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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIEE DEPARTMENT 



CITY OF BOSTON 



TEAE EI^TDII^G 31 JAI^UART, 1919 




CITY OF BOSTON 

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1919 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

OP THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1918-19. 



Boston, February 3, 1919. 

Hon. Andrew J. Peters, 
Mayor of Boston: 

Sir, — xAs 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, 1919. 

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

Finances. 

Two million two hundred ninety-one thousand four 
hundred and ninety-one dollars and fifty-three cents 
was expended by the Fire Department during the past 
fiscal year. The income of the department from various 
sources amounted to $9,664.14. 

Personnel. 

Twenty-five members were retired during the year 
on account of age and disability, and two by act of the 
Legislature. 



City Document No. 14. 



MoTOE Apparatus. 



No motor apparatus were purchased during the year 
except six new Buick roadsters for the District Chiefs. 

Fire Losses. 

During the year the department responded to 5,062 
alarms. The fire loss for the year amounted to 12,822,- 
109.00, including $5,503 in marine loss. 

Alterations to Houses. 

The following engine and ladder houses have been 
furnished with shower baths: 

Engine 16, 37, 40, 42, and Ladder 9, 3 and 23; also 
new lockers for men in Ladder House No. 3, and in 
Engine House No. 40; also new Dutch doors for Ladder 
and Engine 3 and Ladder 6 — also horse stalls removed 
and a new patrol desk built for Ladder 6. A new room 
was built for the captain of Engine 11. 

In conclusion I would inform you that the members 
of the department have worked hard and faithfully 
during the past year. 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 Commis- 
sioner and the Commissioners of Public Works, Wire 
and Building Departments, I am deeply grateful. 

Yours very respectfully, 

John Grady, 

Fire Commissioner. 



Fire Department. 



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 Barnicoat 1836-53 

EKsha Smith, Jr 1854-55 

George W. Bird 1856-65 

John S. Damrell 1866-74 

William A. Green *1874-84 

Lewis P Webber 1884-1901 

WiUiam T. Cheswell 1901-06 

John A. Mullen 1906-14 

John Grady *1914 

Peter F. McDonough 1914-19 

* Appointed Fire Commissioner. 



City Document No. 14. 



FIRE ALARM BRANCH. 



From: The Superintendent of Fire Alarm Branch. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. ' 

I respectfully submit the following report of the Fire 
Alarm Branch for the year ending January 31, 1919. 

Operating Division. 

Note. — The records of this division are for the cal- 
endar year 1918. 

Box alarms received and transmitted : 



First alarms 

Second alarms . . . . 

Third alarms 

Fourth alarms 

Exhibition alarm, "Liberty Loan" drive 



2,403 

37 

21 

4 

1 



Box alarms received but not transmitted : 



Alarms received from same box for same fire two or 

more times 214 

Alarms received from adjacent boxes for same fire . . 188 

Alarms received from boxes but treated as stills . . 11 

StiU alarms received and transmitted : 

Received from citizens by telephone .... 1,393 

Received from Police Department 166 

Received from department stations 991 

"Mutual aid" alarms, classified as stills ... 21 

Emergency calls treated as stills 56 

Still alarms for which box alarms were later trans- 
mitted 121 

Automatic and A. D. T. alarms: 

Boston Automatic alarms received 120 

Department box alarms received and transmitted in 

connection with same 4 

Boston Automatic alarms received in connection with 

stills 2 



Fire Department. 5 

A. D. T. alarms received 49 

A. D. T. alarms transmitted 46 

Department boxes received and transmitted after 

receipt of A. D. T. alarm 1 

Total Alarms. 
Box alarms received 2,868 

Box alarms transmitted (including multiples) . . . 2,465 
Stills, automatic, etc., eliminating those for which box 

alarms were transmitted 2,676 

Total alarms transmitted, all classes . . . 5,141 

Fire Alarm Box Records. 

Boxes from which no alarms were received . . . 500 
Box tests and inspections 7,908 

Construction Division. 
Underground Construction. 

Because of high cost of labor and materials due to war 
conditions no extensive underground construction was 
done. 

Eighteen thousand three hundred (18,300) feet of cable 
containing about thirty-one (31) miles of conductors was 
hauled into underground ducts. 

Twenty-nine hundred forty-five (2,945) feet of ducts 
were installed underground. 

Sixteen (16) fire alarm box posts and three (3) test posts 
were set and twenty (20) fire alarm posts and two (2) test 
posts were replaced by new. 

Fire Alarm Boxes. 

Fifty-two (52) fire alarm boxes were estabhshed, of 
which seven (7) are public boxes, thirty-eight (38) are 
schoolhouse boxes and seven (7) were placed on private 
property. 

Interior Electrical Construction. 

Although our force of wire men was small, because of 
men on leave of absence in war service, many improve- 
ments were made in electrical equipments in various 
department houses. 

The stations of Engines 5, 49 and 50 have complete 
new electrical equipments. 



City Document No. 14, 



Recommendations. 

Because of high cost of underground construction no 
extensive extensions to the system are recommended. 
Conduits should be installed where streets are to be 
repaA^ed in the districts prescribed by the Commissioner 
of Wires for the removal of overhead wires. A sufficient 
amount of cable should be bought for emergency pur- 
poses and for extensions where the underground work is 
necessary at this time. 

Overloaded circuits should be reheved by adding new 
circuits and some of the overhead construction must be 
renewed. 

Considerable work still remains to be done to bring 
interior wiring up to standard requirements. 

New protectors should be installed in the fire alarm 
office, better facilities for testing are contemplated, and 
the gong transmitter should be put in proper condition. 

I recommend that all stations be equipped with tele- 
graph instruments connected into the gong circuits for the 
purpose of serving as another means of communication. 

A few new fire alarm boxes should be installed and the 
red light system should be extended. 



Fire Alarm Box Posts Installed and Duct Lengths to 

Same. 



Dorchester. 

Bowdoin and Quincy streets. (Two ducts) 
Bo,wdoin and Norton streets. (One duct) 
Opposite No. 101 Draper street 
Washington street and Harvard avenue 
Canterbury and Angell streets . 
Neponset avenue and Adams street 
Willowwood street and Ballou avenue 
Norfolk and Morton streets 
Norfolk and Evelyn streets 



Duct 
Feet. 

40 

11 

320 
9 

112 
46 
31 
40 
46 



South Boston. 

Dorchester and East Ninth streets 
West Seventh and C streets 
West Third and B streets . 
East Fifth and K streets 



42 
31 
31 
34 



City Proper. 



Opposite No. 86 Fenway 



269 



Fire Department. 7 

West Roxbury. 
Mt. Vernon street and Cliapin avenue . . . . 181 
Montview street near Park street 65 

New Test Posts Installed and Duct Lengths to Same. 

Duct 

Feet. 

Tremont and Ruggles streets. (Four ducts) ... 43 
Causeway and Lowell streets. (Four ducts) ... 29 
Blue Hill avenue and Canterbury street. 

Wooden Test Posts Replaced by Iron Posts. 
Atlantic and Northern avenues. 
Sheridan square. 

Ducts Installed. 

Duct 

Feet. 

Pole to quarters of Engine 49 92 

Quarters of Engine 50 to residence of Chief of Depart- 
ment 60 

Manhole to quarters of Engine 11 55 

Pole connection at Canterbury street and Circuit drive, 60 

Pole connection at Neponset avenue and Victory road . 154 

Pole connection at Geneva avenue and Topliff street . 48 
Between manholes at Blue Hill avenue and Canterbury 

street 89 

Pole connection at West Fourth and E streets . . 90 
Between manholes on West Sixth street (replacement 

account new bridge) 320 

Manholes Built. 
Shawmut avenue, near Brookline street. 
Athens and B streets. 
Mt. Vernon and Centre streets. 
Mt. Vernon street and Chapin avenue. 

Public Fire Alarm Boxes Established. 

2324. Opposite 86 Fenway. 

2744. Montview street, near Park street. 

3326. Washington street and Harvard avenue. 

3529. Woolson and Sutton streets. 

7226. West Sixth and E streets. 

7412. East Ninth and Dorchester streets. 

7433. West Fifth and K streets. 

Schoolhouse Boxes Established. 
1576. Prince School, Newbury and Exeter streets. 
2129. Albert Palmer School, Eustis street. 

2137. Winthrop Street School. 

2138. Mt. Pleasant Avenue School. 

2163. W. L. P. Boardman School, Munroe street. 



8 City Document No. 14. 

2164. Hull School, Quincy street. 

2187. Williams School, Homestead street. 

2247. Miles Standish School, Roxbury street. 

2268. Abbie W. May School, Thornton street. 

2269. Thornton Street School. 
2429. Chestnut Avenue School. 

2456. Margaret Fuller School, Glen road. 

2534. Philbrick School, Philbrick street. 

2619. Mozart School, Beech street. 

2762. Henry L. Vane School, Gardner street. 

3181. Quincy Street School. 

3247. Savin Hill School, Savin Hill avenue. 

3275. Benjamin Gushing School, Robinson street. 

3367. Emily A. Fifield School, Dunbar avenue. 

3424. Rochambeau School, Gibson street. 

3544. Martha Baker School, Walk Hill street. 

3617. Bailey Street School. 

3714. Trescott School, Rosemont street. 

3726. Greenwood School, Metropolitan avenue. 

3737. Amos Webster School, Hilton street. 

3742. Hyde Park High School. 

3766. Weld School, Highland street. 

3836. Damon School, Readville street. 

3857. Hemenway School, Wolcott street. 

410. Jacob Foss School, Adams and Chestnut streets. 

418. Samuel Dexter School, Harvard street. 

5174. Mary L. Brock School, Chestnut Hill avenue. 

5182. Winship School, Dighton street. 

5197. Oak Square School. 

5219. Harvard School, North Harvard street. 

5268. Auburn School, Waverly street. 

5289. Hobart Street School. 

7451. Benjamin Pope School, East Fifth and streets. 

Boxes Installed on Peivate Property. 
1324. American House. (Auxiliary.) 

2337. United Drug Company, Forsyth street. (Auxiliary.) 

2338. United Drug Company, Greenleaf street. (Auxiliary.) 
3491. Victory Plant, Squantum. 

5112. Commonwealth Armory (owned by city). 

7145. United States Army Warehouse, D street (owned by 

city). 

7146. United States Army Warehouse, E street (owned by 

city). 

Fire Alarm Boxes in Service. 

Total number . . ■ 1,195 

Owned by Fire Department 839 

Owned by Schoolhouse Department .... 200 

Owned by Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company ... 66 

Privately owned 90 



Fire Department. 



Department boxes: 

On lamp-posts 400 

On poles 416 

On buildings 19 

Inside buildings ........ 4 

Equipped with keyless doors (bell-ringing attach- 
ment) 787 

Equipped with keyless doors (glass guards) . . 48 

Equipped with key doors 4 

Equipped with auxiliary attachments ... 14 

Designated by red lights 395 

Schoolhouse boxes: 

On lamp-posts 17 

On poles 16 

On outside of buildings ...... 97 

Inside of buildings . . . ... . 70 

Equipped with keyless doors 139 

Equipped with key doors . 61 

Equipped with auxiliary attachments . . . 154 

Designated by red lights 16 

Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company boxes : 

On fire alarm box post 1 

On poles 6 

On outside of buildings 19 

Inside of buildings ....... 40 

Equipped with keyless doors 12 

Equipped with key doors ...... 54 

Private boxes: 

On poles . 6 

On outside of buildings 25 

Inside of buildings 59 

Equipped with keyless doors 13 

Equipped with key doors 77 

Equipped with auxiliary attachment ... 2 

Classification of Fire Alarm Box Stations. 

Academies 5 

Armory • . 1 

Asylums 3 

Car barns 5 

Cemetery 1 

Church 1 

City Yard 1 

Homes for aged people 2 

Hospitals -. 18 



Carried forward 



37 



10 



City Document No. 14. 



Brought forward 
Hotels .... 
Manufacturing plants 
Museum 
Navy Yard 
Newspaper plant 
Office buildings' . 
Police Station (Chelsea) 
Power Stations 
Prison .... 
Public hall . 
Pumping station 
Railroad shops 
Railroad stations 
Railroad yards . 
Retail stores 
Restaurant . 
Schoolhouses 
Stable .... 
Stock yards 
Street (public) boxes* 
Theaters 
Warehouses 
Wharves 
Wholesale houses 



Total 

Posts and Test Boxes 
Fire alarm box posts in service 
Fire alarm box posts set but not in service 
Test posts in service .... 

Pole test boxes in service 



37 
6 

26 
1 
6 
1 
3 
1 
5 
1 
1 
1 
4 
5 

11 
6 
1 
200 
1 
2 
829 

28 
5 

10 
4 

1,195 



421 

4 

67 

191 



Circuits. 

Number of box circuits • 

Number 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 . 
Special telephone circuit to Police Headquarters . 
Special telephone circuit to A. D. T. offi.ce . 
Telephone connection to Boston Automatic Fire 

Alarm Company's office 

Telephone connection to Protective Department 



61 

14 

13 

47 

7 

1 

1 

1 

1 
1 



The above telephone service is from department exchange 
board. 



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



Fire Department. 



11 



Wires, Cables and Conduits. 

Line wire in service 232 miles 

Aerial cable in service . . .... 25 miles 

Conductors in same . 143 miles 

Aerial conductors in service 101 miles 

Underground cable in service 138 miles 

Conductors in same 2,134 miles 

Underground cable conductors in service . . 1,254 miles 

Conduits owned by Fire Department . . . 55,712 feet 

Ducts in Fire Department conduits . . . 71,258 feet 
Ducts in New England Telephone and Telegraph 

Company's system used by Fire Department, 503,560 feet 
Ducts in Postal Telegraph Company's system 

used by Fire Department 4,569 feet 



Fire Alarm Apparatus. 

Tappers in service 

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

Gongs in service 

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

Tower bell in service 

Telephone in department system . 



Boston 



143 
6 

5 

114 

23 

11 

1 

135 



Public Clocks. 

This department keeps in operation twenty-six tower clocks, 
of which twenty-two are owned by the city. 

Forty-five reports of clock troubles 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 

Aerial cable removed from service 

Conductors in same 

Underground 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 



Feet. 

7,800 
31,400 
15,086 
94,360 

4,650 
26,120 

9,114 
81,912 

1,275 

5,100 

3,442 

23,506 



12 



City Document No. 14. 



Total underground cable installed (new work) 

Conductors in same . 

Cable used to replace old cable 

Conductors in same . 

Conduits laid by this department 

Ducts in same .... 

Manholes built .... 



13,831 

110,518 

6,158 

181,790 

2,348 

2,945 

1 



Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 

By Fire Department 

By Schoolhouse Department .... 
By Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company 
By owners of private boxes .... 
Fire alarm box posts set (addition to service) 
Fire alarm box posts reset or replaced by new 
Fire alarm test posts set (addition to service) 
Fire alarm test posts replaced by new 
Fire alarm pole test boxes installed 



7 

38 

1 

6 

16 

20 

3 

2 

5 



Geoege L. Fickett, 

Superintendent of Fire Alarm. 



Fire Department. 13 



SUPERINTENDENT OF REPAIR SHOP. 



Boston, March 10, 1919. 

From: Superintendent of Repair Shop. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report, Fiscal Year, 1918. 

I respectfully submit the following tables showing the 
repairs which were made on horse-driven apparatus, and 
the repairs made on it outside shop, with costs. 

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

Included in the report is the cost of repairs on furniture 
and bedding by mechanics of the shop, and those by out- 
side firms; also the amount of bedding and furniture dis- 
tributed to various company quarters is shown. 



Horse-driven Apparatus. 

Number of repairs done in repair shop . . . . 1,755 

Cost of materials and labor $31,500 

Number of repairs by outside firms . . . . 190 

Cost of jobs done by outside firms .... $5,350 



Summary of Apparatus Repairs. 

30 Channel irons applied to apparatus wheels. 

75 Solid rubber tires applied to apparatus wheels. 

30 Running gear springs attached to apparatus. 

15 Broken ladders repaired. 

12 New ladders built. 

15 Broken poles renewed. 

30 Band brakes relined and repaired. 

Overhauled 1 ladder truck, 2 fire engines, 2 hose wagons, 1 
chemical engine, 2 coal wagons. 

Sharpening axes, putting new handles in axes, sledges, hammers 
and rakes, combined with repairs on fire hats and harnesses, 
make up the everyday repair work. 

Extinguishers, nozzles chucks, suctions, couplings, etc., com- 
prise the bulk of repairs done on the outside. 



14 City Document No. 14. 

Repairs in and on Fire Department Buildings. 

Work done by department mechanics, carpenters, 
painters, plumbers and steamfitters, also repairs by com- 
pany members, stock furnished from repair shop: 

Number of repairs done by department mechanics . 850 

Cost of material and labor $29,995 

Repairs by outside firms 45 

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

Furniture and Bedding. 

Cost of repairs by outside firms ..... $2,168 

Cost of repairs in shop $300 

Stock furnished, repairs by company members . . $55 

In order to keep up the apparatus to a high standard 
of efficiency, repairs are made thoroughly and promptly. 

To insure the safety and health of members of the 
department, carpenters, painters, plumbers and steam- 
fitters are going from house to house making the needed 
repairs and improvements. 

Summary of House Repairs. 

Forty-one new doors, 12 new windows and sashes, 3 
skylights, 3 new sinks, 2 new water-closets, 2 new shower 
rooms, 8 house boilers, 6 new radiators were installed; 

15 heaters and pipes were repaired, and 360 lights of 
glass reset. 

Ladder 17, whole house painted; Engine 40, house 
inside and outside painted; Ladder 8 and Engine 36, the 
whole inside painted; Engines 8 and 41, inside and out- 
side painted; Ladder 4, inside of house varnished; Engine 
26, all the ceilings whitened, and Engines 31 and 44 fire- 
boats painted above decks. 

Main floors were strengthened and made safe in the 
following quarters. Engines 7, 17, 19, 20, 22, 26, and 
Ladder 24. 

Necessary repairs were made to stables, and flooring 
in 200 stalls relaid. Engine 21, stalls removed and new 
floor laid. Engine 41, lockers removed from dormitory 
to top floor. Engine 29, storm windows in stable. A 
new roof garden was built in quarters of Engines 13, 22, 
50, Ladders 18 and 24. Seven new patrol desks built 
and placed, and 6 new sliding poles put in position. 



FiEE Department. 



15 



For the welfare and comfort of officers and men the 
following furnishings and bedding were distributed 
throughout the department: 31 rugs, 10 desks, 9 clocks, 
154 chairs, 225 curtains, 8 chiffoniers, 72 beds, 3 tables, 
50 bed blankets, 130 dozen sheets, 80 dozen pillow 
slips, 90 mattresses and pillows renovated, and 12 
blankets cleansed. 

All the apparatus repairs come under the personal 
direction of the superintendent. The house repairs are 
under the personal direction of a master carpenter, 
painter, plumber and steamfitter, all of whom come 
under the supervision of the superintendent of the repair 
shop. 



Amount of Hose Purchased and Condemned, 
Ending February 1, 1919. 



Purchased. 


Condem7ied. 




Feet. 




Feet. 


Leading cotton hose . 15,100 


Leading cotton hose . 


13,000 


Chemical hose . . 500 


Chemical hose . 


1,050 


Deck hose ... 200 


Deck hose .... 


200 


Flexible suction hose . 200 


Flexible suction hose . 


125 


4-inch rubber suction 


4-inch rubber hose 


62f 


hose .... 40 10 in. 


Leading rubber hose 


400 


Leading rubber hose . — 


25-inch rubber suc- 




25-inch rubber suc- 


tion hose 


— 


tion hose . . — 


Deluge hose 


12i 


Deluge hose . . 200 






Total .... 


14,850^ 


Total . . . 16,240 10 in. 






Amount of Hose in Use 


AND in Store for Year 


Ending Febr 


UARY 1, 1919. 




In Use. 


In Store. 




Feet. 




Feet. 


Leading cotton hose . . 120,431 


Leading cotton hose . 


6,470 


Chemical hose . . . 15,900 


Chemical hose . 


1,350 


Leading rubber hose . 3,650 


Leading rubber hose 


— . 


4-inch rubber suction hose, 1,196 


Deck hose .... 


— 


Deck hose .... 900 


Flexible suction hose. 


1621 


Deluge hose . . . 637i 


Deluge hose 


225 


Flexible suction hose. . 550 


4-inch rubber hose 


82| 


25-inch rubber suction hose, — 


25-inch rubber suction hose. 
Total . . . 


40 


Total .... 143,2641 


8,329-1 


Respectfully 


submitted. 






E. M. Byington, 




Superintendent. 



16 City Document No. 14. 



MOTOR APPARATUS. 



Boston, May 6, 1919. 
Feom: Supervisor of Motor Apparatus. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following report showing the 
repairs made on motor apparatus in Repair Shop Branch, 
Motor Division, and repair work done outside the shop, 
with the cost for both, for the fiscal year 1918. 

Motor Apparatus Repairs. 

Number of repairs done in shop 2,400 

Cost of material and labor $44,536 

These repairs were on radiators, mud guards, storage 
batteries, gasolene tanks, springs, coils, magnetos, car- 
buretors, wind shields, headlights and horns. 

Apparatus Overhauled and Painted. 

8 Roadsters, 4 touring cars, 3 ladder trucks, 4 tractors, 2 

combinations. 
2 Units were attached to two old roadsters converting them into 

1-ton trucks. 
4 Christie motors were rebuilt. 

New Equipment and Repairs. 

50 New batteries. 
77 Repair batteries. 
34 Batteries junked. 
20 New fenders 
20 New headlights. 
20 Headlights repaired. 
282 New pneumatic tires. 
333 New tubes. 
54 Tires adjusted. 
54 Tires repaired. 
159 Tires scrapped. 
829 Tubes repaired. 
170 Tubes scrapped. 
58 Solid tires taken off and replaced with new ones. 
1 110-volt Brunner compressor. 
1 Weaver hoist and one Weaver press were purchased for shop 

equipment. 
7 Prest Lite gas tanks and 37, oxygen tanks exchanged. 



Fire Department. 17 



New Apparatus, Motors, Etc. 

New Buick roadsters purchased for Districts 2, .6, 8, 11, 13. 

2 1914 Buick roadsters traded in. 
10 Rebuilt Christie motors were purchased. 

4 Wrecked Christie motors were traded in. 

The Motor Repair Division is still working under the 
handicap of lack of sufficient help, lack of room and lack 
of spare apparatus. No additional apparatus, except 
chief's cars, was purchased during 1918. 

Spare apparatus was installed in the new houses of 
Engines 49 and 50. This brings our motorized appara- 
tus in service up to 58.6 per. cent. The total number of 
pieces of motor apparatus in charge of the Motor Repair 
Division, including chief's cars, trucks, etc., is 107. 
This work is carried on by one foreman and seven auto 
mechanics, one blacksmith and helper and four firemen 
detailed each day. These firemen respond with the 
wrecker and take care of emergency work nights, holi- 
days and Sundays. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. E. Stewart, 
Supervisor of Motor Apparatus. 



18 



City Document No. 14. 



BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT VETERINARY 
HOSPITAL. 



Boston, April 5, 1919. 



From: The Veterinary Hospital. 
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 pur- 
chased, sold, died, destroyed and killed in the service 
during the year ending January 31, 1919: 



Total number on hand February 1, 1918 
Total number on hand February 1, 1919 
Horses purchased 
Horses sold 
Horses pensioned 
Horses died 
Horses destroyed 
Horses killed . 



204 

199 

18 

10 

4 

2 

5 

2 



Respectfully submitted, 

Daniel P. Keogh, M. D. V. 



Fire Department. 19 



HEADQUARTERS FIRE DEPARTMENT. 



Boston, February 1, 1919. 

From: The Medical Examiner. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the following report for the year 
ending January 31, 1919: 

Number of cases of illness 661 

Number of cases of injury 1,267 

Number injured but remained on duty .... 535 

Examinations. 

For appointment as provisional firemen . . . . 86 

For appointment as provisional firemen (civil service) . 156 

For appointment as probationary firemen . . •. 255 

For reappointment (as from war service) ... 46 
General examinations, including probationers at the 

expiration of their terms 1,643 

Examinations at engine houses of pulmotors and medi- 
cine chests, and including visits at homes of firemen . 165 

The efficiency in man power of the department has 
been put to a severe test during the past year, due in a 
great measure to the epidemic of influenza and numerous 
deaths from same, and also to the large number drafted 
into the war service. This state of affairs was promptly 
corrected from time to time as necessary by taking in 
the complete civil service list of men eligible for appoint- 
ment, and also making provisional appointments of men 
prior to taking civil service examination. The above 
accounts for the large number of examinations for 
appointments made during the past year. 

The commanding officers have rendered ^' first aid" 
on many occasions to firemen and citizens by prompt 
and intelligent use of pulmotors and of various medicines 
and apphances of the medicine chests. The usual com- 
mendation should be given men, although injured, who 
remained on duty. 



20 



City Document No. 14. 
Deaths. 



Name. 


Date. 


Cause. 


John J. Dwyer 


Jan. 9 


1919 


Influenza and pneumonia. 


George Layhe 


Jan. 15 


1919 


Crushing injuries. 


John P. Dowd 


Jan. 31 


1919 


Pulmonary embolism. 


Edward J. Twigg 


Jan. 22 


1919 


Influenza and pneumonia. 
Influenza and pneumonia. 


James M. Hastings 


Sept. 21 


1918 


Charles A. Hanson 


Sept. 24 


1918 


Influenza and pneumonia. 


Daniel F. Daley 


Sept. 25 


1918 


Influenza. 




Sept. 25 
Sept. 25 


1918 


Broncho-pneumonia. 
Influenza and pneumonia. 


Henry T. Hooper 


1918 


Maurice M. Flavin 


Sept. 28 


1918 


Pneumonia. 


Joseph P. Morrissey 


Sept. 28 
Sept. 29 
Oct. 10 
Oct. 19 


1918 


Influenza and pneumonia. 
Influenza and pneumonia. 


Frank D. O'Brien 


1918 


William A . Keen 


1918 
1918 


William R. Connelly, Jr 


Broncho-pneumonia. 


David J. Fitzgerald 


May 27 
June 22 


1918 


Arterio-sclerosis, endocarditis, myocarditis. 
Diabetes and valvular heart disease. ' 


Weslev C. Newdick 


1918 


John F. McBride 


Feb 5 


1918 


Carcinoma of pancreas. 




Feb 2 


1918 


Capt. J. J. McCarthy 


July 20 


1918 


Carcinoma of stomach. 




Sept. 9 
Sept. 11 


1918 


Influenza and pneumonia. 


John E. Fitzgerald 


1918 


Frank J. Reddington 


Sept. 17 


1918 


Pneumonia. 


John J. Craddock 


Sept. 16 
Sept. 28 
Oct. 7 


1918 


Influenza and pneumonia. 
Influenza and pneumonia. 
Influenza and pneimionia. 
Pneumonia. 


George F. Beattie 


1918 


Angus J. McDonald 


1918 


Thomas H. McAndrews 


Dec. 11 


1918 


Walter F. Walsh 


Sept. 16 
Sept. 15 


1918 
1918 




Edward J. Kaine 


Influenza. 


William G. Condon 


Oct. 3 
Sept. 27 


1918 
1918 




William H. Free 









I am deeply grateful for the opportunity herewith to 
express my appreciation and utmost thanks to you and 
your commanding officers and all the men of the depart- 
ment for the kind, just and considerate treatment I have 
received in the performance of my duties. 
Respectfully submitted, 

William J. McNally, M. D., 

Medical Examiner. 



Fire Department. 



21 



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. MgNally, 

Clerks. 

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



STRENGTH AND PAY JANUARY 31, 
Headquarters. 



1918. 











Per Annum, 


1 Commissioner $5,000 


1 Chief clerk. 








2,500 


1 Medical examiner . 








1,800 


1 Bookkeeper 








2,100 


1 Supervisor of pay accounts 








1,800 


1 Clerk .... 








1,800 


1 Chief license division 








1,700 


1 Clerk .... 








1,500 


1 Clerk 








1,400 


1 Assistant engineer (messenger) 






1,400 


2 Hosemen (clerks) 






1,400 


12 

Fire-fighting Branch. 


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


2 Deputy chiefs ... 








3,500 


15 District chiefs . 








3,000 


62 Captains .... 








2,000 


90 Lieutenants .... 








1,800 


1 Lieutenant, aide to chief* 








1,800 


1 Private, aide to commissioner* 






1,400 



* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



22 



City Document No. 14. 



3 Engineers (marine) 
48 Engineers 
47 Assistant engineers 
2 Assistant engineers 
1 Assistant engineer 
928 Privates: 
525 
30 
11 
358 
4 



1,201 



Repair Shop Branch. 



Per Annum. 

$1,700 
1,500 
1,400 
1,300 
1,100 

1,400 
1,300 
1,200 
1,100 
900 



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 Master painter 1,500 


1 Hoseman (automobile engineer)* . . . 1,500 


1 Foreman automobile mechanics . . . 1,400 


1 Engineer (machinist) 1,500 


7 Privates* . . . ... . . 1,400 


Employees. 


1 Clerk ■ . . . . 1,600 


1 Clerk 1,200 


1 Clerk (hoseman)* 1,400 


1 Storekeeper* 1,800 


Per Week. 


1 Engineer $28 00 


Per Day. 


3 Firemen . $4 00 


2 Plumbers 










4 40 


1 Steamfitter . 










4 00 


1 Leading painter . 










4 25 


7 Painters . . . 










4 00 


2 Wheelwrights 










4 00 


1 Leading machinist 










4 25 


11 Machinists . 










4 00 


1 Leading blacksmith 










4 25 


4 Blacksmiths . 










4 00 


5 Blacksmith's helpers 










3 25 


3 Carpenters . 










4 00 


1 Vulcanizer . 










3 50 


2 Hose and harness repairers 






4 00 



* Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



FiEE Department. 



23 



1 Hose and harness repairer 

1 Boiler repairer and ironworker 

1 Chauffeur .... 

2 Teamsters .... 



70 



Fire Alarm Branch. 



43 



Veterinary Hospital Branch. 

1 Veterinarian 

1 Captain, assistant to veterinarian* . 



3 Hostlers (average) 
5 



Per Day. 

$3 50 
4 00 
3 50 
3 00 





Per Annum. 


1 Superintendent 


$3,000 


1 Chief operator and assistant superintendent 


2,500 


1 Supervising operator 


1,800 


4 Principal operators . . . . • . 


1,800 


2 Operators 


1,600 


6 Assistant operators 


1,400 


1 Assistant operator 


1,100 


1 Hoseman (garageman)* .... 


1,400 


Construction Force. 




1 Foreman 


$2,200 


1 Assistant foreman 


1,600 


1 Stockman 


1,400 




Per Day 


1 Machinist . . . . 


$4 25 


2 Machinists 


4 00 


19 Repairers, cable splicers, linemen and wiremen 4 30 


1 Laborer 


3 00 



Per Annum. 

$3,000 
2,000 

Per Day. 

S3 00 



1,331 



'■ Detailed from fire-fighting branch. 



24 City Document No. 14. 



CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. 
Peter F. McDonough. 

Headquarters, Engine House 26-35, Mason Street. 
The Chief is in charge of the fire protection of the 
city, which is divided into two divisions, each com- 
manded by a deputy chief, which are subdivided into 
fifteen districts, each commanded by a district chief. 

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

District 1. 

District Chief, Frank A. Sweeney. 

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, William E. Riley. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 9, Main Street. 

Charlestown. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 27, 32, 36, 

50, Ladders 9, 22. 

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, Waoer 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. 



Fire Department. 25 

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. 

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. 

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. 



26 City Document No. 14. 

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. 

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, Allan J. MacDonald. 

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, 49, 
Ladder 28, Chemical 14. 



Fire Department. 



27 



FIRE STATIONS. 



Location. 



Location. 



Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 



Occupied by- 



Dorchester and Fourth streets 

Corner of O and Fourtn 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 streets, 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 stieets 

Fort Hill square 

Mason street 

Elm street, Charlestown 

Centre street, Jamaica Plain 

Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton 

Centre street, West Roxbury 



8,167 
4,000 
4,000 
6,098 
3,265 
2,269 
1,893 
2,568 
4,720 
1,886 
10,000 
7,320 
4,832 
5,713 
2,803 
12,736 
9,450 
9,440 
7,683 
9,000 
10,341 
7,500 
3,445 
4,186 
4,175 
5,623 
2,600 
10,377 
14,358 
12,251 



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 27. 

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. 



28 



City Document No. 14. 



Fire Stations. — Concluded. 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


Occupied by 


521 Commercial street, on land of Public 




Engine 31, fireboat 


"Works Department. 






Bunker Hill street — Charlestown 


8,188 


Engine 32. 


Corner Boylston and Hereford streets. . . . 


5,646 


Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 


Western avenue, Brighton 


4,637 


Engine 34. 


Monument street, Charlestown 


5,668 
5,231 


Engine 36 and Ladder 22. 


Corner Long wood and Brookliline avenues, 


Engine 37 and Ladder 26. 


Congress street 


4,000 


Engines 38 and 39. 


Sumner street, East Boston 


4,010 
6,112 


Engine 40. • 


Harvard avenue, near Cambridge street, 
Brighton. 


Engine 41 and Ladder 14. 


Washington street, at Egleston square . . . 


3,848 


Engine 42 and Ladder 30. 


Andrew square 


5,133 


Engine 43 and Ladder 20. 


Northern Avenue Bridge 




Engine 44, fireboat 


Washington and Poplar streets, Roslin- 
dale. 


14,729 


Engine 45 and Ladder 16. 


Dorchester avenue, Ashmont 


4,875 
11,950 


Engine 46. 


Adjoining South Ferry, East Boston 


Engine 47, fireboat. 


Harvard avenue and Winthrop street, 
Hyde Park. 


9,450 


Engine 48, Ladder 28 and Chemical 
14. 


Church street 


3,412 




Milton and Hamilton streets 


14,475 
5,230 


Engine 49. 


Winthrop and Soley streets 


Engine 50. 


Saratoga street. East Boston 


9,300 
7,200 




Corner Callender and Lyf ord streets 


Chemical 11 and Ladder 29. 


Corner Walk Hill and Wenham streets . . . 


11,253 


Chemical 13. 


Friend street 


1,676 
3,923 




Dudley street 


Ladder 4 and Chemical 10. 


Main street, Charlestown 


4,290 


Ladder 9. 


Tremont street 


4,311 
2,1.34 
8,964 
3,101 

6,875 


Ladder 12. 


Harrison avenue 


Ladder 17. 


Pittsburgh street, South Boston 


Ladder 18 and Tower 3. 


Fourth street 


Ladder 19. 


Washington street, Dorchester 


Ladder 23 and Chemical 5. 


North Grove street 


3,918 
9,889 


Ladder 24 


Oak square, Brighton 


Ladder 31. 



Headquarters Building, Bristol street, 15,679 feet of 
land. 

Water Tower No. 2 is in Headquarters Building. 



Ftre Department. 29 

OTHER BUILDINGS. 

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

Veterinary Hospital, Atkinson street, 64,442 feet of 
land. 

Coal station. Main street, Charlestown, 2,430 feet of 
land. 

Coal station, old Charles River Bridge, on land of 
Public Works Department. 

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

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. 



30 



City Document No. 14. 



CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 



Division 1. 



DifTRICT. 


Location. 
- 


Capacity. 
(Tons.) 


Wagons. 


1 


Engine 11 


12 
20 
35 
35 
45 
1 
16 
50 
20 
35 
20 
20 
25 


1 


1 


Engine 40 


2 


2 


Engine 36 


1 


2 


Ladder 9 


2 


3 




3 


3 .... 


Ladder 18 




4 


Ladder 24 


2 


4 




2 




Engine 26 


1 


5 


Chemical 2 

Engine 2 

Fourth .street 


3 


6 


1 


6 


2 


7 


Engine 33 


1 








Total 






21 











Division 2. 



Total. 



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 

10 

20 

5 

6 

5 

7 

3 

5 

7 

7 

10 



FiEE Department. 



31 



APPARATUS. 

IN SERVICE. 



Horse- 
Drawn. 



Engines 

Ladder trucks 

Hose cars 

Chemicals 

Water towers 

Rescue squad 

Totals 

Wrecker 

Automobiles 

Delivery trucks 

Total 

Self-propelled engines 
Fireboats 



21 

20 

17 

4 

3 

1 



66 
1 

25 
6 



22 

11 

22 

4 



59 



RESERVE. 





Motor. 


Horse- 
Drawn. 




3 

2 
1 
1 

8 


7 




6 




10 












8 








Totals ■ 


15 


31 







MISCELLANEOUS. 



Fuel wagons .... 
Manure .wagons . 



41 
3 



32 



City Document No. 14. 



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Expenditures for the Year. 



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3,031 92 




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1,797 11 




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13,491 24 


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Electrical .... 


3,008 19 




Motor vehicles 


23,015 90 




Stable ..... 


2,865 55 




Furniture and fittings 


10,243 43 




Office 


126 44 




Marine 


13 50 




Medical 


6 50 




Tools and instruments 


. 22,185 93 




Live stock .... 


2,907 95 




Wearing apparel . 


1,269 66 




General plant 


377 33 


78,553 03 






Supplies : 






Office 


$2,964 52 




Food and ice . 


741 35 




Carried forward . 


. $3,705 87 $1,824,217 62 



Fire Department. 


43 


Brought forward 


$3,705 87 $1,824,217 62 


Fuel . . . 


94,001 85 




Forage and animal 


40,156 24 




Medical, surgical, laboratory 


84 55 




Veterinary .... 


284 77 




Laundry, cleaning, toilet . 


3,568 81 




Motor vehicle 


13,724 21 




Chemicals and disinfectants 


2,981 09 




General plant 


4,596 24 




Cloth 


2,811 10 


165,914 73 


Materials : 






Building .... 


$13,008 48 




Machinery .... 


91 96 




Electrical .... 


1,593 00 




General plant 


28,101 71 


42,795 15 






Special items: 






Pensions and annuities 




187,915 57 


Workingmen's compensation 




538 00 




$2,221,381 07 



Engine House, East Boston. 

Continuation of payments: 
Reconstructing building: 

Contractors, Archdeacon & Sullivan . 

Blueprints 

Heating system. Power Heating and Ven- 
tilating Company 
Architect, Joseph McGinniss 
Electrical materials and fixtures 
Window shades 
Advertising .... 



Engine House 15, Reconstruction oj . 



Contractors, Crowley & Hickey 
Architect, Joseph McGinniss 



Less charged to Dorchester Tunnel 



$23,596 50 


18 


63 


2,000 


00 


1,686 


24 


328 


34 


83 


60 


14 40 


$27,727 71 


$15,930 33 


1,589 


10 


$17,519 43 


7,539 


33 


$9,980 


10 



44 



City Document No. 14. 



Fire House, Winthrop Street, Charlestown. 
Continuation of payments: 
Reconstructing building : 



Recapitulation. 
Fire Department . . . . . 
Engine House, East Boston . 
Engine House 15, reconstruction of 
Fire House, Winthrop street, Charlestown 
Fire station, Readville .... 



Income. 
Permits for fires in open spaces, fireworks, blast 

ing, transportation and storage of explosives 
Sale of uniform cloth 
Sale of old material 
Sale of cloth remnants 
Sale of manure . 
Sale of badges . 
Services of Fireboat No. 

ernment 
Damage to apparatus 
Damage to pipe 
Refund of salary • . 
Rebate from United States Government 



47, United States 



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Contractor, Fred E. Bowes . 




$18,067 65 


Heating system, Power Heating and Venti 


- , 


lating Company 


2,100 00 


Architect-, Joseph McGinniss 




2,037 74 


Hardware, Burditt & Williams Co. 




400 00 


Electric fixtures . . 




150 06 


Shades 




75 15 


Awnings 




40 00 


• Blueprints . . . ■ . 




32 96 


Advertising 




14 40 




$22,917 96 


Fire Quarters, Readville {Hyde Park). 




Continuation of payments: 




Contractor, M. S. Kelliher 


$7,140 00 


Architect, Joseph McGinniss . 




149 79 


Heating system, Pierce & Cox . 




1,933 00 


Shades 




96 40 


Electric fixtures . . . . ■ . 




86 50 


Screen 




64 00 


Advertising . . . 




15 00 



$9,484 69 

!,221,381 07 

27,727 71 

9,980 10 

22,917 96 

9,484 69 

?,291,491 53 



3,930 


25 


3,374 


78 


1,109 


53 


60 94 


89 


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46 



City Document No. 14. 



Causes of Fires and Alarms from January 1, 1918, 
TO January 1, 1919. 



Alarms, false, needless, bell 




Grease in ventilator 


34 


and still .... 


889 


Hot ashes in wooden recep- 




Alarms out of city . 


39 


tacle 


58 


Automatic alarms, false and 




Incendiary and supposed 


19 


accidental .... 


112 


Lamp upsetting, explosion . 


1 


Automobiles .... 


142 


Miscellaneous .... 


245 


Brush, rubbish, etc 


1,206 


Oil stove, careless use and 




Careless use lamp, candle . 


84 


explosion .... 


62 


Careless use matches and set 




Overheated furnace, stove, 




by rats 


413 


boiler ....'. 


125 


Careless use pipe, cigar and 




Set by boys .... 


107 


cigarettes .... 


297 


Sparks from chimneys, stove. 


83 


Chimneys, soot burning 


161 


Sparks from locomotive 




Clothes near stove . 


16 


engme 


35 


Defective chimney, stove 




Spontaneous combustion 


85 


pipe, boiler .... 


70 


Thawing 


102 


Electric wires, motors . 


124 


Unknown .... 


577 


Fireworks and firecrackers . 


4 






Gas jet and gas stove . 


67 




5,174 


Gasolene, naphtha, benzine . 


17 









Fire Extinguished by 








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January . 


117 


12 


97 


12 


54 


35 


81 


February 


102 


8 


73 


3 


49 


40 


54 




64 
82 
67 
72 
63 
64 


47 
58 
27 
21 
24 
32 


81 
82 
77 
48 
45 
36 


39 
127 
61 
56 
44 
19 


38 
37 
42 
28 
28 
18 


112 
203 
52 
34 
31 
31 


39 




56 


May 


52 




45 


July 


28 




28 




51 


17 


28 


12 


17 


23 


27 




73 
93 


27 
50 


43 
71 


22 
46 


27 
53 


31 

83 


24 


November 


24 


December 


65 


40 


69 


16 


40 


49 


38 


Totals 


913 


363 


750 


457 


431 


724 


496 







Fire Department, 



47 



Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. 



Date. 


Location and Owner. 


Loss. 




1918. 






Jan. 


6 


67-71 South street. Great Western Hide Company 


$15,546 


Jan. 


7 


215-233 Frank.in street, Bigelow & Dowse Company et al . . 


216,158 


Jan. 


12 


642 and 644 Washington street, D. M. Healey et al 


21,620 




17 


62-66 Utica street, G D. Emerson. 


36,717 


Jan. 


26 


1109 Washington street, A. A. Civicchi et al 


17,581 


Feb. 


9 


1242- 1250 River street, Hyde Park Gas Company etal.... 


22,278 


Feb. 


10 


13 and 15 Winter street, F. Vorenberg Company et al 


67,156 


Feb 


10 


115 North street, Plant Brothers & Co. et al 


56,786 


Feb. 


17 


76 Freeport street, Boston Novelty Company et al 


33,916 


Feb. 


17 


530 Atlantic avenue, F. P. Bennett & Co., Inc., et al 


15,830 


Feb. 


25 


1285-1289 Hyde Park avenue, Norfolk Associates et al 


21,031 


Feb. 


26 


19-35 Front street, Boston Wagon Company et al 


18,507 


April 1 


200-206 Causeway street, American Glue Company et al . . . 


161,491 


April 12 


241-249 Friend street. Union Bowling and Billiard Room 
et al 


26,586 


April 17 


157-163 Pearl street, Harris- Wheaton Company et al 


18,811 


April 28 

Apri 2S 




31,061 
38,198 

138 842 




May 


13 


70 Brimmer street. Brown Garage and Carriage Company 


June 


3 


9 Edgewood street. Crown Window Shade Company et al. . . 


35,841 


June 


6 


15-21 Sleeper street. General Electric Company et al 


137,802 


June 


13 


128-136 Federal street, Franklin Rubber Company etal. . . . 


15,205 


July 


25 


1379 Centre street. City of Boston 


20,000 
24,793 


Aug. 


4 


26-30 Bowker street, Sargent & Ham Company et al 


Sept 
Sept 


26 




28,728 
17,765 


29 


39-43 Washington street, T. F. Freeman Company et al. . . . 


Oct. 


7 


Building Number 96 Navy Yard, United States Government, 


20,000 


Oct. 


21 . 


361-367 Washington street, D. F. Rourke etal 


29,489 
19,676 


Oct. 


29 


222-226 Friend street, V. Bonzagni & Co. et al 


Nov. 


5 


280-292 Commercial street, J. A. DeVito Company et al . . . 


41,908 


Nov. 


13 


102-112 Summer street, Bresnahan & Kelleher et al. 


131,064 


Nov. 


14 


1340 Commonwealth avenue. Hotel Strathmore et al 


39,939 


Nov. 


29 


182-186 Boylston street. Walker, Rintels, Inc., etal 


29,339 


Dec. 


5 


128-144 Commercial street, S. G. Shaghalian & Co. et al . . . 


52,567 


Dec. 


18 




233,100 


Dec. 


21 




30,780 









48 



City Document No. 14. 



STATISTICS. 



Population, January 1, 1919 . 
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 . . . . 





793,709 




47.81 




31,194 


1,308 

1,199 

39 


75,085 


2,628 





5,174 



FlEE Loss FOR THE YeAR EnDING DECEMBER 31, 1918. 



Buildings, loss insured 
Contents, loss insured 



$1,230,683 
1,413,290 



Buildings, loss not insured 
Contents, loss not insured 



. $64,588 
. 113,548 



Total loss buildings and contents . 
Marine loss 



178,136 



?,822,109 
$5,503 



Fire Department. 



49 



YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. 



Year ending February 1, 1904 
"1, 1905 



" 1, 1906 
" 1, 1907 
" 1, 1908 .• . 
" 1, 1909 
« 1, 1910 

" 1, 1911 (11 months) 
January 1, 1912 

1, 1913 
" 1, 1914 
" 1, 1915 

1, 1916 

1, 1917 

1, 1918 
" 1, 1919 



$1,674,333 
2,473,980 
2,130,146 
1,130,334 
2,268,074 
3,610,000 
1,680,245 
3,159,989 
2,232,267 
2,531,017 

*3,138,373 
3,013,269 
3,004,600 

1 2,372,489 

13,981,227 
2,822,109 



* Does not include marine loss of $1,116,475, steamship "Templemore." 
t Does not include marine loss of $101,312, steamship "City of Naples" et al. 
j 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.* 



Yeah. 


Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Totals. 


1918 


2,413 
2,252 
2,350 
2,847 
2,945 
2,594 
2,812 
2,291 
1,864 
2,101 


2,649 
2,526 
2,128 
2,590 
2,589 
2,322 
2,432 
2,142 
1,801 
1,677 


5,062 


1917 '. 


4,778 


1916 


4 531 


1915 


5,437 
5 534 


1914 


1913 


4 916 


1912 


5 244 


1911 


4,433 
3 665 


1910 (11 months)! 


1909 


3 778 







* 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. 



50 



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 DriseoU, 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. 
Edward McDonough, Lieutenant, Engine Company 8. 
John J. Kennedy, Ladderman, Ladder Company 13. 



Changes prom February 1, 1918, to February 1, 1919 

Number of men appointed to fire force 
Nmnber of men reappointed to fire force 
All others . 
Resigned 



Discharged 
Pensioned . 
Deaths 
Pensioners died 



301 
22 
7 
76 
25 
25 
33 
15 



Members Pensioned from February 1, 1918, to 
February 1, 1919. 

John B. Sheridan. 
William H. Barker. 
George B. Atwood. 
John M. Fitzgerald. 
Edward M. Illing worth. 
Edward J. McKendrew. 
Michael L. Dorgan. 
Patrick F. Toohig. 
Jacob H. Desmond. 
William P. Punch. 
Maurice Heffernan. 
Cornelius H. Leary. 
William H. Guinan. 



Cornelius J. Hickey. 
John J. O'Neil. 
Jacob Schaffer. 
William J. McCarthy 
Wilham E. Staples. 
John J. Sullivan. 
Robert J. Carleton. 
James E. Nolan. 
William J. Griffin. 
Charles A. Rodd. 
David Kane. 
Robert R. Talbot. 
Thomas E. Kiley. 
Edward B. Johnson. 



Fire Department. 



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Death of Members prom February 1, 1918, to 
February 1, 1919. 



James J. Hourihan. 
Thomas A. Ring. 
Wesley C. Newdick. 
George F. Morrissey. 
John E. Fitzgerald. 
Edward J. Kaine. 
Frank J. Reddington. 
Charles A. Hanson. 
Henry T. Hooper. 
George F. Beattie. 
William H. Free. 
Joseph P. Morrissey. 
Angus J. McDonald. 
William R. Connolly. 
Herbert F. Symes. 
George Layhe. 
John F. McBride. 



David J. Fitzgerald. 
John J. McCarthy. 
Daniel F. Fennessey. 
Walter F. Walsh. 
John J. Craddock. 
James M, Hastings. 
Daniel F. Daly. 
William H. Boodro. 
Maurice M. Flavin. 
Frank D. O'Brien. 
William H. Condon. 
WilKam A. Keen. 
Thomas H. McAndrews. 
John J. Dwyer. 
Edward J. Twigg. 
John P. Dowd. 



Death of Pensioners from February 1, 1918, 
TO February 1, 1919. 



Franklin G. Burley. 
Joseph C. Barrus. 
Thomas H. Ramsey. 
Matthew Burns. 
John H. Ewers. 
Robert E. Bartlett. 
John C. Holton. 
David L. Adamson. 



Robert J. Gallagher. 
Edmund Fruean. 
John Baumeister. 
James M. Littleton. 
George B. Atwood. 
Johanna McManus. 
James H. LeFavor.