment necessary to operate these high pressure 
hydrants and instructions have been given practically 
all of the men in the department as to their features of 
design and proper manipulation. 

" The location of gate valves in the piping mains will be 
designated on adjoining buildings or posts in a circle 
about three inches in diam.eter, painted white with a red 
line across the circle and a figure, also in red, on a white 
field. This figure indicates the number of feet dis- 
tant from the building line at its intersection with the 
sidewalk where the red line produced meets this inter- 
section, to the center of the cover of the valve vault. 
All the main line valves are in vaults. 

" Every 8-inch hydrant connection has an independent 
gate which we intend to locate in dimension given on 
the barrel of the hydrant in white figures. The desig- 
nation for all gate locations we expect to have completed 
during the present year. 

" The high pressure hydrants from which the domestic 
high service is available have red hoods. All those not 
permanently in service or temporarily taken out of 
service for any reason have black hoods." 

Recommendations. 

Under this heading the items mentioned are in my 
opinion necessary for the comfort of the men and to 
keep abreast of the times as regards motor apparatus. 



FIRE stations. 

A new station should be built on the site secured in the 
Readville section to replace the present quarters of 
Hose Company 49, which are unfit for occupancy. 



14 City Document No. 14. 

The station now occupied by Chemical Company 3, 
Winthrop street, Charlestown, should be remodeled 
to house an engine company. 

The stations now occupied by Engine Company 17 
and Ladder Company 7, in the Meeting House Hill 
section of Dorchester, should be replaced by a new 
building on the same site to house both companies. 

The station now occupied by Engine Company 26-35 
should be replaced by a new building on the same site. 
The dormitory accommodations in the present station 
are wholly inadequate for the number of men housed 
there at present. The new station should contain 
offices for the Chief of Department. 

The greater part of the cellar of the station occupied 
by Engine Company 15, Broadway and Dorchester 
avenue, South Boston, was taken for construction pur- 
poses in connection with the Dorchester Tunnel. 
This necessitated the relocation of the house and 
engine heating apparatus in a specially constructed 
cellar under the sidewalk on the Broadway side of the 
station. This work was done under the direction and 
at the expense of the Transit Commission, and in my 
opinion this would be an opportune time to remodel 
this station for the incoming motor apparatus. 

I would recommend the fireproofing of the main 
floors of stations now occupied by motor apparatus at 
the earliest possible time that financial conditions will 
permit, and in connection with this remodeling that 
shower rooms be installed and separate rooms for all 
officers be furnished. 

The painting of all exterior wood and metal on the 
stations should receive consideration. . 

APPARATUS. 

Engines. 

A gasolene motor-driven combination pumping engine, 
chemical and hose wagon with a pump capacity of at 
least 750 gallons per minute for the proposed station in 
Readville. 

A gasolene motor-driven combination pumping engine, 
chemical and hose wagon with a pump capacity of at 
least 1,000 gallons per minute for the proposed remodeled 
station on Winthrop street, Charlestown. 

Gasolene motor-driven combination pumping engines, 



Fire Department. 15 

chemicals and hose wagons with a pump capacity of at 
least 750 gallons per minute to replace the horse-drawn 
apparatus in the quarters of Engine Companies 1, 16, 19, 
30, 42 and 48. 

Two-wheel tractors should be attached to the horse- 
drawn engines in the quarters of Engine Companies 3, 8, 
15, 20, 26, 36 and 39. 

Chemical and Hose Combinations. 

Gasolene motor-driven combination chemical engine 
and hose wagons to replace the horse-drawn apparatus 
in the quarters of Engine Companies 3, 8, 15, 20, 26, 36 
and 39. 

Ladder Trucks. 

Gasolene motor-driven 85-foot quick-raising aerial 
trucks should be installed in the quarters of Ladder 
Companies 1, 2, 3, 5 and 9 to replace the horse-drawn 
apparatus. 

The horse-drawn combination ladder trucks and 
chemical engines in service with Ladder Companies 11, 
22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 should be replaced by 
gasolene motor-driven 65-foot quick-raising aerial trucks, 
each equipped with a 40-gallon chemical tank. 

Relief Apparatus. 

With the large number of pieces of motor apparatus at 
present in service, which will be largely augmented in the 
near future, I cannot emphasize too strongly the need of 
having sufficient relief apparatus of the different types 
on hand to replace the regularly assigned apparatus in 
an emergency. 

MEN. 

The new engine company recommended for the Read- 
ville section 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 
new company. 

The engine company recommended for the Charles- 
town district should consist of two officers and ten men, 
and as Chemical Company 3 would be disbanded the 
four men now assigned to that company could be trans- 
ferred to the new company. 



16 City Document No. 14. 

The morale of the department is excellent. Much 
credit is due the officers and men for the praiseworthy- 
manner in which their duty has been done. 

I wish to express my gratitude to all other depart- 
ments who have cheerfully cooperated with us when 
called on. 

P. F. McDONOUGH, 

Chief of Department. 



Fire Department. 17 



FIRE ALARM BRANCH. 



March, 1917. 
From: The Superintendent of Fire Alarm Branch. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report for Year Ending January 31, 1917. 

I respectfully submit the following report of the Fire 
Alarm Branch for the fiscal year February 1, 1916, to 
February 1, 1917. 

Operating Division. 

Note. — The records of this division are for the calen- 
dar year 1916. 

Box alarms received and transmitted:. 

First alarms 2,356 

Second alarms 46 

Third alarms 16 

Fourth alarms 6 

Box alarms received and not transmitted: 

Alarms received from same box for same fire two or 

more times 208 

Alarms received from adjacent boxes for same fire . 209 

Still alarms received and transmitted : 

Received from citizens by telephone to office . . 993 
Received from Police Department by telephone to 

office 141 

Received from department stations .... 797 

"Mutual aid" alarms, classified as stills ... 18 

Emergency calls, treated as stills 33 

Still alarms for which box alarms were later trans- 
mitted 128 

Automatic Alarms. 

Boston Automatic alarms received . . . . 162 
Department boxes received and transmitted in con- 
nection with same 17 

A. D. T. alarms received 33 



18 City Document No. 14. 

A. D. T. alarms transmitted 22 

Department boxes received and transmitted for same, 11 

Total Alaems. 
Box alarms received from all sources .... 2,841 

Box alarms transmitted (including multiples) 
Stills, Automatics, Mutual Aid, Emergency, etc., 
eliminating those for which box alarms were trans- 
mitted 




Total alarms transmitted for all classes . . . 4,573 

Fire Alarm Box Records.* 

Boxes from which no alarms were received . . . 450 

Boxes from which twenty or more alarms were received, 4 

Box tests and inspections 10,963 

CONSTEUCTION DIVISION. 

Underground Construction. 

Thirty-six thousand (36,000) feet of cable, containing 
about eighty-three (83) miles of conductors, were hauled 
into underground ducts, principally in the South Boston, 
Roxbury and West Roxbury sections. Forty-two thou- 
sand eight hundred and seventy-two (42,872) feet of 
cable were bought, but owing to the pressing demand on 
cable manufacturers, a condition prevalent throughout 
the trade, the contracting manufacturer of our cable 
was unable to fulfill the contract until several weeks 
after the specified time, with the result that weather 
conditions prevented the installation of but a compara- 
tively small amount. 

About eight thousand (8,000) feet of ducts were laid 
underground; seven (7) manholes built; thirty-five (35) 
lamp-posts and two (2) test posts were set. Six (6) 
lamp-posts and three (3) test posts were reset or 
replaced by new posts. 

Overhead Construction. 
About seventeen (17) miles of wire were strung on poles 
for extension of circuits and to replace old wire. About 
eighteen (18) miles of old wire were removed because of 
the extension of underground system. 

* Each keyless door is tested semi-weekly. 



FiEE Department. 19 

One (1) new box circuit and one (1) new tapper were 
made. 

Fire Alarm Boxes. 

Thirty-nine (39) new fire alarm box stations were 
established, thirty (30) of which are public boxes and 
nine (9) placed on private property. Ten (10) of the 
new boxes were placed on lamp-posts; twenty (20) were 
attached to poles; five (5) were attached to buildings 
and four (4) were located inside of buildings. 

Seventeen (17) boxes formerly attached to poles or 
buildings have been re-established on lamp-posts and 
one (1) box was removed from private property and 
relocated on a pole. Five (5) boxes were removed from 
service. 

Inside Work, Department Stations. 

Considerable progress has been made in bringing the 
wiring of department stations up to present-day stand- 
ard requirements. Extensive changes, alterations and 
additions have been made in both lighting and signal 
services. Engine 14 and Ladder 4 stations were com- 
pletely rewired for signal and lighting services by men 
of this branch. 

Many additional test switches for signal circuits have 
been installed in stations. 

Recommendations. 

Funds should be provided for replacing old cables and 
additional cables in Boston proper, and also for the 
extension of the underground service in sections where 
the present overhead construction is dangerous. The 
prescribed underground districts for this year affect 
this department considerably and will require a larger 
appropriation than usual. 

There are several places where signal boxes should be 
established; especially is this true of the newly built 
suburban sections. 

Several circuits are overloaded and new circuits should 
be made to relieve this condition. 

A few minor improvements are contemplated in the 
central station and the standardization of wiring in 
stations must be continued. 



20 



City Document No. 14. 



Fire Alarm Box Posts Installed and Duct Lengths to 

Same. 



City Proper. 

Prince and Salem streets 

Canal and Traverse streets . . . . 
Albany and Harvard streets . . . 
Massachusetts and Commonwealth avenues 
Beacon street and Charlesgate West 

East Boston. 
Bennington and Moore streets 
Bennington street and Neptune road . 

Dorchester. 

Sumner and Willis streets 

Sumner and Stoughton streets 

Blue Hill avenue and Clarkwood street 

Roxhury. 
West Cottage and Judson streets . 
Dudley and Greenville streets 
Harrison avenue and Eustis street 
Roxbury and Centre streets . 
Tremont and Parker streets . 
Tremont and St. Alphonsus streets 
Huntington avenue, opposite Fenwood road 
Columbus avenue and Dimock street 
Amory street, at car barn 

West Roxhury. 
South and Robert streets, 2 ducts . 
Walworth street and Belgrade avenue 
Centre and Church streets 
Centre and La Grange streets 
Washington street and Elven road 

Hyde Park. 

River and West streets . 

River street and Metropolitan avenue 

Webster street and Central avenue 



Brighton. 
Commonwealth avenue and St. Paul street . 
Pratt and Ashford streets .... 
Washington and Snow streets 
Washington street and Commonwealth avenue 
Chestnut Hill and Commonwealth avenues . 
Chestnut Hill avenue and Sutherland road . 
Strathmore and Sutherland roads . 



Duct Feet. 

10 
25 
17 
16 
33 



16 
15 



126 
39 

67 



11 
20 
39 
122 
12 
10 
21 
10 
10 



96 
51 
34 
12 
91 



14 
17 

7 



84 
30 
23 
113 
17 
70 
19 



Fire Department. 21 

Fire Alarm Posts Reset. 

Forest Hills street and Glen road (knocked down by automobile). 
Joy and Myrtle streets (knocked down by automobile) . 
North and Cross streets (knocked down by automobile). 
Dorchester avenue and A street (account subway construction) . 
Albany and Dover streets (change in grade line). 
Albany and Dedham streets (change in grade line, 52 feet duct) . 

New Test Posts Installed. Feet. 

Massachusetts avenue and Southampton street, 

4 ducts 100 

Everett avenue and Stoughton street, 4 ducts . . 104 

Wood Test Posts Replaced by Iron Posts. 

Harrison avenue and Waltham street, 4 ducts . . 130 

Dorchester avenue and West Fourth street, 5 ducts . 140 

Warren and Moreland streets. 

Conduits Installed. 

To Fire Alarm Shop, Wareham street, 3 ducts . . 140 

To City Hospital Ambulance Station, Albany street, 

1 duct 32 

Albany and Newton streets (to connect manholes), 

1 duct 22 

* Amory street, between Centre and Bragdon streets, 

2 ducts 1,688 

Dimock street, from Amory street to Columbus ave- 
nue, 1 duct 331 

Annabel street, from Sumner street to Engine House 

21, 2 ducts 780 

At Stoughton and Sumner streets, between manholes, 

2 ducts 64 

* Chestnut Hill avenue, at Commonwealth avenue, 

1 duct 327 

North Beacon street, from Cambridge street to Everett 

street, 2 ducts 800 

To Engine House 43, Andrew square, 2 extra ducts, 210 

Harrison avenue, at Stoughton street, 1 duct . . 83 

New Pole Connections and Duct Lengths to Same. 

East Boston. Duct Feet. 

Bennington and Byron streets 100 

Dorchester. 

Stoughton street and Everett avenue .... 142 

Pleasant and Thornley streets 36 

Dorchester avenue and Rawson street .... 98 

* In conjunction with Police Department. 



22 



City Document No. 14. 



Neponset avenue and Ashmont street 
Neponset avenue and Freeport street 
River street and Central avenue . 



Duct Feet. 

248 

28 

192 



Roxbury. 

Tremont and Parker streets, 2 ducts 
Huntington avenue and Wait street 
Amory and Bragdon streets 
Elm Hill avenue and Howland street 



348 

131 

76 

102 



West Roxbury. 

Robert and South Conway streets 
Walworth street and Belgrade avenue 
Centre and Park streets . . . 
Centre and La Grange streets 
Beech street, near Centre street 
Centre street and Spring Park avenue 



Hyde Park. 



River and West streets 



129 
99 

130 
73 
41 

108 



67 



Brighton. 

Chestnut Hill and Commonwealth avenues . . . 167 

Chestnut Hill avenue and Beacon street . . . 355 

Strathmore road and Englewood avenue ... 14 

Washington and Union streets 127 

Cambridge and Dustin streets 77 

Washington and Nonantum streets . . . . 178 

North Beacon and Everett streets . . . . 162 

Manholes Built. 

Columbus avenue and Dimock street (handhole). 

Amory street, Roxbury (two). 

Annabel street, Dorchester. 

North Beacon and Cambridge streets, Brighton. 

Beacon street and Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton (handhole) . 

Chestnut Hill and Commonwealth avenues. 



Conduits Discontinued. 

Albany street, from Wareham street to East Dedham 

street . ' 

Amory street, at Centre street (pole connection) . 



Duct Feet. 

427 
200 



Poles Set. 
Wellington Hill street, opposite Ormond street, Dorchester, 



Fire Department. 



23 



Underground Cable Installed, (New Construction.) 
City Proper. 

Newton street, from Belvidere street to Massachu- 
setts avenue, 10-conductor 

Commercial street, from Clinton street to Richmond 
street, 10-conductor 

Post connections, 61-conductor 

Post connections, 37-conductor 

Post connections, 10-conductor 

Post connections, 6-conductor 



Feet. 

8,397 

675 
118 
168 
970 
59 



South Boston. 

East Broadway, from I street to street, 15-con- 

ductor 4,772 

Southampton street, from Massachusetts avenue to 

Andrew square, 19-concluctor 4,342 

Post and pole connections, 19-conductor . . . 32 

Post and pole connections, 6-conductor ... 85 

Post and pole connections, 4-conductor .... 35 

Roxhury. 

Amory street, from Centre street to Bragdon street, 

10-conductor 760 

Amory street, from Centre street to Bradgon street, 

6-conductor 1,361 

Post and pole connections, 19-conductor . . . 126 

Post and pole connections, 10-conductor . . . 500 

West Roxhury. 

Corinth and Robert streets, 15-conductor . . . 2,383 
Centre street, from South street to Engine House 30, 

15-concluctor 4,549 

South street, from Robert street to Centre street, 

6-conductor 2,718 

Washington street, at Forest Hills, 6-conductor . . 1,090 

Post and pole connections, 10-conductor . . . 155 

Post and pole connections, 4-concluctor . . . 409 



Dorchester. 
Post and pole connections, 10-conductor 



413 



Hyde Park. 

Post and pole connections, 10-conductor 
Post and pole connections, 4-conductor 



388 
106 



24 City Document No. 14. 



Brighton. Feet. 

Chester and Ashford streets, 4-conductor . . . 1,039 

Post and pole connections, 10-conductor . . . 197 

Post and pole connections, 4-conductor . . . 225 

Public Fire Alarm Boxes Established. 

City Proper. 

132. Canal and Traverse streets. 

1492. Albany and Harvard streets. 

1536. Commonwealth avenue and Clarendon street. 

1584. Commonwealth and Massachusetts avenues. 

1593. Belvidere and Dalton streets. 

231. Beacon street and Charlesgate West. 

Roxbury. 
2272. Columbus avenue and Centre street. 

Jamaica Plain. 
2421. South Huntington avenue and Bynner street. 
2435. Spring Park avenue and Enfield street. 

West Roxbury. 
2516. Washington street and Elven road. 
2624. Clement avenue and Stratford street. 
2663. Washington street, opposite Edgemere road. 
2716. Hewlett and Selwyn streets. 
2745. La Grange and Vale streets. 

Dorchester. 

3454. Neponset avenue and Tileston street. 

3467. Walnut and Woodworth streets. 

3527. Blue Hill avenue and Clarkwood street. 

3534. Morton and Owen streets. 

3541. Wellington Hill street, opposite Ormond street. 

3643. Milwood and Milton streets. 

3651. Bailey and Atherstone streets. 

Brighton. 
511. Commonwealth avenue and St. Paul street. 

5155. Union street and Howard place. 

5156. Nottingham road, opposite No. 16. 

5162. Commonwealth avenue and Cummings road, 

5164. Lanark and Kilsyth roads. 

5198. Nonantum street and Brayton road. 

5284. Hobart and Bennett streets. 

Hyde Park. 
3856. Milton and Chester streets. 



Fire Department. 25 



Private Fire Alarm Boxes Established. 

1357. Massachusetts General Hospital. 

1358. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

1437. Boston & Albany Railroad freight office, Kneeland and 

South streets. (Auxiliary.) 

1438. Boston & Albany Railroad freight shed, Utica street. 

(Auxiliary.) 

1439. Boston & Albany Railroad freight sheds, Albany street. 

(Auxiliary.) 
1594. Fenway Theater, Massachusetts avenue, near Boylston 

street. 
1658. Home for Destitute Catholic Children, Harrison avenue. 

(Owned by Fire Department.) 

7327. King Terminal, K and Elkins street. (Auxiliary.) 

7328. Condit Electrical Manufacturing Company, East First 

and L streets. (Auxiliary.) 

SCHOOLHOUSE BoX ESTABLISHED. 

2349. High School of Commerce, Avenue Louis Pasteur. 

Changes in Location of Fire Alarm Boxes. 
235. From Ladder House No. 4 to Dudley and Greenville 

streets. 
243. From Engine House No. 14 to Centre and Roxbury 

streets. 
1224. From Engine House No. 8 to Prince and Salem streets. 
2123. From Chemical House No. 10 to Harrison avenue and 

Eustis street. 
2275. From Amory and Dimock streets to Columbus avenue 

and Dimock street. 
5121. From Pratt street, near Wads worth street, to Pratt and 
Ashford streets. 
784. From baseball park to Columbus avenue and Walpole 
street. 

Boxes Removed from Service. 
456. Charlestown Almshouse. (Institution abolished.) 
684. James Otis School, Marion street. 

1324. American House, Hanover street. (Building vacated.) 
1623. Theater, at Washington and Motte streets. (Recon- 
struction.) 
1635. Hub Theater, Washington and Dover streets. (Build- 
ing demolished.) 
The numbers of 234 boxes were changed. 

Fire Alarm Boxes in Service. 

Total number 1,117 

Owned by Fire Department 819 

Owned by Schoolhouse Department .... 149 



26 



City Document No. 14. 



Owned by Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company 




65 


Private ownership 




84 


Department boxes: 






On lamp-posts 




373 


On poles 






423 


On buildings with lights over them 






16 


On buildings not lighted . 






4 


Equipped with keyless doors . 






767 


Equipped with keyless doors with 


handle i 


mde 


r 


glass guard .... 






47 


Equipped with key doors 






5 


Equipped with auxiliary attachments . 




15 


Schoolhouse boxes : 






On lamp-posts 




12 


On poles 






18 


On outside of school buildings 






62 


Inside of school buildings 






57 


Equipped with keyless doors . 






92 


Equipped with key doors 






57 


Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company boxes 








On lamp-post 






1 


On poles 






6 


On outside of buildings . 






19 


Inside of buildings . 






39 


Equipped with keyless doors . 






10 


Equipped with key doors 






55 


Private boxes: 








On poles 






6 


On outside of buildings 






20 


Inside of buildings . 






58 


Equipped with keyless doors . 






9 


Equipped with key doors 






75 


Posts and Test Boxes. 


Lamp-posts in service . 386 


Lamp-posts set but not in service .... 15 


Test posts in service 63 


Pole test boxes in service 185 


Classification of Fire Alarm Box Stations. 


Academies 4 


Asylums 










3 


Car barns ... 










5 


Cemetery 










1 


Church .... 










1 


Homes for aged people 










2 


Hospitals 










17 


Hotels .... 










5 


Manufacturing plants . 










22 


Milk depot . 










1 



Fire Department. 



27 



Museum . 

Navy Yard 

Newspaper office . 

Office building 

Police station (Chelsea) 

Power stations 

Prison 

Public buildings 

Public hall . 

Railroad shops 

Railroad stations . 

Railroad yards 

Restaurant 

Retail stores 

Schoolhouses 

Stables 

Stock yards 

Street (public) boxes* 

Theaters . 

Warehouse 

Wharves . 

Wholesale houses 

Total 



1 
6 
1 
1 
1 
5 
1 
2 
1 
4 
5 
15 
1 
6 

162 
2 
2 

805 

27 

1 

5 

2 

1,117 



telephone circuits to New England 
and Telegraph Company, Beach 



Circuits. 

Number of box circuits 

Number of tapper circuits 

Number of gong circuits 

Number of telephone circuits to department 
stations 

Number of 
Telephone 
Exchange . 

Special telephone circuit to New England Telephone 
and Telegraph Company, Back Bay Exchange 

Special telephone circuit to Police Headquarters 

Special telephone circuit to A. D. T. office . 

Telephone connection to Boston Automatic Com- 
pany office 

Telephone connection with Boston Protective 
Department 



61 
14 
13 

45 



The above telephone service is from department exchange 
board. 

Wire, Cable and Conduit. 

Feet. 

Line wire in service 1,328,100 

Aerial cable in service 122,228 



* Many of the schoolhouse atid private boxes are accessible to the public but are not 
counted as street boxes. 



28 



City Document No. 14. 



Conductors in same .... 

Aerial cable conductors in service 

Underground cable in service 

Conductors in same .... 

Underground cable conductors in service 

Conduits owned by Fire Department 

Ducts in Fire Department conduit 

Ducts in New England Telephone and Telegraph 

Company's system used by Fire Department 
Ducts in Postal Telegraph Company's system used 

by Fire Department 

FiKE Alarm Apparatus. 

Tappers in service 

Boston tappers in adjacent towns and cities 
Tappers connected to adjacent systems in Boston 
Fire Department stations 

Gongs in service 

Registers in service in department stations 
Relays in service in department stations . 

Tower bell in service 

Telephones in department system 



Feet. 

694,145 

485,751 

686,507 

10,874,743 

6,474,809 

52,694 

67,493 

479,919 

1,411 



144 
6 

6 

117 

24 

13 

1 

137 



Public Clocks. 

Twenty-seven tower clocks, twenty- three of which are owned 
by the city, are kept in operation by this department. 

Seventy-two reports of clock troubles, most of which were 
of minor importance, were attended to during the year. 



Summary of Work Done. 

New line wire used 
Old wire removed from poles 
Aerial cable installed (new work) 
Conductors in same 
Conductors in same in service 
Aerial cable removed from service 
Conductors in same 
Underground cable installed in New England Tele 
phone and Telegraph Company ducts 

Conductors in same 

Underground cable installed in department ducts 

Conductors in same 

Total underground cable installed (new work) . 

Conductors in same 

Cable used for repairs on account of new subway 
Conductors in same .... 
Underground cable removed from service 
Conductors in same .... 



Feet. 

88,440 
95,040 

7,036 

41,710 

19,688 

800 

4,800 

30,940 

375,343 

5,132 

62,969 

36,072 

438,312 

3,769 

107,113 

665 

6,650 



Fire Department. 



29 



Conduits laid by this department 
Ducts in same 

Fire alarm ducts discontinued 
Manholes and handholes built 

Pole set 

Crossarms used 



Feet. 

6,590 

7,994 

637 

7 

1 

- 660 



Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 

By Fire Department 

By Schoolhouse Department 

By Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company . 

By private owners 

Fire alarm lamp-posts set (addition to service) 
Fire alarm lamp-posts reset .... 
Fire alarm test posts set (addition to service) 
Fire alarm test posts replaced by new . 
Fire alarm pole test boxes installed 



30 
1 
5 
3 

34 
6 
2 
3 

12 



George L. Fickett, 
Superintendent Fire Alarm. 



30 City Document No. 14. 



SUPERINTENDENT OF REPAIR SHOP. 



Boston, February 10, 1917. 
From: Superintendent of Repair Shop. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following statement show- 
ing the number of repairs on horse-driven apparatus 
made in and outside of the Repair Shop Branch and 
the cost. 

The number of repair jobs and cost for the upkeep 
of department company houses which was done by 
department mechanics and where stock was furnished, 
repairs being made by company members, is shown; 
also repairs on company quarters other than those 
made by department members and mechanics. 

Repairs on furniture and bedding both in repair shop 
and by outside firms are included. 

Horse-driven Apparatus Repairs. 

Number of repair jobs done in repair shop . . . 1,850 

Cost of material and labor $19,325 

Number of repair jobs by outside firms . . . 299 

Cost of repair jobs by outside firms .... $5,515 



Summary of Apparatus Repairs. 

115 Solid rubber tires were applied to apparatus wheels. 
62 Running gear springs were attached to apparatus. 
13 Broken ladders were repaired. 

25 Broken apparatus poles were replaced by new poles. 
15 Band brakes were renewed. 

6 Ladder trucks, 10 fire engines, 5 hose wagons and 3 chemical 
engines were overhauled in repair shop and put back 
into service. 
8 Old district chief's buggies were altered and are now used 
as salt wagons. 
Numerous small jobs such as fitting handles to axes, sledges 
and hammers, repairing hames and harnesses are everyday 
repairs. 



FiEE Department. 



31 



House Repaies by Painters, Plumbers, Carpenters and 
Steam Fitter. 



Number of jobs by the above 

Cost of material and labor 

House repairs by outside firms . . . . 
Cost of repairs by outside firms . . . . 
Stock furnished, work done by company members 



1,375 

$21,000 

190 

$4,934 

$225 



Furniture and Bedding. 

Cost of repairs by outside firms 

Cost of materials and labor in shop .... 

Cost of stock furnished, repairs made by company 

members 



$275 



A boiler room and engine room are connected with 
the Repair Shop Branch which give heat and power 
to the shop and the Fire Alarm Branch. The Dover 
Street Bath House is heated from the same source. 

To keep the fire apparatus up to the highest efficiency 
repairs of every nature are made in the Repair Shop 
Branch, enabling it to respond to alarms with safety 
and dispatch. To keep company quarters up to a 
high standard, making them comfortable and sanitary 
for officers and men to live in, every description of 
repair work is done by the department carpenters, 
painters, plumbers and steam fitter, all of which is under 
the immediate supervision of the superintendent of the 
Repair Shop Branch. 



Amount of Hose Purchased and Condemned During 

THE Year. 



Purchased. 
Leading cotton . 
Leading rubber . 
Chemical .... 

Deck 

Flexible suction 
Four-inch rubber su c- 

tion 

Two and one-half inch 

rubber suction 
Deluge hose 



Total 



Feet. 
22,220 

1,000 
200 
200 

73* 



. 23,693§ 



Condemned. Feet. 

Leading cotton . . . 14,350 

Leading rubber . . . 500 

Chemical .... 1,400 

Deck 200 

Flexible suction . . 148 
Four-inch rubber .suc- 
tion 63 

Two and one-half inch 

rubber suction . . — 

Deluge hose . . . 124 

Total .... 16,785 



32 



City Document No. 14. 



Amount of Hose in Use and in Stoee February 



1, 1917. 



In Use. 

Leading cotton . 

Leading rubber . 

Chemical .... 

Deck ..... 

Flexible suction 

Four-inch rubber suc- 
tion 

Two and one-half inch 
rubber suction 

Deluge hose 



Feet. 

117,695 

4,850 

13,950 

900 

537* 

1,134 



768 



Total 



139,8341 



In store. Feet. 

Leading cotton . . . 5,370 

Leading rubber ... — 

Chemical .... 450 

Deck . . . ; . 

Flexible suction 

Four-inch rubber suc- 
tion 

Two and one-haK inch 
rubber suction 

Deluge hose 

Total .... 6,064 



66 

63 

40 
75 



Respectfully submitted, 

E. M. Byington, 

Superintendent. 



FiEE Department. 33 



MOTOR APPARATUS. 



Boston, February 13, 1917. 
From: Supervisor of Motor Apparattts. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following statement show- 
ing the number of motor repairs which were made on 
apparatus in the Repair Shop Branch and the number 
by outside firms, with the cost for both, for the fiscal 
year of 1916. 

Apparatus Repairs. 

Number of jobs in shop 1,364 

Cost of material and labor $11,750 

17 Were on combinations, 24 on water towers, 31 on chemicals, 

32 on engines, 52 on ladder trucks, 81 on pumping engines 

and 620 on district chief's cars. 

Repairs by Outside Firms. 

Number of jobs 256 

Cost of the above Sl,700 

These repairs were mostly on radiators, running gear springs, 
mudguards and wind shields. 

Apparatus Overhauled in Repair Shop. 

8 District chief's cars, 5 ladder trucks, 3 tractors, 2 pumping 

engines, 2 delivery trucks, 1 combination and 1 chemical. 
7 District chief's cars were repainted. 
500 Repairs were made in company quarters and on the street 
which were of an emergency nature. 

Summary of Repairs Made in Repair Shop. 

110 Automobile springs were attached to apparatus. 
51 Radiators were taken off and replaced. 
30 Mudguards were taken off and replaced. 
15 Headlights were taken off and replaced. 
10 Wind shields were taken off and replaced. 

Repairs and New Equipment. 
291 Pneumatic shoes were purchased. 
233 Inner tubes were purchased. 
45 Pneumatic shoes were repaired and vulcanized. 



34 City Document No. 14. 

550 Inner tubes were repaired and vulcanized. 

86 Inner tubes were scrapped. 
291 Pneumatic shoes were scrapped. 

55 Prest-0-Lite tanks were recharged. 

15 Oxygen tanks were recharged. 

35 Storage batteries were purchased. 

15 Storage batteries were repaired. 
275 Storage batteries were recharged at repair shop. 

PUECHASE OF NeW APPARATUS. 

4 Cars for district chiefs. 

4 Tractors, three put in service. 

2 Light delivery trucks for Fire Alarm Branch. 

5 Combinations, 1 put in service. 

1 750-gallon motor apparatus pumping engine. 

1 Seven-passenger touring car for Fire Commissioner. 

1 3|-ton emergency truck with hoisting gear. 

Lecture Courses. 

A lecture course at the ''School of Officers" was con- 
ducted by the supervisor of motor apparatus, subject, 
''Motor Apparatus." Also a special course was con- 
ducted for chauffeurs, the men comprising it being 
taken from six engine, one ladder and one chemical 
companies. 

Storeroom. 

New steel racks were installed in the automobile 
section of the storeroom of the repair shop for mis- 
cellaneous automobile supplies and parts. 

Efficiency of Auto Department. 

It is the aim of the supervisor of motor apparatus 
to keep the motor apparatus to the highest standard of 
efficiency, and to that end he and his assistants often 
have been obliged, on account of accidents and emer- 
gency jobs, to work nights, Sundays and holidays. 

The motor squad is composed of uniform men detailed 
to the repair shop and automobile machinists of the 
Repair Shop Branch, and, as we are continually add- 
ing new motor apparatus, it will be necessary to employ 
additional mechanics. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles E. Stewart, 
Supervisor of Motor Apparatus. 



FiEE Department. 



35 



BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT VETERINARY 
HOSPITAL. 



Boston, February 8, 1917. 
From: The Department Veterinarian. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Sttbject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit a report of the general health 
and condition of the horses of this department as very 
good. The following is a statement of the whole number 
of horses in the service and those that were purchased, 
sold, died, destroyed and killed in the service during the 
year ending January 31, 1917. 



Total number on hand February 1, 1916 
Total number on hand February 1, 1917 
Horses purchased 
Horses sold 
Horses pensioned 
Horses died 
Horses destroyed 
Horses killed . 



290 

274 

13 

13 

6 

- 3 

5 

2 



Respectfully submitted, 

Daniel P. Keogh, M. D. V. 



36 City Document No. 14. 



HEADQUARTERS FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



Boston, February 1, 1917. 
From: The Medical Examiner. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following report for the year 
ending January 31, 1917: 

Number of cases of illness 298 

Number of cases of injury 764 

Number injured but remained on duty .... 558 

Examinations. 

For appointment as probationary firemen ... 49 
General examinations, including probationers at the 

expiration of their terms 1,460 

House and hospital visits 89 

The installation of the card index system to this 
branch in August, 1916, has added greatly to general 
efficiency, thus permitting accurate records to be readily 
available. 

In August, 1916, pulmotors were permanently placed 
on Ladders 1, 4 and 17, and have proven their worth in 
the conservation of life of citizens as well as firemen. 
All pulmotors are examined once a month and an actual 
demonstration of operating same given to firemen. 

Medicine chests carried on the different apparatus 
have been regularly inspected and promptly refilled 
after use in emergency cases. 

''First aid" treatment of firemen and citizens at 
various times on record indicates intelligent effort and 
efficiency of commanding officers and men in the perform- 
ance of this special line of duty. 

The general health of the men throughout the year 
has been excellent, the number of injuries not out of 
proportion to the hazardous occupation. 

Especial commendation should be given to men, 
although injured, who remained on duty. 



Fire Department. 37 

Deaths. 

William C. Lutz, Ladder 9, May 12, 1916, fracture of 
skull, multiple fractures, fell from staging. 

Engineer John T. Stewart, Engine 26-35, June 10, 
1916, pernicious anaemia and dilatation of heart. 

Lieut. Ronald J. McDonald, Ladder 18, February 26, 
1916, myocarditis, following operation for gastric ulcer. 

Florence Donoghue, Ladder 15, January 4, 1917, acute 
dilatation of stomach, la grippe, bronchitis. 

John P. Foley, Engine 28, January 13, 1917, chronic 
tuberculosis of the lungs, dilatation of heart (sudden 
death) . 

I am pleased herewith to express my thanks and 
utmost appreciation for the generous assistance rendered 
me by you and your commanding officers, also the 
honorable and faithful attitude of the men, the value of 
which has been a strong factor for all around general 
efficiency in the performance of my duties. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. J. McNally, 

Medical Examiner. 



38 



City Document No. 14. 



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. 
Supervisor of Motor Apparatus, Charles E. Stewart. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms, George L. Fickett. 
Chief Operator and Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, 

Richard Donahue. 
Veterinarian, Daniel P. Keggh. 
Medical Examiner, William J. McNally. 

Clerks. 

George F. Murphy, Daniel J. Quinn, James P. Maloney, 
Edward L. Tierney, Herbert J. Hickey, John J. Coholan, 
William J. Hurley, Nathan Cohen. 



STRENGTH 


AND PAY. 






Headquarters. 


Per annum. 


1 Commissioner $5,000 


1 Chief clerk 














2,500 


1 Medical examiner 














1,500 


1 Bookkeeper 














2,100 


2 Clerks 














1,800 


1 Clerk 














1,600 


1 Clerk 














1,400 


1 Clerk 














1,200 


1 Assistant engineer (messenger) * 








1,400 


10 


Fire-fighting Branch. 


1 Chief of department . . . . . . $4,500 


2 Deputy chiefs 








3,500 


15 District chiefs 








3,000 


59 Captains 








2,000 


88 Lieutenants .... 








1,800 


1 Private, aid to commissioner * . 








1,400 


1 Private, aid to chief * . . . 








1,400 


3 Engineers (marine) 








1,700 



Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



Fire Department. 



39 



49 Engineers 

48 Assistant engineers 
1 Assistant engineer . 
4 Assistant engineers 
1 Assistant engineer . 
700 Privates: 
484 
44 
81 
33 
10 
33 
15 



Per annum. 

$1,500 
1,400 
1,300 
1,200 
1,100 

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



973 



Repair Shop Branch. 



1 Supervisor of motor apparatus . 

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) * . . . 

1 Hoseman (automobile engineer) * 

1 Foreman automobile machinists . 

6 Privates * . 

Employees. 
1 Clerk 
1 Clerk 

1 Clerk * . . . 
1 Storekeeper * . 

1 Engineer . 

3 Firemen . 

2 Plumbers 

1 Steam fitter 

7 Painters . 

2 Wheelwrights . 
1 Machinist 
7 Machinists 
1 Foreman blacksmith 

4 Blacksmiths 

5 Blacksmith's helpers 

3 Carpenters 

1 Vulcanizer 

2 Hose and harness repairers 
1 Hose and harness repairer 



$3,500 
3,000 
2,000 
1,800 
1,600 
1,600 
1,600 
1,500 

' 1,400 
1,400 



$1,500 
1,000 
1,400 
1,800 

Per day. 

$3 50 



25 

40 
00 
50 

75 
00 
75 
00 
75 
75 
50 
00 
50 
50 



• Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



40 



City Document No. 14. 



1 Chauffeur 

2 Teamsters 



63 



FiEE Alarm Branch. 



1 Superintendent ...... 

1 Chief operator and assistant superintendent 
4 Principal operators . . . . 

3 Operators 

4 Assistant operators . . . . 

4 Assistant operators 

Construction Force. 

1 Foreman 

1 Assistant foreman 

1 Stockman 

1 Machinist . ... 

2 Machinists 

19 Repairers, linemen and wiremen (average) 

1 Watchman 



48 



Veterinary Hospital Branch. 



1 Veterinarian 

1 Captain, assistant to veterinarian * 

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



Per day. 

$3 00 
2 50 



Per annum. 

$3,000 
2,500 
1,800 
1,600 
1,400 
1,200 



$2,200 
1,600 
1,400 

Per day. 

$4 25 
3 75 
3 73 
2 75 



Per annum. 

$3,000 
2,000 

Per day. 

$2 50 
3 50 



1,095 



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 0. Taber. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 8, Fort Hill Square. 
This division comprises Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. 



Fire Department. 41 

District 1. 
District Chief, Albert J. Catjlfield. 

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, Allan J. Macdonald. 

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. Ryder. 

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, 18, Water Tower 3. 

District 4- 

District Chief, Edward J. Shallow. 

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- 



42 City Document No. 14, 

shire streets, thence through Devonshire street southerly 
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 Coultee. 

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 exten- 
sion 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 



Fire Department. 43 

to Devonshire street, thence through Devonshire street 
to the point of beginning. 

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

District 6. 
District Chief, Francis J. Jordan. 

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- 



44 City Document No. 14. 

ant street and Broadway extension to Fort Point 
channel, thence southerly through Fort Point channel 
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, Daniel F. Sennott. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 4, Dudley Street. 
This division comprises Districts 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 
14 and 15. 

District 8. 

District Chief, William J. Gaffe y. 
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 Marcella 
street to Centre street, by Cetitfe street to New Heath 
street, thence by New Heath street to Heath square to 
Heath street, thence by Sollth Huntington avenue to 
Huntington avenue, thence by tluntitigton avenue to 
the Brookline boundary line, ihence northerly and 
easterly along the Brooklitte 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, Joseph H. Kenney. 

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 



Fire Department. 45 

the Old Harbor, thence running westerly 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 (exclusively), thence north- 
erly 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 
Massachusetts avenue, thence northwesterly through 
Massachusetts avenue to Washington street, thence 
southerly through Washington street to Elmore street, 
thence easterly through Elmore street to Munroe street, 
thence easterly through Munroe street to Warren street, 
thence southeasterly through Warren street to Sunder- 
land street, thence through Sunderland street to Stan- 
wood street, thence through Stanwood street to Columbia 
road, thence northeasterly through Columbia road to 
Stoughton street, thence easterly through Stoughton 
street to Pleasant street, thence 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 north- 
erly 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, Walter M. McLean. 

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 through 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 Canter- 
bury 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 



46 City Document No. 14. 

Centre street to Adams street, thence northerly through 
Adams 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 waterfront 
to the point of beginning. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 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, 14, 31. 

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 Hunt- 
ington avenue, thence by Huntington avenue to the 
Brookline boundary line, thence southeasterly along said 
Brookline boundary line to Perkins street, thence by 



FiKE Department. 47 

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 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 Yorl^, New 
Haven & Hartford Railroad tracks to the boundary 
line of Ward 24, thence southwesterly along the said 
boundary line of Ward 24 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 



48 City Document No. 14. 

street to Harvard street, thence southerly through Har- 
vard street to Oakland street, thence through Oakland 
street to Rexford street, thence through Rexford street 
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, 27. 

District 15. 

District Chief, Joseph A. Dolan. 

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. 



FiEE Department. 



49 



FIRE STATIONS. 



Location and Valuation. 



Location. 



Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 



Assessed 
Valuation. 



Occupied by 



Dorchester and Fourth streets 

Corner of O and Fourth streets 

Bristol street and Harrison avenue. . . . 

Bulfinch street 

Marion street, East Boston 

Leverett street 

East street 

Salem street 

Paris street, East Boston 

River street 

Saratoga and Byron sts.. East Boston, 

Dudley street 

Cabot street 

Centre street 

Dorchester avenue 

Corner River and Temple streets 

Meeting House Hill, Dorchester 

Harvard street, Dorchester 

Norfolk street, Dorchester 

Walnut street, Dorchester. , 

Columbia road, Dorchester 

Warren avenue 

Northampton street 

Corner Warren and Quincy streets 

Fort Hill square 

Mason street 

Elm street, Charlestown 

Centre street, Jamaica Plain 

Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton 

Centre street, West Roxbury 



8,167 


$25,800 


4,000 


16,200 


4,000 


30,000 


6,098 


96,000 


1,647 


9,000 


2,269 


40,000 


1,893 


39,200 


2,568 


32,300 


4,720 


33,300 


1,886 


20,500 


10,000 


40,000 


7,320 


25,000 


4,832 


14,800 


5,713 


14,600 


2,803 


18,600 


12,736 


19,200 


9,450 


17,300 


9,440 


18,800 


7,683 


14,500 


9,000 


17,300 


10,341 


17,100 


7,500 


62,500 


3,445 


11,200 


4,186 


18,100 


4,175 


100,600 


5,623 


223,000 


2,600 


17,500 


10,377 


28,300 


14,358 


37,200 


12,251 


25,000 



Engine 1 and Ladder 5. 

Engine 2. 

Engine 3 and Ladder 3. 

Engine 4, Chemical 1 and 

Tower 1. 
Engine 5. 

Engine 6. 

Engine 7. 

Engine 8. 

Engine 9 and Ladder 2. 

Engine 10. 

Engine 11 and Ladder 21. 

Engine 12. 

Engine 13. 

Engine 14. 

Engine 15. 

Engine 16 and Ladder 6. 

Engine 17 and Ladder 7. 

Engine 18. 

Engine 19. 

Engine 20 and Ladder ^7. 

Engine 21. 

Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 

Engine 23. 

Engine 24. 

Engine 25 and Ladder 8. 

Engines 26 and 35. 

Engine 27. 

Engine 28 and Ladder 10. 

Engine 29 and Ladder 11. 

Engine 30 and Ladder 25. 



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City Document No. 14. 

Fire Stations. — Concluded. 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


vtluXi Occupied by 


521 Commercial street, on land of 
Public Works Department. 




$10,000 








Bunker Hill street, Charlestown 


8,188 


25,000 


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. 


6,112 


34,500 


Engine 41 and Ladder 14. 


Washington street, at Egleston square. 


3,848 


22,900 


Engine 42 and Ladder 30. 


Andrew square 


5,1.33 


19,600 


Engine 43 and Ladder 20. 






30,000 


Engine 44, fireboat. 


Washington and Poplar streets, Ros- 
lindale. 


14,729 


22,400 


Engine 45 and Ladder 16. 




4,875 


23,200 


Engine 46. 


Adjoining South Ferry, East Boston.. . 


11,950 


31,600 


Engine 47, fireboat. 


Harvard avenue and Winthrop street, 
Hyde Park. 


9,450 


40,100 


Engine 48, Ladder 28 and 
Chemical 14. 


Church street 


3,412 


23,600 


Chemical Engine 2. 




5,230 


15,400 


Chemical 3. 


Shawmut avenue 


889 


4,300 


Chemical Engine 4. 




9,300 


40,600 


Chemical Engine 7. 


B street 


1,800 
7,200 


7,800 
13,200 


Chemical Engine 8. 


Corner Callender and Lyford streets. 


Chemical 11 and 

Ladder 29. 
Chemical 13. 


Corner Walk Hill and Wenham streets. 


11,253 


17,800 




1,676 
3,923 


37,200 
26,000 


Ladder 1. 




Ladder 4 and Chemical 10. 


Main street, Charlestown 


4,290 


16,000 


Ladder 9 and Chemical 9. 




4,311 
2,134 

8,964 


25,600 
23,800 
39,900 


Ladder 12 and Chemi- 




cal 12. 
Ladder 17. 


Pittsburgh street, South Boston 


Ladder 18 and Tower 3. 




3,101 

6,875 
3,918 


10,700 
21,400 
19,800 


Ladder 19. 


Washington street, Dorchester 

North Grove street 


Ladder 23 and Chemi- 
cal 5. 
Ladder 24. 




9,889 


42,000 


Ladder 31. 


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




3,000 


Hose 49. 







Fire Department. 51 

Headquarters Building, Bristol street, 15,679 feet 

of land $113,000 

Water Tower No. 2 is 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. Main street, Charlestown, 2,430 feet 
of land 6,500 

Coal station, Charles River avenue, on land of 

Pubhc Works Department, building cost . . 1,200 

Building No. 11 Wareham street, used by the Fire 
Alarm Branch as workshop and storeroom, 
8,500 feet of land 40,000 

Total value of land, wharves and buildings . . 2,256,200 

LEASED BUILDINGS. 

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. 



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City Document No. 14. 



CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 



Division 1. 



District. 



Location. 



Capacity. 
(Tons.) 



"Wagons. 



1. 
1. 
2. 
2. 
2. 
3. 
3. 
3. 
4. 
4. 
4. 
5. 
5. 
6 
6, 
7 

8 

8 

8 

9 

9 

9 

9 

10 

10 

11 

11 

11 



Engine 11 

Engine 40 

Engine 36 

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Charles River avenue 

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Dorchester street, 330 

Engine 33 

Division 2 

Engine 13 

Engine 14 

Engine 37 

Engine 12 

Engine 21 

Engine 23 

Engine 24 

Engine 17 

Engine 18 

Engine 29 

Engine 34 

Engine 41 



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25 




Fire Department, 

Division 2. — Concluded. 



53 



Location. 



Capacity. 
(Tons.) 



Wagons. 



11 
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Engine 42 
Engine 30 
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Engine 20 
Engine 46 
Engine 19 
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Hose 49. . 



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20 



APPARATUS. 



Engines. — 45 in service, 9 in reserve. 

Ladder Trucks. — 31 in service, 7 in 
reserve. 

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

Water Towers. — 3 in service, 1 in re- 
serve. 

Fireboats. — 3 in service. 

Hose Wagons. — 34 in service, 8 in re- 
serve. 



^Automobiles . — 26 in service, 3 in re- 
serve. 

Delivery Trucks. — ■ 4 in service. 

Motor Combination Wagons. — 6 in 
service, 2 in reserve. 

Miscellaneous. — ■ 41 fuel wagons, 3 ma- 
nure wagons, 1 emergency motor truck. 



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64 



City Document No. 14. 



NUMBER OF RUNS EACH COMPANY HAD FROM 
FEBRUARY 1, 1916, TO FEBRUARY 1, 1917. 



COMFANT. 



Engine 1 . . 
Engine 2 . . 
Engine 3 . . 
Engine 4 . . 
Engine 5 . . 
Engine 6 . . 
Engine 7 . . 
Engine 8 . . 
Engine 9 . . 
Engine 10. . 
Engine 11.. 
Engine 12 . . 

Engine 13 . . 

Engine 14 . . 

Engine 15. . 

Engine 16 . . 

Engine 17 . . 

Engine 18 . , 

Engine 19 . 

Engine 20 . 

Engine 21 . 

Engine 22 . 

Engine 23 . 

Engine 24 . 

Engine 25 . 

Engine 26 . 

Engine 27 . 

Engine 28 . 
Engine 29 . 
Engine 30. 
Engine 31 . 
Engine 32 . 



15 

7 

26 

47 

21 

44 

25 

36 

26 

25 

14 

34 

33 

27 

22 

9 

18 

22 

10 

3 

19 

34 

35 

29 

16 21 



21 
11 
35 
36 
18 
33 
23 
28 
20 
21 
17 
23 
27 
19 
22 
7 
21 
13 
14 
8 
19 
38 
31 
14 
26 



26 32 
16 I 26 



22 
22 
21 

4 
17 
13 

6 

5 
18 
17 
26 
12 

15 
21 

13 

12 
8 

13 
4 

17 



26 16 



15 
41 
19 
37 
17 
27 
25 
18 
12 
17 
26 
25 
13 

14 

11 

4 

4 

12 

18 

24 

10 

17 

27 

12 

6 

5 

9 

7 

9 



15 

4 

23 

35 

16 

27 

15 

25 

16 

18 

15 

IS 

30 

23 

21 

6 

5 

10 

5 

5 

7 

26 

19 

15 

14 

20 

13 

12 

9 

17 
9 
15 



23 

12 

23 

47 

22 

43 

22 

34 

22 

20 
17 
29 
26 
39 
22 
9 
21 
21 
11 
10 
17 
30 
34 
22 
23 
32 
15 
17 
16 
20 
10 
13 



24 
11 
19 
38 
25 
26 
18 
32 
24 
14 
21 
25 
27 
25 
23 
11 
40 
27 
22 
27 
24 
23 
25 
14 
21 
21 
20 
20 
36 
13 
7 
17 



17 
7 

22 

35 

11 

22 

11 

18 

13 

24 
8 

17 

28 

26 

20 
5 
18 
12 
9 
7 
9 
31 
24 
14 
21 
29 
13 
15 
12 
13 



19 
10 
32 
48 
16 
54 
21 
26 
21 
26 
13 
30 
34 
35 
19 
6 
25 
24 
9 
6 
26 
38 
30 
28 
16 
40 
15 
19 
14 
18 
3 
14 



211 
101 
283 
449 
210 
401 
199 
333 
241 
245 
165 
287 
328 
305 
239 
84 
225 
201 
121 
86 
202 
336 
329 
208 
224 
340 
201 
155 
153 
172 
74 
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Fire Department. 65 

Number of Runs of Each Company. — Continued. 



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12 


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6 




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18 


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10 


9 


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17 


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13 


14 


19 


9 


14 


13 


21 


10 


12 


20 


11 


22 


20 


12 


14 


6 


15 


9 


14 


12 


15 


10 


16 


19 


27 


20 


20 


19 


14 


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20 


5 


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5 


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20 


24 


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15 


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6 


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14 


5 


9 


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12 


8 


5 


3 


3 


4 


10 


7 


5 


3 


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4 


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43 


25 


32 


41 


42 


17 


18 


12 


11 


21 


16 


19 


31 


11 


20 


11 


22 


21 


23 


23 


23 


21 


19 


15 


22 


17 


15 


16 


15 


17 


6 


3 


2 


1 


4 


16 


19 


14 


16 


17 


6 


27 


37 


22 


28 


31 


24 


15 


18 


17 


10 


11 


13 


7 


12 


9 


13 


5 


11 


12 


12 


6 


12 


4 


7 


17 


29 


24 


28 


26 


27 


26 


36 


17 


23 


19 


21 


9 


13 


10 


12 


4 


8 


18 


19 


9 


11 


15 


14 


5 


5 


5 


1 


2 


1 


18 


25 


15 


18 


15 


18 


9 


16 


12 


6 


14 


9 


5 


14 


10 


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6 



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►-9 


28 


32 


12 


14 


1 


2 


12 


9 


22 


20 


1 


2 


16 


19 


.9 


15 


17 


24 


13 


23 


20 


19 


8 


11 


11 


17 


16 


22 


6 


10 


10 


8 


9 


5 


36 


55 


14 


16 


21 


28 


21 


31 


19 


27 


6 


4 


12 


22 


29 


36 


13 


10 


10 


16 


8 


15 


32 


32 


33 


36 


11 


12 


28 


29 


6 


8 


24 


26 


8 


18 


9 


11 



Engine 33 
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 
Ladder 9 
Ladder 10 
Ladder 11 
Ladder 12 
Ladder 13 
Ladder 14 
Ladder 15 
Ladder 16 
Ladder 17 
Ladder 18 
Ladder 19 



22 


29 


4 


8 


2 


2 


13 


16 


19 


20 


2 


4 


21 


21 


20 


17 


10 


12 


19 


16 


23 


16 


13 


7 


6 


9 


12 


15 


11 


13 


4 


4 


5 


4 


40 


51 


25 


22 


25 


16 


38 


32 


15 


16 


6 


5 


20 


19 


25 


45 


13 


19 


10 


7 


4 


8 


29 


30 


28 


30 


* 


* 


15 


29 


3 


5 


25 


35 


13 


11 


13 


8 



28 


17 


17 


31 


1 


1 


11 


16 


25 


21 


1 


1 


23 


21 


17 


19 


16 


39 


19 


9 


32 


25 


13 


12 


7 


19 


28 


39 


8 


17 


13 


24 


13 


16 


55 


45 


20 


22 


22 


18 


28 


29 


27 


23 


8 


11 


18 


29 


46 


37 


13 


18 


15 


10 


16 


25 


41 


25 


29 


22 


10 


23 


24 


17 


5 


6 


33 


18 


21 


10 


9 


11 



269 
149 

13 
149 
224 

17 
216 
184 
207 
175 
254 
121 
135 
213 
113 

98 

82 
515 
214 
244 
309 
227 

73 
208 
387 
170 
125 
129 
340 
320 
112 
228 

52 
270 
147 
110 



* Not in service. 



66 City Document No. 14. 

Number of Runs of Each Company. — Concluded. 



Company. 


1 


03 


a 


^ 
^ 


6 

1-5 


1-5 


3 


S 
t 

m 


c 

o 

O 


B 

> 

o 


1 

o 

a 

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Is 
o 


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14 

23 

14 

24 

23 

2 

7 

5 

4 

16 

15 

4 

46 


10 

15 

16 

30 

22 

4 

9 

5 

3 

16 

15 

6 

66 


19 

11 

13 

9 

20 

6 

7 

5 

8 

22 

10 

15 

44 


18 

11 

20 

15 

18 

4 

8 

9 

8 

12 

12 

4 

50 


13 
7 

13 

16 
9 
6 
6 
8 
5 
8 

13 
3 

27 


12 

4 

10 

14 

12 

1 

12 

6 

3 

18 

17 

4 

35 


16 

12 

9 

16 

22 

3 

9 

4 

2 

6 

9 

2 

46 


11 

12 

12 

12 

13 

4 

7 

4 

4 

•8 

17 

46 


18 
11 
11 
25 
18 
1 
17 
10 
10 
22 
20 
10 
58 


20 

20 

14 

21 

5 

3 

9 

32 

13 

26 

13 

15 

52 


13 

6 

10 

16 

12 

5 

11 

8 

8 

15 

13 

6 

38 


14 
11 

8 
29 
26 

5 
10 

9 

7 
14 
18 

5 
56 


178 


Ladder 21 


143 


Ladder 22 


150 


Ladder 23 


227 


Ladder 24 


200 




44 


Ladder 26 


112 


Ladder 27 


105 


Ladder 28 


75 


Ladder 29 


183 


Ladder 30 


172 


Ladder 31 


74 


Chemical 1 


564 


Chemical 2 


30 


44 


27 


39 


26 


27 


25 


27 


40 


29 


41 


45 


400 


Chemical 3 


8 


10 


5 


12 


10 


4 


7 


9 


13 


7 


7 


5 


97 


Chemical 4 


23 


27 


21 


33 


10 


16 


17 


21 


21 


19 


24 


28 


260 


Chemical 5. 


17 


24 


8 


11 


12 


13 


13 


8 


19 


15 


11 


17 


168 


Chemical 7 


20 


20 


15 


17 


11 


12 


19 


16 


19 


21 


10 


15 


195 


Chemical 8 


15 


18 


19 


21 


15 


15 


15 


21 


28 


28 


20 


18 


233 


Chemical 9 


10 


13 


10 


15 


7 


9 


8 


9 


3 


10 


8 


5 


107 


Chemical 10 


* 


* 


* 


* 


* 


* 


* 


* 


21 


25 


17 


25 


88 


Chemical 11 


13 


13 


17 


11 


8 


14 


6 


7 


16 


15 


14 


13 


147 


Chemical 12 


19 


25 


16 


20 


19 


22 


25 


19 


31 


18 


21 


25 


260 


Chemical 13 


9 


10 


18 


18 


9 


5 


3 


7 


10 


14 


9 


18 


130 


Chemical 14 


4 


3 


7 


8 


5 


3 


3 


5 


11 


14 


9 


6 


78 


Tower 1 


11 

5 

4 


10 
9 
9 


4 
3 
5 


10 
4 
9 


7 
9 
6 


8 
3 

1 


6 
3 
3 


7 
4 
5 


16 
4 
4 


11 

5 

10 


9 
5 
2 


11 
6 
4 


110 


Tower 2 


60 


Tower 3 


62 







■ Not in servace. 



Fire Department. 



67 



Expenditures for the Year. 



Personal Service: 

Permanent employees 
Temporary employees 
Unassigned .... 

Service Other than Personal : 
Printing and binding . 

Postage 

Advertising and posting 

Transportation of persons . 

Cartage and freight 

Hire of teams 

Light and power . 

Rent, taxes and water 

Communications . 

Motor vehicle repairs and care 

Motorless vehicle repairs . 

Cleaning .... 

Removal of ashes and dirt 

Examinations 

Testing materials and supphes 

Expert and architect . 

Stenographic and copying . 

Towing 

Fees, etc 

Boiler inspection . 
Photographic and blueprinting 
General plant 
Horseshoeing and clipping 



Equipment : 

Cable, wire, etc. . 
Electrical 
Motor vehicles 
Motorless vehicles 
Stable ... 
Furniture and fittings 
Office . 

Marine ... 
Tools and instruments 
Live stock 
Wearing apparel . 
General plant 

Supplies : 
Office . 
Food and ice 

Carried forward 



.$1,539,634 02 


70 00 


2,669 31 


tiPi,0'±Z,O < Q OO 


$108 67 


320 82 


46 20 


727 65 


550 19 


1,867 50 


9,173 19 


5,151 61 


1,896 96 


5,400 19 


1,115 20 


1,563 02 


144 13 


527 00 


176 00 


1,160 40 


10 00 


165 00 


2 79 


228 00 


1,155 88 


32,868 56 


15,379 17 


— 79,738 13 


$11,552 67 


6,934 35 


70,882 06 


500 00 


1,948 34 


4,219 46 


485 87 


43 11 


27,474 79 


3,876 77 


639 37 


1,664 17 

ion OOA r)fi 


1.0\Jy^^\J V\J 


$3,809 12 


633 40 


$4,442 52 $1,752,332 42 



68 



City Document No. 14. 



Brought forward 


$4,442 52 $1,752,332 42 


Fuel 


42,164 38 




Forage and animal 


43,137 87 




• Medical, surgical, laboratory 


48 05 




Veterinary .... 


419 30 




Laundry, cleaning, toilet . 


1,769 38 




Motor vehicle 


8,201 79 




Chemicals and disinfectants 


2,616 77 




Marine 


24 20 




General plant . . 


3,342 53 




Cloth ..... 


3,664 14 


109,830 93 


Materials : 






Building .... 


. $13,520 60 




Machinery .... 


3 50 




Electrical .... 


3,305 57 




General plant 


21,017 94 


37,847 61 


Special Items : 






Pensions and annuities 


. $150,714 21 




Workingmen's compensation 


520 00 





Fire Station, Hyde Park. 
Payments on account : 

Expert services . . . . . . . 

Remodeling House, Engine 8. 
Payments on account : 

Contractor, P. H. Rose Con- 
struction Company . . . $7,650 00 
Architect, Joseph McGinniss . 1,063 12 

Blueprints 56 01 

Advertising 4 00 



151,234 21 
5,051,245 17 



$75 00 



Temporary quarters, James F. Flaherty 



Remodeling House, Engine in- 
payments on account: 

Contractor, D. R. McKillop . 
Architect, Joseph McGinniss 

Blueprints 

Removing pipe rails ..... 



$8,773 13 
1,100 00 


$9,873 13 


$13,453 30 

1,395 33 

49 42 

8 70 


$14,906 75 



Fire Department. 



69 



Remodeling House, Ladder 4- 
Payments on account: 

Contractor, M. D. Mealey & Co. . 
Architect, Joseph McGinniss 
Repairing heating apparatus 
Blueprints 



Sll,282 90 

1,187 52 

322 69 

45 69 

$12,838 80 



Remodeling Municipal Court Building, Dorchester Street. 
Payments on account: 

Contractor, Crowley & Hickey . . . $12,340 30 

Architect, Joseph McGinniss .... 1,746 90 

Blueprints 41 95 

Advertising 4 00 



Recapitulation. 


$14,133 15 




Fire Department $2,051,245 17 


Fire Station, Hyde Park .... 


75 00 


Remodeling House, Engine 8 . . . 


9,873 13 


Remodeling House, Engine 14 . . . 


14,906 75 


Remodeling House, Ladder 4 . . . 


12,838 80 


RemodeHng Municipal Court Building, Dor- 


chester street 


14,133 15 


$2,103,072 00 


Income. 


Permits for fires in open spaces, fireworks, blast- 


ing, transportation and storage of explosives . $3,632 75 


Sale of uniform cloth . . . 


2,943 75 


Sale of old material 






1,086 15 


Sale of badges . 






955 00 


Sale of manure 






142 25 


Damage to cable 






134 75 


Damage to hose 






67 50 


Rent .... 






44 00 


Damage to automobile 






34 62 


Services of employees 






15 75 




$9,056 52 



70 



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71 



Causes of Fires and Alarms from January 1, 1916, 
TO January 1, 1917. 



Alarms, false, needless, bell 

and still 
Alarms out of city- 
Automatic alarms, false and 

accidental . 
Automobiles . 
Brush, rubbish, etc. 
Careless use lamp, candle 
Careless use of matches and 

set by rats . 
Careless use pipe, cigar and 

cigarette 
Chimneys, soot burning 
Clothes near stove 
Defective chimney, stove 

pipe, boiler 
Electric wires, motors . 
Fireworks and firecrackers 
Gas jet, gas stove . 
Gasolene, naphtha, benzine 
Grease in ventilator 



751 
35 

124 

122 

816 

71 

523 

189 

197 

34 

61 
116 

4 
83 
50 
59 



Hot ashes in wooden recep- 
tacle 58 

Incendiary and supposed . 52 

Lamp upsetting, explosion . 53 

Miscellaneous ... 30 
Oil stove, careless use and 

explosion .... 28 
Overheated furnace, stove, 

boiler 158 

Set by boys .... 49 
Sparks from chimneys, 

stove . . . . _ . 112 
Sparks from locomotive, 

engine 39 

Spontaneous combustion . 124 

Thawing 50 

Unknown .... 543 

Total .... 4,531 





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January 


78 


51 


84 


23 


62 


41 


1 


February 


65 


44 


67 


6 


58 


34 


1 




71 
67 


51 

51 


92 
59 


8 
50 


45 
40 


38 
92 




April 


3 


May 


76 
45 
52 
71 


52 
55 
43 

56 


80 
39 
51 
42 


40 
21 
32 
16 


49 
35 
26 
17 


42 
27 
23 
26 


2 




2 


July 


1 




1 




57 


53 


64 


22 


16 


27 


1 




86 
69 
67 


57 
49 

48 


68 
71 
59 


43 
68 
11 


43 

47 
38 


51 

119 

67 


7 




6 




3 






Totals 


804 


610 


776 


340 


476 


587 


28 







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Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



Loss. 



Jan. 7, 

Jan. 15 

Jan. 15 

Jan. 23 

Jan. 29 

Jan. 30 

Feb. 5 

Feb. 10 

Feb. 15 

Feb. 28 
March 3 
March 7 
March 15 
March 27 

April 11 

April 25 

May 10 

May 11 

May 14 

May 17 

June 10 

July 3 

Aug. 15 

Sept. 12 

Oct. 21 

Nov. 10 

Nov. 24 

Nov. 27 

Dec. 12 

Dec. 21 

Dec. 22 



2406-2420 Washington street, J. P. ColUns et al 

101-103 Green street, P. Meehan et al 

47-49 Utica street, Hide and Skin Importing Company 

176 Tremont street, E. D. Codman, Trustee, el al 

36-40 Columbus avenue, M. P. Tenney et al 

2173-2187 Washington street, Green Brothers Com- 
pany et al ! 

263-267 Atlantic avenue, H. & L. Chase et al 

38-40 Washington street, Puritan Clothing Company 

57-63 Franklin street, J. W. Gerry el al 

Navy Yard, United States Government 

112-128 Bedford street, Bedford Trust el al 

232 Summer street, J. H. Daniels & Son, Inc., et al 

580 Commonwealth avenue, David Goodman et al 

Boston & Maine Railroad yard, freight shed and twenty-five 
cars 

5-11 Mishawum street. Bay State Leather Company 

North Beacon street, Boston & Albany Railroad yard 

347 Congress street. Merchants Towel Supply and Laundry 
Company 

Opposite 3748 Washington street, Boston Elevated Railway, 

325 Marginal street, International Glue Company et al 

212-218 High street, Dodge-Haley et al 

Rear 45 Union avenue, Eastern Chemical Company et al 

59 Cambridge street, Stanley Harlow Hamlin, Inc 

18-20 Henley street, Jameson Brothers 

97-99 K street, International Waste Company 

18 Oxford street, Elliot Manufacturing Company 

179-183 Summer street, C. E. Stubenrauch el al 

81 Wareham street, Gordon Supply Company et al 

73-79 Essex street, Simons, Hatch & Whitten Company 

338-344 Boylston street, P. L. Carbone et al 

Rainsford Island, Suffolk School 

183-185 Tremont street, Meyer Jonasson Company 



$15,548 
22,706 
29,921 
99,993 
58,461 

25,817 
41,989 
31,324 
40,023 
40,700 
54,352 
22,921 
43,200 

75,191 
24,035 
73,745 

26,308 
21,003 
15,350 

129,367 
26,615 
22,813 
15,175 
30,887 
17,987 
36,060 

129,303 
21,131 
18,719 
15,000 
43,842 



Fire Department. 



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STATISTICS. 






Population, January 1, 1917 . 


767,589 


Area, square miles .... 




47.34 


Number brick, etc., buildings 




30,586 


Number of wooden buildings . 




74,876 


Fires in brick and stone buildings . 


1,431 




Fires in wooden buildings 


1,112 




Out of city ..... 


35 




Not in buildings, false and needless 


1,953 




Total alarms .... 




4,531 


Fire Loss for the Year Ending 


December 31, 1916. 


Buildings, loss insured 




$1,024,161 


Contents, loss insured . . . . ■ 




1,126,318 
$2,150,479 


Buildings, loss not insured 


$47,383 




Contents, loss not insured 


174,627 


222,010 


Total loss buildings and contents . 




$2,372,489 


Marine loss 




$101,312 



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City Document No. 14. 



YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. 



Year ending 


February 1 


1903 


$1,762,619 


u 


(( 1 


1904 


1,674,333 


li 


« 1 


1905 


2,473,980 






1906 


2,130,146 


(I 


U 1 


1907 


1,130,334 




U -1 


1908 


2,268,074 


u 


U 1 


1909 


3,610,000 


u 


« -1 


1910 


1,680,245 


u 


U -1 


1911 (11 months) . 


3,159,989 


u 


January 1 


1912 


2,232,267 


11 


U 1 


1913 


2,531,017 


a 


a 1 


1914 


* 3,138,373 


u 


U -1 


1915 


3,013,269 


u 


u 1 


1916 


3,004,600 


u 


« 1 


1917 


1 2,372,489 



* Does not include marine loss of $1,116,475, steamship "Templemore." 
t Does not include marine loss of S101,312, steamship "City of Naples" et al. 
Note. — January loss, 1911, amounting to S165,001, deducted from previous year and 
included in calendar year January 1, 1911, to January 1, 1912. 



ALARMS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS.* 



Year. 


Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Totals. 


1916 


2,350 

2,847 
2,945 
2,594 
2,812 
2,291 
1,864 
2,101 
2,210 
2,441 


2,181 

2,590 
2,589 
2,322 
2,432 
2,142 
1,801 
1,677 
1,700 
1,600 


4,531 


1915 


5 437 


1914 


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 







* 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 January 1, 1911, to January 1, 1912. 



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City Document No. 14. 



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, Captain, Engine Company 22. 
Michael J. Dacey, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 20. 
Joseph P. Hanton, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 13. 
Timothy J. Heffron, Lieutenant, Chemical Company 9. 
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 February 1, 1916, to February 1, 1917. 



Number of men appointed to fire force 


44 


Number of men reappointed to fire force 


5 


All others 




8 


Resigned 




14 


Pensioned ..... 




19 


Deaths 




6 


Pensioners died .... 




15 


Members Pensioned from February 1, 1916, to 




February 1, 1917. 




John E. Madison. 


Wilham J. Connell. 




John F. Reynolds. 


William F. Crowley. 




John E. F. Griffin. 


Thomas H. Ramsey. 




Edward J. Lynch. 


Melvin P. Mitchell. 




James T. Prendergast. 


Frank C. Turner. 




James A. Higgins. 


Walter H. Wells. 




James Quinn. 


John W. Godbold. 




Patrick Curran. 


Chauncey R. Delano. 




Charles A. Winchester. 


Coleman E. Clougherty. 




Daniel F. Greenlaw. 







Fire Department. 



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Deaths of Members from February 1, 1916, to 
February 1, 1917. 

Ronald J. McDonald. 
Frank J. Griffin. 
John T. Stewart. 



Florence Donoghue. 
John P. Foley. 
WilHam C. Lutz. 



Deaths op Pensioners from February 1, 1916, to 
February 1, 1917. 



William C. Greeley. 
Uzziel Putnam. 
Joseph W. Brown. 
Henry P. Pitcher. 
John Neal. 
Leonard F. Merrill. 
Charles M. Wandless. 
George B. Reiley. 



WilHam T. McCormack. 
Waldo C. Burt. 
Ignatius H. Dooley. 
Jason Gordon. 
OHver J. Booker. 
John F. MitcheU. 
Jennie M. Needham. 



BOSTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND. 



Report of the treasurer of the Boston Firemen's 
Relief Fund February 1, 1916, to January 31, 1917, 
inclusive. 

The following was the condition of the fund : 

City of Boston 3| per cent bonds . . . $148,000 00 

City of Boston 4 per cent bonds .... 65,000 00 

Chicago, Burhngton & Quincy Railroad bonds . 8,000 00 

Six shares of Boston & Albany Railroad, par 

value 600 00 

Six shares of Fitchburg Railroad, par value . 600 00 

Two shares of Old Colony Railroad, par value . 200 00 

Four shares of Boston & Lowell Railroad, par 

value 400 00 

Eight shares of Massachusetts Gas Company, par 

value 800 00 

One share of Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany, par value 100 00 

Nine shares of American Telephone and Tele- 
graph Company, par value .... 900 00 
Two shares of Western Union Telegraph, par 

value 200 00 



Carried forward 



$224,800 00 



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City Document No. 14. 



Brought forward 

Three shares of Boston & Maine Railroad, par 

value . . 

One share of West End Street Railway- 
Two shares of New York, New Haven & Hart- 
ford Railroad 

Three shares of Old South Building Association, 

par value 

Cash on hand 



$224,800 00 


300 00 
50 00 


200 00 


300 00 
21,981 06 



$247,631 06 



Receipts 
Interest and income 

earned 
Annual ball 
Donations 
Checks returned 
Bonds matured 
Bank loan 
Cash on hand February 

1, 1916. 



$9,162 79 

15,246 06 

575 00 

224 16 

13,000 00 

3,000 00 

8,075 50 

S49,283 51 



Payments. 
Benefits . 
Treasurer's bond 
Salaries . 
Printing . 
Expenses 
Balance in bank Febru 
ary 1, 1917 



126,703 41 

62 50 

400 00 

69 04 

67 50 

21,981 06 



),283 51 



Cash. 



Securities. 



Total. 



February 1, 1916. 
February 1, 1917. 



$8,075 50 
21,981 06 



$246,650 00 
225,650 00 



$254,725 50 
247,631 06 



President, John Grady, 

Fire Commissioner. 
Alexander F. Mitchell, Treasurer. 
John F. Hardy, Secretary.