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ANNUAL REPOBT 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 



CITY OF BOSTON 



TEAE EI^DI:NG 31 JAl^UAET, 1918 




CITY OF BOSTON 

PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1918 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1917-18. 



Boston, February 4, 1918. 

Hon. Andeew J. Peters, 
Mayor 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, 1918. 

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 one hundred eighty-four thousand eight 
hundred ninety-six dollars and twenty-eight cents was 
expended by the Fire Department during the past fiscal 
year. In addition to the above, $82,113.48 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 $7,744.55. 



2 City Document No. 14. 

Peksonnel. 

On January 31, 1918, the fire-fighting force comprised 
1,033 men, with 127 employees in the other branches 
of the service. On January 31, 1917, there was a total 
of 1,095 men in the employ of the department. 

Thirty-seven members were retired during the year 
on account of age and disability. 

FiEE Prevention. 

During the past year many thousand inspections have 
been made by members of this department in an effort 
to reduce the fire loss. In many cases verbal orders 
have been given to the parties responsible for the 
conditions. In the majority of cases written orders 
had to be given and considerable correspondence was 
necessary in some cases before a correction of conditions 
would be made. Such recommendations as the installa- 
tion of automatic sprinklers in certain classes of buildings 
would be referred to the Fire Prevention Commissioner 
of the metropolitan district for such action as he deemed 
advisable, but with very few exceptions the recom- 
mendations of the inspecting officers would be carried 
out. In the course of these inspections the officers 
were ofttimes subjected to unjust criticism, but they 
never hesitated to take action when conditions would 
warrant a report with certain recommendations. Regu- 
lar inspections of schoolhouses, theaters, motion picture 
houses, public buildings, etc., have been made, and 
considerable good has been done by these regular 
inspections, not only in effecting certain remedies to 
dangerous conditions but in the officers familiarizing 
themselves with the interior of buildings in their districts. 

During the year 8,444 permits were issued by this 
department for fires in the open air, for the keeping and 
storing of inflammable fluids, for the keeping and stor- 
ing of gasolene and other volatile fluids in amounts not 
exceeding 130 gallons, for the keeping, storage and dis- 
charges of fireworks and firecrackers and for the handling 
and transportation of explosives. The authority to 
issue these permits is delegated to this department by 
the Fire Prevention Commissioner. 

Motor Apparatus. 
Thirty new pieces of motor apparatus were purchased 
during the year, including six chief's automobiles and 
one Ford runabout. 



Fire Department. 3 

That the apparatus of this department should be 
motorized just as rapidly as possible is my firm belief. 
Not less than two hundred thousand dollars should be set 
aside each year for the purchase of motor apparatus 
until this work is completed. Today Boston's apparatus 
is about 54 per cent motorized and is somewhat behind 
other large cities of the country. If enough money is 
provided in the next two years Boston should lead all 
other large cities in the motorization of its fire-fighting 
apparatus. 

The repair shop building on Bristol street is fast 
becoming overcrowded, due to the motorization of 
apparatus. Some arrangement should be made for a 
separate repair shop for motor apparatus as the care 
and repairing of other apparatus and machinery tests 
the capacity of the present repair shop. Land owned 
by the city on Atkinson street, Ward 9, on site occupied 
by the department veterinary hospital would be a most 
advantageous location, as eventually this hospital will 
be unnecessary owing to the motorization of apparatus. 
Should a motor repair shop be erected, space for the 
storage of spare apparatus must be provided, and in this 
instance a saving of $2,000 per year would be made as 
the city is now paying that amount for storage space at 
Nos. 240-256 Dover street. It would, therefore, be a 
decided advantage to the city to erect a building of this 
kind. 

Fire Losses. 

During the year the department responded to 4,778 
alarms. The fire loss for the year amounted to 
14,056,887, including $75,660 in marine loss. 

Alterations to Houses. 

The remodeling of the old municipal building at the 
corner of Dorchester and West Fourth streets. South 
Boston, has been completed and provides very suitable 
and commodious quarters for Engine Company 1 and 
Ladder Company 5. By having both pieces of appara- 
tus in one building the cost of upkeep is greatly reduced 
and the efficiency of the department is greatly increased. 

The quarters of Engine Company 15 have been 
entirely remodeled, which was occasioned by the building 
of the Dorchester Tunnel, and the cost of same has been 
divided between the Fire Department and the Transit 
Commission. 



4 City Document No. 14. 

The work of remodeling the quarters of Engine Com- 
pany 8, Salem street, has been completed and the 
improvement is decidedly noticeable. 

The quarters of Engine Company 5, East Boston, 
and of Engine Company 50 (old Chemical 3), Charles- 
town, are being remodeled and both pieces of apparatus 
are to be motorized. 

A new house is being built in Readville for the quarters 
of Engine Company 49 which will replace the quarters 
of Hose 49. The old horse-drawn apparatus will be 
replaced by motor-driven apparatus. 

The building on Wareham street, formerly used by 
the Wire Department and turned over to this depart- 
ment by the Public Buildings Department, has been 
remodeled to house all apparatus used by the Fire Alarm 
Branch and contains storerooms, stock room and work- 
shop. A new heating plant was installed. 

Owing to the dangerous condition of the towers on 
Engine House No. 19 it is proposed to reconstruct this 
building during the coming year, as the Building Com- 
missioner has declared the present structure to be 
''unsafe so as to endanger life and a common nuisance" 
and orders have been received by this department to 
remedy existing conditions. 

Miscellaneous. 

All the apparatus of this department with equipment 
was inspected and tested in the yard at headquarters, 
Bristol street. Each company was drilled separately 
and the use of each appliance was given a thorough test. 

A rescue squad was established in Fort Hill square, 
consisting of a lieutenant and seven men. The equip- 
ment of this piece of apparatus consists of smoke masks 
and helmets, pulmotor, elevator rescue outfit, oxygen 
and acetylene outfit for cutting metal bars, axes, fire 
extinguishers, life lines, jimmy, etc. This apparatus 
is motor driven and responds to alarms of fire in the 
storage warehouse district and along the waterfront 
and has demonstrated its value to this department in 
the extinguishment of fire in an atmosphere of ammonia 
and acid vapors, gas fumes and smoke of overpowering 
and suffocating density. 

The school for officers which was established this year 
for officers below the grade of district chief was very 
satisfactory and proved of immense value in the study 



FiKE Department. 5 

and standardization of all pieces of apparatus and 
equipment. I believe that the efficiency of the depart- 
ment was greatly helped by the lectures which were 
given by the superior officers of the department. 

Six pulmotors have been added to the service, making 
a total of nine, located as follows: Ladders 1, 2, 4, 7, 
14, 15, 16, 17 and Rescue No. 1, inspected and demon- 
strated monthly by the medical examiner of this depart- 
ment. In the location of these pulmotors care was 
taken that each section of the city was fully protected 
so that there is scarcely an alarm received but what a 
pulmotor responds with a piece of apparatus. 

In conclusion I would inform you that the members 
of the department have worked hard and faithfully 
during the past year, and I believe that by the numerous 
letters of commendation received, the donations to the 
Boston Firemen's Relief Fund, the appreciation of the 
citizens of this city reflected the efficiency of the depart- 
ment. Between the Fire and other departments of the 
city an excellent spirit of cooperation exists and for 
the assistance rendered by the heads of other city 
departments, especially the Police Commissioner and 
the Commissioners of Public Works, Wire and Building 
Departments, I am deeply grateful. 

Yours very respectfully, 

John Grady, 

Fire Commissioner. 



City Document No. 14. 



Names of Chief Engineers, or Chief of Depart- 
ment, Since the Fire Department was Estab- 
lished, January, 1826. 

Samuel D. Harris 1826-28 

Thomas C. Amory 1829-35 

William Bamicoat 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 

William T. Cheswell 1901-06 

John A. Mullen 1906-14 

John Grady * 1914 

Peter F. McDonough 1914-18 



* Appointed Fire Commissioner 



Fire Department. 7 

REPORT OF CHIEF OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Boston, February 1, 1918. 
From: The Chief of Department. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

The following is the report of the Chief of Depart- 
ment for the year ending January 31, 1918: 

During the calendar year the department has 
responded to 4,778 alarms. The fire loss was $4,056,887, 
including marine loss. 

Additions and Changes. 

February 15, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combina- 
tion chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in 
service with Engine Company 21, displacing the horse- 
drawn apparatus. Two horses were displaced by this 
change. 

February 22, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combina- 
tion chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in 
service with Engine Company 17, displacing the horse- 
drawn apparatus. Two horses were displaced by this 
change. 

March 2, 1917, Ladder 6 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses 

March 15, 1917, Engine 26 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

March 27, 1917, Engine 36 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

April 23, 1917, Ladder 25 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

May 10, 1917, Engine 39 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

June 11, 1917, Ladder 22 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

June 15, 1917, a company was organized to be known 
as Rescue Company 1 and was established in the quarters 
of Ladder Company 8. This company is equipped with 
a gasolene motor-driven car carrying six Draeger smoke 
and gas helmets, pulmotor, elevator rescue outfit, 
oxygen and acetylene outfit for cutting bars, metal, 



8 City Document No. 14. 

etc., axes, extinguishers, life line, jimmy, etc. This 
company was organized particularly to perform rescue 
work and to fight fires in places inaccessible for the 
ordinary force and equipment. 

June 16, 1917, Engine 3 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

June 20, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
pumping engine, chemical and hose wagon was placed 
in service with Engine Company 1, replacing the horse- 
drawn apparatus. Five horses were displaced by this 
change. 

June 20, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven, quick-raising 
75-foot aerial truck was placed in service with Ladder 
Company 5, replacing the horse-drawn apparatus. 
Three horses were displaced by this change. 

July 2, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
pumping engine, chemical and hose wagon was placed 
in service with Engine Company 15, replacing the 
horse-drawn apparatus. Five horses were displaced 
by this change. 

July 5, 1917, Engine 8 was equipped with a two- 
wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

July 5, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 8, replacing the two-horse hose 
wagon in service with this company. 

July 19, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 3, replacing the two-horse hose 
wagon in service with this company. 

July 19, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 26, replacing the two-horse hose 
wagon in service with this company. 

August 11, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 22, replacing the two-horse hose 
wagon in service with this company. 

August 13, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 36, replacing the two-horse hose 
wagon in service with this company. 

September 27, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combina- 
tion chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in serv- 
ice with Engine Company 39, replacing the two-horse 
hose wagon in service with this company. 



Fire Department. 9 

October 2, 1917, a gasolene motor-driven combination 
chemical engine and hose wagon was placed in service 
with Engine Company 38, replacing the two-horse hose 
wagon in service with this company. 

November 22, 1917, Engine 22 was equipped with a 
two-wheel tractor, displacing three horses. 

Two gasolene motor-driven combination chemical 
engines and hose wagons were received and are at present 
being used as relief apparatus. 

Three gasolene touring cars and six roadsters were 
received for use of officers of the department. 

Two light gasolene motor-driven trucks were placed 
in service in the Fire Alarm Branch. 

Engine 38, a self-propelling steam fire engine, and 
Engine 22 were equipped with new boilers. 

During the year Chemical Companies 3, 4 and 8 were 
disbanded and officers and men transferred to other 
companies. 

The station in which is housed Engine Company 8 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 granolithic 
floor and base installed. The walls and ceihng of main 
floor were fireproofed. Dutch doors and a granolithic 
walk and driveway were other improvements. A roof 
garden for the men was furnished on this station. 

The building formerly occupied jointly by the South 
Boston Municipal Court and Engine Company 1 was 
remodeled to house Engine Company 1 and Ladder 
Company 5. Larger dormitories, separate rooms for all 
officers and better toilet and locker room facilities were 
provided. The stable of Engine Company 1 was 
demolished and a granolithic floor and base installed for 
both main floors. Dutch doors and granolithic drive- 
ways and walks were other improvements. 

The station in which is housed Engine Company 15 
was remodeled. A larger dormitory, separate rooms for 
all officers and better locker room and toilet facilities 
were provided. The stable was demolished, a grano- 
lithic floor and base installed and the walls and ceiling 
of main floor were fireproofed. Dutch doors and grano- 
lithic driveway and walks were other improvements. 
A new heating system was installed in this station. A 
roof garden was furnished for this company. 

The station in which is housed Engine Company 46 
was remodeled. A larger dormitory, separate rooms for 



10 City Document No. 14. 

all officers and better locker room and toilet facilities 
were provided. The stable was demolished and a 
granolithic floor and base installed. Dutch doors were 
installed in this station. 

The station in which is housed Engine Company 43 
and Ladder Company 20 was remodeled. Separate 
rooms for all officers and better locker room facilities 
were provided. The stable was demolished and a 
granolithic floor and base installed. The area in rear of 
house was resurfaced with granolithic. A roof garden 
was furnished for these companies. 

The building on Wareham street, turned over by the 
Public Buildings Department to this department, was 
remodeled for use by the Fire Alarm Branch. Stock 
rooms, storage and a garage to house all apparatus used 
by this branch were the improvements made. A new 
heating plant was installed. 

Buildings. 

The interiors of the stations are looked after very 
carefully and are in good condition as regards cleanliness, 
but many are without modern facilities and in a few 
instances hardly fit for occupancy. Stations in which 
motor apparatus has been installed will need consider- 
able remodeling. 

Apparatus and Equipment. 

The apparatus and equipment, including hose, was 
given the annual inspection and test in the yard at 
headquarters, Bristol street, under the direction of the 
Chief of Department. Added to the usual inspection 
was a drill of engine companies, consisting of the follow- 
ing: Running of hose lines over stairway in drill tower, 
over ladders, fire escapes, etc.; siamesing of lines, deck 
gun, burst hose, standpipe work; use of Breslin nozzle. 
Baker and Hart cellar pipes; removing of burst or 
defective hose and the replacing of same with new 
pieces in vertical line run from engine to roof of head- 
quarters' building, and also to window of drill tower; 
also knowledge of advantage and disadvantage in 
increasing and decreasing nozzle ti)ps. 

The drill for ladder companies consiisted of the follow- 
ing: Raising of various ladders, use of life lines, taking 
ladders over roofs with life line; study of equipment. 



Fire Department. 11 

Horses, harnesses, boilers, pumps, motors, motor 
pumpers, aerial and ground ladders, fire hats, spanners 
and axe belts, and all tools and other equipment neces- 
sary for the maintenance of efficient service was inspected 
by the superintendent of repairs, the supervisor of motor 
apparatus, the veterinary surgeon and the foreman of 
the hose and harness shop. The inspection and drill of 
fireboats was held at their berths. 

Deputy and district chiefs were present at this inspec- 
tion. 

Separate consolidated reports were forwarded to 
headquarters by the inspecting officers covering this 
inspection. 

Arrangements were made when necessary to cover 
fire stations in the various parts of the city during the 
absence of companies at drill, and meal hours were 
arranged so that there was no interference with the day's 
work of a company designated to appear for this drill. 

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 held weekly drills and 
all new appointees have passed through the department 
drill school. 

All regularly assigned chauffeurs were instructed in 
the department automobile school. 

The school for engineers has been in constant operation. 



12 



City Document No. 14. 



Mutual Aid. 

The plan of cooperation with the cities and towns 
adjacent to our border was maintained during the year 
passed with beneficial results. 

Hydrants. 

The following is the number and type of hydrants in 
use for fire service January 31, 1918: 



Boston post 
Ordinary post 
■Lowry . 
Boston Lowry 
Boston 

Chapman post 
Ludlow post 
Coffin post . 

Total . 



3,551 

3,459 

1,625 

641 

179 

154 

9 

1 

9,619 



High Pressure Fire Service. 

The following is the report of the work done during the 
year 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 past year, has installed about 
4,400 lineal feet of piping mains in Bromfield street, 
Merchants row and South Market street, North street, 
from Blackstone to Richmond, Richmond street. North 
to Hanover, Hanover, from Richmond to near North 
Bennet, Traverse street and Washington Street North to 
Keany square, and Commercial street, from Keany 
square to Charter. On these lines there are twenty-one 
hydrants, makng a total of 209 at present available for 
fire purposes. 

"Bids were received for a six-pump equipment in a 
station proposed to locate in the North End paving 
yard, but the proposed sums were not within the money 
available for this purpose. 

"Many of the hydrants have been used at fires and 
were of decided value at the Sears street and the Bigelow 
& Dowse fires. At the former there were four hydrants 
in service with direct hose lines and steamer connec- 
tions. At the latter the one available hydrant at 



FiEE Department. 13 

Oliver and Franklin streets had a large size engine 
taking its full capacity, and a direct hose line 300 feet 
long playing a very effective stream into the sixth floor 
of the building from a ladder." 

Recommendations. 

Under this heading I reiterate my former requests to 
motorize as far and as fast as financial conditions will 
permit in order to bring this department up to the 
modern standard of efficiency, and the changes recom- 
mended in the stations are for the health and comfort of 
the men. 

FIRE STATIONS. 

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 hving conditions are wholly inadequate for the 
number of men housed in this station. The new station 
should contain offices for the Chief of Department. 

I would recommend the fireproofing of the main 
floors, at least, of stations in which motor apparatus has 
been installed and, if financial conditions permit, shower 
rooms and separate rooms for all officers in stations not at 
present thus equipped. 

The painting of all exterior wood and metal on stations 
would prove a measure of ultimate economy and should 
receive consideration. 

APPARATUS. 

Engines. 
Owing to the uncertainty of procuring replacements 
of new boilers, and also the excessive cost of same, 
added to the fact that there are several engines at pres- 
ent very much in need of new boilers, I would not 
recommend the purchase of tractors, but request that as 
far as financial conditions permit gasolene motor- 
driven pumping engines be furnished to replace the 
present horse-drawn apparatus. The triple combina- 
tion with a pump capacity of at least 800 gallons per 
minute would be the type for the outlying districts and 
for all other sections an engine with a pump capacity 



14 City Document No. 14. 

of at least 1,000 gallons per minute. For increased 
efficiency and economy the companies in the suburban 
districts should be motorized first. 

Chemical and Hose Combinations. 
I would recommend the placing in service of motor- 
driven combination chemical engine and hose wagons 
with engine companies, other than suburban, to replace 
the horse-drawn apparatus at present in service. 

Ladder Trucks. 

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

Gasolene motor-driven 75-foot quick-raising aerial 
trucks should be installed in the quarters of Ladder 
Companies 7, 11, 23, 24 and 26 to replace the present 
horse-drawn apparatus, and the motor-driven city 
service truck, at present in service with Ladder Com- 
pany 7, could be shifted to reserve. 

The horse-drawn combination city service trucks at 
present in service with Ladder Companies 19, 27 and 28 
should be replaced with gasolene motor-driven 65-foot 
quick-raising aerial trucks, each equipped with a 40- 
gallon chemical tank. 

Fuel Trucks. 

I would recommend the purchase of a sufficient 
number of gasolene motor-driven trucks to be used for 
the purpose of hauling cannel coal to fires. The motori- 
zation of apparatus, thus eliminating the horses that 
were depended on for this service, makes this absolutely 
necessary. 

Relief Apparatus. 

I reiterate my recommendation of the urgent need 
of having sufficient relief motor apparatus of the differ- 
ent types to replace the regularly assigned apparatus in 
an emergency. 

MEN. 

The new engine company in the Readville section 
should consist of two officers and ten men. Hose Com- 
pany 49 would be disbanded and the men transferred 
to the new company. 



Fire Department. 15 

The new engine company in Charlestown should con- 
sist of two officers and ten men. 

Ladder Companies 23, 24 and 26 should be increased 
to twelve-men companies. I would recommend that a 
captain be placed in command of Ladder Company 24. 

The year passed has been very prolific of fires of 
magnitude and I wish to convey my appreciation of the 
conscientious work of the officers and men under, at 
times, very severe conditions. 

All other departments have cheerfully cooperated 
with us when called on. 

P. F. McDoNOUGH, 

Chief of Department. 



16 City Document No. 14. 



FIRE ALARM BRANCH. 



Boston, April 22, 1918. 
From: Superintendent Fire Alarm. 

To: The Fire Commissioner: • 

Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following report of the Fire 
Alarm Branch for the fiscal year February 1, 1917, to 
February 1, 1918. 

Operating Division. 
Note. — The records of alarms are for the calendar 
year 1917. 

Box alarms received and transmitted: 

First alarms . . . . ... . . 2,253 

Second alarms .....;... 50 

Third alarms 18 

Fourth alarms 8 

Fifth alarms 3 

Box alarms received but not transmitted: 

Alarms received from same box for same fire two or 

more times '210 

Alarms received from adjacent boxes for same fire . 179 

Alarms received, not struck, treated as stills . . 7 

Still alarms received and transmitted: 

Received from citizens by telephone to office . . 1,248 
Received from Police Department by telephone to 

office _ 147 

Received from department stations .... 820 
" Mutual aid " alarms, treated as stills .... 22 
Emergency calls, treated as stills ..... 60 
Still alarms for which box alarms were later trans- 
mitted 169 

Automatic and A. D. T. alarms: 

Boston Automatic alarms received .... 184 

Department box alarms received and transmitted in 

connection with automatic alarms .... 13 



Fire Department. 17 

A. D. T. alarms received ....... 42 

A. D. T. alarms transmitted 36 

Department box alarms received and transmitted in 

connection with A. D. T. alarms .... 6 



Total Alarms. 
Total box alarms received 

Total box alarms transmitted (including multiples) . 

Stills, automatics, "mutual aid," emergencies, etc., 
eliminating those for which box alarms were trans- 
mitted 2,504 




Total alarms transmitted 4,836 

Fire Alarm Box Records. 

Boxes from which no alarms were received . . . 440 

Box tests and inspections 8,818 

Construction Division. 
Underground Construction. 

The streets prescribed by the Commissioner of Wires 
for the removal of poles and overhead wires affected 
this department more than usual in 1917, but because 
of the high cost of labor and material, due to war condi- 
tions, the demand for carrying the order into effect was 
waived by order of the Mayor. 

Twenty-eight thousand eight hundred and fifty-three 
(28,853) feet of cable, containing about forty-eight (48) 
miles of conductors, were hauled into underground ducts 
as an extension to the system. About eight hundred 
(800) feet of ducts were laid underground; eight (8) 
fire alarm box posts and one (1) test post were installed. 
Sixteen (16) fire alarm box posts and six (6) test posts 
were reset or replaced by new. 

Fire Alarm Boxes. 

Twenty-six (26) fire alarm boxes were established, of 
which ten (10) are public boxes, twelve (12) schoolhouse 
boxes and four (4) private boxes. Of the new public 
boxes five (5) were placed on lamp-posts and five (5) 
on poles. Fifteen (15) boxes formerly attached to poles 
or buildings were re-established on iron posts. 



18 City Document No. 14. 

Interior Electrical Construction. 
The stations of Engine 1 and Ladder 5 and Engines 
15, 38-39, 43 and 46 were completely rewired for lights 
and fire alarm apparatus and extensive changes were 
made in electrical equipments in other stations. 

Recommendations. 

Although prices for material are high the condition 
of much of the underground cable system is such that 
it is imperative that cables be bought to replace defective 
cables and for re-routing some of the circuits. 

Many of the box circuits are overloaded and should 
be divided. Considerable overhead construction must 
be improved and defects in interior wiring must be 
corrected. 

There are many box locations which should be desig- 
nated by red lights at night. 

Public Fire Alarm Boxes Established. 

1495. Harrison avenue and Broadway. 
1677. Shawmut avenue and Worcester street. 
2276. Amory and Atherton streets. 

2341. Jersey and Queensberry streets. 

2343. Peterborough and Kilmarnock streets. 

311. South Bay avenue and Burnham street. 

3321. Olney street and Geneva avenue. 

3482. Marsh and Glide streets. 

3559. Standard and Manchester streets. 

711. Summer and A streets. 

Private Boxes Established. 

1517. Plymouth Theater, Eliot street. 

3122. New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, engine 

house, Southampton street. 
5233. Thompson & Norris Company, Braintree street. 

(Auxiliary.) 
7213. New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Car 

Department building, West Fourth street. 

Schoolhouse Boxes Established. 

1232. Pormort School, Snelling place. 

1237. Freeman School,. Charter street. 

1348. Mayhew School, Poplar and Chambers streets. 

1366. Grant School, PhiUips street, near Anderson street. 

1496. Tyler Street School, near Kneeland street. 

1497. Pierpont School, Hudson street, near Oak street. 



Fire Department. 



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1626.. Way Street School, near Albany street. 

1627. Andrews School, Genesee street. 

2339. Trade School for Boys, Parker street. 

420. WiUiam H. Kent School, Moulton street. 

430. Oliver Holden School, Pearl street. 

469. C. E. Daniels School, Mead street. 

684. James Otis School, Marion street. (Re-established.) 

Changes in Location of Fire Alarm Boxes. 

2361. From Parker and Station streets to Parker and Prentiss 

streets. 
2365. From Tremont street, near Mission Church, to Tremont 

and St. Alphonsus streets. 
5153. From Washington and Shannon streets to Washmgton 

and Snow streets. 
641. From Engine House No. 5 to Marion and Trenton 

streets. 

7136. From Dorchester avenue, near bridge, to Dorchester 

avenue and West First street. 

7137. From Engine House No. 15 to Broadway and A street. 



Fire Alarm Boxes in Service. 

Total number 

Owned by Fire Department . 
Owned by Schoolhouse Department 
Owned by Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company 

Privately owned 

Department boxes: 

On lamp-posts 

On poles 

On buildings 

Inside buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors (bell ringm 
ment) .... 

Equipped with keyless doors (glass guards) 

Equipped with key doors 

Equipped with auxiliary attachments 

Designated by red lights at night 
Schoolhouse boxes: 

On lamp-posts 

On poles 

On outside of buildings 

Inside of buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors 

Equipped with key doors 

Designated by red lights at night 
Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company boxes: 

On lamp-post 

On poles 



g attach- 



1,142 

829 

160 

66 

87 

391 

417 

18 

3 

777 

47 

5 

14 

395 

14 
16 
66 
64 
101 
59 
16 



20 



City Document No. 14. 



On outside of buildings 
Inside of buildings 
Equipped with keyless doors 
Equipped with key doors 
Private boxes: 

On poles 

On outside of buildings 
Inside of buildings 
Equipped with keyless doors 
Equipped with key doors 



17 
40 
11 
55 

6 
23 

58 
11 

76 



Post and Test Boxes. 



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



405 

1 

64 

187 



Classification of Fiee Alarm Box Stations. 

Academies 5 

Asylums 3 

Car barns 5 

Cemetery 1 

Church 1 

City yard 1 

Homes for aged people 2 

Hospitals 18 

Hotels . . . 5 

Manufacturing plants 23 

Museum 1 

Navy Yard 6 

Newspaper plant 1 

Office buildings 3 

Police station (Chelsea) 1 

Power stations 5 

Prison 1 

Public hall 1 

Pumping station 1 

Railroad shops 4 

Railroad stations 5 

Railroad yards 11 

Retail stores 6 

Restaurant 1 

Schoolhouses 172 

Stable 1 

Stock yards 2 

Street (pubhc) boxes * 811 

Theaters . 28 

Warehouses 3 



* About one hundred schoolhouse and private boxes are accessible to the public but are 
not coimted as street boxes. 



FiKE Department. 



21 



Wharves 10 

Wholesale houses 4 

Total 1,142 



Circuits. 



61 
14 
13 

47 
7 




Number of box circuits ....... 

Nuraber of tapper circuits 

Number of gong circuits " . 

Number of telephone circuits to department stations, 
Number of telephone circuits to "Beach" exchange . 
Special telephone circuit to "Back Bay" exchange 
Special telephone circuit to police headquarters . 
Special telephone circuit to A. D. T. Company's ofhce, 
Telephone connection to Boston Automatic Company's 

office 

Telephone connection to Protective Department 

The above telephone service is from department exchange 
board. 

Wires, Cable and Conduit. 

Line wire in service . 

Aerial cable in service 

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 . 494,446 feet 
Ducts in Postal Telegraph Company's system 

used by Fire Department 3,294 feet 

Fire Alarm Apparatus. 

Tappers in service 143 

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

Department stations . 6 

Gongs in service . . 115 

Registers in service in department stations ... 21 

Relays in service in department stations ... 14 

Tower bell in service 1 

Telephones in department system 138 

Public Clocks. 
Twenty-six tower clocks, twenty-two of which are owned by 
the city, are kept in operation by this department. Forty-one 
reports of clock troubles, most of which were of minor impor- 
tance, were attended to during the year. 



237 miles 

23 miles 

130 miles 

90 miles 

135| miles 

2,108 miles 

1,244 miles 

53,364 feet 

68,313 feet 



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City Document No. 14. 



The Winthrop Street Church clock and the steel bell weighing 
1,968 pounds, formerly used in the tower of the Saratoga Street 
Church, were removed from the towers and are now stored by 
this department. 



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 . 

Undergroimd cable installed in ducts of New England 

Telephone and Telegraph Company 
Conductors in same .... 
Underground cable installed in ducts of Postal Tele 

graph Company . . 
Conductors in same . 
Underground cable installed in department ducts 

Conductors in same 

Total underground cable installed (new w^ork) 

Conductors in same 

Cable used for repairs on account new subway 

Conductors in same 

Conduits laid by this department . 

Ducts in same 

Manhole built 



Feet. 

10,000 
89,400 
2,000 
4,000 
4,000 
1,980 
18,200 

18,077 
144,940 

1,935 

38,000 



72,648 

28,852 

255,638 

695 

22,565 

670 

820 

1 



Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 

By Fjre 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 or replaced by new 
Fire alarm test posts set (addition to service) 
Fire alarm test posts reset or replaced by new 
Fire alarm pole test boxes installed 



10 
12 
1 
3 
7 
16 
1 
6 
2 



Geoege L. Fickett, 
Superintendent Fire Alarm. 



Fire Department. 23 



SUPERINTENDENT OF REPAIR SHOP. 



Boston, March 19, 1918. 

From: Superintendent of Repair Shop Branch. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following report, which shows 
the repair work done on horse-driven apparatus and 
repairs which were obliged to be made outside of shop, 
with costs. 

Repairs in and on buildings which house the different 
fire companies is incorporated, both by department 
mechanics and outside firms. 

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

Horse -DRIVEN Apparatus Repairs. 

Number of repair jobs done in repair shop . . . 1,920 

Cost of material and labor $28,700 

Number of jobs done by outside firms .... 250 

Cost of jobs done by outside firms .... $4,259 

Summary of Apparatus Repairs. 

25 Channel irons applied to apparatus wheels. 

65 Solid rubber tires applied to apparatus wheels. 

45 Running gear springs attached to apparatus. 

20 Broken ladder's repaired. 

15 Broken poles replaced by new poles. 

40 Band brakes relined and repaired. 

Overhauled 3 ladder trucks, 2 fire engines, 3 hose wagons, 2 
chemical engines. 

Sharpening axes, replacing broken axe handles with new handles, 
and fitting rakes, sledges and hammers with handles, together 
with numerous repair jobs on fire hats, collars and other 
parts of harnesses, constitute everyday repairs. 

House repairs by painters, plumbers, carpenters and steam fitters 
and repairs by company members, stock furnished from 
repair shop : 
Number of repair jobs done by department mechanics, 910 

Cost of material and labor $27,800 

Repairs by outside firms 63 

Cost of repairs by outside firms $1,254 

Stock furnished, work done by company members . $325 



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City Document No. 14. 



$1,050 



Furniture and Bedding. 

Cost of repairs by outside firms .... 

Cost of repairs in repair shop 

Stock fiiirnished, work done by dompany members 



Repairs of every description are made on apparatus 
and parts, thereby keeping it up to the highest efficiency. 
Carpenters, painters, plumbers and steam fitters keep 
company quarters in first-class condition, making them 
hygienic and comfortable to live in. All of these repairs 
come under the immediate supervision of the repair 
shop superintendent. 

Amount of Hose Puechased and Condemned, End- 
ing February 1, 1918. 



Purchased. 


Feet. 


Condemned. 


Feet. 


Leading cotton . 


17,050 


Leading cotton . 


16,700 


Leading rubber . 


— 


Leading rubber . 


250 


Chemical . 


3,800 


Chemical 


1,050 


Deck .... 


100 


Deck .... 


100 


Flexible suctions 


200 


Flexible suctions 


175 


4-inch rubber suctions 


82 


4-inch rubber suctions 


72 


25-inch rubber suctions 


— 


2 3 -inch rubber suctions 


— 


Deluge hose 


100 


Deluge hose 


118 




21,332 


18,465 



Amount of Hose in Use and in Store, Ending 
February 1, 1918. 



In Use. 


Feet. 


In Store. 


Feet. 


Leading cotton . 


118,466 


Leading cotton . 


6,070 


Leading rubber . 


4,050 


Leading rubber . 


— 


Chemical 


15,600 


Chemical 


1,300 


Deck .... 


900 


Deck .... 


— 


Flexible suctions 


537i 


Flexible suction 


50 


4-inch rubber suction 


1,170 


4-inch rubber suction 


73 


25-inch rubber suction 


— 


2|-inch rubber suction 


40 


Deluge hose 


768 


Deluge hose 


62 


Total . 


141,4911 


7,595 



Respectfully submitted, 

E. M. Byington, 

Superintendent. 



Fire Department. 25 



MOTOR APPARATUS. 



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

I respectfully submit the following, showing the num- 
ber of repairs made on motor apparatus in the Repair 
Shop Branch and the number made outside the shop, 
with the cost of both, for the fiscal year of 1917: 

Apparatus Repairs. 

Number of repairs in shop 1,650 

Cost of material and labor $20,568 

These repairs were made on district chief's cars, water 
towers, chemical engines, ladder trucks, pumping engines, 
tractors and combinations. 

Repairs by Outside Firms. 

Number of jobs 216 

Cost of jobs $5,985 

Shoes, tubes, storage batteries, magnetos, radiators, mud- 
guards and wheels comprise most of these jobs. 

Apparatus Overhauled in Shop. 

11 District chief's cars, 8 ladder trucks, 4 tractors, 2 pumping 

engines and 2 delivery trucks. 

Repainted. 

12 District chief's cars, 3 ladder trucks, 2 tractors. 

Over 500 emergency repairs were made in company quarters 
and on the street. 

Summary of Repairs in Shop. 

120 Running gear springs attached to apparatus. 
55 Mudguards taken off and replaced. 
45 Radiators taken off and replaced. 

New Equipment and Repairs. 

414 Pneumatic tires purchased. 
354 Pneumatic tubes purchased. 
106 Pneumatic tires adjusted. 



26 City Document No. 14. 

42 Pneumatic tires repaired. 
775 Pneumatic tubes repaired. 

47 Pneumatic tires scrapped. 
125 Pneumatic tubes scrapped. 

38 Solid tires applied. 

65 Storage batteries purchased. 

60 Storage batteries repaired. 

32 P. 0. L. tanks refilled. 
300 Storage batteries recharged at repair shop. 

20 Oxygen tanks recharged. 

Purchase of New Apparatus. 

6 Tractors were attached to steam fire engines. 
5 Tractors were attached to ladder trucks. 
11 Combination hose and chemical cars put in service. . 

2 Triple combination pumping engines put in service. 

1 Straight motor-driven 75-foot aerial truck put in service. 

3 Runabouts. 

2 Touring cars. 

1 Old combination made over as a rescue car and fitted with 
boxes and holders for smoke helmets and cutting outfit. 

Motor apparatus now comprises over 50 per cent of all 
fire-fighting apparatus in the department. Including 
chief's cars there are over one hundred machines motor 
driven which require constant attention. The work of 
caring for these machines is done by the shop crew, con- 
sisting of a foreman, five automobile mechanics, one 
blacksmith and helper. Also five firemen are detailed 
to the motor squad but due to days off there are but 
three of these men available for each day's work. This 
crew of shop men and detailed firemen is far too small to 
keep so much apparatus in running condition. We are 
greatly handicapped by the lack of spare motor appara- 
tus. It would be far better to overhaul the apparatus 
at regular intervals and thus keep each machine in the 
best of condition than to simply make such emergency 
repairs as are necessary from time to time. This would 
require spare apparatus, better shop facilities and more 
shop mechanics. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles E. Stewart, 
Supervisor of Motor Apparatus. 



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Fire Department. 



27 



BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT VETERINARY 
HOSPITAL. 



Boston, February 27, 1918. 
From: The Department Veterinarian. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

Sir,— 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, 1918: 



Total number on hand February 1, 1917 

Total number on hand February 1, 1918 

Horses purchased 

Horses sold 

Horses pensioned 

Horses died 

Horses destroyed 

Horses killed . 

Horse transferred 



274 

204 

5 

55 

7 
3 
7 
2 
1 



Respectfully submitted, 

Daniel P. Keogh, M. D. V. 



28 City Document No. 14. 



HEADQUARTERS FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



Boston, February 1, 1918. 
From: The Medical Examiner. 
To: The Fire Commissioner: 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following report for the year 
ending January 31, 1918: 

Number of cases of illness 312 

Number of cases of injury 1,110 

Number injured but remained on duty .... 842 

Examinations. 

For appointment as provisional firemen . . . . 121 

For appointment as probationary firemen . . . 112 
General examinations, including probationers at the 

expiration of their terms 2,373 

The usage of the card index system during the past 
year has been a great help in expediting the general work 
of this office. The physical record of all men in the 
department can now be obtained practically at a 
moment's notice. 

Six new pulmotors have been installed, making nine in 
all, permanently placed on Ladders 1, 2, 4, 7, 14, 15, 16, 
17 and Rescue No. 1. All pulmotors are examined once 
a month and an actual demonstration of operating same 
given to firemen and all medicine chests promptly 
refilled after use in urgent cases. The efficiency of com- 
manding officers in rendering ''first aid" treatment to 
firemen and citizens has been demonstrated many times 
during the past year. The prompt and intelligent use 
of the pulmotors and of various medicines and appliances 
of the medicine chests has been noted on many occasions. 

The past winter having been exceptionally severe, 
rendering fire duty extra hazardous, accounts for the 
large increase of sick and injured over the previous year. 
Especial commendations should be given men, although 
injured, who remained on duty. 



Fire Department. 29 



Deaths. 

Alexander F. Mitchell, Engine 1, February 13, 1918, 
multiple injuries. 

William J. Dolan, Ladder 31, October 29, 1917, per- 
forating ulcer of duodenum. 

It is a great pleasure that I can herewith express my 
utmost thanks to you and your commanding officers and 
all men of the department for the kind and courteous 
treatment I have received in the performance of my 
duties. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. J. McNally, 

Medical Examiner. 



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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. Keogh. 
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 JANUARY 31, 1918. 



Headquarters. 








Per annum. 


1 Commissioner $5,000 


1 Chief clerk . . . 








2,500 


1 Medical examiner 








1,800 


1 Bookkeeper . . . .• 








2,100 


2 Clerks 








1,800 


1 Clerk 








1,700 


1 Clerk 








1,500 


1 Clerk 








1,300 


1 Assistant engineer (messenger) * 






1,400 


1 Hoseman (clerk) * . . . 






1,400 


11 

Fire-fighting Branch. 


1 Chief of department $4,500 


2 Deputy chiefs 








3,500 


15 District chiefs 








3,000 


60 Captains .... 








2,000 


89 Lieutenants .... 








1,800 


1 Lieutenant, aid to chief'* . 








1,800 


1 Private, aid to commissioner * 








1,400 


3 Engineers (marine) 








1,700 


48 Engineers .... 








1,500 



* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



Fire Department. 



31 



47 Assistant engineers 


Per annum 

$1,400 


3 Assistant engineers 


1,300 


1 Assistant engineer 


1,200 


762 Privates: 




488 


1,400 


80 


1,300 


31 


1,200 


10 


1,100 


31 


1,000 


122 ..... 


900 


1,033 




Repair Shop Branch. 


1 Supervisor of motor apparatus 


$3,500 


1 Superintendent .... 


3,000 


1 Lieutenant, foreman of hose and harness shop * 1,800 


1 Engineer (master plumber) * . 


1,600 


1 Hoseman (master carpenter) * . 


1,600 


1 Hoseman (master painter) * 


1,600 


1 Hoseman (automobile engineer) * 


1,500 


1 Foreman automobile machinists 


1,400 


7 Privates * . . . . ' . 


1,400 


Employees. 




1 Clerk 


$1,600 


1 Clerk 


1,100 


1 Clerk (hoseman) * . . . 


1,400 


1 Storekeeper * . . . 


1,800 




Per week. 


1 Engineer 


$25 00 




Per day. 


3 Firemen 


$3 50 


2 Plumbers 


4 40 


1 Steam fitter . . . 


4 00 


8 Pa,inters ... 


4 00 


2 Wheelwrights 


4 00 


1 Machinist .■ . . ; . 


4 25 


9 Machinists 


4 00 


1 Foreman blacksmith .... 


4 25 


4 Blacksmiths 


4 00 


5 Blacksmith's helpers .... 


3 00 


3 Carpenters 


4 00 


1 Vulcanizer . . . . 


3 00 


2 Hose and harness repairers 


3 "75 


1 Hose and harness repairer 


3 00 


1 Boiler repairer and ironworker 


4 00 


1 Chauffeur 


3 00 


2 Teamsters 


3 00 


67 





* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



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City Document No. 14. 



Fire Alarm Branch. 

1 Superintendent 

1 Chief operator and assistant superintendent, 
1 Supervising operator 
3 Principal operators 

3 Operators 

4 Assistant operators 
3 Assistant operators 
1 Assistant operator 

Construction Force. 

1 Assistant foreman 

1 Stockman 

1 Machinist ....... 

2 Machinists 

20 Repairers, hnemen and wiremen (average) 

1 Laborer 



Per annum. 

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



$1,600 
1,400 

Per day. 

$4 25 
4 00 
3 95 
3 00 



43 



Veterinary Hospital Branch. 



1 Veterinarian .... 

1 Captain, assistant to veterinarian * 



3 Hostlers (average) 
1 Horseshoer . 



Per annum. 

$3,000 
2,000 

Per day. 

$3 00 
3 75 



1,160 



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. 

Divisi N 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. 

* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



Fire Department. 33 

District 1. 
District Chief, William E. Riley. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 2, Paris Street, 
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. 
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. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 25, 38, 
39, 44 (fireboat). Ladders 8, 18, Water Tower 3, Rescue 1. 

District 4- 

District Chief, Edward J. Shallow. 

Headquarters, Engine House 4, Bulfinch Street. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 4, 6, 8, 

31 (fireboat). Ladders 1, 24, Chemical 1, Water Tower 1. 

District 5. 
District Chief, Albert J. Caulfield. 
Headquarters, Engine House 26-35, Mason Street. 
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. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 1, 2, 15, 
43, Ladders 5, 19, 20. 



34 City Document No. 14. 

District 7. 

District Chief, Peter E. Walsh. 

Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 3, 22, 
33, Ladders 3, 13, 15, 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. Gaffey. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 12, Tremont Street. 
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. 
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. 

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. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 29, 34, 
41, Ladders 11, 14, 31. 



Fire Department. 35 

District 12. 
District Chief, Michael J. Mulligan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 28, Centre Street, 

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



36 



City Document No. 14. 



FIRE STATIONS. 



Location and Valuation. 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


Assessed 
Valuation. 


Occupied by 


Dorchester and Fourth streets 


8,167 


$25,800 


Engine 1 and Ladder 5. 


Corner of and Fourth streets 


4,000 


16,200 


Engine 2. 


Bristol street and Harrison avenue .... 


4,000 


30,000 


Engine 3 and Ladder 3. 




6,098 
1,647 


85,000 
9,000 


Engine 4, Chemicall and 




Tower 1. 
Engine 5. 


Leverett street 


2,269 


40,000 


Engine 6. 




1,893 
2,568 


47,900 
40,700 


Engine 7. 


Salem street 


Engine 8. 




4,720 
1,886 
10,000 


33,300 
20,500 
40,000 


Engine 9 and Ladder 2. 




Engine 10. 


Saratoga and Byron sts., East Boston, 


Engine 11 and Ladder 21. 




7,320 


25,000 


Engine 12. 




4,832 
5,713 
2,803 


14,800 
19,600 
18,600 


Engine 13. 




Engine 14. 


Dorchester avenue 


Engine 15. 


Corner River and Temple streets 


12,736 


19,200 


Engine 16 and Ladder 6. 


Meeting House Hill, Dorchester 


9,450 


17,300 


Engine 17 and Ladder 7. 




9,440 


18,800 


Engine 18. 


Norfolk street, Dorchester 


7,683 


14,500 


Engine 19. 




9,000 
10,341 


17,300 
17,100 


Engine 20 and Ladder 27. 


Columbia road, Dorchester 


Engine 21. 




7,500 
3,445 


62,500 
11,200 


Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 




Engine 23. 


Corner Warren and Quincy streets .... 


4,186 


18,300 


Engine 24. 




4,176 
5,623 
2,600 


100,600 

223,000 

17,500 


Engine 25 and Ladder 8. 




Engines 26 and 35. 


Elm street, Charlestown 


Engine 27. 


Centre street, Jamaica Plain 


10,377 


28,300 


Engine 28 and Ladder 10. 


Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton 


14,358 


37,200 


Engine 29 and Ladder 11. 




12,251 


25,000 


Engine 30 and Ladder 25. 







Fire Department. 

Fire Stations. — Concluded. 



37 



Location. 



Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 



Assessed 
Valuation, 



Occupied by 



521 Commercial street, on land of 
Public Works Department. 



Bunker Hill street, Charlestown 

Corner Boylston and Hereford streets. 

Western avenue, Brighton 

Monument street, Charlestown 

Corner Longwood and Brookline aves.. 

Congress street 

Sumner street, East Boston 



Harvard avenue, near Cambridge 
street, Brighton. 

Washington street, at Egleston square, 

Andrew square . . . . 

Northern Avenue Bridge 



Washington and Poplar streets, Ros- 
lindale. 



Dorchester avenue, Ashmont 

Adjoining South Ferry, East Boston. . . 



Harvard avenue and Winthrop street, 
Hyde Park. 



Church street 

Winthrop and Soley streets 

Saratoga street. East Boston 

Corner Callender and Lyford streets, 
Corner Walk Hill and Wenham streets, 

Friend street 

Dudley street 

Main street, Charlestown 

Tremont street 

Harrison avenue 

Pittsburgh street. South Boston 

Fourth street 

Washington street, Dorchester 

North Grove street 

Oak square, Brighton 



8,188 
5,646 
4,637 
5,668 
5,231 
4,000 
4,010 
6,112 

3,848 
5,133 



14,729 

4,875 

11,950 

9,450 

3,412 
5,230 
9,300 
7,200 
11,253 
1,676 
3,923 
4,290 
4,311 
2,134 
8,964 
3,101 
6,875 
3,918 
9,889 



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



$10,000 

25,000 
108,000 
17,800 
21,000 
14,300 
40,000 
18,000 
34,500 

22,900 
19,600 
30,000 
22,400 

23,200 
31,600 
40,100 

23,600 
15,400 
40,600 
13,200 
17,800 
37,200 
38,900 
16,000 
25,600 
23,800 
39,900 
10,700 
21,400 
19,800 
42,000 
3,000 



Engine 31, fireboat. 

Engine 32. 

Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 

Engine 34. 

Engine 36 and Ladder 22. 

Engine 37 and Ladder 26. 

Engines 38 and 39. 

Engine 40. 

Engine 41 and Ladder 14. 

Engine 42 and Ladder 30. 
Engine 43 and Ladder 20. 
Engine 44, fireboat. 
Engine 45 and Ladder 16. 

Engine 46. 

Engine 47, fireboat. 

Engine 48, Ladder 28 and 
Chemical 14. 

Chemical Engine 2. 

Chemical 3. 

Chemical Engine 7. 

Chemical 11 and 

Ladder 29. 
Chemical 13. 

Ladder 1. 

Ladder 4 and Chemical 10. 

Ladder 9 and Chemical 9. 

Ladder 12 and Chemi- 
cal 12. 
Ladder 17. 

Ladder 18 and Tower 3. 

Ladder 19. 

Ladder 23 and Chemi- 
cal 5. 
Ladder 24. 

Ladder 31. 

Hose 49. 



38 City Document No. 14. 

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. Main street, Charlestown, 2,430 feet 

of land 6,500 

Coal station, old Charles River Bridge, 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 . . 2,265,200 

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. 



Fire Department. 



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CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 



Division 1. 



District. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Tons.) 


Wagons. 


1 




12 
20 
35 
35 
45 
1 
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50 
20 
35 
20 
20 
25 


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3 


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1 


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9 

9 

9 

10 

10 

11 

11 

11 



Engine 13 
Engine 14 
Engine 37 
Engine 12 
Engine 21 
Engine 23 
Engine 24 
Engine 17 
Engine 18 
Engine 29 
Engine 34 
Engine 41 




40 



City Document No. 14. 



APPARATUS. 

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Engines 

Ladder trucks 

Hose cars 

Chemicals 

Water towers 

Rescue squad 

Totals 

Wrecker 

Automobiles 

Delivery trucks 

Total 

Self-propelled engines 
Fireboats 



21 

20 

16 

4 

3 

1 



65 
1 

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4 



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11 

23 

6 



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14 



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Expenditures for the Year. 



Personal Service: 






Permanent employees 


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Temporary employees 


84 00 




Unassigned .... 


4,095 57 


$1,542,307 43 






Service Other than Personal: 






Printing and binding . 


$725 94 




Postage 


266 88 




Advertising and posting 


652 00 




Transportation of persons . 


622 44 




Cartage of freight 


748 05 




Hire of teams and auto trucks 


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Light and power . 


9,970 83 




Rent, taxes and water 


3,558 71 




Communication . 


1,755 25 




Motor vehicle repairs and care 


5,296 69 




Motorless vehicle repairs . 


4,693 05 




Cleaning .... 


1,751 40 




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154 33 




Examinations 


534 00 




Testing materials and supplies 


25 00 




Expert and architect . 


4,066 44 




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12 00 




Towing 


137 25 




Fees, service of venires, etc. 


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Boiler inspection . 


241 75 




Photographic and blueprinting 


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General plant 


67,578 91 




Horseshoeing and cHpping 


15,918 71 


119,746 71 


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Cable, wire, etc 


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Machinery 


989 37 




Electrical . . 


4,085 60 




Motor vehicles . . . . 


139,410 30 




Stable 


2,295 78 




Furniture and fittings 


5,672 91 




Office ...... 


390 51 




Marine . . . . . 


262 12 




Medical, surgical, laboratory . 


11 65 




Tools and instruments 


28,747 47 




Live stock 


975 00 




Wearing apparel . . . . 


1,106 03 






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52 



City Document No. 14. 



Brought forward 
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Office 

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Fuel . . . 

Forage and animal 

Medical, surgical, laboratory 

Veterinary .... 

Laundry, cleaning, toilet . 

Motor vehicle 

Chemicals and disinfectants 

General plant 

Cloth 



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Materials: 
Building 

Machinery . 
Electrical 
General plant 



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Pensions and annuities 
Workingmen's compensation 



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56,840 08 

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219 85 

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Engine House, East Boston. 


Payments on account: 
Additional land, Marion street 
Reconstructing building: 

Contractors, Archdeacon & 

Sullivan .... 

Blueprints 


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$5,299 80 

Engine House 19, Alterations and Motor Apparatus. 

Payments on account: 

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Triple combination pump, chemical and hose 

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Fire House, Winthrop Street, Charlestown. 
Payments on account: 
Reconstructing building : 

Contractor, Fred E. Bowes .... 

Fire Quarters, Readville (Hyde Park). 
Continuation of payments: 

Land, 14,475 square feet, Milton and Hamilton 

streets 

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Contractor, M. S. Kelliher . $19,368 10 
Architect, Joseph McGinniss . 1,451 94 

Blueprints .... 42 54 



Remodeling House, Engine 8. 
Continuation of payments: 

Contractor, P.H. Rose Construction Company, 

Architect, Joseph McGinniss 

Electrical material 

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Hardware 

Gasolene pump and ta'nk^s 

Gong .... 

Advertising . 



Remodeling House, Ladder 4- 
(Total cost, $15,258.90.) 
Balance of payments 



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Remodeling Municipal Court Building, Dorchester Street 
(Total cost, $39,712.72.) 
Balance of payments: 

Contractors, Crowley & Hickey 

Architect, Joseph McGinniss .... 

Electrical material 

Boiler 

Gasolene pumps and tanks .... 

Window shades 

Gongs 

Lumber 

Temporary heater • 

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City Docttment No. 14. 



Recapitulation. 

Fire Department $2,184,896 28 

Engine house, East Boston 5,299 80 

Engine House 19, alterations and motor appara- 
tus 9,760 00 

Fire house, Winthrop street, Charlestown . . 1,049 75 

Fire station, Readville 24,662 58 

Remodeling house, Engine 8 .... 13,351 68 
Remodeling house. Ladder 4 . . . . 2,420 10 
Remodeling Municipal Court Building, Dor- 
chester street 25,579 57 

$2,267,009 76 



Income. 

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Sale of uniform cloth 
Sale of old material 
Sale of horse 
Sale of manure 
Sale of badges . 
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City Document No. 14. 



Causes of Fires and Alarms from January 1, 1917, 
TO January 1, 1918. 

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 


51 


841 


Hot ashes in wooden recep- 




41 


tacle 


58 




Incendiary and supposed . 


32 


150 


Lamp upsetting, explosion . 


44 


139 


Miscellaneous 


112 


850 


Oil stove, careless use and 




58 


explosion .... 
Overheated furnace, stove, 


42 


422 


boiler 


167 




Set by boys .... 


58 


296 


Sparks from chimneys,stove. 


102 


167 


Sparks from locomotive 




29 


engme .... 


31 




Spontaneous combustion . 


102 


58 


Thawing .... 


99 


125 


Unknown .... 


568 


22 






77 


Total .... 


4,778 


37 




— — 





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1917. 


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74 
84 
72 
56 
68 
49 
84 
58 
70 
54 
79 
96 


68 
52 
50 
31 
50 
36 
69 
55 
35 
42 
52 
70 


72 
83 
78 
60 
68 
51 
59 
54 
36 
35 
71 
90 


18 
12 
24 
58 
31 
21 
55 
27 
12 

8 
37 

9 


46 
71 
37 
46 
27 
19 
32 
28 
35 
25 
40 
50 


42 
14 
44 
114 
48 
26 
21 
23 
21 
25 
76 
45 


21 




5 


March 


23 


April 


76 


May 


30 


Jiine 


16 


July 


14 




17 




9 




12 




30 




15 






Totals 


844 


610 


757 


312 


456 


499 


268 







Fire Department. 



57 



Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



Loss. 



Jan. 13 

Jan. 18 

Jan. 20 

Jan. 26 

Jan. 29 

Feb. 2 

Feb. 6 

Feb. 10 

Feb. 12 

Feb. 18 

Feb. 21 

Feb. 22 
March 7 
March 14 
March 15 

April 1 

April 9 

April 9 

April 13 

May 10 

May 21 

May 23 

Jime 1 

June 15 

June 29 

July 8 

Aug. 24 

Oct. 1 

Oct. 5 

Oct. 25, 

Oct. 26 

Oct. 27 



486 Albany street, William C. Norcross Company 

36 Whittier street, F. L. Horton Manufacturing Company. . 

591 Atlantic avenue, Bresnahan & KeUeher et al 

Germania & Bismarck streets, Haffenreffer & Co 

77-111 Chauncy street, Thomas Kelley & Co. et al 

78-86 Purchase street, Fort Hill Storage Warehouse et al. . . 

559 Atlantic avenue, E. W. Nash Company et al 

50 Exeter street. Hotel Lenox 

131 Beverly street, Quincy Market Cold Storage and Ware- 
house Company 

40 Winchester street, Marks & Knoring Company et al 

1622 Washington street, Loew Enterprise Company et al. . . 

176 South street, American Oak Leather Company, Inc., et al.. 

924 Beacon street, M. Whitehouse et al 

102-112 Summer street, HoUand System, Inc., et al 

Quincy Market 

43-49 Summer street, Gridley Lunch Company et al 

21-25 Pearl street, Frye, Phipps Company et al 

118 South street. New England Leather Remnant Company 
et al 

25-33 Robey street, C. F. Hathaway & Sons 

90 Canal street, Jacob M. Mann et al 

45-47 Commercial street, Delano, Potter & Co. et al 

3 Park street. Rand & Crane et al 

Rear 500 E. First street, T. C. Ashley & Co. etal 

21-25 Pearl street, Frye, Phipps Company 

Rear 560 E. First street, International Waste Company et al. 

249 South street, John T. Connor Company et al 

314 Congress street, Quincy Market Cold Storage and Ware- 
house 

Parker street, corner Station street, Burkhardt Brewing 
Company 

122 Canal street, Albert T. Caim 

60 India street. Oriental Tea Company et al 

409 Commercial street, Quincy Market Cold Storage and 
Warehouse Company et al 

14 Ellsworth street. Globe Tanning Company et al 



$21,316 
19,686 
24,239 
19,614 

507,662 
50,136 
90,129 
94,712 

18,340 
19,253 
257,676 
135,853 
17,922 
33,657 
59,208 
17,428 
45,106 

22,909 
29,877 
99,751 
37,739 
26,484 
102,342 
15,307 
38,075 
27,692 

480,712 

19,325 
15,260 
14,303 

95,123 
24,392 



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Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. — Concluded. 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



Loss. 



Nov. 


2 


Nov. 


9 


Nov. 


12 


Nov. 


19 


Nov. 


29 


Nov. 


30. .. .. 


Dec. 


18 


Dec. 


23 


Dec. 


27 



33 Bay State road, Mrs. E. S. Clark 

239-241 A street, John Leigh Company 

67 Washington street, S. Vorenberg Company et al . 

202 Southampton street, Waldo Brothers, Inc 

268 Purchase street, James J. Shannon et al 

348 Congress street, J. A. & W. Bird & Co. et al.. . . 
83-89 Broad street, Southgate Press et al 



381-389 Congress street, Boston Scale and Machine Company 
et al 



7-9 Sears street, W. W. Bevan Company et al. 



$27,468 
20,281 
52,928 
31,197 
24,864 
26,542 

103,137 

123,107 
77,942 



STATISTICS. 



Population, January 1, 1918 . 
Area, square miles 
Number brick, etc., buildings . 
Number of wooden buildings . 
Fires in brick and stone buildings 
Fires in wooden buildings 

Out of city 

Not in buildings, false and needless 

Total alarms 



1,423 

1,143 

41 

2,171 



780,540 
47.81 
31,057 
75,078 



4,778 



■Fire Loss for the Year Ending December 31, 1917. 



Buildings, loss insured 
Contents, loss insured 



Buildings, loss not insured 
Contents, loss not insured 



Total loss buildings and contents 
Marine loss 



. $54,093 

. 207,985 



U,231,635 
2,487,514 

^3,719,149 

262,078 
^3,981,227 

$75,660 



Fire Department. 



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YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. 



Year ending 


February 




1904 


$1,674,333 


a 


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1905 


2,473,980 


u 


il 




1906 


2,130,146 


ec 


u 




1907 


1,130,334 


u 


li 




1908 


2,268,074 


u 


u 




1909 


3,610,000 


u 


u 




1910 


1,680,245 


u 


il 




1911 (11 months) 


3,159,989 


u 


January 




1912 


2,232,267 


u 


a 




1913 


2,531,017 


u 


u 




1914 


* 3,138,373 


u 


u 




1915 


3,013,269 


u 


i( 




1916 


3,004,600 


u 


(( 




1917 


t 2,372,489 


u 


u 


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1918 


t 3,981,227 



* Does not include marine loss of $1,116,475, steamship "Templemore." 
t Does not include marine loss of $101,312, steamship "City of Naples" etal. 
t Does not include marine loss of $75,660. 

Note.— January loss, 1911, amounting to $165,001, 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. 


1917 


2,252 
2,350 
2,847 
2,945 
2,594 
2,812 
2,291 
1,864 
2,101 
2,210 


2,526 
2,128 
2,590 
2,589 
2,322 
2,432 
2,142 
1,801 
1,677 
1,700 


4,778 


1916 


4,531 


1915 


5,437 


1914 


5,534 


191J 


4,916 


1912 


5,244 


19II 


4,433 


1910 (11 months)! 


3,665 


1909 


3,778 


1908 


3,910 







* 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. 
Martin A. Kenealy, Captain, retired. 
James E. Downey, Hoseman, retired. 

Changes from February 1, 1917, to February 1, 1918. 

Number of men appointed to fire force .... 109 

Number of men reappointed to fire force .... 3 

All others 9 

Resigned 13 

Discharged 2 

Pensioned 37 

Deaths 4 

Pensioners died 13 

Members Pensioned from February 1, 1917, to 
February 1, 1918. 

Frank Patrick. 



John T. Lynch. 
William M. Conners. 
Michael J. Fallon. 
John A. Saunders. 
Francis J. Dermody. 
John E. Corea. 
Louis J. Howard. 
Willis P. Whittemore. 
Thomas W. Roose. 
John J. Baldwin. 
John T. Donahoe. 
Dennis F. Quinlan. 
Phihp A. Grant. 
John J. Gately. 
Michael J. Nolan. 
James T. Flavin. 
Hiram W. Cherrington. 
Timothy C. ONeill. 



Edward N. Bullard. 
Valentine P. McGuire. 
John F. Hines. 
Charles H. Cosgrove. 
William Coulter. 
Stanislaus F. Mikolajewski. 
Bernard E. Plunkett. 
Richard W. Brown. 
George H. Magwood. 
Edward D. Locke. 
William J. Bonning. 
Harry N. Richardson. 
Dennis J. Lane. 
Frank A. Martin. 
Dennis J. Dacey. 
WilHam M. Lynch. 
Eugene H. Alexander. 
WiUiam 0. Gushing. 



Fire Department. 61 



Deaths of Members from February 1, 1917, to 
February 1, 1918. 



Alexander F. Mitchell. 
Frank L. Lailer. 



William J. Dolan. 
Joseph P. Hanley. 



Deaths of Pensioners from February 1, 1917, to 
February 1, 1918. 



George F. Titus. 
Francis H. Crane. 
Minot B. Thayer. 
John A. Mahegan. 
Charles Riley. 
Patrick E. Keyes. 
Henrietta Blanchard. 



Charles W. Conway. 
James F. Bailey. 
Edward D. Locke. 
Frank C. Turner. 
Charles P. A. Hurley. 
Charles A. Straw. 



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 bonds, 3| per cent par value . $148,000 00 
City of Boston bonds, 4 per cent par value . . 57,000 00 
United States Liberty Loan bonds, par value . 10,000 00 
Chicago, BurHngton & Quincy Railroad bonds, 

par value 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 Company, par 
value 200 00 



Carried forward $226,800 00 



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Brought forward S226,800 00 

Three shares of Boston & Maine Railroad, par 

value 300 00 

One share of West End Street Railway, par value, 50 00 
Two shares of New York, New Haven & Hart- 
ford Railroad, par value 200 00 

Three shares of Old South Building Association, 

par value 300 00 

Cash on hand 17,124 30 



,774 30 



Receipts 
Interest and income 
Annual ball . 
Donations 
Checks returned . 
Bond matured 
Cash on hand February 
1, 1917 



$9,393 64 


15,978 


69 


1,545 


00 


137 


50 


8,000 


00 


21,981 


06 


$57,035 89 




MBH 1 



Payments. 




Benefits .... 


$25,916 42 


Liberty loan investment, 


10,050 17 


American Trust note . 


3,000 33 


Salaries .... 


400 00 


Printing .... 


268 91 


Auditing for 1916-17 . 


200 00 


Expenses and vault rent, 


50 00 


Treasurer's bond . 


25 76 


Cash balance January 




31, 1918 . 


17,124 30 



$57,035 89 



Cash. 



Securities. 



Total. 



February 1, 1917. 
January 31, 1918. 



$21,981 06 
17,124 30 



$225,650 00 
227,650 00 



$247,631 06 
244,774 30 



President, John Grady, 

Fire Commissioner. 



Treasurer, Thomas D. Brown. 
Secretary, John F. Hardy.