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FORTY-SEVENTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



1920 



FORTY-SEVENTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



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OFFICERS 



President: 
JOHN J. CORNISH 

Vice-President: 
WILLIAM E. DAVENPORT 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1921 

WILLIAM H. ROGERS JOHN J. CORNISH 

HENRY M. FENTON 

To Serve until March, 1922 
GEORGE W. BUNTIN JAMES H. CARNEY 

WILLIAM E. DAVENPORT 
To Serve until March, 1923 
JOHN P. MEADE C. H. J. KIMBALL 

CHARLES A. HOWLAND 

Secretary-Treasurer: Superintendent: 

CHARLES W. GOODING H. E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM. F. TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1921. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department : 

The Directors submit herewith the 47th Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding one hundred and eighty thousand 
dollars. 

For the Directors, 

JOHN J. CORNISH, 

President. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMRER 31, 1920 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $175,922.57 

Interest 645.43 

Special Service 1,467.22 

■ $178,035.22 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $114,869.00 

Repairs and Furnishings of Houses 1,852.26 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 976.01 

Water, Light and Fuel 5,542.06 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . . . 1,637.50 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 14,167.37 

Miscellaneous Department Supplies .... 2,061.37 

New Equipment and Furnishings 4,110.31 

Repairs of Equipment 600.01 

Rent and Taxes 5,678.49 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 6,747.82 
Sundries 674.43 

Total Expenditures $158,918.63 

Ralance, December 31, 1920 19,116.59 

' $178,035.22 

CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 
Boston, January 25, 1921. 

Audited and found correct 

S. T. EMERY, 

WM. H. LORING, }■ Auditing Committee. 

PHILIP J. McKEON 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1920 
July 1, 1919, to December 31, 1919: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$4,381,908.30 at 2% $87,638 17 

January 1, 1920, to July 1, 1920: 

Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$5,898,335.68 at 1 .1/2% $88,475.00 

$176,113.17 

Assessments Unpaid 190.60 

$175,922.57 

July 1, 1920, to December 31, 1920: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage.. .. $4,565,060.01 at 2% $91,301.17 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. 
Office of Supt., No. 40 Purchase St. 

Boston, January 1st, 1921. 
To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — -I herewith submit the Forty-seventh Annual Report oi 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1920. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 

The department responded to 2,002 City boxes, 1,320 Verbal, 201 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 144 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 94 Sprinkler Breaks, 198 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 3667; 
also 74 Water Damages, Total calls 3741. 

The service rendered was 66 fire extinguishers used, 3,555 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 235 covers on roofs, 105 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 3,895. 

The hours service were 2,336.44 at fires, 130.19 protecting merchan- 
dise &c after fires, and 1,904.54 privates detailed after fires. Total 
4,371.57. 

OF THE 4,688 ALARMS, 2,928 ALARMS OR 62.15 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $3,143,528.89, divided as follows; 

Losses 
Insured Not Insured Totals 

Buildings $ 890,443.84 $154,605.79 $1,045,049.63 

Contents 1,823,110.13 129,656.09 1,952,766.22 

Rents 3.963.04 — 3,963.04 

Vessels 139,600.00 2,150.00 141,750.00 

Totals $2,857,117.01 $286,411.88 $3,143,528.89 

WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 

Loss on buildings not insured $4,482.00 

Loss on contents, not insured 21,678.00 

Total .$26,160.00 

Total calls, 74 (55 with losses). On duty 70h. 26m. Covers spread 
175. Private detail duty 40h. 54m. 

AUTO-WAGONS 
For a descriptive list of Auto-Wagons, Calls responded to and miles 
travelled, also expense account, see pages 17 and insert. 



ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT. 
Superintendent, Henry E. Thompson. 



Co. No. 1. 
40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 
4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 

159-161 RoxburySt. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain E. Abbott 

, . . (A. F. Swift 

Lieuts. J. J. Carty 


1 

2 
7 
4 
3 
1 

9 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

f G. E. Blakeley 

) J. S. Weir 


1 

2 
4 
2 
2 
T 
4 
9 


Jas. T. Fitzgerald . . . 

( M. J. Gleason 

(B.J. McTernan.. . 


1 

2 
8 
2 
1 
2 




3 

6 




19 








8 


Third " 






6 


Fourth " " 






4 


Fifth 






4 


Auxiliary " 






18 








Totals 


27 


25 


16 


68 



SUPERINTENDENT 

CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 



Responses 
to 
Alarms. 



iCity Boxes 
Still 
Automatic . 
A. D. T 



Co.No. 1 


Co.No. 2 Co.No. 3 


591 


• 811 1003 


515 


447 456 


150 


53 10 


99 


53 17 



Totals 1355 



1364 



1486 



Responded f Automobile 1045 

to by I Privates in outlying districts... 347 



1346 



1409 
147 



[ At fires and responding to calls 722/24 

u i-> . I Assisting Fire Department.... 

Hours Uuty Afte r fires protecting mdse 67.32 

I Detail after fires 890.59 



728.16 886.04 



49.17 
558.03 



13.30 
455.52 



Totals 1680.55 1335.36 1355.26 



!At fires and sprinkler calls 1498 
On roofs after fires 84 

Protecting mdse. after fires 78 



Totals 



Extinguishers used 



1660 
22 



1417 

48 

1 

1466 
2i 



465 

103 

26 

594 
20 



The Second Section was called in service as follows: 

Co.No. 1 Co.No. 2 Co. No. 3 



On First 
Alarms 



( When first out section was at fire 
^ When both sec. were at previous fire 
{. While cov- adj. company district 

( At night : 

I Voluntarily during daytime.... 



On Second 
Alarms 
On Telephone calls 

On Messenger calls ._ 

To Cover " Adjoining company district.. 

Totals 



44 
4 

5 
1 

10 


12 



71 
6 

23 
6 

7 

141 

254 



56 

2 
6 
7 
1 
9 

42 

123 



No. fires at which roofs were protected 

No. days on which one or more aux. men were \ 

retained on day duty after a fire J 

No. extra hazardous days when aux. force was / 

retained on duty f 



Co.No. l 
35 

74 



Co.No.2 Co.No,3 
'25 49 



46 



21 



1 

2 

2 

73 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 

FIRES. 



Sprinklers 
Operating 


Heads 


Sprinkler Heads 
Replaced 


Heads 


Where 

Sprinkler Heads 

Operated 


floors 

2 
40 
20 
14 

9 


Condition of System 
when left 


No. 


59 Fi 
19 ' 

9 ' 
t5 ' 

3 ' 
*2 * 

1 ' 


res of 1 head each 
' " 2 heads " 
' " 3 " 

" 4 " 
< .. 5 « 
. .< y .. 
• " 8 " 


59 
38 
27 
20 
15 
14 
8 


13 Fires of 1 head each 
8 " "2 heads 

2 " " 3 " 

3 " "4 " 
1 " "5 

1 " "8 " 


13 

16 

6 

12 

5 
8 


Sub-Basement 
Basement 
First-floor 
Second " 
Third " 


O. K. 

Partially Operative 
Shut Off 


93 

1 
7 


1 ' 

1 ' 
1 ' 


' " 11 " 

« '« 15 " 
• " 23 " 


11 
15 
23 








Fourth " 
Fifth " 
Sixth " 
Seventh " 
Eighth " 


4 
5 
5 
1 
1 






101 


Totals 


230 


28 


Totals 


60 


Totals 


101 


Totals 


101 



t 2 Fires operated 2nd & 3rd floors. 
* 1 " " 1st & 2nd 





RUPTURED HEADS AND PIPES. 








Sprinklers Ruptured 


Heads 
and 


Causes 


No 


Condition of System 


n k 


Parti. 


Shut 




Pipes 
43 


Water freezing in heads 




when left 




oper. 


off 


43 Breaks of 1 head ea. 


22 


Condition 


19 


3 




2 "2 heads e.a. 


4 


" pipes 


18 


" 


8 


2 


8 


1 " "3 heads ea. 


3 


" "couplings 


9 


" 


6 


2 


1 


21 Breaks " Pipes 




" elbows 


16 


" 


10 


2 


4 


11 " Couplings 




Striking heads 


12 


" 


11 




1 


16 " " Elbows 




pipes 


9 


" 


1 




1 






Defective Heads 


12 


" 


10 


1 


1 






Couplings 


2 


" 


1 


1 








Unknown 


1 








1 


94 Totals 


50 


Totals 


94 


Totals 


66 


11 


17 



Hours service 117h. 17m. 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Covers spread 220 
Extra Duty 5 h. 8 m. 



Detailed duty 13h. 17m. 



TROUBLES. 

Alarms, false 2 

" accidental 

Alarm pots, defective 1 

" bell. " ....'.'.'.'...... ." t."....'. '.'.'. 

Leaky couplings 

" heads 

" valves (2 city supply, 2 drips, 1 alarm) 

Defective valves (city supply) 

" transmitter 

Shuting off system by mistake 

Tampering with system 

Water hammer 35 

in dry pipe system 50 

Working on system 17 

Unknown 64 

Total '. 198 

DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 105 h. 56 m. Detailed duty 134 h. 19m. 

Extra duty 4h. 45m. 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 
WERE GIVEN 

Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper. 1904 

Roxbury District 535 

Charlestown 244 

East Roston 238 

South Roston 358 

Dorchester 578 

West Roxbury 341 

Rrighton 323 

Hyde Park 157 

Roston Harbor 3 

Rrookline 4 

Cambridge 2 

Chelsea 

Dedham 1 

Milton 

Newton 

Revere 

Somerville 

Total 4,688 



WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 


Days of Week. 


Hours of the Day 


1920 


553 
379 
381 
486 
315 
345 
495 
295 
290 
397 
381 
371 




752 
665 
586 
632 
652 
719 
682 


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7 to 8 " 

8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Noon 


57 
107 






163 
188 






203 
237 






12 to IP 

1 to 2 

2 to 3 

3 to 4 

4 to 5 

5 to 6 
, 6 to 7 

7 to 8 

8 to 9 

9 to 10 


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276 
282 






290 
302 






358 
319 


July 




287 
286 






284 
258 




10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Midnight. 

12 to 1 A. M. . . . 

1 to 2 " 

2 to 3 " 

3 to 4 " 

4 to 5 " 

5 to 6 " 


197 
126 




11 
90 




73 
71 




70 
53 








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GRADE OF LOSSES FOR 1920. 



2928 


Alarms with 


10 loss. 




744 


Fires with loss under $100 


$28,874.78 


526 


" 


$100 to $500 


120,310.88 


132 


" " 


$500 to $1,000 


91,867.46 


215 


" " ' 


$1,000 to $5,000 


479,583.37 


36 


" " 


" $5,000 to $10,000 


256,704.28 


13 


over $15,000 


' " $10,000 to $15,000 


156,802.60 




Jan. 15, 19 


20, 214-16 State St., Park Sausage Co. 


27,947.09 




" 18, ' 


Rear 160 Beverly St., Boston & Maine R. R. Y. M. 








C. A. et al 


89,199.01 




" 31, ' 


' 1667-71 Blue Hill Ave., C. Wentworth et al 


46,006.95 




Feb. 5, ' 


' 90-4 South St., Monarch Leather Co. et al 


55,024.53 




" 18, ' 


' 67-71 South St., Simpson Leather Co. et al 


32,632.36 




•' 22, ' 


' 337 North St., B. Platomia & C. Petringa et al 


30,070.87 




Mar. 6, ' 


' 174-6 Columbus Ave., J. W. Porter & Co. et al 


17,689.16 




6, ' 


774 Albany St , Curtis & Pope Lumber Co. 


80,615.31 




" 11, ' 


' 1090-1104 Commonwealth A\e., Mitchell & Smith et 








al 


68,837.70 




" 16, ' 


' 62-4 South St., J. Marshall Leather Co. ct al 


16,927.59 




" 25, ' 


451-63 Atlantic Ave., Crocker Pen Co. et al 


228,696.26 




April 13, ' 


' 481-5 Summer St., J. Williams Co. 


20,484.02 




" 11, ' 


' Deer Island, City of Boston 


20,500.00 




" 15, ' 


' Of! Massachusetts Ave., P. M. Lea\itt & Co. 


52.292.69 




May 15, ' 


' 95-101 Haverhill St., Sulkin Spice Co. et al 


15,038.67 




June 1, ' 


' 38.3 Dorchester Ave., Hunt Spiller Mfg. Co. 


15,667.89 




3, ' 


232-40 Purchase St., Foss & Co., et al 


525,237.20 




" 25, ' 


' 12-13 Faneuil Hall Sq., Fottler, Fiske, Rawson Co. 


22,982.88 




July 6, ' 


' 376 Albany St., American Coal Co. et al 


16,117.00 




" 11, ' 


' 9-13 Albany St., S. Brilliant & Co. et al 


40,463.72 




" 17, ' 


' 115-9 W. First St., J. S. Bent et al 


32,851.81 




" 23, ' 


' Off W. Fourth St., N. Y. N. H. & H. Railroad 


25,000.00 




Aug. 13, 


Off D St., Universal Car Loading & Distributing Co 








et al 


25.000.00 




" 31, ' 


30-2 South St., Amerikaf Tanning Co. et al 


50,949.68 




Oct. 23, ' 


Rear 539 Rutherford Ave., Furbush & Co. 


62,959.20 




Nov. 2, ' 


' 235 Heath St., Fienberg Bros. <& Co. 


73,115.78 




" 30, ' 


' 106-12 Leverett St., N. Cohen et al 


19.046.13 




Dec. 3, ' 


677-9 Atlantic ve., Eliot Shoe Co. et al 


25,562.82 




9, ' 


5-9 Douglas St., J. Chmiell 


17,135.80 




" 23, ' 


143-7 Summer St., Salem Tannine Co. et al 


26,178.11 




" 29. ' 


' 130-2 Lincoln St.. A. M. Collins Shoe Co. et al 


36,677.00 




" 30, ' 


' 24-6 South St., Old Colony Leather Co., et al 


46,764.25 


4626 


2,997,815.85 


9 


Marine Loss 


es 


141,750.00 


4635 


3,139,565.85 




Rent Losses 


' 


3,963.04 




3,143,528.89 


53 


Sprinkler Lc 


sses (no fire) $49,680.46 




4688 





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CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF FIRES WITH LOSS 
DURING 1920. 



Alarms 



Fires with 
Loss 



al Assistance beyond City Limits 

Arson 

Ashes 

Benzine 

Boilers 

1 Chimneys, Flues, Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defective 
Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

2 Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

3 Electricity 

4 Explosions 

5 Exposure 

5a False and Needless Alarms , 

6 Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues 

7 Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, 

eluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc , 

Furnaces 

Gas 

Gas — -Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kerosene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded , 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified , 

Open Fires 

Open Lights 

Petroleum and its products 

Pickers 

Railroad 

19a Rekindling of a previous fire 

20 Rubbish and Litter 

21 Smoking 

22 Sparks — Arising from combustion 

23 Sparks on Roof 

24 Spontaneous Combustion 

24a Sprinklers 

Stacks 

25 Steam and Hot Water Pipes 

26 Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes 

Stove Pipes 

Unknown 

Unknown origin but investigation important 



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9 
10 
11 

12 

13 
14 

15 
16 
17 
18 
19 



27 
28 



259 



28 

91 
73 
16 



51 



243 


83 


162 


95 


63 


52 


181 




35 


22 



13 



13 

35 
20 
11 



10 



701 


458 


249 


19 


48 


1 


179 


121 


58 


31 


3 


1 


775 


3 


343 


215 


146 


93 


70 


41 


292 


53 


23 


14 


330 


101 


266 


195 


1 


1 



Totals. 4688 1760 

This table includes 1011 fire department still alarms of which we were 
not notified, 3 fires for which no alarms were given but which were ex- 
tinguished by occupants. 



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STATISTICS FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1920 



,993 ) 

,776 \ 

,208^ 

181 I 

' 7 f 
292 J 

,692^ 

,058 I 

32 

1 }■ 

8 

44 

,373 



748,143 
47.81 

*107,769 



4,688 



4,208 



Population , 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Brick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, B, etc.. 31 

" Wooden Buildings 75 ; 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 4 

" False and Needless Alarms 

Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 

" Fires in Brick and Stone Buildings 1 

" Fires in Wooden Buildings 1 

*' Fires in Concrete Blocks 

" " Fires in Fireproof 

" " Fires in Ironclad 

'• " Fires in Reinforced Concrete 

" Fires not originating in Buildings 1 

" Fires confined to floor where fire .... 

originated 2,521 

" confined to Building but not 

to floor of origin 240 

" extending to adjoining Build- 
ing 58 

" extending beyond adjoining 

Building 16 ^ 

originating in Automobiles.. 236 S 
" not originating in Buildings 1,118 [ 
not originating in, but invol- f 

vingBuildings 19 J 



y 2,835 



} 4,208 



1,373 



* January 1, 1921. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 





Buildings includ- 
















Tank and Per- 


Contents 


Total 




manent Fixtures. 






Total Insurance on the 








property on which 








claim for loss was 








made 


$36,752,519.00 


$26,489,344.13 


$63,241,863.13 


Total Insurance Loss.... 


1,030,043.84 


1,823,110.13 


2,853,153.97 


Total Loss (insured and 








uninsured) 


1,186,799.63 


1,952,766.22 


3,139,565.85 


Rents insured 






3,963.04 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which fires 








originated, i.e., direct 








losses 


1,114,102.69 


1,714,840.91 


2,828,943.60 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which the 








fires did not originate 








i.e., exposure losses 


72,696.94 


237,925.31 


310,622.25 



15 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





Total 


No 


Under 


?100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


Over 


Years 








to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






Al'm. 


Loss 


$100 


500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1911 


4618 


2527 


1113 


538 


189 


189 


29 


7 


26~ 


1912 


5420 


2985 


1234 


686 


196 


217 


52 


19 


31 


1913 


4947 


2811 


1048 


588 


185 


217 


44 


15 


39 


1914 


5679 


3345 


1118 


628 


238 


261 


35 


15 


39 


1915 


5532 


3280 


1044 


641 


207 


251 


45 


18 


29 


1916 


4656 


2742 


930 


549 


155 


197 


44 


7 


'Sz 


1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


1918 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


115 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


* 744 


*526 


*132 


*215 


*36 


*13 


32 



*53 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 33 under $100. 8 from $100 to $500. 
2 from $500 to $1,000. 7 from $1,000 to $5,000. 1 trom $5,000 to $10,000. 
2 from $10,000 to $15,000 



Review of total alarms, fires with loss, loss, average loss of total 
alarms, and average loss of fires with loss, for ten years 



Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1911 


4,618 


2,091 


$2,232,266.78 


$483.38 


$1,067.55 


1912 


5,402 


2,417 


2,530,475.47 


468.43 


1,046.94 


1913 


4,947 


2,136 


4,254,847.91 


868.17 


1,991.97 


1914 


5,679 


2,319 


3,044,626.94 


536.12 


1,312.90 


1915 


5,532 


2,243 


3,004,599.48 


543.13 


1,339.54 


1916 


4,656 


1,914 


2,473,801.16 


531.31 


1,292.47 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


4,056,887.34 


807.34 


2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1.593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1 1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,841.55 



The above tables include Still Alarms. 
t Does not include 53 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent nf Department 



16 



MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 

1920 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sin — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1920: 

Applicants examined 92 

Promotions. Examinations for 18 

Members. Visits to sick 54 

Members. Visits to injured 18 

Physicians reports. Attending 97 

Special reports 4 

Certificates. Return to duty 65 

Applicants rejected due to physical disabilities 6 

W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department . 



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SHOE AND LEATHER REPORTER 
No. 166 Essex Street 

Boston, March 25, 1920. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Attention Superintendent Abbott 

Dear Sir: — 

I take this early opportunity to congratulate you and 
commend the effective service which your department rendered 
on the premises of S. K. Abbott & Company. 

We were particularly interested owing to the fact that 
the current issue of one of our papers was ready for binding and 
mailing, and the work of your department in covering the various 
forms will enable us to have the papers bound and mailed with a 
comparatively slight delay. Consequently, we take this oppor- 
tunity of assuring you that we greatly appreciate the services 
which your department rendered in this crisis. 

Yours very sincerely, 

F. K. KRETSCHMAR 



19 



THE LIVERPOOL AND LONDON AND GLOBE 

INSURANCE CO., LTD. 

Henry M. Fenton, Local Manager 

Boston, Mass., March 30, 1920. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Fire Report March 27, 1920 
106-112 Beach St. Automatic No. 641 

Gentlemen : — 

The prompt and efficient work of your men at the above 
fire prevented what might have been a very heavy loss, and I 
join with the assured in congratulating you and to advise that 
there will be no claim made on the Companies. 

Mr. Burt Rankin, Vice President and Treasurer of the 
Hunt-Rankin Leather Company was present at the time of fire 
and is very loud in his praise of the businesslike method in which 
this fire was handled. 

Very truly yours, 

H. M. FENTON, Local Manager. 



Put in service . 

Makers 

Company Nos. 



Expense. 



Body- 



Chassis — 



Electric — 



Engine — 
Cases — 

Tubes — 

Rims — 

Chains, etc. 

Accessories 

Totals 



Repairs 

Painting 

Bell 

Repairs 

Shock Absorber 

Lighting 

Starting 

Batteries 

Repairs 

New 

Repairs 

New 

Repairs 

New 

Repairs 

Chains 

Hooks 



Nov. 10, 1914. 

The White Co. 
1. 

1920 



Nov. 10, 1914 

The White Co. 
la. 

1920 



Oct. 17,1910 

Knox Motor Co 
2. 

1920 



Jan. 8, 1912 Aug. 7, 1912 

Knox Motor Go. The White Co. 
2a. 3. 



1920 



1920 



Nov. 10, 1914 Dec. 3, 1917 Aug. 8, 1916 

The White Co. Buick, Noyes-Buick Co. The White Co. 

3a. 160057 26414 

Service Unassigned 

1920 1920 1920 



Nov. 29, 1912 Mar. 30, 1918 Oct. 14, 1918 Sept. 19, 1919 

The White Co. The White Co. The Buick Co. The White Co. 

GADR. 42874 358285 51184 

Unassigned Unassigned 

1920 1920 1920 1920 





$1271.00 


$ .... 




200.00 




49. 30 


5.20 


4.50 


125.65 . 


110.99 


2.30 


22.50 


17.50 




7.61 


6.85 


7.73 


1.65 






2.75 


95.45 




11.51 


27.12 


95.93 



7.42 
5.25 
9.00 



7.42 
5.25 

12.50 



13.00 



18-00 



$242.64 



$1,759.28 



$123.46 



$18.00 



$1271.83 


$1271.82 


200.00 


200.00 


4.75 




807.91 


221 . 69 


1.50 




21.51 


18.70 


14.99 




4.68 


77.84 


494.35 


23.06 




89.25 




10.50 




1.25 


17.00 


13.75 


1.83 


1.82 


32.30 


9.50 


$2,872.65 


$1,939.18 



12 



30.11 
22.93 



$1.50 

40.85 

336.63 

5.50 

24.42 

21.83 

92.30 

198.63 

357.00 

49.50 

26.00 

4.65 



6.50 
33.27 



$53. 16 



$1,198.58 



$ 2.40 


$15.10 


$.... 


56.50 


2.45 


6.90 


268.29 


146.40 


53.21 


7.50 






118.72 




12.39 


90.45 




16.44 


5.00 


33.30 


40.53 


415.68 


206.39 


103.98 


372.40 


459.03 


60.90 


35.00 


11.50 


66.00 


50.22 


21.06 




1.90 


6.35 


8.90 


11.60 


13.23 




9.75 


8.05 


14.50 




10.56 


12.50 


20.25 


38.13 


4.15 


$1465.66 


$971.55 


$400.40 



Sept. 4, 1920 Nov. 3, 1920 

Ford The Buick Go. 
4051284 717699 

Service 

1920 1920 



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36. 



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10 



15.75 



SUPPLIES AND TOOLS 
Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 



Gasoline $323.00 

Oils 61.26 

Grease 5.75 

Soap 28.80 

Polish 15.17 

Tools new and repd 19.37 

Totals $453.35 



$732.50 


$793.33 


$1848.83 


123.56 


200.98 


385.80 


10.08 


5.75 


21.58 


31.20 


44.00 


104,00 


13.00 


8.67 


36.84 


28.37 


161.48 


209.22 



$938 71 



$1214.21 



$2606.27 



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FORTY-EIGHTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



92 



FORTY-EIGHTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Inston profrrttue Irpartment 



FROM 



January 1, 1921 to January 1, 1922 



OFFICERS 



President: 
JOHN J. CORNISH 

Vice-President: 
WILLIAM E. DAVENPORT 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1922 

GEORGE W. BUNTIN JAMES H. CARNEY 

WILLIAM E DAVENPORT 

To Serve until March, 1923 
JOHN P. MEADE C. H. J. KIMBALL 

CHARLES A. HOWLAND 

To Serve until March, 1924 

JOHN J. CORNISH HENRY M. FENTON 

A. W HOLLIS 

Secretary-Treasurer: Superintendent : 

CHARLES W. GOODING H. E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM. F. TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1922. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department: 

The Directors submit herewith the 48th Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding one hundred and eighty thousand 
dollars. 

For the Directors, 

JOHN J. CORNISH, 

President. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1921 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $182,398.51 

Interest 570.28 

Special Service 2,362.68 

■ $185,331.47 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $133,804.62 

Repairs and Furnishings of Houses 4,129.79 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 909.43 

Water, Light and Fuel 4,835.75 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . .. 1 '296.88 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 7,719.52 

Miscell aneous Department Supplies .... 2,345.95 

New Equipment and Furnishings 5,903.52 

Repairs of Equipment 300.49 

Rent and Taxes • 5,707.83 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 11,788.88 
Sundries 406.15 

Total Expenditures $179,148.81 

Balance, December 31, 1921 6,182.66 

5,331.47 



CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 

Boston, January 25, 1922. 

Audited and found correct 

S. T. EMERY, 

WM. H. LORING, )■ Auditing Committee. 

PHILIP J. McKEON 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1921 
July 1, 1920, to December 31, 1920: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$4,565,060.01 at 2 6/10% $91,301.17 
January 1, 1921, to July 1, 1921: 

Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$4,140,788.07 at 2 2/10% $91,097.34 

$182,398.51 

July 1, 1921, to December 31, 1921: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage ... . $3,596,719.75 at 2 6/l0% $93,514.71 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. 
Office of Stjpt., No. 40 Purchase St. 

Boston, January 1st, 1922. 
To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — -I herewith submit the Forty-eighth Annual Report ol 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1921. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 
The department responded to 2,328 City boxes, 1,492 Verbal, 164 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 119 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 54 Sprinkler Breaks, 158 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 4103; 
also 58 Water Damages, Total calls 4161. 

The service rendered was 79 fire extinguishers used, 6,025 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 374 covers on roofs, 27 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 6,426. 

The hours service were 2,814.00 at fires, 195.53 protecting merchan- 
dise &c after fires, and 3,465.43 privates detailed after fires. Total 
6,475.36. 

OF THE 5,268 ALARMS, 3,320 ALARMS OR 63.02 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $4,01 7, 158., 64 divided as follows; 



Losses 
Insured Not Insured 



Totals 



Buildings § 1,251,780.47 

Contents 2,499,081.09 

Rents 6.957.87 

Vessels 

Cargoes 698.62 

Totals $3,758,518.05 



$162,577.46 
94,693.13 



1,370.00 



$258,640.59 



$1,414,357.93 

2,593,774.22 

6,957.87 

2.068.62 
$4,017,158.64 



WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 



Losses 
Insured 



Building 

Contents $429.40 

$429.40 



Not Insured 

$3,080.00 

8,022.00 

$11,102.00 



Total 
$3,080.00 
8.451 40 

$11,531.40 



Total calls, 58 (44 with losses). On duty 55h. 36m. Covers spread 



131. 



ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT. 
Superintendent, Henry E. Thompson. 



Co. No. 1. 
40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 
4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 
159-161 RoxburySt. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain Jas. T. Fitzgerald. . 


1 

2 
10 
3 


2 
11 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

j G. E. Blakeley 

I J. S. Weir 


1 

2 
6 
3 
4 


10 


E Abbott 


1 

2 
8 
2 
2 

1 



3 


f . . 1 A. F. Swift 

Lieuts. \ j j Carty 


( M. J. Gleason. . . . 
(B.J. McTernan.. . 


6 


First Grade Privates 




24 


Second " " 






8 


Third " " 






6 


Fourth " " 









Fifth " " 






3 


Auxiliary " 






21 










Totals 


29 


26 


16 


71 



SUPERINTENDENT 

CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



1 

2 

_2 

76 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

Resnonses f Cit y Boxes 739 892 1136 

responses I Stm 530 424 5Q6 

Alarms Automatic 108 70 12 

Alarms. [ A D T 72 52 15 

Totals 1449 1438 1759 

Responded I Automobile 1098 1438 1651 

toby 1 Privates in outlying districts... 468 178 

• At fires and responding to calls 836.09 869.45 1108.06 

H^Mrc n,, u r ■ Assisting Fire Department 

riouisuuty | After fires protecting mdse 48.30 97.22 48.40 

I Detail after fires 1656.46 1245.24 561.45 

Totals 2 541.25 2212.31 1718.31 

( At fires and sprinkler calls 2638 1904 1583 

Covers Used X On roofs after fires 62 85 227 

( Protecting mdse. after fires 5 9 13 

Totals 2705 1998 1823 

Extinguishers used 11 33 35 

The Second Section was called in service as follows: 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

On First ( When first out section was at fire 31 104 129 

41 \ When both sec. were at previous fire 2 13 6 

I. While cov- adj. company district 6 26 9 

On Second ( At night 5 11 13 

Alarms I Voluntarily during daytime.... 

On Telephone calls 8 5 7 

On Messenger calls 3 

To Cover Adjoining company district.... 25 180 53 

Totals 80 339 217 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No,3 

No. fires at which roofs were protected 26 39 90 

No. days on which one or more aux. men were I 102 116 ^7 

retained on day duty after a fire J 

No. extra hazardous days when aux. force was | « 

retained on duty \ u 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 

FIRES. 



Sprinklers 
Operating 


Heads 


Sprinkler Heads 
Replaced 


Heads 


Where 

Sprinkler Heads 

Operated 


Floors 

2 

39 

19 

13 

11 

11 

8 

5 

2 

110 


Condition of System 
when left 


No. 


68 Fires of 1 head each 
20 " " 2 heads " 

8 " "3 " 

3 *' "4 " 

1 " "5 " 

1 " "6 " 

2 " "7 " 
1 " "8 " 

1 " "9 " 

2 " " 10 " 
1 " " 11 " 
1 " " 22 " 
1 " " 45 " 


68 

40 

24 

12 

5 

6 

14 

8 

9 

20 
11 
22 
45 


31 Fires of Ihead each 
9 " " 2heads 
5 " "3 " 
2 " " 4 " ' " 
1 " "7 " 
1 " "8 " 
1 " "9 „ 
1 " " 10 „ 
1 " " 22 „ 


31 
18 
15 
8 
7 
8 
9 

10 
22 

128 


Sub-Basement 
Basement 
First-floor 
Second " 
Third " 
Fourth " 
Fifth " 
Sixth *' 
Seventh" 


O. K. 

Partiallv Operative 
Shut Off 


90 

4 

16 


110 Totals 


284 


Totals 


Totals 


Totals 


110 



RUPTURED HEADS AND PIPES. 



Sprinkle 


rs Ruptured 


Heads 
and 
Pipes 

30 


Causes 


No. 


Condition of System 
when left 


O.K. 


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30 Breaks 


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Totals 


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Tot 


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6 


14 



DUTY PERFORMED 



Hours service 47 h. 53m. 



Covers spread 105 



TROUBLES. 

Alarm pots, defective ^ 

" mistaken for sprinkler (burglar) 1 

Defective pipes (drip) 1 

" transmitter 3 

" valves (drip) .- ~ 

Opening and closing valves (1 floor, 1 tank, 1 cold weather, 1 dry pipe) 4 

Pet cock left open (gauge to pressure tank) 1 

Short circuit in alarm wires 1 

Water hammer 50 

" in dry pipe system 37 

Working on system 10 

Unknown 44 

Total 158 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 74 h. Detailed duty 63 h. 26m. 

Covers spread 12 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 
WERE GIVEN 

Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper 1970 

Roxbury District 602 

Charlestown 261 

East Boston 341 

South Boston 338 

Dorchester '. 739 

West Roxbury 472 

Brighton 329 

Hyde Park 205 

Boston Harbor 3 

Brookline 2 

Cambridge 1 

Chelsea 1 

Dedham 1 

Everett 1 

Quincy 1 

Somerville 1 

Total 5,268 



WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 



1921 



January 
February . 
March .... 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 

September . 

October. . . . 

November . 

December . 
Totals. 



512 

317 
533 
378 
342 
662 
402 
376 
404 
469 
347 
526 



*5268 



Days of Week. 



Monday . . 
Tuesday . . 
Wednesday 
Thursday . 
Friday 
Saturday . . 
Sunday . . . 



619 
780 
746 
712 
774 
799 
838 



Hours of the Day 



*5268 



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7 to 8 

8 to 9 " . . . 

9 to 10 

10 to 11 " ... 

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4 " ... 

5 " ... 

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7 to 8 

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9 to 10 

10 to 11 

11 to 12 Midnight 



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2 to 

3 to 

4 to 

5 to 



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5 " 

6 " 



72 

93 

152 

190 

259 

261 

310 

330 

364 

336 

364 

385 

302 

308 

328 

274 

216 

176 

137 

107 

88 

77 

64 

75 



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3320 
800 
604 
162 
223 
52 
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Alarms with no loss 
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$100 

$100 to 

$500 to 

$1,000 to 

$5,000 to $10,000 

$10,000 to $15,000 



$500 
$1,000 
$5,000 



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" 12, 

16, 

" 16, 

" 18. 

" 24, 

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8, 

" 20, 

" 20, 

" 21, 

" 21, 

" 22, 

26, 

4, 

4 

" 19, 

" 20, 

April 11, 

13, 



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5230 

7 



5237 



31 

5268 





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" 


28, " 


July 


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Aug. 


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" 


28, " 


Sept. 


19, " 


Oct. 


15, " 


" 


31, " 


" 


31, " 


Dec. 


2, ' 


" 


29, " 


" 


29, " 




31, " 


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Rent 


Losses 



1, 1921, 87-93 Albany & 73 Harvard Sts., Standard Bottling & Ex 

tract Co., et al 
332 A St., Crown Cork & Seal Co., et al 
80-6 Washington St., Wadsworth Howland, et al 
208-10 Milk & 105 Central Sts., M. F Drisooll, et al 
48-51 Canal St., C C Bailey, et al 

400 Washington St., Brighton Congregational Church 
41-3 Fulton St., Italian Importing Co., et al 
128-34 Harvard Ave., H. G. Antony, et al 
102-8 Mass. Ave., Newburv Shoe Co., et al 
190-2 Lincoln St., M. Orlick 
Off Damon St., B. F. Sturtevant Co. 
1-2 Blackstone St., Cudahy Packing Co.. et al 
481-3 Neponset Ave., Boston Elevated Railroad, et al 
935 Washington St., M. Zeit & J. Masesco, et al 
Rear 1250 Columbus Ave., Roessle Brewery Co., et al 
12 Brookledge St., G. Morton 
Amory St., Boston Elevated Railroad, et al 
2148-56 Washington St., Zonis Brothers, et al 
82 North St.. Mohawk Packing Co. 
64 Endicott St., Zest Chocolate Co., et al 
361 Mass. Ave, Dr. C. Darlem, et al 
114-22 South St.. W. B. Jones Leather Co., et al 
145-9 Kingston & 30-2 Edinboro St., S. Goldstein, et al 
124-8 Summer St.. Chandler & Barber Co., et al 
257-61 Maverick St., G. R. Hobbs, et al 
356-8 Atlantic Ave., Fosters Whf. Corp , et al 
82-86 Fulton St., D. Goodnow, et al 

Deer Island, Boston Harbor, City of Boston 
Dover St. Bridge, City of Boston 
21-3 Stanhope St., Tower, Talbot & Hifer, et al 
67-71 South St., A C Ratchesky. et al 
60-8 Chauncey & 51-3 Bedford Sts., Weeks, R. E. Trust, 

et al 
Off Hamblen St., C. Charlestown Gas & Elec. Light Co 
10-12 Farnham St., R. J. L. Snvder, et al 
280-92 Commercial & 311-19 North Sts., C. E. Cottins 

Est., et al 
68 Hudson St., St. John of Damascus Society, et al 
113-17 Causewav St., N. E. Trust, et al 
New Allen St. & 1415 Hyde Park Ave., City of Boston 
25-31 Essex St., Cosmopolitan Trust Co., Storage 
10 Hampden St.. Rox. Chadwick Boston Lead Co. 
498-506 Commercial St., Bloom Wool Stock Co., et al 
332 Washington St.. F. L. Dunne, et al 
11-22 South St., Burke Bros. Corp. et al 
200 Hanover St., Daniels & Wilson, et al 



$31,441.96 
140,003.22 
110,867.75 
506,324.48 
350,912.82 
286,854.03 



113,135.75 
75,601.94 
16,170.18 
22,669.02 
41,695.51 
88,418.00 
42,584.98 
38,505.75 
32,453.75 
49,350.38 
39,017.21 
37,914.33 

277,531.93 
17,915.91 
25,953.00 
15,537.04 

369,861.40 
17,696.90 
18,073.88 
39,400.55 
25,243.00 
59,649 83 
93,829.24 
57,528.47 
29,786.30 
20,694.83 
51,717.03 
20.000.00 
40,085.84 
17,481.34 

430,501.19 

57.553.49 
29,258.40 
18,411.09 

19,627.64 
20,148.00 
60,721.51 
21,000,00 
15,569.00 
18,508 05 
27,607.12 
16,140.76 
23,345.32 
27,830.00 



4,008,132.15 
2,068.62 



4,010.200.77 
6.957.87 



Sprinkler Losses (no fire) 



S16,379.31 



4,017.158.64 



11 



CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF FIRES WITH LOSS 
DURING 1921. 



Alarms 



Fires with 
Loss 



al 



Assistance beyond City Limits. 

Arson 

Ashes 



Benzine 

Boilers 

Chimneys, Flues, Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defective 

Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

Electricity 

Explosions 

Exposure 

False and Needless Alarms 

Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues 



Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, 11 

eluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc 

Furnaces 

Gas 



9 
10 
11 

12 

13 
14 

15 
16 
17 
18 
19 



19a 

20 

21 

22 

23 

24 

24a 

25 
26 

27 
28 



Gas — Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of. . 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kerosene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified.. 

Open Fires 

Open Lights 

Petroleum and its products 

Pickers 

Railroad 

Rekindling of a previous fire 

Rubbish and Litter 

Smoking 

Sparks — Arising from corrburtion 

Sparks on Roof 

Spontaneous Combustion 

Sprinklers 

Stacks / 

Steam and Hot Water Pipes 

Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes 

Stove Pipes 

Unknown 

Unknown origin but investigation important. 



233 



211 

137 

117 

210 

58 



34 

81 

64 
16 

21 



11 

789 
228 

68 
167 

66 



7 

1108 

380 

199 

86 
212 

11 

378 

343 



Totals. 



5268 



This table includes 1150 fire department still alarms of which we were 
not notified, 7 fires for which no alarms were given but which were ex- 
tinguished by occupants. 



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DECEMBER 31, 1921 



Population 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Brick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, B, etc. 32,731 ) 

" Wooden Buildings 76,436 \ 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 4,840^) 

" False and Needless Alarms 208 1 

" Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 8 f 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 212 J 

" Fires in Brick and Stone Buildings 1,750^ 

" Fires in Wooden Buildings 1,267 | 

" " Fires in Concrete Blocks 37 | 

" " Fires in Fireproof 1 [» 

" " Fires in Ironclad 6 I 

'* " Fires in Reinforced Concrete 41 

" Fires not originating in Buildings 1,738 J 

" Fires confined to floor where fire .... ^ 

originated 2,725 

" confined to Building but not 

to floor of origin 257 

" extending to adjoining Build- 
ing 97 

" extending beyond adjoining 

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" originating in Automobiles.. 231 
"' " " not originating in Buildings 1,467 
" " not originating in, but invol- 
ving Buildings 40 



V 3,102 



748,143 
47.81 

*109,167 



5,268 



4,840 



y 4,840 



1,733 



♦January 1, 1922. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 





Buildings includ- 
ing Docks, Vessels, 
Tank and Per- 
manent Fixtures. 


Contents 


Total 


Total Insurance on the 
property on which 
claim for loss was 
made 


$45,960,724.58 


$21,831,120.89 


$67,791,845.47 


Total Insurance Loss.... 


1,252,479.09 


2,499,081.09 


3,751,560.18 


Total Loss (insured and 
uninsured) 


1,416,426.25 


2,593,774.22 


4,010,200.47 


Rents insured 






6,957.87 


Losses on buildings and 
contents in which fires 
originated, i.e., direct 
losses 


1,380,912.21 


2,552,126.39 


3,933,038.60 


Losses on buildings and 
contents in which the 
fires did not originate 
i.e., exposure losses 


35,514.04 


416,647.83 


77,161.87 



14 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





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No 


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$100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


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Years 








to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






Al'm. 


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$100 


500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1912 


5420 


2985 


1234 


686 


196 


217 


52 


19 


31 


1913 


4947 


2811 


1048 


588 


185 


217 


44 


15 


39 


1914 


5679 


3345 


1118 


628 


238 


261 


35 


15 


39 


1915 


5532 


3280 


1044 


641 


207 


251 


45 


18 


29 


1916 


4656 


2742 


930 


549 


155 


197 


44 


7 


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1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


1918 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


115 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


780 


536 


135 


223 


37 


15 


34 


1921 


5268 


3320 


*820 


*612 


*167 


*227 


*53 


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44 



*31 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 17 under $100. 6 from $100 to $500. 
4 from «500 to $1,000. 3 from $1,000 to $5,000. 1 trom $5,000 to $10,000. 



Review of total alarms, fires with loss, loss, average loss of total 
alarms, and average loss of fires with loss, for ten years 



Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1912 


5,402 


2,417 


$2,530,475.47 


$468.43 


$1,046.94 


1913 


4,947 


2,136 


4,254,847.91 


868.17 


1,991.97 


1914 


5,679 


2,319 


3,044,626.94 


536.12 


1,312.90 


1915 


5,532 


2,243 


3,004,599.48 


543.13 


1,339.54 


1916 


4,656 


1,914 


2,473,801.16 


531.31 


1,292.47 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


4,056,887.34 


807.34 


2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1,593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,841.55 


1921 


5,268 


tl,910 


4,017,158.64 


762.56 


2,103.22 



The above tables include Still Alarms, 
t Does not include 31 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully submitted, 
H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent of Department 



15 



MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 

1921 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sir' — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1921: 

Applicants examined 48 

Promotions. Examinations for 23 

Members. Visits to sick 55 

Members. Visits to injured 13 

Physicians reports. Attending 106 

Special reports '. 3 

Certificates. Return to duty 59 

Applicants rejected due to physical disabilities 6 

W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department. 



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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
SUFFOLK COUNTY 

Probate Court and Court of Insolvency, Boston 

February 25, 1921 

Chief of Boston Protective Department, 
Boston, Massachusetts. 

Dear Sir: — 

I wish to express to you the sincere thanks of myself and 
my family for the very efficient services rendered by the Pro- 
tective Department at the fire which took place in my home at 
number 29 Wallingford Road, Brighton, last Friday, February 
18th. I feel that the insurance underwriters also owe them a 
great deal of thanks for the great pains which they took to 
protect the house and the personal property. My sister-in-law, 
Miss Barr, was present and saw them work, and she feels that 
their work was extraordinary, and she is not given to exaggera- 
tion. If you will extend to the men who took part in the pro- 
tection of the property and to the Protective Department itself 
our sincere thanks, we will appreciate it very much. 

Yours very truly, 

ARTHUR W. DOLAN 



18 



BOSTONIAN SOCIETY 
Memorial Halls, Old State House 

Boston, Mass., April 21, 1921 
Supt. Boston Protective Department. 
Dear Sir: — 

I take pleasure in sending you enclosed a copy of a vote 
passed by the Directors of the Bostonian Society, at a special 
meeting held April 16th last. 

Yours truly, 

CHARLES F. READ, Clerk 



The Directors of the Bostonian Society, at a special 
meeting held on Saturday, April 16, 1921, unanimously voted 
to place upon their records their high appreciation of the admir- 
able and efficient manner in which the Fire Department, the 
Protective Department and the Police Department of the City 
of Boston handled the fire in the Old State House on the night 
of Wednesday, April 13. 

Not only the prompt and able way in which they extin- 
guished the fire and prevented it from destroying the ancient 
historic building, but the prompt and careful manner in which the 
Protective Department covered and protected the irreplace- 
able collections inside the building, deserves praise. By their 
action, by far the greater part of the collections were saved, 
and much less damage done than might have been expected. 

The Directors are most grateful and wish it generally 
known how efficient the departments were. 

The Directors voted that a copy of this vote be sent to 
each of the three departments and a copy given to the press. 

A true copy attest. 

CHARLES F. READ, Clerk. 



19 



STICKNEY & POOR SPICE CO. 
182 and 184 State Street, Boston 



Boston, September 19. 1921 

Mr. Henry E. Thompson, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

Our superintendent, Mr. Bennett, has already written 
you on the subject of the fire at our factory, Friday night, 
September 16th. Our company desires to thank you even 
more formally for the most efficient work done for us. Your 
men were on the spot at a very early moment. Because of 
their careful work, we escaped a much larger damage. 

The writer's brother, Hon. John R. Murphy, Fire Com- 
missioner of Boston, advises us over the telephone that the 
Boston Firemen's Relief Fund is for the benefit of your Depart- 
ment as well as the regular Fire Departments of the city. 
Because of this advice, we are spending our contribution, $100.00, 
to him direct. We are also sending him a copy of this letter. 

Yours very truly, 

STICKNEY & POOR SPICE COMPANY 

JAMES S. MURPHY, President. 



20 



THE MODERN PRISCILLA 
85 Broad St., Boston 9, Mass. 

March 7, 1921 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 

Boston, Massachusetts. 

Gentlemen : — 

We wish you to know that we much appreciated the 
work done in our establishment yesterday by the men of the 
Protective Department when a slight fire on the top floor 
threatened considerable water damage for us. Through the 
efficient work of your men this damage was kept down to a 
minimum. 

Appreciatively yours, 
C. B. MARBLE, Assistant General Manager 



Put in service 

Makers 

Company Nos 

Expense 

Body — Repairs 

Painting 

Bell 

Chassis — Hepairs 

Shock Absorbi 
Electric— LiRhlins 

Starting 

Batten- 
Engine — Repairs 

Cases— New 

Repairs 
Tubes— New 

Repairs 

Rims— New 

Repairs 

Chains, etc. Chains 

I looks 

Accessories 

Totals 



i Motor Co. The White Co 



85.77 
.20 

i :.i 

508.98 

52 50 

7.00 

■ ■ 
I 50 



S 8 (*i S 



Aug. 8,1916 

The White Co. 

26414 

Unassigned 
1921 



.30,1918 Sept. 19, 1919 Sept. 4, 1920 Nov. 3, 1920 



Mo 

The While Co. 

42874 

Unassigned 

1921 



The White Co. 

51184 

Unassigned 









5.00 


3(1. 15 


ins 50 


III . HI 


SO. II 


:,i 1 1 


346.44 


16 '.i.s 


.'.17 


1.0(1 




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29.26 


57.91 


ir, 58 


1 1 . ss 


19.42 


88.33 


8.25 


1.06 


7.14 




90.45 


.:.o 


111'.. IS 


72. 11 


114 15 


J71 "II 


103.01 


1 HI. 7 1 


2 :i."> 


110.24 


233.95 


155.00 

17 00 


111. SI 




12.00 


ii 2:. 


27. IS 


20.94 




8. 10 


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15.17 


15. 17 




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22.110 


6.03 


6 "1 








12.64 




33.90 


11.81 


22.S0 



75.00 

1 . 00 

81 . 50 

20.00 

11.58 

8.41 

II - 15 

217. 39 

233.97 

5.27 



8.00 

21 . 95 



si I'll IKS AND TOOLS 

Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 

1329.00 191 00 S930 iiii 

Oils 78 n. 69 7(1 357 33 

15.00 15.72 9.25 

Soap ■ 19.48 II 20 

Polish .... 16 25 1". 00 10.00 

Tools ne« and repd . . 26 64 22 64 26 28 

Total, $1X071 S5IS3.54 (1367.04 



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FORTY-NINTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



922 



FORTY-NINTH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



HoHfcm prcfrrttti? Sfcjrarimwti 



FROM 



January 1, 1922 to January 1, 1923 



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OFFICERS 



President: 
HENRY M. FENTON 

Vice-President: 
C. H. J. KIMBALL 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1923 
JOHN P. MEADE C. H. J. KIMBALL 

CHARLES A. HOWLAND 

To Serve until March, 1924 

JOHN J. CORNISH HENRY M. FENTON 

A. W. HOLLIS 

To Serve until March, 1925 

GEORGE W. BUNTIN R. J. DUNKLE 

WILLIAM GILMOUR 

Secretary-Treasurer: Superintendent: 

CHARLES W. GOODING H, E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM. F. TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1923. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department : 

The Directors submit herewith the 49th Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding one hundred and eighty thousand 
dollars. 

For the Directors, 
HENRY M. FENTON, 

President. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1922 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $182,832.17 

Interest 819.63 

Special Service 2,661.99 

$186,313.79 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $138,474.07 

Repairs and Furnishings of Houses 514.38 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 880.14 

Water, Light and Fuel 4,637.03 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . . . 1,053.00 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 10,440.43 

Miscellaneous Department Supplies .... 2,558.23 

New Equipment and Furnishings 4,642.24 

Repairs of Equipment 262.31 

Rent and Taxes 5,707.83 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 8,229.28 
Sundries 797.70 

Total Expenditures $178,196.64 

Balance, December 31, 1922 8,117.15 

$186,313.79 

CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 

Boston, January 25, 1923. 

Audited and found correct 

S. T. EMERY, 

WM. H. LORING, }- Auditing Committee. 

H. A. KNEELAND 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1922 
July 1, 1921, to December 31, 1921: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$3,590,575.06 at 2 6/l0% $93,354.95 
January 1, 1922, to July 1, 1922: 

Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$4,076,198.75 at 2 2/10% $89,676.34 

$183,031.29 
Assessments not paid 199.12 

$182,832.17 
July 1, 1922, to December 31, 1922: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage $3,884,152.36 at 2 5/10% $97,103.82 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. 
Office of Supt., No. 40 Purchase St. 

Boston, January 1st, 1923. 

To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the Forty-ninth Annual Report oi 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1922. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 
The department responded to 2,686 City boxes, 1,754 Verbal, 187 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 154 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 76 Sprinkler Breaks, 183 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 4781 ; 
also 40 Water Damages, Total calls 4821. 

The service rendered was 96 fire extinguishers used, 7,672 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 438 covers on roofs, 63 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 8,173. 

The hours service were 2,999.14 at fires, 184.44 protecting merchan 
dise &c after fires, and 3,735.48 privates detailed after fires. Total 
6,919.46. 

OF THE 6, 184 ALARMS, 4,048 ALARMS OR 65.46 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $3,331,485.17 divided as follows; 



Losses 
Insured Not Insured 



Totals 



Buildings $ 1,183,045.42 

Contents 1,992,276.89 

Rents 12.552.96 

Vessels 13,841.42 

Cargoes 

Totals $3,201 ,716.69 



$31,389.46 
97,884.02 



495.00 



$1,214,434.88 

2,090,160.91 

12,552.96 

14,336.42 



$129,768.48 $3,331,485.17 



WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 



Losses 

Not Insured 

Building $1,405.00 

Contents 7,492.00 

$8,897.00 



Total 
$1,405.00 
7.492 00 

$8,897.00 



Total calls, 40 (27 with losses). On duty 38h. 32m. Covers spread 93. 



organization; of [department. 

Superintendent, Henry E. Thompson. 



Co. No. 1. 
40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 
4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 
159-161 RoxburySt. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain E. Abbott 

Lieuts. {j F.Sullivan.... 


1 

2 
12 

1 
2 

11 

29 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

( G. E. Blakeley 

1 J. S. Weir 


1 

2 
8 
4 
C 
1 

10 


A. F. Swift 

j M. J. Gleason. . . . 
( B.J. McTernan.. . 


1 

2 
10 
2 
2 
1 




3 
6 


First Grade Privates 




30 


Second " " 






6 


Third " " 






3 


Fourth " " 






4 


Fifth " " 









Auxiliary " 






21 










Totals 


26 


18 


73 



SUPERINTENDENT 

CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



f City Boxes. 



810 



Responses j gfj ^^;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;z S£ 



Alarms. 



I Automatic 
I A. D. T 



119 
108 



1026 1385 

550 758 

76 13 

62 21 



Totals 



1589 



1714 



2177 



Responded /Automobiles 1302 

toby 1 Privates in outlying districts... 499 



1700 



1968 
288 



I* At fires and responding to calls 729.28 
Assisting Fire Department 
After fires protecting mdse 54.46 
Detail after fires 1214.28 



1050.49 1218.57 



87.22 
1694.48 



42.36 
826.32 



Totals 1998.42 2832.59 2088.05 



(At fires and sprinkler calls 2917 
On roofs after fires 101 
Protecting mdse. after fires 21 

Totals 3039 2572 

Extinguishers used 16 31 

The Second Section was called in service as follows: * 

Co.No. 1 Co. No. 2 
( When first out section was at fire 
<, When both sec. were at previous fire 
(.While cov. adj. company district 

j At night 

1 Voluntarily during daytime.... 



On First 
Alarms 



48 




On Second 
Alarms 
On Telephone calls 

On Messenger calls 

To Cover Adjoining company district 

Totals 



9 



17 



25 
109 



118 

14 

46 

10 



5 



209 

402 



2299 

234 

29 

2562 
49 

Co. No. 3 

167 
14 

5 
11 

1 
13 


36 

247 



No. fires at which roofs were protected 

No. days on which one or more aux. men were "I 

retained on day duty after a fire / 

No. extra hazardous days when aux. force was / 

retained on duty \ 



Co.No. l 
44 

99 



11 



Co.No.2 Co.No,3 

51 102 

76 77 

2 



l 

3 
_2 

79 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Co.No. 1 Co.No. 2 Co.No. 3 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 
FIRES. 



Sprinklers 
Operating 



67 Fires of 
*36 



7 
2 
1 
t2 
1 
1 
1 
1 
1 



1 head each 

2 heads 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 



" 11 

" 12 
" 15 
" 29 
"150 



129 



Totals 



Heads 



67 
72 
24 
28 
10 

6 
11 

8 
11 
12 
15 
29 
150 



446 



Sprinkler Heads 
Replaced 



60 Fires of 

30 " " 

8 " 

6 " 

1 " 

1 " 

1 " 



Ihead each 
2heads " 

3 " 

4 << 

5 " 

7 " 



Totals 



Heads 



Where 

Sprinkler Heads 

Operated 



Sub-Basemen*- 
Basement 
First-floor 
Second " 
Third " 
Fourth " 
Fifth " 
Sixth " 
Seventh " 
Eighth " 
Roof 



Totals 



Moors 



129 



Condition of System 
when left 



O. K. 

Partially Operative 
Shut^Off 



Totals 



* 1 Fire operated 3rd and 4th floors 
t 1 " " 2nd " 1st " 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 53h. 58m. Detailed duty 22h. 15m. Extra service 2h. Covers spread 106 



TROUBLES. 

Alarm pots, defective •••• 9 

" bells, " : 1 

Batteries 1 

Closing and opening valves (1 section, 1 drip, 1 cold weather 3 

Transmitter, striking 1 

Transmitter, tripping 1 

Water hammer 45 

" in dry pipe system 52 

Working on system 14 

Unknown 56 

Total 183 

DUTY PERFORMED 
Hours service 88 h. 31m. Detailed duty 26 h. 4m. 



No. 



105 
24 



129 





RUPTURED HEADS 


AND PIPES. 








Sprinklers Ruptured 


Heads 
and 
Pipes 

39 


Causes 


No. 


Condition of System 
when left 


O.K. 


Parti, 
oper. 


Shut 
off 


39 Breaks of 1 head ea. 


Water freezing in heads 


21 


Condition 


10 


5 


6 


2 " "2 heads ea. 


4 


" " pipes 


7 


" 


1 


4 


2 


22 Breaks " Pipes 


' 


" "couplings 


3 






1 




3 " " Couplings 




" '• " elbows 


8 




3 


2 


3 


10 " " Elbows 




Striking heads 


6 




4 




2 






" pipes 


12 


" 


1 


3 


8 






Defective Heads 


13 


'* 


12 




1 






" Elbows 


2 


*' 


1 


1 








Unknown 


4 




1 




3 


76 Totals 


43 


Totals 


76 


Totals 


33 


16 


27 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 

WERE GIVEN 

Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper '. 2121 

Roxbury District 670 

Charlestown 289 

East Boston 372 

South Boston 460 

Dorchester 1010 

West Roxbury. 531 

Brighton 416 

Hyde Park 299 

Boston Harbor 1 

Brookline 4 

Cambridge 5 

Dedham ! 2 

Somerville 2 

Milton 2 

Total 6,184 



WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 


Days of Week. 


Hours of the Day 


1922 


531 
384 
695 
768 
616 
398 
431 
302 
353 
567 
601 
538 




901 
915 
919 
701 
890 
960 
898 


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7 to 8 " 

8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Noon 

12 to 1 P. M. . . . 

1 to 2 " " 

2 to 3 " 

3 to 4 " 

4 to 5 " 

5 to 6 " 

6 to 7 " 

7 to 8 " 

8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Midnight. 

12 to 1 A. M. . . . 

1 to 2 " 

2 to 3 " 

3 to 4 " 

4 to 5 " 

5 to 6 " 


88 
115 
167 
214 
270 
337 
350 
427 
392 
385 
425 
476 
399 
381 
371 
321 
239 
216 
173 
130 
84 
80 
64 
80 






















July '. . 


















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*6184 




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GRADE OF LOSSES FOR 1922. 



4048 
869 
644 
194 
278 
57 
16 



Alarms with no loss 
Fires with loss under 
" " from 



Feb. 



Mar. 



Over $15,000 
Jan. 14, 1922, 

" 20, 

" 24, 

30, 

1, 

7, 

9, 

13, 

20, 

2, 

16, 

25, 

" 30, 

Apr. 29, 

Mav 18. 

" 24,' 

" 30, 

June 4, 

" 10, 

" 22, 

" 27, 

1, 

13, 

27, 



July 



Aug. 



Oct. 



18, 

22, 
21. 
13, 



" 26, 
Nov. 13, 
It 



Dec. 



28, 
4, 
16, 
17, 
21, 
28, 
29, 



6146 
11 



6157 



27 
6184 



$100 

$100 to 

$500 to 

$1,000 to 

$5,000 to $10,000 

$10,000 to $15,000 



$500 
$1,000 
$5,000 



90-2 Essex St., Acorn Clothing Co., et al 

99-105 Richmond St., R. Goodnow Est., et al 

1028-44 Blue Hill Ave., S. Gorfey, et al 

1090-1104 Commonwealth Ave., M. Strausse!., et al 

6-7-8 Brighton Abbattoir, Lebonan Kosher Wurst Co. 

Brighton Abbattoir, Brighton Dressed Beef Co., et al 

262-6 Friend St., Aronson Bros., et al 

39-41a Washington St., Royal Clothing Co., et al 

779 Washington St., North, Daniels Printing Co., et al 

605-11 Washington St., Bowdoin Mfg. Co., et al 

372-8 Boylston St., I. Schneider, et al 

Rear 81 Wareham St., Gordon Supply Co., et al 

7 Albany St., J. Pearl & Co., 

39-43 Tremont St., Kimball Inc., Co., et al 

49-51 Fulton St., Beacon Grocery Co., et al 

154-60 Washington St., Smith Mfg. Co., et al 

272 Border St., Acme White Lead Works 

44-56 Pitts St., G. Bonanno Laundry Co., et al 

168-70 A St., Blake, Boas & Kelligrew, et al 

24-30 School St., Kriss Typewriter Co., et al 

89-95 Chauncey St., G. S. Moloof & Son, et al 

718 Commonwealth Ave., W. Kaplan, et al 

Rear 100-2 Condor St., Boston & Lockport Block Co. 

395 Boylston St., H. F. Miller & Sons, et al 

18-20 Oxford St., Standard Hat & Cap Co., et al 

14-24 Federal & 123 Congress St., Harris Forbes Co., Inc 

93 Cummings St., Daly Plumbing Supply Co., et al 

47 Union Ave., Atlantic Ice Cream Cone Co., et al 

76-8 Westland Ave., S. Schlesinger Est., et al 

55-7 Causeway & 40 Lancaster Sts., American Syrup Co. 

et al 
27 Scotia St., Edison Electric 111. Co., 
393-407 Dorchester Ave., Hunt Spiller Mfg. Co., et al 
46-54 Bromfield St., Leonard Co., et al 
44-8 Portland St., Louis Model Co., et al 
680-4 Washington St., C. & J. Hercovitz, et al 
107-9 W. Brookline St.. S. Alperin, et al 
94-8 Washington St., Morse Office Equipment Co., et al 
39 Newburv\St., F. L. Dunne, et al 
19.-23 Damrell St., McClean Mfg. Co., et al 
704-24 Washington St., R. B. Brighton Est., et al 



Marine Losses 

Rent Losses 

Sprinkler Losses (no fire) 



$22,707.26 



$33,260.82 
147,813.86 
132,407.82 
651,135.34 
396,452.10 
213,441.61 

15,257.48 
79',779.40 
21,968.66 
26,574.96 
45,480.82 
55,497.17 
36,829.30 
20,602.60 
20,798.19 
56,435.80 
20,208.00 

170,559.55 
26,157.42 
76,453.57 
41,089.76 
24,860.60 
49,559.30 
17,205.17 

302,887.88 
23,231.08 
24,637.85 
16,418.94 
50,786.31 
26,160.28 
18,946.42 
24,805.20 
25,493.59 
21,001.60 
18,866.00 

15,515.43 
15,000.00 
27,273.49 
100,554.21 
23.234.08 
15,713.37 
35,661.73 
19,106.00 
16,596.03 
31,510.97 
71,366.03 



3,304,595.79 
14,336.42 



3,318,932.21 
12,552.96 



3,331 485.17 



11 



CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF ALARMS WITH LOSS 
DURING 1922. 



Alarms 



Alarms 
with Loss 



al Assistance beyond City Limits 

Arson 

Ashes , 

Benzine 

Boilers 

1 Chimneys, Flues, Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defective 
Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

2 Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

3 Electricity . 

4 Explosions - 

5 Exposure r 

5a False and Needless Alarms 

6 Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues 

7 Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, in 

eluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc 

Furnaces 

Gas 

8 Gas — Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

9 Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kerosene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified 

Open Fires 

Open Lights , 

Petroleum and its products 

Pickers 

Railroad 

19a Rekindling of a previous fire 

20 Rubbish and Litter 

21 Smoking 

22 Sparks — Arising from combustion 

23 Sparks on Roof 

24 Spontaneous Combustion 

24a Sprinklers 

Stacks 

Steam and Hot Water Pipes 

Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes 

Stove Pipes 

Unknown 

Unknown origin but investigation important 



10 
11 

12 

13 

14 

15 
16 
17 
18 
19 



25 
26 



27 
28 



15 



108 



252 
133 

81 
254 

23 



13 



44 

80 

99 

1 

14 



759 
323 
38 
189 
110 



9 

1573 

422 

137 

95 

85 

259 

34 
640 

392 



51 



102 
66 

74 

14 



35 

28 

20 

1 

10 



518 
60 



113 
61 



256 
70 
74 
51 
27 

21 
145 

316 



Totals. 



6184 



2136 



This table includes 1383 fire department still alarms of which we were 
not notified, 5 fires for which no alarms were given but which were ex- 
tinguished by occupants. 



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13 
STATISTICS FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1922 



Population 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Brick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, B, etc.. .33, 

" Wooden Buildings 77, 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 5 

" False and Needless Alarms 

" Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 



: Fires in Brick and Stone Buildings 1 

Fires in Wooden Buildings 1 

Fires in Concrete Blocks 

Fires in Fireproof 

Fires in Ironclad 

Fires in Reinforced Concrete 

Fires not originating in Buildings 2, 

Fires confined to floor where fire .... 

originated 3,010 

" confined to Building but not 

to floor of origin 295 

" extending to adjoining Build- 
ing 73 

" extending beyond adjoining 

Building 27 

" originating in Automobiles.. 269 S 
" not originating in Buildings 2,224 [ 
" not originating in, but invol- f 

ving Buildings 27 J 



768) 
673 \ 
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254 J 

15 I 
259 J 
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410 | 

56 
2 

10 

60 
493 



748,143 
47.81 

*1 11,441 



6,184 



5,925 



V 3,405 



,520 



5,925 



* January 1, 1923. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 



Total Insurance on the 
property on which 
claim for loss was 
made 

Total Insurance Loss.... 

Total Loss (insured and 
uninsured) 

Rents insured 

Losses on buildings and 
contents in which fires 
originated, i.e., direct 
losses 

Losses on buildings and 
contents in which the 
fires did not originate 
i.e., exposure losses. 



Buildings includ- 
ing Docks, Vessels, 
Tank and Per- 
manent Fixtures. 



14,927,133.33 
1,196,886.84 

1,228,771.30 



1,172,479.24 



56,292.06 



Contents 



$28,608,059.08 
1,992,276.89 

2,090,160.91 



1,987,001.25 



103,159.66 



Total 



$73,535,192.41 
3,189,163.73 

3,318,932.21 
12,552.96 



3,159,480.49 



159,451.72 



1 1 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





Total 


No 


Under 


$100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


Over 


Years 








to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






Al'm. 


Loss 


$100 


500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1913 


4947 


2811 


1048 


588 


185 


217 


44 


15 


39 


1914 


5679 


3345 


1118 


628 


238 


261 


35 


15 


39 


1915 


5532 


3280 


1044 


641 


207 


251 


45 


18 


29 


1916 


4656 


2742 


930 


549 


155 


197 


44 


7 


32 


1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


1918 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


115 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


780 


536 


135 


223 


37 


15 


34 


1921 


5268 


3320 


820 


612 


167 


227 


53 


25 


44 


1922 


6184 


4048 


*886 


*651 


*198 


*285 


*59 


17 


40 



*27 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 11 under $100. 4 from $100 to $500. 
3 from $500 to $1,000. 7 from $1,000 to $5,000. 2 trom $5,000 to $10,000. 



Review of total alarms, fires with loss, loss, average loss of total 
alarms, and average loss of fires with loss, for ten years 



Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1913 


4,947 


2,136 


$4,254,847.91 


$868.17 


$1,991.97 


1914 


5,679 


2,319 


3,044,626.94 


536.12 


1,312.90 


1915 


5,532 


2,243 


3,004,599.48 


543.13 


1,339.54 


1916 


4,656 


1,914 


2,473,801.16 


531.31 


1,292.47 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


4,056,887.34 


807.34 


2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1.593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,841.55 


1921 


5,268 


1,910 


4,017,158.64 


762.56 


2,103.22 


1922 


6,184 


t2,109 


3,331,485.17 


538.73 


1,568.88 



The above tables include Still Alarms, 
t Does not include 27 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully submitted, 
H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendeni of Department 



15 



MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 

1922 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sir? — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1922: 

Applicants examined 41 

Promotions. Examinations for 24 

Members, Visits to sick 61 

Members. Visits to injured 28 

Physicians reports. Attending 183 

Special reports 4 

Certificates. Return to duty 78 

Applicants rejected due to physical disabilities 10 

W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department. 



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F. DOUGLAS COCHRANE 
60 State Street, Boston 

January 11, 1922. 

Captain Samuel A. McDonald, 

Boston Protective Department, 
Company No. 2., 

4 Appleton St., Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

I am enclosing check for $50.00, which I hope you will 
be able to apply in some way for the benefit of Company No. 
2. I much appreciate their promptness and courtesy the other 
evening when my chimney was on fire and trust this little con- 
tribution can be used to help defray the expenses of the next 
entertainment or outing that the Company enjoys. 

Sincerely yours, 

F. DOUGLAS COCHRANE. 



18 



BOSTON UNIVERSITY 
688 Boylston St. 

Boston, February 17, 1922. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase St., 

Boston, Massachusetts. 

Gentlemen : — 

On behalf of the Trustees of Boston University, I wish 
to thank your Department for the prompt and efficient service 
which they rendered at the time of the explosion in our building, 
No. 525 Boylston Street on February 14th. 

This service, undoubtedly, saved us from considerable 
additional loss. 

Yours truly, 

SILAS PEIRCE, Treasurer. 



19 



JOSEPH W. HILDRETH & SON 
397 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 

February 21, 1922. 
Boston Protective Department, 

Dear Sirs; — 

Enclosed find check for ten (10) dollars as a contribution 
to the Fireman's Relief Association in appreciation of your 
promptness in extinguishing a fire on our premises, No. 395 
Atlantic Ave. 

Yours truly, 

J. W. HILDRETH & SON. 



20 



H. & L. CHASE 
267 Atlantic Ave., Boston 

Superintendent of the . 

Boston Protective Dept., 
40 Purchase St., 
Boston, Mass. 

Boston, Dec. 5, 1922. 

Dear Sir: — 

We wish to express our appreciation of the splendid 
work of the Protective Department at the small fire at our place 
oif business Dec. 1. Their efficiency prevented serious water 
damage. 

Through the fire commissioner we are sending a donation 
of $50.00 to the Boston Firemen's Relief Fund, in which we 
understand your department participates. 

Yours very truly, 

H. & L. CHASE, 

By J. C. PORTER 



? .40 

100.00 
47.00 
32.42 

37.28 

17.40 

77.45 

90.96 

123.40 

6.00 

41.40 

.65 



19.25 

5.93 

13.75 



Put in service Nov. 10, 1914. Nov. 10, 1914 Oct. 17, 1910 

Makers The White Co. The White Co. Knox Motor Co 

Company Nos 1. la. 2 - 

Expense 1922 1922 1922 

Body — Repairs $ 6. 60 

Painting 100.00 

Bell 

Chassis — Repairs 91 . 60 

Shock Absorber 17. 50 

Electric— Lighting 42.53 

Starting 2. 68 

Batteries 75. 18 

Engine — Repairs 101.03 

Cases— New • 62.70 

Repairs 20.00 

Tubes — New .... 

Repairs .65 

Rims — New .... 

Repairs .... 

Chains, etc. Chains 19. 35 

Hooks 5.93 

Accessories 22. 75 

Totals $568.59 $613.29 $2813.51 



$182 40 

235.00 

4.50 

661.17 

15.00 

248.53 

207.32 

86.40 

1158.84 



.8 

11.50 
2.00 



Jan. 8, 1912 

Knox Motor Go. 
2a. 

1922 



Aug. 7, 1912 

The White Co. 
3. 

1922 



Nov. 10, 1914 

The White Co. 
3a. 

1922 



$ 18.92 
135.00 

179.25 

7.50 

29.32 

25.74 

22.37 
174. 13 

20.46 
1.25 



17.94 

7.40 

34.22 



Aug. 8,1916 

The White Co. 

26414 
Unassigned 

1922 



Mar. 30, 1918 Sept. 19, 1919 Sept. 4, 1920 Nov. 3, 1920 Mar. 23, 1922 

The White Co. 

42874 
Unassigned 



1922 



The White Co. 

2a. 
1922 



$ 24.35 
125.00 

311.47 

20.00 

37.67 

.30 

87.95 

376.33 

246.80 

18.00 

32.15 

.25 



17.9 4 

7.40 

25.38 



4.50 
85.10 

10.18 

5.95 

.38 

320.38 

1 . 50 

2.00 

11.50 
12.00 



$ 28.85 
165.00 

49.91 

5.00 

11.16 

17.41 

.37 

289.51 

119.73 



4.25 

9.75 
13.55 



$ 1.19 

103.50 

75.26 

1.20 

61.52 

57.43 

.75 

162.67 

95.75 

31.23 
4.50 



13.75 
28.39 



Ford 
4051284 

Service 

1922 



4.75 
45.00 

15.09 

20.88 
1.75 
2.79 

84.42 



1.00 
3.70 



6.84 



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717699 

1922 



00 
50 

75 

50 



The BuickCo. 
788639 

1922 



.75 

24.35 
4.55 



67.07 
101.38 

1.05 

3.00 

10.54 

15.50 

.75 
12.60 



$673.50 



$1330.99 



$453.49 



$714.49 



$637.14 



186.22 



$ 21.75 



$24 1 . 54 



SUPPLIES AND TOOLS 

Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 

Gasoline $326.00 $405.00 $1056.00 $1787.00 

Oils 104.27 36.55 307.83 448.65 

Grease .... 9.50 9.50 

Soap 17.52 16.21 37.20 70.96 

Polish 12.50 18.75 7.50 38.75 

Tools new and repd 49.88 30.93 2.00 82.81 

Totals $510.17 $507.47 $1420.03 $2437.67 



Superin 
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ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



923 



FIFTIETH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



ItaBtott jfraterttv? lejrartmrni 



FROM 



January 1, 1923 to January 1, 1924 



OFFICERS 



President: 
HENRY M. FENTON 

Vice-President: 
C. H. J. KIMBALL 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1924 
JOHN J. CORNISH HENRY M. FENTON 

A. W, HOLLIS 

To Serve until March, 1925 

GEORGE W. BUNTIN R. J. DUNKLE 

WILLIAM GILMOUR 

To Serve until March, 1926 
JOHN P. MEADE C. H. J. KIMBALL 

BURTON S. FLAGG 

Secretary-Treasurer : Superintendent: 

CHARLES W. GOODING H. E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM. F. TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1924. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department : 

The Directors submit herewith the 50th Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding two hundred and twenty-five thou- 
sand dollars. 

For the Directors, 
HENRY M. FENTON, 

President. 



4 
TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1923 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $199,145.16 

Interest 1.146.40 

Special Service 3,106.90 

$203,398.46 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $137,175.67 

Repairs and Furnishings of Houses 582.73 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 1,023.89 

Water, Light and Fuel 5,985.08 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . .. 1,181.59 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 9,695.36 

Miscellaneous Department Supplies .... 2,492.37 

New Equipment and Furnishings 6,341.60 

Repairs of Equipment 311.15 

Rent and Taxes 5,735.00 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 7,181.09 
Sundries 556.96 

Total Expenditures $178,262.49 

Balance, December 31, 1923 25,135.97 

$203,398.46 

CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 

Boston, January 25, 1924. 

Audited and found correct 

S. T. EMERY, 

WM. H. LORING, )■ Auditing Committee. 

W. H. ROGERS 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1923 
July 1, 1922, to December 31, 1922: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$3,889,893.08 at 2y 2 % $97,247.34 

January 1, 1923, to July 1, 1923: 

Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$5,094,891.63 at 2% $101,897.82 

$199,145.16 

July 1, 1923, to December 31, 1923: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage $4,275,932.86 at 2 5/l0% $106,898.29 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. 
Office of Supt., No. 40 Purchase St. 

Boston, January 1st, 1924. 
To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the Fiftieth Annual Report oi 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1923. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 
The department responded to 3,192 City boxes, 2,023 Verbal, 241 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 180 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 85 Sprinkler Breaks, 214 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 5636; 
also 44 Water Damages, Total calls 5680. 

The service rendered was 81 fire extinguishers used, 10,854 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 555 covers on roofs, 204 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 11,613. 

The hours service were 3,648.10 at fires, 325.37 protecting merchan- 
dise &c after fires, and 5,664.30 privates detailed after fires. Total 
9,638.17. 

OF THE 7,377 ALARMS, 5,057 ALARMS OR 68.55 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $6,323,331.48 divided as follows; 

Losses 
Insured Not Insured Totals 

' Buildings $ 1,830,951.02 $101,473.20 $1,932,424.22 

Contents 4,1 10,797.64 243,077.58 4,353,875.22 

Rents 22.911.50 22,911.50 

Vessels 11,075.54 3,045.00 14,120.54 

Totals $5,975,735.70 $347,595.78 $6,323,331.48 

WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 

Losses 

Not Insured Total 

Building $1,037.00 $1,037.00 

Contents 6,052.00 6,052.00 

$7,089.00 $7,089.00 

Total calls, 44 (32 with losses). On duty 41h. 37m. Covers spread 179. 



ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT. 

Superintendent, Henry E. Thompson. 



Co. No. 1. 

40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 
4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 
159-161 Roxbury St. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain E. Abbott 

"»*■ ji; F ; s c u a fc:::: 


1 

2 
11 

o 
2 

11 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

( G. E. Blakeley 

( J. S. Weir 


1 

2 
9 
1 
1 
1 

10 


A. F. Swift 

< M. J. Gleason 

(B. J. McTernan.. . 


1 

2 
11 
2 
1 
1 




3 

6 


• First Grade Privates 




31 


Second " " 






3 


Third " 






4 


Fourth " 






4 


Fifth " 









•Auxiliary " 






21 










Totals 


29 


25 


18 


72 



SUPERINTENDENT 

CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



1 
3 
2 

77 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Co.No.l Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

Resnonses f Cit y Boxes 891 1097 1775 

responses I Stm 661 632 902 

Alarm* | Automatic 163 107 11 

Alarms. [ A D T 117 ?? 31 

Totals 1832 1913 2719 

Responded f Automobiles 1304 1898 2462 

to by \ Privates in outlying districts. . . . 661 351_ 

[ At fires and responding to calls 883.18 1236.48 1528.04 

HmircDntv ! Assisting Fire Department 

y After fires protecting mdse 113.37 141.58 70.02 

I Details after fires 2269.09 2027.35 1367.46 

Totals 3 266.04 3406.21 2965.52 

f At fires and sprinkler calls 4653 3669 2532 

Covers Used 1 On roofs after fires 150 147 258 

( Protecting mdse. after fires 12 53 139 

Totals 4815 3869 2929 

Extinguishers used 26 22 33 

The Second Section was called in service as follows: 

Co.No.l Co. No. 2 Co.No.3 

On First ( Whenfirstoutsectionwa sat fire 78 158 223 

Alarms 1 When botnsec - were at previous fire 20 21 23 

(. While cov. adj. company district 5 44 12 

On Second / At night 12 13 11 

Alarms 1 Voluntarily during daytime.... 

On Telephone calls 26 8 20 

On Messenger calls 2-2 

To Cover Adjoining company district.... 48 250 54 

Totals : 191 496 343 

Co.No.l Co.No.2 Co.No,3 

No. fires at which roofs were protected 60 59 107 

No. days on which one or more aux. men were \ 1fi o 197 „. 

retained on day duty after a fire / ° 3 

No. extra hazardous days when aux. force was \ 9 9 n 

retained on duty \ & l w 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 

FIRES. 



Sprinklers 
Operating 


Heads 


Sprinkler Heads 
Replaced 


Heads 


Where 

Sprinkler Heads 

Operated 


Floors 


Condition of System 
when left 


No. 


84 Fires of 1 head each 
42 " " 2 heads " 
10 " " 3 " 
9 » " 4 " 

3 " "5 " 

7 " "6 " 
*3 " " 7 " 

2 " "8 " 
|3 '« " 9 " " 

2 " " 10 " 

1 " " 13 " 

1 " " 71 " 


84 
84 
30 
36 
15 
42 
21 
16 
27 
20 
13 
71 


64 Fires of Ihead each 
40 " " 2heads 
9 '" " 3 " 

6 " "4 " 
2 " "5 " 
5 " "6 " 
2 " "7 " 

2 " "8 " 

3 " " 9 " 
2 " " 10 " 
1 " " 13 " 


64 
80 
27 
24 
10 
30 
14 
16 
27 
20 
13 


Sub-Basement- 
Basement 
First-floor 
Second " 
Third " 
Fourth " 
Fifth " 
Sixth " 
Seventh " 
Eighth " 


3 
56 
30 
12 
19 
16 
13 
14 
2 
3 

167 


O. K. 

Partially Operative 
Shut Off 


145 

2 

20 


167 Totals 


459 


Totals 


325 


Totals 


Totals 


167 



* 2 Fires operated Basement and 1st floors, 
t 1 " " 4th and 5th floors. 





RUPTURED HEADS AND PIPES. 








• Sprinklers Ruptured 


Heads 
and 
Pipes 


Causes 


No. 


Condition of System 
when left 


O.K. 


Parti, 
oper. 


Shut 
off 


35 Breaks of 1 head ea. 


35 


Water freezing in heads 


17 


Condition 


12 




5 


3 " "2 heads ea. 


6 


" " " pipes 


12 


** 


3 


6 


3 


1 " "3 " 


3 


" "couplings 


4 


" 


1 


1 


2 


1 " "7 " 


7 


" '• " elbows 


6 


" 


6 






6 Breaks " Couplings 




Striking heads 


7 


" 


7 






7 " " Elbows 




pipes 


14 




4 


2 


8 


31 " ■' Pipes 




Defective heads 


16 


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10 


2 


4 


1 " "'Tank 




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2 




1 


1 








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2 






1 


1 






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1 








1 






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1 


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1 










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2 


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1 


1 




51 


Unknown 


1 

85 








1 


85 Totals 


Totals 


Totals 


45 


14 


26 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 64h. 55m. Detailed duty 7h. 19m. Extra service lh, 17m. Covers spread 158 



TROUBLES. 

Alarm pots, defective 24 

Closing and opening valves (1 section, 2 drips 3 

Moisture in wires 1 

Overflow cup 1 

Transmitter, defective 5 

Transmitter, striking 2 

Turning on system... 4 

Tank, overflowing 1 

Valves, defective 1 

Water hammer 27 

" in dry pipe system 69 

Working on system 14 

Unknown 62 

Total • 214 

DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 101 h. 22m. Detailed duty 94 h. 34m. 

Covers spread 9 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 
WERE GIVEN 
Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper 2295 

Roxbury District '■ 847 

Charlestown 424 

East Boston 481 

South Boston 550 

Dorchester 1137 

West Roxbury 656 

Brighton 627 

Hyde Park 334 

Boston Harbor : 1 

Brookline 5 

Cambridge 1 

Dedham 4 

Somerville 4 

Milton 5 

Chelsea 5 

Everett 1 

Total 7,377 



WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 



1922 



January . . . 
February . 
March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 
September . 
October. . . . 
November . 
December . 
Totals. 



473 
534 
587 
952 
541 
689 
578 
547 
553 
814 
566 
543 



*7377 



Days of Week. 



Monday . . 
Tuesday . . 
Wednesday 
Thursday . 
Friday .... 
Saturday . . 
Sunday . . . 



1121 
1159 
1051 
1014 
1002 
1104 
926 



*7377 



Hours of the Day 



6 to 7 A.M. . . . 

7 to 8 " 

8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Noon 

12 to 1 P. M. . . . 
2 



1 to 

2 to 3 

3 to 4 

4 to 5 

5 to 6 

6 to 7 

7 to 8 

8 to 9 

9 to 10 

10 to 11 

11 to 12 Midnight 

12 to 1 A. M. . . 

1 to 2 " 

2 to 3 " 

3 to 4 " 

4 to 5 " 

5 to 6 " 



94 

138 
218 
245 
294 
380 
442 
511 
428 
460 
512 
601 
494 
473 
450 
372 
304 
268 
172 
140 
111 

91 
100 

79 



*7377 



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5057 
941 
677 
163 
308 
76 
33 



7309 
19 



7328 



49 

7377 



Alarms with no loss 
Fires with loss under 
" " from 



Over $15,000 
Jan. 10, 1923, 

13, " 

13, " 

14, '• 
" 15, " 
" 19. " 
" 20, " 



Feb. 



Mar. 



22, 
12, 
16. 
21, 

24, 

27, 

27, 
27, 



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30, 

1, 

6, 

7, 

10, 
14, 



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2, 


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" 


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20, 


July 


5, 




16. 


" 


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" 


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" 


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Aug. 


24, 


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13, 


Oct. 


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Nov 


1, 


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17, 


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17, 


" 


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" 


30, 


Dec. 


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15, 


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$100 

$100 to 

$500 to $1,000 

$1,000 to $5,000 

$5,000 to $10,000 

$10,000 to $15,000 

58-60 Summer St., Abrahams Co., et al 

230 Beacon St., Mrs. J. M. Jackson 

36-8 Hawkins & 7 V 2 Chardon Sts., S. M. Stewart Estate 

63 Mt. Vernon St.. H. M. Sweet, et al 

36-8 Fulton St., Abram Re Co., et al 

140-8 Harvard Ave., W. P. & J. Cotter, et al 

73-5 South & 170-80 Essex Sts., L. Scnapiro Shoe Co., 

Inc., et al 
118-28 Lincoln St., R. E. McDonald Shoes, et al 
35-9 Arch St., M. Steinert & Son Co., et al 
18-20 Chauncy St., Kaitz Bros., et al 
132-8 Worcester St., S. & A. S. & F. E. Pelonsky, et al 
530-40 Atlantic Ave., F. P. Bennett & Co., Inc., et al 
326-30 Washington St., Dor., Norfolk Lodge of Odd 

Fellows, et al 
1110-30 Washington & 106-12 Dover Sts., H. S. Gordan 

Leather Co., et al 
124-6 Pearl St., isabelle Anderson, et al 
542-4 Rutherford Ave., N. E. Newspaper Publishing 

Co., et al 
132-4 Washington St., & 1-3 Dock Sq., D. Sears Real 

Estate Trust, et al 
Rear 81 Bristol St., J. F. Paul & Co., et al 
65-9 Summer St., Johnson & Johnson, et al 
131-7 Washington & 53-7 Brattle Sts., Leopold Morse 

Company 
266-70 Border St., Acme White Lead & Color Works 
11-17 East St. & 711 Atlantic Ave., American Hide & 

Leather Company 
20-2 Purchase St.& 361-3 Atlantic Ave. .Liberty Trading 

Co., et al 
185-7 State & 82-4 Central Sts., The Kelley Peanut Co., 

et al 
125-31 Federal St., H. S. Hunnewell, et al 
75 W. Fifth St., Roman Catholic Church 
116-24 Merrimac St., H. Traiser & Co., Inc. 
217-19 State & 114-16 Central Sts., Webster Thomas 

Co., et al 
84-8 Rawley St., Kennedy's Clothing Co., et al 
121-3 E. Dedham St., P. II. Graham & Sons, et al 
850 Washington St., Meyer Pearlmutter, et al 
35-7 Wareham St., American Slipper Mfg. Co., et al 
76-8 Batterymarch St., Estate of Moses Kimball, et al 
131-7 Kingston St., Star Mfg. Co., et al 
199 Harrison Ave., Boston Shoe Polish Mfg. Co., et al 
374-94 Congress St., Thomson Kelly Co., et al 
Mill St., Storehouse No. 30, W. Ellery, et al 
318 Broadway, Boston & Albany R. R., et al 
628-36 Washington & 1-9 Essex Sts., Hyman Bros, et al 
67-73 Sudbury & 9 Hawkins Sts., Capitol Upholstering 

Co., et al 
118 Western Ave., Griffith Keiner Co., et al 
160-6 North St., Bay State Upholstering Co., et al 
694-702 Washington & 2-12 Kneeland Sts., Freedman. 

Levine & Freedman, et al 
605-11 Washington St., Weinberg Bros., et al 
65-7 Purchase & 173-5 High Sts., S. M. Fay Estate, et 

al 
209-11 State St., The Murray Co., et al 
1612-20 Blue Hill Ave., Price Bros. & Misson, et al 
107-9 Kingston & 105-7 Essex Sts., Samuel Lieberman, 

85-91 Essex St., B. & A. Skirt Co., et al 

605-11 Washington St., Massachusetts Skirt Co., et al 

288-94 Devonshire St., Northern Commission Co., et al 

889-99 Dorchester Ave., Samuel Levitt, et al 

3089-99 Washington & 1 Beethoven Sts., D. W. & S. W. 

Littlefield, et al 
6-14 Congress & 43 State Sts., State Street Exchange, 

et al 



Marine Losses 



Rent Losses 



Sprinkler Losses (no fire) 



19,669.79 



$34,441.85 
157,066.55 
108,810.53 
7 09,o31.o6 
535,027.23 
414, 099. 08 

16,711.15 
35,220.59 
25,782.91 
10o,2-±9.72 
17,964.83 
^9,201.00 

150,645.75 
598,815.64 
41,769.80 
23,446.15 
55,980.45 
28,423.96 

29,335.83 

30,655.49 
25,888.86 

37,216.39 

46,887.90 
25,298.55 
17,t»77.86 

19,858.00 
56,492.20 

57,549.13 

37,302.40 

175,035.01 
29,903.46 
22,587.50 

103,709.58 



340. 

20: 

25; 
ie: 
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35. 

17. 
16 
1,269. 
78. 
46! 
27 



816.28 
735.62 
658.12 
46b. 69 
319.40 
979.38 
424.71 
579.46 
299.98 
047.65 
143.33 
266.45 



31,335.70 
35,183.25 
16,233.43 

21,092.58 
15,363.25 

79,459.03 

123,072.57 

59,358.48 

15,943.49 
49,129.62 
17,586.02 
24,414.33 
15,515.17 

27,359.62 

16,138.42 



6,286,299.44 
14,120.54 



6,300,419.98 
22,911.50 



6,323,331.48 



1 1 



CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF ALARMS WITH LOSS 
DURING 1923. 



Alarms 



Alarms 
with Loss 



al Assistance beyond City Limits 

Arson 

Ashes 

Benzine 

Boilers 

Chimneys, Flues. Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defertive 

Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

Electricity . . 

Explosions 

Exposure 

5a False and Needless Alarms 

6 Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues 

7 Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, in- 

cluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc 

Furnaces 

Gas 

8 Gas — -Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kerosene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified 

Open Fires 

Open Lights 

Petroleum and its products 

Pickers 

Railroad 

19a Rekindling of a previous fire 

20 Rubbish and Litter 

21 Smoking 

22 Sparks — Arising from combustion • 

23 Sparks on Roof 

24 Spontaneous Combustion 

24a Sprinklers 

Stacks 

Steam and Hot Water Pipes 

Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes 

Stove Pipes 

Unknown 

Unknown origin but investigation important 



9 
10 
11 

12 

13 

14 

15 
16 
17 
18 
19 



25 
26 



27 
28 



25 



103 



359 
155 
169 
421 
49 



49 

76 

125 

3 



754 
339 
99 
170 
116 



17 

2066 
436 
172 
109 
96 
299 

26 
651 

482 



57 



152 
60 
143 

34 



30 

41 

28 

3 



499 

37 

1 

109 
58 



5 
4 
258 
86 
79 
50 
49 

7 
140 

382 



Totals. 



7377 



2320 



This table includes 1705 fire department still alarms of which we were 
not notified, 11 fires for which no alarms were given but which were ex- 
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STATISTICS FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1923 



Population 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Brick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, B, etc.. 34, 

" Wooden Buildings 78, 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 6 

" False and Needless Alarms 

" Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 

" Fires in Brick and Stone Buildings 2 

" Fires in Wooden Buildings 1 

" Fires in Concrete Blocks 

" Fires in Fireproof 

'* Fires in Ironclad 

" Fires in Reinforced Concrete 

" Fires not originating in Buildings 3 

" Fires confined to floor where fire .... "^ 

originated 3,284 I 

" confined to Building but not 

to floor of origin 271 | 

" extending to adjoining Build- 
ing 79 

" extending beyond adjoining 

Building 46 ^ 

" originating in Automobiles.. 352 S 
" not originating in Buildings 3,005 I 
" not originating in, but invol- f 

vingBuildings 41 J 



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525 \ 



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82 

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421 J 
25 f 
299 J 
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64 | 

13 

78 
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3,680 



748,143 
47.81 

*1 13,782 



7,377 



7,078 



y 7,078 



398 



♦January 1, 1924. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 





Buildings includ- 








ing Docks, Vessels, 
Tank and Per- 


Contents 


Total 




manent Fixtures. 






Total Insurance on the 


< 






property on which 








claim for loss was 








made 


$56,059,906.06 


$31,070,019.42 


$87,129,925.48 


Total Insurance Loss.... 


1,842,026.56 


4,110,797.64 


5,952,824.20 


Total Loss (insured and 




- 




uninsured) 


1,946,544.76 


4,353,875.22 


6,300,419.98 


Rents insured 






22,911.50 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which fires 








originated, i.e., direct 








losses 


1,797,830.68 


4,081,561.36 


5,879,392.04 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which the 








fires did not originate 








i.e., exposure losses 


148,714,08 


272,313.86 


421,027.94 



14 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





Total 


No 


Under 


$100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


Over 


Years 








to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






Al'm. 


Loss 


$100 


500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1914 


5679 


3345 


1118 


628 


238 


261 


35 


15 


39 


1915 


5532 


3280 


1044 


641 


207 


251 


45 


18 


29 


1916 


4656 


2742 


930 


549 


155 


197 


44 


7 


32 


1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


191 8 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


H5 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


780 


536 


135 


223 


37 


15 


34 


1921 


5268 


3320 


820 


612 


167 


227 


53 


25 


44 


1922 


6184 


404 8 


886 


651 


198 


285 


59 


17 


40 


1923 


7377 


5069 


*977 


*693 


*168 


*319 


76 


33 


54 



*49 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 29 under $100. 10 from $100 to $500. 
4 from X500 to $1,000. 6 from $1,000 to $5,000. 



Review of total alarms 


fires with loss, loss, average 


loss of total 


a 


larms, and average loss of fires 


with loss, for ten years 


Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1914 


5,679 


2,319 


$3,044,626.94 


$536.12 


.$1,312.90 


1915 


5,532 


2,243 


3,004,599.48 


543.13 


1,339.54 


1916 


4,656 


1,914 


2,473,801.16 


531.31 


1,292.47 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


4,056,887.34 


807.34 


2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1.593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,841.55 


1921 


5,268 


1,910 


4,017,158.64 


762.56 


2,103.22 


1922 


6,184 


2,109 


3,331,485.17 


538.73 


1,568.88 


1923 


7,377 


12,271 


6,323,331.48 


857.17 


2,784.38 



The above tables include Still Alarms, 
t Does not include 49 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully submitted, 
H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent of Department 



15 



MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 

1923 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sir? — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1923: 

Applicants examined 59 

Promotions. Examinations for 17 

Members. Visits to sick 69 

Members. Visits to injured 33 

Physicians reports. Attending 167 

Special reports „ 2 

Certificates. Return to duty 96 

Applicants rejected due to physical disabilities 10 

W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department. 



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17 



THAYER McNEIL COMPANY 

47 Temple Place 15 West Street 

Boston 



H. E. Thompson, Supt., 

Boston's Protective Dept., 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

The writer wishes at this time to call your attention to 
the excellent and efficient manner in which Company 2 took 
care of our problems. 

When we called them on January 8th, due to a very 
serious leak from our roof, in which the water was coming on 
to our first floor and going through to our basement, owing to 
the nature of our merchandise, it is remarkable that our only 
loss was ceiling discoloration. This was due directly to the 
very efficient manner in which this work was done. 

Also, as our store was open and doing business during this 
period, I wish to call your attention to the very courteous 
manner and methods employed by the officer in charge and the 
men under him. 

Believing it only fair that good service should be called 
to the attention of those in charge, I am, 

Very truly yours, 

C. W. POLLOCK. 
January 16th, 1923. 



18 



ASSOCIATED FACTORY MUTUAL FIRE 
INSURANCE COMPANIES 

Fort Hill Square 

184 High Street, Boston 

August 2, 1923. 

BOSTON PROTECTIVE DEPARTMENT, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Mr. Henry E. Thompson, Supt. 

Dear Sir: — 

Referring to the small fire in waste basket on the sixth 
floor of this building last Saturday night, I wish to express on 
behalf of the Inspection Department our appreciation of the 
excellent work done by your men in promptly responding to 
the call from the Fire Department and in the efficient handling 
of the situation, including prompt restoration of the sprinkler 
protection and the caring for the property so that very little 
water damage resulted. I desire to commend your organiza- 
tion and, through you, to thank the Lieutenant and his men 
who came on this call. 

I am sending you a box of cigars with our compliments. 

Yours truly, 

INSPECTION DEPARTMENT, 

H. 0. La count, Manager. 



19 



THE EASTERN TALKING MACHINE COMPANY 
85 Essex St., Boston 



December 4, 1923. 
Supt. H. E. Thompson, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

We felt that we would like to drop a line of commenda- 
tion of the work of your Department on Friday evening, Novem- 
ber 30th, at 85 Essex Street, where there was a fire but where 
the water could have done many thousands of dollars worth of 
damage had it not been for your efficient crew, under the able 
direction of Captain S. A. MacDonnell. 

Our loss proved to be quite negligible in comparison with 
the possible damage and we attribute this entirely to the work 
of the Fire Protective Department. 

Very truly yours, 

THE EASTERN TALKING MACHINE CO. 

Per H. Shoemaker, 

General Manager. 



20 



JOHN WORLEY COMPANY 
40 to 48 Stanhope Street, Boston 



December 24th, 1923. 

Capt. S. A. McDonnell, 

Boston Protective Association, 
Appleton Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Captain: — 

We would not have had a very Merry Christmas if it had 
not been for your prompt efforts several weeks ago and in memory 
of that unfortunate affair and assuring you of our esteem and 
best wishes for a Merry Christmas, we are sending herewith 
some Smokes which we trust you may enjoy. 

If at any time you have any tickets for your balls or 
Protective Association funds we would like very much to have 
the opportunity of contributing. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, we are, 

Yours very truly, 
JOHN WORLEY COMPANY. 



Put in service Nov. 10, 1914. 

Makers The White Co. 

Company Nos 1. 

Makers No 21625 

Expense 1923 

Body — Repairs $ .52 

Painting .... 

Bell 6.00 

Chassis— Repairs 160.42 

Shock Absorber 5.00 

Electric— Lighting 117.04 

Starting 66.61 

Batteries 2. 25 

Engine — Repairs 297. 80 

Cases — New 170.96 

Repairs .... 

Tubes— New 11.00 

Repairs 4.00 

Rims— New 

Repairs .... 

Chains, etc. Chains 5.50 

Hooks 1.13 

Accessories 24.00 

Totals $872. 23 



Nov. 10, 1914 

The White Co. 



Oct. 17, 1910 

Knox Motor Go 



Aug. 7, 1912 Nov. 10, 1914 Aug. 8, 1916 Mar. 30, 1918 Sept. 19, 1919 Sept. 4, 1920 Mar. 23, 1922 



The White Co The White Co. 

3. 3a. 

15218 21628 

1923 1923 



The White Co. 

264.4 

1923 



The White Co. 
Unassigned 



11.50 
83.49 
12.50 
30.14 
26.05 
71.00 
23.74 
185.75 



11 


50 


2 


00 


6 


do 


1 


12 


9 


00 



4.50 
46.81 

4.00 
13.54 
19.29 
49.50 
18.00 



32.50 
1.50 
9.25 



24.00 
3.20 
19.11 



.75 
108.55 
3.00 
40.74 
97.05 
114.12 
251.97 
185.60 

12.00 



23.50 

.75 

10.58 



S 57.00 
235.00 

187.03 



5.75 
7.65 



The White Co. 

2a. 
51184 

1923 



51. 



18.95 


36.77 


3.80 


10.52 


63.75 


27.00 


22.24 


147.29 


342.55 


338.75 




6.00 


15.70 


12.40 


5.50 


1.25 


5.50 


33.00 


6.00 


25.21 


$504.26 


$1174.02 



Ford TheBuickCo. 
Service 

4051284 788639 

1923 1923 



52.10 
55.95 
7.50 



14.28 

16.66 

129.87 
106.04 

4.50 
11.70 

6.20 



Sept. 4, 1923 

Mack Motor Co. 

Unassigned 



SUPPLIES AND TOOLS 

Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 

Gasoline $282.50 $333.50 $1014.00 

Oils 100.19 61.44 324.24 

Grease 13.00 20.56 18.74 

Soap 24.52 16.71 36.63 

Polish 18.25 14.50 12.00 

Tools new and repd 4.77 4.45 49.47 

Totals $443.23 $151.16 $1455.08 



$1630.00 
485.87 
52.30 






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FIFTY-FIRST 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



924 



FIFTY-FIRST 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Unatntt ffrnterttue Irpariment 



FROM 



January 1, 1924 to January 1, 1925 



OFFICERS 



President: 
C. H. J. KIMBALL 

Vice-President: 
R. J. DUNKLE 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1925 

JOHN W. GAHAN R. J. DUNKLE 

WILLIAM GILMOUR 

To Serve until March, 1926 
JOHN P. MEADE C. H. J. KIMBALL 

BURTON S. ELAGG 

To Serve until March, 1927 
A. W. HOLLIS T. H. RATIGAN 

A. K. POPE 

Secretary-Treasurer: Superintendent: 

CHARLES W. GOODING H. E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM. F. TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1925. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department : 

The Directors submit herewith the 51st Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding two hundred and thirty-four thou- 
sand one hundred dollars. 

For the Directors, 

C. H. J. KIMBALL, 

President. 



4 
TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1924 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $223,001.78 

Interest 982.35 

Special Service 2,609.98 

$226,594.11 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $177,240.51 

Repairs and Furnishings of Houses 1,070.64 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 1,116.33 

Water, Light and Fuel 5,259.44 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . . . 1,102.67 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 5,398.37 

Miscellaneous Department Supplies .... 3,239.29 

New Equipment and Furnishings 9,659.01 

Repairs of Equipment 365.96 

Rent and Taxes 5,809.10 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 9,467.02 
Sundries 821.31 

Total Expenditures $220,549.65 

Balance, December 31, 1924 6,044.46 

$226,594.11 

CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 

Boston, January 14, 1925. 

Audited and found correct 

S. T. EMERY, 

WM. H. LORING, } Auditing Committee. 

W. H. ROGERS 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1924 
July 1, 1923, to December 31, 1923: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$4,227,106.14 at 2 X A% $106,927.62 
January 1, 1924, to July 1, 1924: 

Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage . . . .$4,654,751.42 at 2?^% $116,368.81 

$223,296.43 
Assessments not Paid 294.65 



$223,001.78 



July 1, 1924, to December 31, 1924: 
Premiums on Fire, Sprinkler 

and Water Damage $4,087,376.84 at 2 5/10% $102,184.47 



5 
SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. 
Office of Supt., No. 40 Purchase St. 

Boston, January 1st, 1925. 
To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the Fifty-first Annual Report oi 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1924. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 
The department responded to 3,588 City boxes, 2,395 Verbal, 258 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 161 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 119 Sprinkler Breaks, 202 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 6402; 
also 55 Water Damages, Total calls 6457. 

The service rendered was 87 fire extinguishers used, 11,876 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 571 covers on roofs, 230 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 12,677. 

The hours service were 4,439.07 at fires, 309.06 protecting merchan- 
dise &c after fires, and 4,453.49 privates detailed after fires. Total 
9,202.02. 

OF THE 8,117 ALARMS, 5,428 ALARMS OR 66.87 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $4,825,216.13 divided as follows; 

Losses 
Insured Not Insured Totals 

Buildings $ 1,807,363.72 $119,210.89 $1,926,574.61 

Contents 2,589,677.97 219,342.10 2,809,020.07 

Rents 12,476.43 12,476.43 

Vessels 62,285.02 14,860.00 77,145.02 



Totals $4,471,803.14 $353,412.99 $4,825,216.13 

WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 

Losses 

Insured Not Insured Total 

Building $50.00 $4,025.00 $4,075.00 

Contents 8,916.21 8,916.21 

$50.00 $12,941.21 $12,991.21 
Total calls, 55 (38 with losses). On duty 50h. 26m. Covers spread 159. 



ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT. 
Superintendent, HENRY E. THOMPSON. 



Co. No. 1. 

40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 

4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 
159-161 Roxbury St. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain E. Abbott 

. ■ . 1 J. J. Carty 

Lieuts. |j F Sullivan.... 


1 

2 
10 

o 

T 

12 

2 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

( G. E. Blakelcy 

( J. S. Weir 


1 

2 
10 



1 
10 

4 


A. F. Swift 

| M. J. Gleason 

(B.J. McTernan.. . 


1 

2 
14 

1 
1 
3 
1 


3 
6 


First Grade Privates 




34 


Second " " 






3 


Third " " 






3 


Fourth " 






25 


Fifth " " 






7 










Totals 


30 


28 


23 


81 



CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



2 
_2 

85 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

Responses f Cit y Boxes 1052 1295 1929 

responses l stm 713 ?48 n04 

Alarms Automatic 172 122 18 

Alarms. l A D T 96 88 24 

Totals 2033 2253 3075 

Responded J Automobiles 1455 2268 2902 

to by \ Privates in outlying districts... 710 244 

[ At fires and responding to calls 1308.08 1374.55 1756.04 

H „ n „ n„t„ > Assisting Fire Department.... 

HoursUuty 1 After fires protecting mdse 104.02 137.06 67.58 

I Details after fires 1784.24 1603.08 1066.17 

Totals 3 196.34 3115.09 2890.19 

(At fires and sprinkler calls 4626 4386 2864 

Covers Used \ On roofs after fires 213 142 216 

( Protecting mdse. after fires 101 5 124 

Totals 4940 4533 3204 

Extinguishers used 24 33 30 

The Second Section was called in service as follows: 

Co.No. 1 Co.No. 2 Co. No. 3 

n V t ( When first out section was at fire 145 322 401 

Al rm ^ When both sec. were at previous fire 20 64 23 

(.While cov. adj. company district 8 47 23 

On Second ( At night 14 18 22 

Alarms I Voluntarily during daytime.... 

On Telephone calls 44 16 15 

On Messenger calls 110 

To Cover Adjoining company district.... 81 293 83 

Totals 313 761 567 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co,No,3 

No. fires at which roofs were protected 79 68 95 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 
FIRES. 





Sprinklers 






Sprinkler Heads 


Heads 


Where 
Sprinkler Heads 




Condition of System 


No 




Operating 






Replaced 




Operated 


4 


when left 




112 Fires of 1 head each 


112 


105 Fires of 1 head each 


105 


Sub-Basement 


O. K. 


171 


38 


' " 2 heads " 


76 


35 


' 2 heads 


70 


Basement 


58 


Partially Operative 




tl8 


' " 3 " 


54 


17 


" 3 " 


51 


First-floor 


29 


Shut Off 


26 


7 


" 4 " 


28 


7 


" 4 " 


28 


Second " 


26 






*4 


' " 5 " 


20 


4 


" 5 " 


20 


Third " 


?,?, 






6 


. .. 6 - 


36 


4 


" 6 " 


24 


Fourth " 


?5 






tt2 


" 7 " 


14 


2 


" 7 " 


14 


Fifth " 


?0 






3 


' " 9 " 


2V 


2 


" " 9 " 


18 


Sixth " 


7 






2 


" 10 " 


20 


1 


" 10 " 


10 


Eighth " 


1 






2 


" 13 " 


26 


1 


'* " 13 " 


13 


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1 






1 


' " 19 " 


19 








Eleventh 


1 






1 
1 


" 22 " 
' " 30 " 


22 
30 








Roof (Pent house) 
Outside ( Paper bin ) 


1 
2 






197 


Totals 


484 




Totals 


353 


Totals 


197 


Totals 


197 



* 1 


* i 


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tt 1 



Fire operated 2nd and 3rd floors. 



3rd ' 


' 4th 


5th ' 


' 6th 


3rd ' 


' 2nd 


4th ' 


' 5th 





RUPTURED HEADS 


AND PIPES. 








Sprinklers Ruptured 


Heads 
and 
Pipes 

46 
6 

52 


Causes 


No. 


Condition of System 
when left 


O.K. 


Parti, 
oper. 


Shut 
off 


46 Breaks of 1 head ea. 
3 " "2 heads ea. 
10 Breaks " Couplings 
22 " " Elbows 
38 " " Pipes 


Water fieezing in heads 

"couplings 
" " " elbows 
" '• " pipes 
Striking heads 
" pipes 
Defective heads 

couplings 
elbows 
" pipes 
Unknown 


37 

9 
21 
23 

6 
11 

6 

1 

1 

2 

2 

119 


Cone 


lition 


27 

9 
11 
5 
1 
6 

2 
1 

62 


3 
5 
2 

2 

4 


7 
4 
10 
10 
1 
6 

1 
1 

1 


1 19 Totals 


Totals 


Tot 


als 


16 


41 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 92h. 20m. Detailed duty 16h. 12m. Extra service 4h, 23m. Covers spread 555 



TROUBLES. 

Alarm pots, defective 13 

Closing and opening valves (cold weather) 1 

Leaky elbow 1 

" flange 1 

" union 1 

" valve (drip) 1 

Pressure gauge, defective 1 

Short circuit in alarm wires 2 

Sending out wrong box 2 

Transmitter, defective 7 

Turning on system 4 

Unknown 62 

Water hammer 45 

" in dry pipe system 51 

" backing up in drain 1 

Working on system 9 

Totals 202 

DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 92 h. 33m. Detailed duty 54 h. 46m. 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 
WERE GIVEN 

Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper 2699 

Roxbury District 1184 

Charlestown 371 

East Boston 608 

South Boston 583 

Dorchester 1188 

West Roxbury 636 

Brighton 586 

Hyde Park 239 

Boston Harbor 2 

Brookline 6 

Cambridge 4 

Dedham 3 

Somerville 1 

Milton 2 

Chelsea 1 

Everett 1 

Newton 2 

Watertown 1 

Total 8,117 

WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 



1924 



January . . . 
February . 
March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 
September . 
October. . . . 
November . 
December . 
Totals. 



755 
535 
567 
731 
578 
696 
923 
536 
400 
703 
850 
843 



*8117 



Days of Week. 



Monday . . 
Tuesday . . 
Wednesday 
Thursday . 
Friday .... 
Saturday . . 
Sunday . . . 



1345 
1177 
1098 
1032 
1204 
1188 
1073 



*8117 



Hours of the Day 



6 to 7 A.M. 

7 to 8 

8 to 9 " . . 

9 to 10 

10 to 11 " .. 

11 to 12 Noon 

12 to 1 P. M. 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 



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2 to 

3 to 

4 to 

5 to 

6 to 

7 to 

8 to 

9 to 10 

10 to 11 

11 to 12 Midnight 



12 to 

1 to 

2 to 

3 to 

4 to 

5 to 



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2 " 

3 " 

4 " 

5 " 

6 " 



152 
190 
294 
339 
410 
449 
475 
465 
451 
519 
618 
511 
511 
538 
548 
420 
313 
230 
176 
139 
101 
79 
91 



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10 



GRADE OF LOSSES FOR 1924. 



5428 
1002 
784 
231 
397 
102 
38 



Alarms with no loss 
Fires with loss under 
" " from 



Over 5*15,000 

Jan. 15, 1924, 133- 



8039 
15 



8054 



63 
8117 



Feb. 



Mar. 



Apr. 



21, 

90 



27, 
28, 
29, 
10, 
14, 
15, 
15, 
19, 

21, 

26, 

26, 

1, 

5, 

11, 

12, 

13, 

17, 

25, 

29, 

8, 



$100 

$100 to $500 

$500 to $1,000 

$1,000 to $5,000 

$5,000 to $10,000 

$10,000 to $15,000 

7 Federal St., Slater's Shoe Co., et al 



J. W. 



" 17, 

18, 

May 10, 

" 29, 

" 30, 

June 18, 



18, 
21, 

3, 

9, 

10, 
27, 
30, 
31, 

5, 
16, 

16, 
23, 
30, 

8, 
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20; 

7, 

17, 
2, 

5, 

9, 

13, 

16, 
26, 
26, 
31, 



Marine Losse? 



July 



Aus; 



Oct. 



Nov 



Dec. 



C. 



City of Boston, 
B. Salyer 



& 



220-2 Clarendon St., J. T. Wetherald. et al 

371 Commonwealth Ave., & 57-61 Mass. Ave 
Hart, et al 

977-9 Saratoga & 982-6 Bennington Sts., Boslinoid 
Mfg. Co., et al 

161-5 Meridian St., Estate of S. Goldenberg. et al 

520-40 Atlantic Ave., Lincoln A. Smith, et al 

192-4 Mass. Ave., F. J. McGarry, et al 

43-5 Lagrange St., Boston Young Men's Christian Union 

33 Albion & 420-2 Tremont Sts., Blanche F. Gallagher, eta! 

144-6 Summer & 1-11 High Sts., S. Bubv, et al 

39-41 Washington St., S. Klover & Gorman, et al 

221-4a Tremont St., Trustees Bryant Real Estate 
Trust, et al 

156-62 Mass.A\e.,& 1-9 Belvidere St., A. R.Whittier, et al 

134 Huntington Ave., Mrs. M. E. Bordeau, et al 

104-14 Lincoln St , Brooks Shoe Co., et al 

318-20 Blue Hill Ave., S. Kabatznick, et al 

167-73 Summer St., Bluestein Bros., et al 

69-71 High and 227-9 Purchase Sts., G. H. Wahn Co., et al 

41-7 Fairmount Ave., H. P. Lodge of Masons, et a" 

107 South St., C. G. Flynn Leather Co., et al 

130-2 Lincoln St., Kingston Shoe Co., et al 

R. 361 Warren St., A. Marshall, et al 

31 Walnut St., Salzberger Mfg. Co. 

Chestnut Hill Ave. & Dighton St 
(Bennet School) 

47-51 Chardon & 47-9 Bowkei Sts., 
Co., et al 

49 Summer St., Powers & Allen, et al 

3-9 State St., State St. Tiust Co., et al 

2301-8 Washington St., Boston Shoe Trimming & 
Noveltv Co., et al 

Rear 341 Ashland St., W. J. Barry 

273-85 Congress St., Bacon & Co., et al 

87-9 Commercial & 47-51 Mercantile Sts., Massa- 
chusetts Preserve Co., et al 

44-8 Portland St., H. ct J. Aveidon, et al 

139-43 Merrimac, 145-9 Staniford & 19 Causeway Sts., 
The Manufacturers Co., et al 

1612-20 Blue Hill Ave., Price & Nisson, el al 

572-80 Washington St., & 2-6 Haywood Place, Raphel 
Bros., et al 

105 Essex A 109 Kingston Sts., Samuel Lieberman, etal 

273-85 Congress St., Bacon A Co., et al 

6 Bismarck St., Oakes Bros., et al 

100-2 Pearl & 129-35 Hish Sts., E. S. Emerv, et al 

83-7 Wendell St., Mitchell-Wing Co., et al 

1259-65 Hyde Pk. Ave., & 1277-83 River St., T. B. Fal- 
lon, et al 

3190 Washineton St., J. Haines Estate, et al 

34-42 Lincoln St., Slater Shoe Co., et al 

23 Vale St., Grass Golden Shoe Co.. et al 

512-20 Dudlev St., O. H. Hodgkins, et a! 

347-347a-b Blue Hill Ave., Woli Goldstien, et al 

57 Kneeland St-, Apple & Co-, et al 

786 Washington A- 5-11 Bennett Sts., S. & S. Dress 
Mfg. Co., et al 

50-8 Franklin St., H. L. Stearns & Co., et al 

626-36 Washington & 1-9 Essex Sts., Hvman Bros., etal 

51-5 Chardon St., C. B. Salver, et al 

782-90 Washington St., M. "H. Miller, et al 

572-580 Washington St., & 6 Hayward PI 
Bros., et al 

1230-40 River St.. Mver Dana, et al 

38 Kemble St., IT. E~Gibbv, et al 

332 A St., R. W. Reddine Estate, et al 

112-8 Canal & 205-9 Friend Sts., I Warshaw & Co., etal 



Raphel 



Rent Losses 

Sprinkler Losses (no fire) 



40,3 43.67 



$39,019.85 
177,000.87 
161,996.11 
879,108.00 
705,768.90 
451,193.64 

168,976.66 
22,083.34 

44.147.16 

16,885.30 
77,885.54 
32,155.23 
15,696.15 
56,238.01 
29,303.00 
24,708.95 
15,132.55 

15,723.80 
67,744.90 
20,942.22 

107,026.68 
37,373.75 

100,031.58 
86,532.03 
21,502.90 

113,942.63 
22,513.64 
28,296.92 
28,726.25 

75,000.00 

19,530.85 
41,012.95 
15,218.54 

16,311.72 

30,000.00 
37,996 57 

25,064.51 
19,376.41 

19,256.96 
17,843.93 

32.558.12 
27,901.93 
51,102.22 
28,416.26 
83,440.90 
36,282.28 

73,768.11 
44,551.89 
20,546.52 
21,056.76 
37,410.30 
19,805.76 
30,542-68 

18,934.50 
17,736.20 
17,071.05 
23,014.66 
20,938.14 

18,454.70 
75,627.68 
51,816.00 
70,777.33 
29,574.99 



4,735,594.6S 
77,145.02 



4,812,739.70 
12,476.43 



4,825,216.13 



11 



CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF ALARMS WITH LOSS 
DURING 1924. 



Alarms 



Alarms 
with Loss 



al Assistance beyond City Limits 

Arson 

Ashes 

Benzine 

Boilers 

1 Chimneys, Flues, Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defective 
Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

2 Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

3 Electricity 

4 Explosions 

5 Exposure 

5a False and Needless Alarms 

6 Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues 

7 Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, in- 

cluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc 

Furnaces 

Gas 

8 Gas — Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kerosene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified 

Open Fires 

Open Lights 

Petroleum and its products „ 

Pickers 

Railroad 

19a Rekindling of a previous fire 

20 Rubbish and Litter 

21 Smoking 

22 Sparks — Arising from combustion 

23 Sparks on Roof 

24 Spontaneous Combustion , 

24a Sprinklers 

Stacks , 

Steam and Hot Water Pipes , 

Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes , 

Stove Pipes , 

Unknown 

Unknown origin but investigation important , 



9 
10 
11 

12 

13 
14 

15 
16 
17 
18 
19 



25 
26 



27 
28 



21 



112 



405 
173 
164 
503 



67 

80 

143 

9 

16 



530 



57 



172 

77 

153 

31 



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37 

24 

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13 



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980 


641 


390 


35 


144 


4 


158 


91 


127 


52 


12 


4 


976 


4 


552 


353 


167 


93 


105 


■ 74 


96 


59 


321 


63 


26 


6 


779 


149 



449 



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8117 



2689 



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STATISTICS FOR YEAR ENDING 
DECEMBER 31, 1924 



Population 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Brick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, B, etc. .36, 587 > 

" Wooden Buildings 80,698 j" 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 7,272"^ 

" False and Needless Alarms 503 J 

" Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 21 f 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 321 J 

" Fires in Brick and Stone Buildings 2,552 ^ 

" Fires in Wooden Buildings 1,756 

" Fires in Concrete Blocks 60 I 

" Fires in Fireproof 1 J. 

" Fires in Ironclad 31 

" Fires in Reinforced Concrete 3 

" Fires not originating in Buildings 2,869 

" Fires confined to floor where fire .... "^ 

originated 3,857 I 

" confined to Building but not *s^9 

to floor of origin 33£ |W»3 

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127 



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extending beyond adjoining 

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originating in Automobiles.. 430 S 

not originating in Buildings 2,380 ! 



not originating in, but invol- 



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ving Buildings 59 J 



748,143 
47.81 

HI 7,285 



8,117 



7,272 



} 7,272 



♦January 1, 1925. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 





Buildings includ- 
















Tank and Per- 


Contents 


Total 




manent Fixtures. 






Total Insurance on the 








property on which 








claim for loss was 








made 


$75,795,015.84 


$31,081,279.37 


$106,876,295.21 


Total Insurance Loss.... 


1,869,648.74 


2,589,677.97 


4,459,326.71 


Total Loss (insured and 








uninsured) 


2,003,719.63 


2,809,020.07 


4,812,739.70 


Rents insured 






12,476.43 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which fires 








originated, i.e., direct 








losses 


1,965,442.49 


2,762,086.10 


4,727,528.59 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which the 








fires did not originate 








i.e., exposure losses 


38,277.14 


46,933.97 


85,211.11 



14 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





Total 


No 


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$100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


Over 


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to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






Al'm. 


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500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1915 


5532 


3280 


1044 


641 


207 


251 


45 


18 


29 


1916 


4656 


2742 


930 


549 


155 


197 


44 


7 


'S& 


1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


19i8 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


115 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


780 


536 


135 


223 


37 


15 


34 


1921 


5268 


3320 


820 


612 


167 


227 


53 


25 


44 


1922 


6181 


4048 


886 


651 


198 


285 


59 


17 


40 


1923 


7377 


5069 


977 


693 


168 


319 


76 


33 


54 


1924 


8117 


5428 


*1037 


*804 


*239 


*405 


*105 


40 


59 



*63 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 33 under $100. 15 from $100 to $500. 
6 from $500 to $1,000. 6 from $1,000 to $5,000. 3 from $5,000 to $10,000. 



Review of total alarms, fires with loss, loss, average loss of total 
alarms, and average loss of fires with loss, for ten years 



Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1915 


5,532 


2,243 


$3,004,599.48 


$543.13 


$1,339.54 


1916 


4,656 


1,914 


2,473,801.16 


531.31 


1,292.47 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


4,056,887.34 


807.34 


2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1.593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,841.55 


1921 


5,268 


1,910 


4,017,158.64 


762.56 


2,103.22 


1922 


6,184 


2,109 


3,331,485.17 


538.73 


1,568 88 


1923 


7,377 


2,271 


6,323,331.48 


857.17 


2,784.38 


1924 


8,117 


12.626 


4,825,216.13 


594.48 


1,837.48 



The above tables include Still Alarms, 
t Does not include 63 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully, submitted, 
H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent of Department 



15 



MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 

1924 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sin — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1924: 

Applicants examined 38 

Promotions. Examinations for 8 

Members. Visits to sick 40 

Members. Visits to injured 32 

Physicians reports. Attending , 162 

Special reports 1 

Certificates. Return to duty 73 

Applicants rejected due to physical disabilities 5 

W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department. 



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FRANK H. CHAMBERLAIN CO., INC. 

311 Washington St. 659 Washington St. 

Boston 

Boston Protective Dept., 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston. 

Gentlemen : — 

I wish to extend my appreciation of the excellent work 
done in my store by your very efficient Protective Force on the 
night of Jan. 24th. 

Very truly yours, 
FRANK H. CHAMBERLAIN. 
Jan. 25, 1924. 



EDGAR T. WARD'S SONS CO. 
General Offices, Newark, N. J. 

Boston Protective Company, 
Boston, Mass. 

Gentlemen : — 

We are today in receipt of advices from our Boston 
Manager, Mr. E. T. Corbus, in which he reports the fire which 
occurred on the eighth floor of our Building, 44 Farnsworth 
Street, your city, on Saturday evening last. 

Mr. Carbus has taken occasion to tell us of the very 
prompt and efficient action on your part in minimizing the 
damage, and we take this means to express to you our sincere 
thanks. We undoubtedly would have encountered considerable 
damage, except for your prompt response to the alarm and we 
are indeed grateful for the service you have rendered. 

Very truly yours, 

EDGAR T. WARD'S SONS CO. 

F. N. Fingle, Vice-President. 
February 5, 1924. 



18 



THE UNION 
48 Boylston St., Boston. 

H. E. Thompson, Supt., 

Boston Protective Department, 
Boston, Massachusetts. 

Dear Sir: — 

The Trustees and Directors of the Union wish to express 
to you, and through you to the officers and men of your Depart- 
ment who may have been directly associated with our recent 
fire, full appreciation of the earnest and efficient work per- 
formed. 

Because of their interest and skill a much larger loss, 
as well as a considerable interruption to our work, has been 
avoided. 

Very truly yours, 

FRANK L. LOCKE, President 
February 12, 1924 



WEST ROXBURY POST, No. 167, INC. 
Department of Massachusetts 
THE AMERICAN LEGION 

1996 Centre St., West Roxbury, Mass. 

Mr. Henry E. Thompson, 

Superintendent, Protective Dept. 
40 Purchase Street. 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

The members of West Roxbury Post 167 in Meeting as- 
sembled Monday evening, May 12th, unanimously voted to 
forward you a letter of appreciation for the efficient manner 
in which your department protected our building and furnishings 
on the occasion of the fire in our Clubhouse early last Saturday 
morning. 

It is sincerely felt that but for the excellent work of your 
department the loss sustained would have been considerably 
greater. 

Very truty yours, 

G. GORDON WATT, 
May 13, 1924. Building Trustee. 



19 



LOUIS WOLF & CO. 

102-106 Pearl St., Boston 268-276 Fourth Ave., N. Y. 

Boston Protective Dept., 
40 Purchase Street. 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir : — 

We wish to take this opportunity of expressing our com- 
mendation of the manner in which your Department protected 
our property on the occasion of fire occuring on Thursday noon, 
31st of July. 

We are quite positive that except for the quick work, 
intelligence, promptness and efficiency of your chiefs and men, 
the water damage and loss would have exceeded that caused 
by the fire. 

We feel sure that our expression of appreciation will be 
acceptable and furthermore are pleased to hand you herewith, 
our check of modest amount, for application to the Benevolent 
Fund of the Department. 

A similar letter and accompaniment we are sending by 
same mail to the Fire Dept. 

Very truly yours, 

LOUIS WOLF & CO., 
Aug. 28, 1924. Thos. E. Stutson. 



20 



EXPRESS EXCHANGE, INCORPORATED 
273 Main Street, Watertown, Mass. 

Supt. H. E. Thompson, 

Boston Protective Dept. ; 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

My Dear Sir:— 

On Thursday evening, Sept. 25th, there occured a fire 
at one of our General Express Offices located at number 151 
Kingston St. and I hope you will excuse me if I say a few words 
in regard to it. 

Early in the evening I was notified by telephone in 
regard to the fire and Mrs. Butters and I drove in expecting to 
find considerable damage to the contents of the office and also 
other disagreeable things usually found after a fire but we were 
more than pleased to find how carefully every thing had been 
protected and taken care of. 

Although we arrived about eleven o'clock the fire was all 
out and the windows boarded up and the doors locked up and 
everything in shipshape condition and I want to express to 
you and your department our sincere appreciation of the efficient 
and careful manner in which you handled this situation. 

Please find enclosed a check for $10.00 as a small expres- 
sion of our appreciation of the satisfactory way you conducted 
yourself on this occasion and I hope it will bring some relief 
to some one in your department if a need arises. 

Thanking 3^011 for your very great courtesy I remain, 

Very truly yours, 

HORATIO BUTTERS. 

Sept. 30, 1924. 



Put in service Nov. 10, 1914. 

Makers The White Co. 

Company Nos 1- 

Makers No 21625 

Expense 1924 

Body — Repairs $ 67 . 91 

Painting 

Bell 57.75 

Chassis— Repairs 237. 43 

Shock Absorber .... 17. 50 

Electric — Lighting 15. 98 

Starting 5.85 

Batteries .50 

Engine — Repairs 187. 99 

Cases — New 107. 70 

Repairs .... 

Tubes— New 13.05 

Repairs 4.60 

Rims — New .... 

Repairs .... 

Chains, etc. Chains 21 . 83 

Hooks 4.00 

Accessories 10. 00 

Totals $752. 09 



Nov. 10, 1914 


Oct. 17, 1910 


Aug. 7, 1912 


Nov. 10, 1914 


Aug. 8, 1916 


Mar. 30, 1918 


Sept. 19, 1919 


Sept. 4, 1920 


Mar. 23, 1922 


The White Co. 

la. 

21626 


Knox Motor Co 

2. 

3788 


The White Co. 

3. 
15218 


The White Co. 

3a. 

21628 


The White Co. 
Unassigned 

264i4 


The White Co. 
Unassigned 

42874 


The White Co. 

2a. 
51184 


Ford 

Service 

4051284 


The BuickCo. 
788639 



1924 



Sept. 4, 1923 Mar. 24, 1924 May 2, 1924 Aug. 5, 1924 

Mack Motor Co. Mack Motor Co. The BuickCo. Mack Motor Co. 

2 3. l. 

471420 472114 1188871 472115 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



1924 



33.35 


5.42 


27.61 


18.02 


32.97 


3.63 


21.25 


8.60 


60.70 




88.80 


105.05 


92.80 




23.78 




2.35 


.... 


21.83 


29. 12 


4.00 


.67 


27.35 


6.00 



119 
15 



.60 
.20 



6.00 

182.04 

17.50 

18.17 

7.65 

.50 

626.84 

212.40 

39.20 



9.75 

3.50 

43.95 



13.91 
58.21 

57.76 
51.33 
69.09 
29.24 



15.20 
2.00 



9.75 

3.50 

15.19 



5.00 
84.49 

9.08 

3.12 

3.00 

105. 



29. 13 
1.67 
5.80 



16.48 

6.29 

2.75 
17.55 
30.50 
46.00 

7.00 
14.65 

6.25 



9.75 
18.00 



42 
00 

24 



26.35 
60.23 

8.02 



5.75 
1.00 



4.00 

26.00 
.60 



16 



1924 



11 



11 



1924 




1? 



95 



$436. 



$176.51 



134.80 



,167.50 



$328. 18 



$246.84 



$175.20 



130.41 



$131.95 



18.46 



$23.66 



$29.21 



SUPPLIES AND TOOLS 

Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 

Gasoline $228.50 $296.50 $851.50 $13;6.50 

Oils 108.80 35.74 323.14 467.68 

Grease 12.00 9.36 24.74 48.10 

Soap 21.33 24.21 44.59 90.13 

Polish 22.50 20.43 12.50 55.43 

Tools new and repd 8.68 22.50 1.50 32.68 

Totals $401.81 $108.74 $1257.97 $2008.52 



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Huston Prnl^rlttTF Sjpartmwt 







FIFTY-SECOND 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



1925 



FIFTY-SECOND 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



Unatott fJ rntwttue B?jrarim£ttt 



FROM 



January 1, 1925 to January I, 1926 



OFFICERS 



President: 
C. H. J. KIMBALL 

Vice-President : 
R. J. DUNKLE 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1926 

JOHN P. MEADE C H. J. KIMBALL 

BURTON S. FLAGG 

To Serve until March, 1927 
A. W. HOLLIS T. H. RATIGAN 

A. K. POPE 

To Serve until March 1928 

R. J. DUNKLE WILLIAM GILMOUR 

EDWARD C. STONE 

Secretary-Treasurer : Superintendent: 

CHARLES W. GOODING H. E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM, F- TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1926. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department: 

The Directors submit herewith the 52nd Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding two hundred and eighteen thousand 
dollars. 

For the Directors, 

C. H. J. KIMBALL, 

President. 



4 
TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1925 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $198,024.75 

Interest . .. 832.81 

Special Service 3,934.91 

Transferred from Reserve 25,000.00 

$227,792.47 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $187,243.68 

Repairs and Furnishings of Houses 306.28 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 1,219.10 

Water, Light and Fuel 4,153.23 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . . . 1,096.31 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 5,983.28 

Miscellaneous Department Supplies .... 2,204.79 

New Equipment and Furnishings 679.15 

Repairs of Equipment 220.04 

Rent and Taxes 7,415.10 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 9,618.17 
Sundries 491.21 

Total Expenditures $220,630.34 

Balance, December 31, 1925 7,162.13 

$227,792.47 

CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 

Boston, January 14, 1926. 

Audited and found correct 

S. T. EMERY, 
WM. H. LORING, 
W. H. ROGERS 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1925 
July 1, 1924, to December 31, 1924: 
Premiums on Fire & Sprinkler 

Damage $4,104,132.37 at 2H% $102,603.37 

January 1, 1925, to July 1, 1925: 

Premiums on Fire & Sprinkler 

Damage $4,779,785.80 at 2% $95,595.96 

$198,199.33 
Assessments not Paid 174.58 



$198,024.75 



July 1, 1925, to December 31, 1925: 
Premiums on Fire & Sprinkler 

Damage $4,265,563.07 at 2% $85,301.28 






5 
SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. 
Office of Supt., No. 40 Purchase St. 

Boston, January 1st, 1926. 
To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the Fifty-second Annual Report of 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1923. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 
The department responded to 3,730 City boxes, 2,340 Verbal, 181 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 127 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 72 Sprinkler Breaks, 198 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 6381; 
qlso 38 Water Damages, Total calls 6419. 

The service rendered was 69 fire extinguishers used, 11,587 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 525 covers on roofs, 77 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 12,189. 

The hours service were 4,692.58 at fires, 289.09 protecting merchan- 
dise &c after fires, and 4,616.07 privates detailed after fires. Total 
9,598.14. 

OF THE 7,678 ALARMS, 4,998 ALARMS OR 65.10 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $5,474,749.06 divided as follows; 

Losses 
Insured Not Insured Totals 

Buildings § 2,366,056.87 $248,791.61 $2,614,848.48 

Contents 2,657,999.60 134,221.84 2,792,221.44 

Rents 22,454.19 22,454.19 

Vessels 8,375.00 3,310.00 1 1,685.00 

Cargoes 33,539.95 33,539.95 



Totals ' $5,088,425.61 $386,323.45 $5,474,749.06 

WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 

Losses 

Insured 

Building 

Contents 

$10,707.15 $10,707.15 

Total calls, 38 (23 with losses). On duty 37h. 49m. Covers spread 185. 



Not Insured 


Total 


$3,021.15 


$3,021.15 


7,686.00 


7,686 00 



ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT. 
Superintendent, Henry E. Thompson. 



Co. No. 1. 

40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 
4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 
159-161 Roxbury St. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain E. Abbott 

, . . ( J. J. Carty 

Lieuts. | j F Sullivan 


1 

2 
12 

1 
12 

1 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

( G. E. Blakelcy 

( J. S. Weir 


1 

2 

9 

1 

10 

1 


A. F. Swift 1 

j M. J. Gleason 

I B.J. McTernan. . 


3 
6 








15 

1 
4 


36 


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26 


Fourth " " 






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29 


24 


23 


76 



CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



2 
2 

80 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

Responses f Cit y Boxes 1155 1303 2011 

responses i Stm 697 660 n96 

Alarms Automatic 123 80 6 

Alarms. l A . D.T 89 77 16 

Totals 2064 2120 3229 

Responded f Automobiles 1467 2123 3069 

toby (.Privates in outlying districts... 784 258 

| At fires and responding to calls 1516.14 1412.54 1763.50 

Hnnr-jrintv Assisting Fire Department 

noursuuty After fires protecting mdse 117.34 119.18 52.17 

I Details after fires 2175.58 1190.26 1249.43 

Totals 3 809.46 2722.38 3065.50 

f At fires and sprinkler calls 5151 4157 2279 

Covers Used \ On roofs after fires 230 142 153 

( Protecting mdse. after fires 12 2 63 

Totals 5393. 4301 2495 

Extinguishers used 19 20 30 

The Second Section was called in service as follows: 

Co.No. 1 Co.No 2 Co.No. 3 

On Fir t ( When first out section was at fire 176 277 436 

»i \ When both sec. were at previous fire 15 50 19 

( While cov- adj. company district 12 41 19 

On Second Alarms 32 23 22 

On Telephone calls 49 25 10 

On Messenger calls 10 

To Cover Adjoining company district.... 86 296 87 

Totals 371 712 593 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co,No,3 

No. fires at which roofs were protected 98 68 89 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 
FIRES. 



Sprinklers 
Operating 


Heads 


Sprinkler Heads 
Replaced 


Heads 


Where 

Sprinkler Heads 

Operated 


Floors 
6 


Condition of System 
when left 


No. 


109 F 


res of 1 head each 


109 


107 Fires of 1 head each 


107 


Sub-Basement 


O. K. 


160 


37 


' 2 heads " 


74 


34 


2 heads 


68 


Basement 


64 


Partially Operative 


5 


18 


. .. 3 ,. 


54 


15 


" 3 " 


45 


First-floor 


34 


Shut Off 


25 


5 


" 4 " 


20 


4 


" 4 " 


16 


Second " 


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3 ' 


' " 5 " 


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2 


" 5 " 


10 


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3 


• " 6 " 


18 


3 


" 6 " 


18 


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18 






2 


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14 


2 


" 7 " 


14 


Fifth " 


14 






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* ' " 8 " 


24 


2 


" 8 " 


16 


Sixth " 


8 






2 


" 10 " 


20 


1 


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27 


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3 






3 


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36 








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28 
















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1 


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1 


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34 










190 






190 


Totals 


488 




Totals 


321 


Totals 


Totals 


190 



1 Fire operated 2nd, 3rd. 4th and bth floors. 





RUPTURED HEADS AND PIPES. 








Sprinklers Ruptured 


Heads 
and 
Pipes 

35 

4 

39 


Causes 

Water freezing in heads 

"couplings 
" " elbows 
" pipes 
Striking heads 
Defective heads 
pipes 
Striking elbows 

" pipes 
Unknown 


No. 

16 
3 
7 
9 
6 

12 
3 
1 
6 
9 

72 


Condition of System 
when left 


0. K. 


Parti, 
oper. 


Shut 
off 


3b Breaks of 1 head ea. 

2 " "2 heads ea. 

4 " " Couplings 

8 " " Elbows 
22 " '' Pipes 

1 " " Water Gauge 


Condition 


11 

4 
2 
4 
11 
2 

3 
6 


3 

2 
1 


b 
3 
3 
4 
2 

T 
i 

i 
i 

2 


72 Totals 


Totals 


Totals 


43 


6 


23 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 76h. 3m. Detailed duty 24h. 43m. Extraservice lh, 7m. Covers spread 340 



TROUBLES. 

Alarm pots, defective 9 

Closing valves by mistake (1 sec 1 city) 2 

Short circuit in alarm wires 4 

Leaky couplings 1 

" valves (1 sec 1 drip) 2 

Opening valves (1 test 2 drip) 3 

Tank overflowing 1 

Transmitter, defective 2 

Unknown 52 

Water hammer 50 

" in dry pipe system 57 

Working on system 15 

Totals 198 

DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 107h. 40m. Detailed duty 75h. 3m. 

Covers spread 1 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 
WERE GIVEN 

Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper 2456 

Roxbury District 1229 

Charlestown 375 

East Boston 586 

South Boston : 481 

Dorchester 1101 

West Roxbury 671 

Brighton 504 

Hyde Park 247 

Boston Harbor 1 

Brookline 7 

Cambridge 1 

Dedham 6 

Somerville 3 

Milton 7 

Quincy 1 

Winthrop 1 

Newton 1 

Total 7,678 

WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 



1925 



January . . . 
February 
March 
April 

May 

June 

July 

August . . . 
September 
October. . . 
November 
December 



Totals *7678 



681 

528 
671 
836 
546 
704 
609 
516 
540 
586 
685 
776 



Days of Week. 



Monday . , 
Tuesday . , 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday . . . 
Saturday . 
Sunday . . 



1005 
1061 
1153 
1160 
1079 
1190 
1030 



*7678 



Hours of the Day 



6 to 7 A.M. . . . 

7 to 8 " 

8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Noon 

12 to 1 P. M. . . . 
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2 to 

3 to 4 

4 to 5 

5 to 6 

6 to 7 

7 to 8 

8 to 9 

9 to 10 

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203 
254 
318 
367 
392 
399 
424 
429 
533 
603 
487 
494 
520 
523 
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311 
215 
184 
132 
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Fires with loss under 
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Feb. 



15,000 

1, 1925, 

4, " 

9, " 

13, " 

13, " 

14, " 

17, " 

20, " 

23, " 

23, " 

24, " 
27, " 
27, " 
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8, " 

14, " 

16, " 

20, " 



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Apr. 



May 



8, 
16, 

18, 

27, 
13, 
14, 
18, 
19, 
21, 
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18 



7630 



7678 



11, 

14, 

18, 

" 26, 

" 28, 

June. 1, 

8, 

17, 

" 22, 

26, 

3, 

5, 

20, 

25, 

26, 

3, 

11, 

22, 

" 29, 

" 29, 

Sept. 27, 

Oct. 4, 

" 25, 

27, 

4, 

23, 

26, 

3, 

3, 

6, 

16, 

23, 

24, 
29, 
31, 



Marine Losses 



Rent Losses 



Sprinkler Losses (no fire) 



July 



Aug. 



Nov 



§100 

$100 to $500 

500 to SI, 000 

SL000 to $5,000 

S5.000 to $10,000 

$10,000 to $15,000 

Peterborough St., Mrs. Louis Prang, et al 

906-8 Beacon St., Scobey Hospital, et al 

Cor. Parker & Station Sts., Burkhardt Corporation 

261 Roxbury St., City of Boston, (Myles Standish School) 

30-8 Summer St., The Kennedy Co., et al 

49-55 Haverhill & 66-70 Traverse Sts., Boston Supply 

Co., Inc., et al 
152 Causeway St., Boston & Maine R. R. 
2164-8 Washington St., D. Siegal, et al 
503-23 Medford St., S. M. Howes Co., et al 
42-6 Stillman St., Boston & Lowell Bottling Co., et al 
103 Medford St., Palmer & Parker 
222-30 Commercial St., Howe & Bainbridge, et al 
33-6 Commercial Wharf, Berry Dodge Co., et al 
12-14 Winter St., Jackson Confectionery Co., et al 
78-80 Beverly St., Gold Brand Confectionery, et al 
322-8 Washington & 1-11 Milk Sts., F. L. Dunne & Co., etal 
4 Central Wharf, Central Engineering Co., et al 
119-25 Milk St., New England Telephone & Telegraph Co 
458-62 Harrison Ave. & 2-6 Thayer St., Trimount Clothing 

Co., Inc., et al 
10 Brainerd Rd., H. Klayman, et al 
83-93 Stoughton St., J. A. Aicarde 
1089-95 Tremont St., Prince Hall, Masonic Grand Lodge 

Corp. 
20 Belgrade Ave. & 4-6 Corinth St., Roslindale Electric 

Co., et al 
47 Union Ave., Atlantic Cone Co., Inc., et al 
6-12 Beach St.. Hy- Grade Dress Co., et al 
10-12 Williams St., Cabel Mfg. Co., et al 
1112-18 Boylston St.. Arnold Furniture Co., et al 
503-9 Medford St.. S. M. Howes Co., et al 
810-12 Washington St., Chesterfield Furniture Co., et al 
1-21 So. Market St., Boston Fruit & Produce Exchange 

Co., et al 
43-5 West St., Jay's Inc., et al 
7-11 Otis St., Hite & Alkon, et al 
959-61 Columbus Ave., Landy Bros., et al 
239 Sumner St., Boston Terminal Refrigerating Co., et al. 
6-14 Brattle Sq., Quincy House, et ai 
133 Halleck St.. J. A. De Vito & Co., et al 
36 India St., Natural Products Co., et al . 
337 Marginal St., Booth Fisheries Co. 
93-5 Border St., Manson Lumber Co., et al 
7-8 Fulton PL, S. Rubin Co., et al 
50 Essex St., A. J. Epstein & Co., et al 
1486 Tremont St.. Coca Cola Co., et al 
165 Ruggles St., Ruggles Street Baptist Church 
18-40 Washington St., Oppenheim Bros. & Co., et al 
637 Dudlev St., LA. Hamm, et al 
200 Dartmouth St., A. E. Chandler, et al 
944-48 Saratoga St., E. J. McHugh 
14 Mildred Ave., M. R. Thomas, et al 
121 Eutaw St., V. Micaglia, et al 
18-24 Atlantic Ave., Post Publishing Co., et al 
1240a- 54 River St., Dedham & Hyde Park Gas Co., et al 
272-4 Bovlstonct 51 Providence Sts., G. II. Wirth Co., et al 
520-40 Atlantic Ave., F. P. Bennett & Co., Inc., et al 
22-7 Washington St., North, Ellms Inc., et al 
38-48 Cornhill St., J. Hubbard & Co., et al 
104-16 Tremont St., Horlick & Merkins. et al 
Woodman St., Wm. Cardinal O'Connell, (St. Thomas 

Parochial School) 
1 1 7-23 Beverly & 200 Causewav Sts., American Glue Co., et al 
744-56 Washington St., C. E. Osgood Co., ct al 
102 Arlington Ave., A. D. Donald, et al 
222 State <& 73-5 Commerce Sts., Johnson- Appleby Co., 

et al 
21-3 S. Market & 27 Chathom Sts.. Standard Preserve 

Co., et al 
36-42 Fulton St.. Abram Re, et al 
30-2 Allston St., R. Goodnow 
105-11 Summer St., Eastern Clothing Co., et al 



34,111.00 



839,371.18 
191,303.43 
164,979.53 
880,558.27 
697,507.39 
375,906.20 

44,807.44 
28,460.94 
20,715.27 
35,000.00 
227,091.91 

15,811.06 
71,543.96 
18,352.36 
22,911.34 
33,102.98 
26,346.00 
26,589.59 
68,835.34 
44,392.25 
16,707.43 
172,725.30 
17,366.08 
42,608.18 

17,057.74 
15,410.36 
28,236.00 

20,000.00 

24,614.54 
52,646 50 
36,143.30 
51,029.74 
16,227.74 
158,167.72 
16,253.28 

201,952.32 
58,359.94 
47,130.73 
16.957.60 
47,377.88 
15,503.04 
22,098.00 
45,902.58 
75,925.91 

108,400.98 
19,153.41 
30,750.00 
24,860.26 
91.348.61 
19,102.75 
42,706.83 
15,537.00 
18,408.50 
33,474.64 
20,348.50 

219,502.00 
42,236.73 
45,263.59 
15,663.82 
21,869.51 
19,742.70 
22,707.40 

18,943.00 
31,232.59 
16,994.15 
24,844.75 

76.201.93 

43,998.80 
63,928.72 
15,328.00 
24.532.40 



5.407,069.92 
45,224.95 



5,452,294.87 
22,454.19 



5,474,749.06 



11 



CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF ALARMS WITH LOSS 
DURING 1925. 



al Assistance beyond City Limits 

Arson 

Ashes 

Benzine 

Boilers 

1 Chimneys, Flues, Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defective 
Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

2 Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

3 Electricity 

4 Explosions 

5 Exposure 

5a False and Needless Alarms 

6 Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues ■ 

7 Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, 

eluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc 

Furnaces 

Gas 

8 Gas — Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

9 Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kercfcene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified 

Open Fires 

Open Lights 

Petroleum and its products 

Pickers 

Railroad 

19a Rekindling of a previous fire 

20 Rubbish and Litter 

21 Smoking 

22 Sparks — Arising from combustion 

23 Sparks on Roof 

24 Spontaneous Combustion 

24a Sprinklers 

Stacks 

25 Steam and Hot Water Pipes 

26 Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes 

Stove Pipes 

27 Unknown 

28 Unknown origin but investigation important 



Alarms 



10 
11 

12 

13 
14 

15 
16 
17 
18 
19 



27 



131 



427 

154 

141 

564 

30 



27 



51 

58 

134 

10 

11 



22 
785 



447 



Totals. 



7678 



Alarms 
with Loss 



58 

197 

80 

135 

21 
11 

31 

35 

34 
6 








16 


14 


880 


620 


399 


53 


155 


3 


178 


115 


127 


40 


9 


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8 


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415 


138 


82 


78 


61 


92 


49 


270 


48 



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2680 



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not notified, 6 fires for which no alarms were given but which were ex- 
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1,127.07 

1,235.00 

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144,178.36 
249,389.53 
271,763.34 
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125,615.41 

96,616.32 
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698,157.17 
3,451,349.66 
3,971,377.86 
1,864,998.00 
1,795,788.00 
1,160,545.44 
1,548,161.00 
2,213,942.67 
1,090,692.00 
3,545,775.30 


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2,567.48 
8,399.56 
4,565.02 

152,630.60 
24,694.53 
1,810.43 
8,677.50 
2,667.72 
6,174.24 
3,446.73 
3,629.47 


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143,565.77 
195,062.52 
186,506.01 
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200,424.12 
177,990.93 
229,027.61 
91,081.36 
155,342.79 
168,490.78 
290,056.92 


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022 
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564 l 

27 f 
270 J 
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779,620 
47.81 

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7,678 



Y 4,218 



y 2,599 



6,817 



Population 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Brick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, B, etc. ..38, 

" Wooden Buildings 83 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 6 

" False and Needless Alarms 

" Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 

" Fires in Brick and Stone Buildings 2 

" Fires in Wooden Buildings 1 

" " Fires in Concrete Blocks 

" " Fires in Fireproof 

" Fires in Ironclad 

'• " Fires in Reinforced Concrete 

" Fires not originating in Buildings , 2 

" Fires confined to floor where fire .... 

originated 3,693 

" confined to Building but not 

to floor of origin 320 

" extending to adjoining Build- 
ing 162 

" extending beyond adjoining 

Building 43 

" originating in Automobiles.. 426 
" not originating in Buildings 2,111 
" not originating in, but invol- 
ving Buildings 62 j 



} 6,817 



♦January 1, 1926. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 



Buildings includ- 
ing Docks, Vessels, 
Tank and Per- 
manent Fixtures 



Contents 



Total 



Total Insurance on the 
property on which 
claim for loss was 
made 

Total Insurance Loss.... 

Total Loss (insured and 
uninsured) 

Rents insured 

Losses on buildings and 
contents in which fires 
originated, i.e., direct 
losses 

Losses on buildings and 
contents in which the 
fires did not originate 
i.e., exposure losses 



$84,779,580.31 
2,377,741.87 

2,626,533.48 



2,525,179.97 



101,353.51 



$32,468,736.14 
2,691,539.55 

2,825,761.39 



2,699,701.98 



126,059.41 



.17,248,316.45 
5,069,281.42 

5,452,294.87 
22,454.19 



5,224,881.95 



227,412.92 



14 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





Total 


No 


Under 


$100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


Over 


Years 








to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






Al'm. 


Loss 


$100 


500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1916 


4656 


2742 


930 


549 


155 


197 


44 


7 


32 


1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


19i8 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


115 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


780 


536 


135 


223 


37 


15 


34 


1921 


5268 


3320 


820 


612 


167 


227 


53 


25 


44 


1922 


6184 


4048 


886 


651 


198 


285 


59 


17 


40 


1923 


7377 


5069 


977 


693 


168 


319 


76 


33 


54 


1924 


8117 


5428 


1037 


804 


239 


405 


105 


40 


59 


1925 


7678 


4998 


*1005 


*831 


*253 


*390 


*104 


31 


66 



*48 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 25 under $100. 10 from $100 to $500. 
3 from $500 to $1,000. 8 from $1,000 to $5,000. 2 from $5,000 to $10,000. 



Review of total alarms, fires with loss, loss, average loss of total 
alarms, and average loss of fires with loss, for ten years 



Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1916 


4,656 


1,914 


$2,473,801.16 


$531.31 


$1,292.47 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


. 4,056,887.34 


807.34 


2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1.593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,841.55 


1921 


5,268 


1,910 


4,017,158.64 


762.56 


2,103.22 


1922 


6,184 


2,109 


3,331,485.17 


538.73 


1,568 88 


1923 


7,377 


2,271 


6,323,331.48 


857.17 


2,784.38 


1924 


8,117 


2,626 


4,825,216.13 


594.48 


1,837.48 


1925 


7,678 


t2,632 


5,474,749.06 


713.04 


2,080.07 



The above tables include Still Alarms. 
t Does not include 48 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully submitted, 
H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent of Department 



15 



MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 

1925 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sin — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1925: 

Applicants examined 3 

Promotions. Examinations for 34 

Members. Visits to sick 32 

Members. Visits to injured 33 

Physicians reports. Attending 100 

Special reports 

Certificates. Return to duty 64 

Applicants rejected due to physical disabilities 

W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department. 






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17 



FERNALD HUTCHINS 
11 Beacon Street, Boston, Mass. 



Supt. H. E. Thompson, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

The enclosed check for $25.00 to the Boston Firemen's 
Relief Fund is in grateful appreciation of the splendid and helpful 
work done by the Protective men at my apartment at 137 
Peterboro St., Thursday morning. 

Sincerely yours, 

Jan. 2, 1925. FERNALD HUTCHINS 



BOSTON QUARTERMASTERS INTERMEDIATE DEPOT 
Army Base, Boston, Mass. 



Chief, Hdqrs., Co. 1, 

Boston Protective Dept., 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

My Dear Sir:— 

I would like to express to you my appreciation of the 
very prompt and efficient work of the officers and men of the 
Boston Protective Department at the fire in the South Pier 
Shed, this Army Base, early this morning. 

Very truly yours, 

W. C. JONES, 
January 6, 1925. Lieut. Colonel, Q. M. Corps, Com. 



18 



JOHN WORLEY COMPANY 
40 to 48 Stanhope Street, Boston 



Boston Protective Firemen's Association, 
Appleton Street, 
Boston, Mass., 

Gentlemen: — 

We are enclosing herewith check for fifty dollars ($50.00) 
as our contribution to the Protective Association. We did this 
for you last year and it was an oversight that it has not been 
mailed to you before this. 

We shall appreciate always the service which you fellows 
gave to us when we had a fire here a little over a year ago and 
the protection which you afforded our stock. 

With best wishes, we are, 

Yours very truly, 

JOHN WORLEY COMPANY, 
January 9, 1925 By Wm. T. Small 



A. ROTHE 
611 Washington St., Boston 

Protective Dept. 

Greeting : — 

We beg to send you the enclosed for whatever cause you 
wish to use it, as a show of appreciation for your covering the 
other night. We have had hard times lately, and hope you will 
receive it in the spirit of our appreciation of your kindness. 

Respectfully, 

February 7, 1925. A. ROTHE. 



19 



REGAL SHOE COMPANY 

Mr. H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent, Protective Dept., 
Boston Fire Department, 
Boston, Mass. 
My Dear Mr. Thompson: — 

Our Company desires to tender its most grateful apprecia- 
tion to you and your subordinates for the splendid and effective 
work done by your department during the recent fire on the 
corner of Washington and Milk Streets. 

Very truly yours, 

REGAL SHOE COMPANY, 

February 11, 1925. Elmer Jared Bliss, Pres. 



BOSTON & MAINE R. R. TRAINMEN'S ASSOCIATION 
152 Causeway St., Boston, Mass. 

H. E. Thompson, Supt., 

Boston Protective Dept., 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

The members of the Boston & Maine R. R. Trainmen's 
Association wish to express their thanks and appreciation to 
you and through you to your men for the spendidly efficient 
work they performed in the Association Room at the time of 
the fire in the Old Fitchburg Building. 

Wishing you continued success in the fine work you are 
doing in Boston we are, 

Yours very truly, 

BOSTON & MAINE R.R. TRAINMEN'S ASSO. 

L. W. King, Secretary. 
February 12, 1925. 



20 



BOSTON AND MAINE RAILROAD 
North Station, Boston 

Mr. Henry E. Thompson, 

Superintendent, Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

I have recently learned of the effective work by the 
Protective Department at the fire on January 17, which damaged 
the old Fitchburg Station on Causeway and Beverly Streets. 
The Officers of the Railroad who were present at the fire and 
those who were responsible for cleaning up after it speak in the 
highest terms of the very efficient manner in which contents of 
the building were protected and saved from much greater damage. 

On behalf of the Boston and Maine Railroad I would like 
to express to the Department appreciation for the service ren- 
dered, and to ask that you thank the men directly responsible 
for the work which was accomplished. I am glad to have the 
opportunity to write this letter. 

Very truly yours, 

J. H. HUSTIS. 
February 19, 1925. 



OFFICERS' CLUB 
Boston Fire Department 

Supt. H. E. Thompson, . 

Boston Protective Dept. 

Sir:— 

Will you please convey to Captain Swift and the members 
of Company No. 3 of your department, my thanks for the man- 
ner in which the contents of my home were cared for, by them, 
during a fire in the building No. 4 Charles Street, Dorchester, 
May 19, 1925. It was a decidedly creditable performance. 

Respectfully yours, 

JOHN H. LEARY, 

May 20, 1925. Captain, Ladder No. 12, B.F.D. 



21 



NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH CO. 

Boston 

Mr. H. E. Thompson, Supt., 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

I want to extend the thanks of this Company to you and 
the officers and men under you for the fine work of the Pro- 
tective Department at the fire in our building, 125 Milk Street, 
on the evening of February 16th, 1925. 

The care taken in properly placing the coverings and 
diverting the large quantities of water to channels where they 
did the least harm saved a heavy damage and showed the fine 
results of your study last spring at Liberty and Beach Exchanges 
of telephone fire hazards. 

Yours very truly, 

J. H. LIBBEY, 

February 28, 1925. Supervisor of Insurance. 



GEORGE B. STONE & SON, Inc. 
61 Hanover St., Boston, Mass. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 
Att. Harry M. Fenton, Pres. 

Gentlemen : — 

Permit us to thank you, and through you, the members 
of the Boston Protective Department for their fine work at the 
fire which occurred in the building which we occupy at 47 Hano- 
ver Street, on the night of May 13, 1925. 

We wish to compliment you on the manner in which our 
property was protected from unnecessary damage. 

A similar letter, a copy of which is enclosed, is being sent 
to the Boston Fire Departament. 

Very truly yours, 

GEORGE B. STONE & SON, INC. 
May 27, 1925. By Geo. L. Stone, Treas. 



22 



WOMEN'S EDUCATIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL UNION 
264 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street,' 

Boston, Massachusetts. 

Gentlemen : — 

The Women's Educational and Industrial Union wishes 
to send to you their deep appreciation and heartiest thanks 
for the very efficient service that your organization rendered 
them during the recent fire on Sunday, October 2, in the shoe 
store adjoining their property at 264 Boylston Street. We 
realize the value of your prompt and able service in protecting 
our property from damage and loss at that time and we shall 
remember those services with constant appreciation. 

Again thanking you, 

Very truly yours, 

MARGARET McGILL, 
October 10, 1925. President, 



HEADQUARTERS FIRE DEPARTMENT, 
TOWN OF BROOKLINE 
340 Washington St., Brookline, Mass. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 
Attention Mr. Charles H. J. Kimball, Pres. 

Dear Sir: — 

I wish to extend our appreciation for the services rendered 
by your Company No. 3 at the two-alarm fire on October 20th 
at 86 Babcock Street. 

This Company rendered very valuable service in cover- 
ing the furnishings and fixtures of the house and the Senior Man 
in charge handled the situation in an efficient and commendable 
manner. Under his direction the members of the Company 
worked in such a way that the job was done with dispatch. 

Again expressing my appreciation for their verjr efficient 
services, I beg to remain, 

Very truly yours, 

WILLARD W. ESTABROOK, 

October 22, 1925. Fire Commissioner. 



23 



THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Office of the Superintendent of Buildings 
State House, Boston 

Superintendent Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase St., 
Boston, Mass. 

Dear Sir: — 

Please permit me to express my appreciation of the 
manner in which your men conducted themselves at the time 
of the fire at the State House on the evening of October 24th, 
and the excellent work done by them. 

Very truly yours, 

FRED H. KIMBALL, 
November 6, 1925. Superintendent of Buildings. 



CHAMBERLAIN & COMPANY, INC 
24 South Market Street, Boston, Mass. 

Boston Protective Department, 
40 Purchase Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Gentlemen : — 

We want to express our appreciation of the splendid 
manner in which you protected our furniture and other property 
that were in our office on the second floor of the building 21-23 
South Market Street, Boston, where the fire occurred last 
night. Had you not used the prompt and efficient methods 
that you did, we would, in all probability, have incurred a much 
larger loss than we have. 

We are handing you, enclosed herewith, a check which 
we should like to have you forward to the Boston Fire Depart- 
ment Relief Association. 

Yours truly, 

CHAMBERLAIN & COMPANY, INC. 

December 24, 1925. By George N. Chamberlain, Pres. 



Put in service 

Makers 

Company Nos 

Makers No 

Expense 

Body — Repairs 

Painting 

Bell 

Chassis — Repairs 

Shock Absorber 
Electric — Lighting 

Starting 

Batteries 

Engine — Repairs 

Cases — New 

Repairs 

Tubes — New 

Repairs 

Rims — New 

Repairs 

Chains, etc. Chains 

Hooks 

Accessories 

Totals 



Nov. 10, 1914. 


Nov. 10, 1914 


Oc 


1. 17,1910 


Aug. 8,1916 


Mar. 30, 1918 


Sept. 19, 1919 


Sept. 4, 1920 


Sept. 4, 1923 


Mar. 24, 1924 


May 2, 1924 


Aug. 5, 


1924 


The White Co. 


The White Co. 


Knox Motor 


Co 


The White Co. 


The White Co. 


The White Co. 


Ford 


Mack Motor Co. 


Mack Motor Co. 


The Buick Co. 


Mack Motor Go. 


1. 


la. 




I. 




Unassigned 


Unassigned 


2a. 


Service 


2 


3. 




1. 


21625 


21626 




3788 




264x4 


42874 


51184 


4051284 


471420 


472114 


1188871 


472115 


1925 


1925 




1925 




1S25 


1925 


1925 


1925 


1925 


1925 


1925 


1925 


$ .... 


$ .... 


$ 






$ .... 


$ 7.50 


$ .... 


$ .... 


$ .... 


$ .... 


$ .... 


$ . . . 












1.00 


















102.50 


14.00 




52.00 




6.38 


6 37 






56.50 


47.00 




46 


70 


44.74 


34.19 
4.50 




2.00 




3.36 


207.92 
1.00 


93.54 
.56 


4.17 


1.96 


54.35 


34.92 


4 


87 


3.00 


12.72 
14. 72 




47.93 




1 1 . 83 


49.48 
54.50 


5.26 


17.92 


6.81 
34.02 


23.64 
15.49 


2 68 

.82 


3 


25 




56.00 








52.95 


.25 


36.38 


.25 




.25 








26.26 


122.35 
107.60 

12.00 




5.07 




18.07 


167.35 
378.65 

13.20 


177.21 


6.78 
51.60 

4.00 
12.90 


53.03 
235.00 

36.25 


24.11 
125.00 

22.59 


77.96 

37.70 

3.50 

5.60 


18 


00 




.50 










2.00 




1.25 




5.00 


.75 


1 


00 












20.00 


30.00 


25.00 


12.00 


25.00 


30.00 


13.50 
















.25 


.25 


1 . 25 




2.25 


1.00 


1.00 






4.00 


8.00 




10.00 




42.80 


12.25 


14.90 


23.f,7 


6.80 


3.74 


10.50 







$180.50 



$386.58 



117.00 



$156.64 



$930. 70 



$354.10 



$131.54 



$457.62 



$352.17 



$188.93 



$73.82 



SUPPLIES AND TOOLS 

Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 Total 

Gasoline $294.00 $313.50 $953.50 $1561.00 

Oils 63.50 32.13 218.90 314.53 

Grease. 3.00 14.16 15.00 32.16 

Soap 20.68 25.38 41.36 87.43 

Polish 19.50 12.75 10.00 42.25 

Tools new and repd .50 5.30 5.80 

Totals $401.18 $403.22 $1238.76 $2043.16 



Snatnn flHtierttne Ippartmpnt 




FIFTY-THIRD 



ANNUAL REPORT 



FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 



926 



FIFTY-THIRD 



ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



HoBtfltt jjrnteritue lejrartmwt 

FROM 
January I, 1926 to January I, 1927 



OFFICERS 



President: 
R. J. DUNKLE 

Vice-President : 
T. H. RATIGAN 

Directors: 

To Serve until March, 1927 
A. W. HOLLIS T. H. RATIGAN 

A. K. POPE 

To Serve until March 1928 

R. J. DUNKLE WILLIAM GILMOUR 

EDWARD C. STONE 

To Serve until March, 1929 

BURTON S. FLAGG C. H. WILSON 

G. B. PROCTOR 

Secretary-Treasurer : Superintendent: 

CHARLES W. GOODING H. E. THOMPSON 

Medical Officer: 
DR. WM. F, TEMPLE, JR. 



Boston, January 1, 1927. 

To the Members of the 

Boston Protective Department : 

The Directors submit herewith the 53rd Annual 
Report of the Department with the reports of the 
Superintendent, Treasurer, Medical Officer and statisti- 
cal tables. 

The Board recommends, first, that the active duties 
of the Department be continued for another year; 
second, that the Directors be authorized to expend for 
the maintenance of the Department during the year a 
sum not exceeding two hundred and fifteen thousand 
seven hundred and ninety-six dollars. 
For the Directors, 

R. J. DUNKLE, 

President 



4 
TREASURER'S REPORT 



CURRENT INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1926 

RECEIPTS: 

Assessments $181,884.30 

Interest 557.63 

Special Service 3,637.70 

Transferred from Reserve 27,000.00 

$213,079.63 

EXPENDITURES: 

Pay Roll and Salaries $1 79,498.35 

Repairs of Houses 789.81 

Telephone and Fire Alarm 1,434.81 

Water, Light and Fuel . . 2,725.64 

Printing, Stamps and Office Supplies . .. 931.37 

Auto Supplies and Repairs 6,862.89 

Miscellaneous Department Supplies .... 2,178.78 

New Equipment and Furnishings 2,724.75 

Repairs of Equipment 261.56 

Rent and Taxes 7,685.40 

Compensation and other Insurance .... 5,078.54 
Sundries 456.37 

Total Expenditures $210,628.27 

Balance, December 31, 1925 2,451.36 

$213,079.63 

CHARLES W. GOODING. Treasurer. 

Boston, January 14, 1927. 

Audited and found correct 

WM. H. LORING, 

HENRY W. PORTER, } Auditing Committee. 

J. E. DOWNEY 



STATEMENT OF ASSESSMENTS MADE IN 1926 
July 1, 1925, to December 31, 1925: 
Premiums on Fire & Sprinkler 

Damage $4,280,465.84 at 2% $85,609.30 

January 1, 1926, to July 1, 1926: 

Premiums on Fire & Sprinkler 

Damage $4,903,008.01 at 2% $98,060.09 

$183,669.39 
Assessments not Paid 1,785.09 



$181,884.30 



July 1, 1926, to December 31, 1926: 
Premiums on Fire & Sprinkler 

Damage $4,042,276.75 at 2% $80,845.6- 



SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT. 



Headquarters Boston Protective Department. / 
Office of Supt., No. 40 Purchase St. j 

Boston, January 1st, 1927. 
To the President and Board of Directors : 

Gentlemen: — I herewith submit the Fifty-third Annual Report of 
operations of the Department for the year ending December 31st, 1926. 

CALLS AND SERVICE 
The department responded to 3,694 City boxes, 2,707 Verbal, 171 
Boston Automatic Fire Alarms, 118 American District Telegraph, 
which includes 68 Sprinkler Breaks, 171 Sprinkler Troubles, Total 6690; 
also 54 Water Damages, Total calls 6744. 

The service rendered was 71 fire extinguishers used, 11,336 covers 
spread on merchandise at fires and other calls, 563 covers on roofs, 284 
covers protecting merchandise after fires from storms. Total covers 
used 12,183. 

The hours service were 4,869.30 at fires, 293.27 protecting merchan- 
dise &c after fires, and 3,755.43 privates detailed after fires. Total 
8,918.40. 

OF THE 7,787 ALARMS, 5,078 ALARMS OR 65.21 PER CENT 
WERE WITHOUT LOSS. (See grade of losses.) 

The total loss on buildings, contents, rents, vessels and cargoes 
was $5,268,941.87 divided as follows; 

Losses 
Insured Not Insured Totals 

Buildings $ 2,378,052.17 $ 85,142.62 $2,463,194.79 

Contents 2,613,899.99 122,870.27 2,736,770.26 

Rents 37,489.82 37,489.82 

Vessels 18,907.00 12,580.00 31,487.00 

Cargoes — ■ 

Totals $5,048,348.98 $220,592.89 $5,268,941 .87 

WATER DAMAGE OTHER THAN FIRES. 

Losses 

Insured 

Building 

Contents 

$12,183.85 $12,183.85 

Total calls, 54 (39 with losses). On duty 52h. 42m. Covers spread 225. 



Not Insured 


Total 


$2,345.00 


$2,345.00 


9,838.85 


9,838 85 



ORGANIZATION OF DEPARTMENT. 

Superintendent, Henry E. Thompson. 



Co. No. 1. 
40 Purchase St. 


Total 


Co. No. 2. 
4 Appleton St. 


Total 


Co. No. 3. 

159-161 Roxbury St. 


Total 


Grand 
Total 


Captain E. Abbott 

. . . 1 J. J. Carty 

Lieuts. \ j F Sullivan 


1 

2 
13 
11 

1 

28 


S. A. McDonnell. . . 

1 G. E. Blakeley 

| J. S. Weir 


1 

2 
10 
10 

1 


A. F. Swift 

( M. J. Gleason 

(B.J. McTernan. . . 


1 

2 

15 

3 


3 
6 






38 








24 


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Fourth " " 








Fifth " " 






1 










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24 


21 


73 



CAPTAINS 

FIRST GRADE PRIVATES 



PENSIONERS 



2 
1 

"76 



OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

Responses f Cit y Boxes 1007 1313 2074 

responses i Stm 677 gl3 H60 

Alarms I Automatic 146 55 9 

Alarms. l A D T 85 60 2 

Totals 1915 2241 3563 

Responded J Automobiles 1454 2255 3378 

toby I Privates in outlying districts... 633 274 

j At fires and responding to calls 1414.40 1444.22 2010.28 

Hniir . n „t v (Assisting Fire Department... 

nourauuiy I After fires protecting mdse 139.04 124.29 29.54 

I Details after fires 1767.27 1117.39 870.37 

Totals 3 321.11 2686.90 2910.59 

f At fires and sprinkler calls 5485 3994 1857 

Covers Used 1 On roofs after fires 282 108 173 

( Protecting mdse. after fires...... 241 1 42 

Totals 6008 4103 2072 

Extinguishers used 19 24 28 

The Second Section was called in service as follows: 

Co.No. 1 Co.No. 2 Co.No.3 

On First ( When first out section was at fire 145 334 555 

Alarms \ When both sec. were at previous fire 27 56 19 

(.While cov. adj. company district 12 67 43 

On Second Alarms 22 22 13 

On Telephone calls 45 25 10 

On Messenger calls 2 

To Cover Adjoining company district.... 86 326 94 

Totals 339 830 734 

Co.No. 1 Co.No.2 Co.No.3 

No. fires at which roofs were protected 105 59 97 



SPRINKLER RECORD. 
FIRES. 



Sprinklers 
Operating 


Heads 

117 
74 
63 
32 
30 
42 
35 
8 
45 
20 
44 
16 
22 

202 


Sprinkler Heads 
Replaced 


Ikailr. 

112 
74 
60 
32 
20 
36 
28 
8 
36 
10 
44 


Where 

Sprinkler Heads 

Operated 


Floors 

2 

80 

39 

21 

18 

25 

20 

7 

1 

1 

2 

216 


Condition of System 
when left 


No. 


11/" Fii 

37 f ' 

21*€T 

8 ' 

6 ' 

7 ' 
5 ' 
1 ' 
5 \ 

4 ' 
lo ' 
Ix ' 
1- ' 


•es of 1 head each 
" 2 heads " 

" 3 " 

.. 4 .. 

" 5 " 

" 6 " 

" 7 " 
.. g .. 

" 9 " 
" 10 " 
" 11 " 
" 16 " 
« 22 " 
"202 " 


1 12 Fires of 1 head each 
37 " " 2 heads 
20 " " 3 " 
8 " "4 •' 

4 " "5 " 
6 " "6 " 
4 " ," 7 " 
1 " "8 " 
4 " " 9- " 
1 " " 10 " 
4 " ■' 11 " 


Sub-Basemen 1 
Basement 
First-floor 
Second " 
Third " 
Fourth " 
Fifth " 
Sixth " 
Eighth " 
Ninth " 
Roof (Pent House) 


O. K. 

Partially Operative 
Shut Off 


187 

6 

23 


216 


Totals 


750 


Totals 


460 


Totals 


Totals 


216 



2 Fires operated 1st and 2nd floors. 



1st and 4th 
Basement and 1st floor 
1st, 2nd and 3rd floors 
1st and 2nd floors 
4th and 5th " 





RUPTURED HEADS 


AND PIPES. 








Sprinklers Ruptured 


Heads 
and 
Pipes 


Causes 


No. 


Condition of System 
when left 


O.K. 


Parti, 
oper. 


Shut 
off 


32 Breaks of 1 head ea. 


32 


Water fi eezing in heads 


11 


Condition 


10 




1 


1 " "2 heads ea. 


2 


"couplings 


3 






2 




1 


3 " " Couplings 




" elbows 


8 




* 


3 


1 


4 


10 " " Elbows 




" pipes 


8 




* 


4 




4 


20 " " Pipes 




Striking heads 


7 




' 


4 




3 


2 " " Valves 




Defective heads 
Tampering with heads 
Defective elbows 


14 
1 

2 




' 


14 
1 


1 


1 






Striking pipes 


9 




• 


2 


2 


5 






Defective valves 


2 


" 




1 


1 






Hanging chain on pipe 


1 






1 








Unknown 










2 


68 Totals 


34 


Totals 


68 


Tot 


als 


40 


6 


22 



DUTY PERFORMED 

Hours service 68h. 20m. Detailed duty 26h. 5m. Ex tra service lh, 46m. Covers spread 352 



TROUBLES. 

Alarm pots, defective 3 

Closing and opening valves (1 city 1 drip) 2 

Fuse blowing out (Transmitter) 1 

Leaky couplings 1 

" valves (1 city, 1 section, 2 drips) 4 

Pumping up pressure 3 

Striking Transmitter 2 

Short circuit in alarm wires 1 

Testing alarm bell 1 

Transmitter, defective 2 

Unknown 44 

Water hammer 38 

" in dry pipe system 57 

Working on system 12 

Totals 171 

DUTY PERFORMED 
Hours service 92h. 33m. Detailed duty 79h. 5m. 



DISTRICTS WHERE FIRES OCCURRED OR ALARMS 
WERE GIVEN 

Including Fire Department Still Alarms. 

City Proper 2483 

Roxbury District 1328 

Charlestown i 354 

East Roston : 506 

South Roston 510 

Dorchester 1176 

West Roxbury 643 

Brighton 506 

Hyde Park 264 

Boston Harbor 1 

Brookline 4 

Cambridge 2 

Dedham 5 

Somerville 2 

Milton 1 

Quincy 1 

Winthrop 1 

Total 7,787 



WHEN ALARMS OCCURRED 



Months 


Days of Week. 


Hours of the Day 


1926 


699 
549 
607 
1024 
677 
717 
794 
453 
458 
522 
591 
696 




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1077 
1055 
1164 
1114 
1206 
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8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

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1 to 2 " " 

2 to 3 " 

3 to 4 " 

4 to 5 " 

5 to 6 " 

6 to 7 " 

7 to 8 " 

8 to 9 " 

9 to 10 " 

10 to 11 " 

11 to 12 Midnight. 

12 to 1 A. M. . . . 

1 to 2 " 

2 to 3 " 

3 to 4 " 

4 to 5 " 

5 to 6 " 


114 
139 






207 
309 






315 
364 






354 
422 






451 

425 






459 
543 


July 




511 

514 






500 
576 




445 
320 




229 
159 




133 
117 




98 
83 








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GRADE OF LOSSES FOR 1926. 



5078 

1016 

764 

70 

110 

88 

38 



Alarms with no loss 
Fires with loss under 
" " " from 



Feb. 



Over $15,000 

Jan. 6, 1926, 
" 11 

13, " 

" 16, " 

" 23, " 

" 24, " 

31, " 

4. " 

6, " 

9, " 

13, " 

16, " 

19, " 

19, " 

21, " 

21, 
22 

27," " 



Mar. 



7727 
17 



7744 



43 
7787 



Apr. 
May 



12, 
13, 
13, 

15, 

25, 
8, 
2, 
3, 



June 18, 
" 21, 
" 25, 
" 28, 
" 28, 
" 29, 
" 30, 
" 30, 

July 6, 

8, 

16, 

19, 

" 21, 

" 23, 

Aug. 18, 



Sept 



19, 
20, 
23, 

. 6, 

6, 

17, 

28, 

6, 

15, 
27, 

27, 



Dec. 7, 
8, 
" 12, 
" 16. 
19, 
" 24. 
" 25, 
" 31, 



Marine Losses 



Rent Losses 



$100 

$100 to $500 

$500 to $1,000 

$1,000 to $5,000 

$5,000 to $10,000 

$10,000 to $15,000 

332-40 Summer St., Kistler Lesh & Co., Inc., et al 

39-41 West St., I. Schneider, et al 

20-30 Maverick Sq., Maverick Realty Co. 

380-2 Boylston St., C. Fisher Inc., et al 

18-24 Simmons St., A. J., Tower Co. 

27-35 Exchange St., Boston Curb Exchange, et al 

1063-3A Blue Hill Ave., Mrs. L. Cohen, et al 

1 W. Third St., Gerstein Bros. & Cooper 

16-22 Hayward PL, J. Simon, et al 

97 South St., St. Thomas Parish House 

24 North St., W. T. Crowther & Son, et al 

52-4 Devonshire St. & 22 Congress Sq., Clark's Inc., et al 

280-4 Commercial St., Commercial Reed & Rattan Co., 

et al 
50-62 Hanover St., M. C. Rosenfeld Co., et al 
646-50A Huntington Ave., Huntington Ave. Home Phar 

macy, et al 
59-65 Temple PI., R. SaronofT, et al 

177-9 Washington St., Babcock's Lunch & Bakerv, et al 
1255-63 River St., E. Snyder, et al 
29-33 Sleeper St., Twitchell Champlin Co., et al 
695 Atlantic Ave., Essex Hotel Co., et al 
37-9 Pearl St., Mass. Envelope Co., et al 
63 Long Whf., M. L. Hall Co., et al 
119-35 Hanover & 64-8 Union Sts., Monarch Clothing 

Co., et al 
1797-1807 Washington & 138 Northampton Sts., L. H. 

Gans., et al 
50-54 Sudbury St., T. J. Holmes, et al 
89-97 Federal St., Henderson Bros., et al 
569-71 Columbus Ave., Mrs. A. Mueller, et al 
104-14 Lincoln St., Bjirtman Rondeau Co., et al 
24 Jersey St., Boston American League Baseball Co., et 

al 
24 Ralston Rd., Massachusetts Potteries Co., et al 
121-5 Kingston St., Berger Dry Goods Co. 
659-65 Washington St., Max Goldman, et al 
23-5 Commercial St., North American Creamery Co., et al 
73-85 Bedford St., Manhattan Collar Co., et al 
Mystic Wharf, Boston & Maine R. R. 
9 Lotus PL, Kinney Mfg. Co 
20-6 Kingston St., Lion Neckwear Co., et al 
638-48 Warren St., King Solomon K. P. Lodge, et al 
626-36 Washington St., Hub Cloak & Suit Co., et al 
242 Beacon St., G. C. Lee, et al 
1653-63 Blue Hill Ave., J. F. Glynn, et al 
263-7 Atlantic Ave., D. J. Koury Co., et al 
80 Border St., Atlantic Works, et al 
28-30 Canal & 27-9 Merrimac Sts., Wm. Leavens & Co 

et al 
133 Halleck St., J. A. De Vito Co. 
69 Broad St., National Remedy Co., et al 
17-19 Ferry St., Miller Bros., et al 
196 Marlborough St., Mrs. M. Handy, et al 
360 Columbus Ave., J. Rosenfield, et al 
11-17 Kingston St., Friedman Fashion Hat Co., et al 
52-54 Commercial St., Kay Furniture Co., et al 
94-8 Washington & 28-34 Friend Sts., Hoover Furniture 

Co., et al 
280-90 Commercial St., Carlisle Ayer Co. 
149 Hemenway St., E. L. Brodie, et al 
440-446 Tremont St., New England Film Laboratories 

et al 
178-88 Harvard Ave., Sunshine Art Stores, et al 
250 Commercial St., Lord & Webster, et al 
180-8 Congress St., Arnold Roberts Co., et al 
17-19 Dixwell St., S. Ginsberg, et al 
770 Washington St., Taylor Furniture Co. 
467-9 Washington St., Hudson Cloak & Suit Co., et al 
59-61 Cambridge St., Liberty Tobacco Co., et al 
65-7 Merrimac & 115-17 Portland Sts., Haymarket Elec- 
tric Supply Co., et al 



Sprinkler Losses (no fire) 



28,457.78 



$41,471.27 
175,739.85 
187.939.37 
954,575.92 
618,945.39 
470,657.01 

267,102.79 
16,622.03 
54,102.00 
15,876.77 
25,000.00 
22,009.37 
16,677.90 
24,306.42 
23,329.64 
21,539.50 
18,059.87 
25,616.12 

20,851.93 
45,142.32 

34,980.17 
25,791.31 
24,896.75 
18,261.76 
25,043.50 
21,430.85 
29,809.34 
143,501.10 

72,549.91 

15,671.89 
18,113.50 
27,138.74 
18,860X0 
143,139.03 

26,705.00 
25,451.64 
21,575.62 
16,072.59 
35,825.16 
32,574.05 
25,000.00 
15,767.53 
41,863.00 
17,994.35 
21,717.62 
66,847.68 
15,499.00 
46,481.49 
342,757.55 

196.595.03 
66,068.00 
19,469.72 
16.617.00 
59,419.63 
15,255.96 
17,602.58 
25,096.40 

60,057.28 
34,598.91 
17,124.00 

2J,662.64 
40,672.42 
19,258.77 
35,506.59 
18,754.00 
20,270.24 
58,214.00 
15,202.54 

25,533.74 



5,199,965.05 
31,487.00 



5,231,452.05 
37,489.82 



5,268,941.87 



11 



CAUSES OF ALARMS AND OF ALARMS WITH LOSS 
DURING 1926. 



Alarms 



al 



Assistance beyond City Limits 

Arson 

Ashes 

Benzine 

Boilers 

Chimneys, Flues, Cupolas and Stacks, overheated or defective 

Cigars, Cigarettes and Pipes 

Conflagration 

Cotton Pickers 

Electricity 

Explosions 

Exposure 

5a False and Needless Alarms 

6 Fireworks, Fire Crackers, Balloons, etc 

Flues 

7 Friction — Sparks — Occasioned by running machinery, in- 

cluding Pickers, Carding Machines, Gins, etc 

Furnaces 

Gas 

8 Gas — Natural and Artificial 

Gasolene 

Hot Ashes and Coals 

Hot Grease, Oil, Tar, Wax, Asphalt, ignition of 

Hot or Molten Metal 

Hot Water Pipes 

Incendiarism 

Kerosene (See No. 19; also Explosions No. 4) 

Lightning — buildings rodded 

Lightning — buildings not rodded 

Locomotives 

Matches 

Miscellaneous — Cause known but not Classified 

Open Fires ...» 

Open Lights 

Petroleum and its products 

Pickers 

Railroad 

19a Rekindling of a previous fire 

20 Rubbish and Litter 

21 Smoking 

22 Sparks — Arising from combustion 

23 Sparks on Roof 

24 Spontaneous Combustion 

24a Sprinklers 

Stacks 

Steam and Hot Water Pipes 

Stoves, Furnaces, Boilers and their pipes 

Stove Pipes 

Unknown 

Unknown origin but investigation important 



9 

10 
11 

12 

13 

14 

15 

16 
17 
18 
19 



25 
26 



27 
28 



Totals. 



16 



141 



151 
159 
158 
560 
74 



41 



47 



94 

8 



13 



1 

891 
417 
136 
127 
133 



12 

1582 

633 

149 

81 

93 

239 

14 
969 

460 



Alarms 
with Loss 



7787 



71 

218 

80 

152 

45 
24 
22 



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5 



12 



1 

580 

40 

3 

80 

50 



1 
14 
412 
83 
70 
61 
43 

7 
175 

391 



2709 



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13 
STATISTICS FOR YEAR ENDING 
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Population 

Area Square Miles 

Number of Rrick, Stone, Concrete, Steel frame, R, etc. .39, 

" Wooden Ruildings 85, 

" Alarms, exclusive of False and Needless 6 

" False and Needless Alarms 

" Calls to assist other Cities and Towns 

" Sprinkler System breaks and defects 

" Fires in Rrick and Stone Ruildings 2 

" Fires in Wooden Ruildings 1 

" " Fires in Concrete Rlocks 

" " Fires in Fireproof 

" "Fires in Ironclad 

" " Fires in Reinforced Concrete 

" Fires not originating in Ruildings 2 

" Fires confined to floor where fire .... ^ 

originated 3,961 I 

" confined to Ruilding but not 

to floor of origin 368 | 

" extending to adjoining Ruild- 
ing Ill 

" extending beyond adjoining 

Ruilding 48 

" originating in Automobiles.. 520 ^ 

" not originating in Ruildings 1,885 ! 

" not originating in, but invol- | 

vingRuildings 79 J 

♦January 1, 1927. By courtesy of City of Boston Building Department. 



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560 J 

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239 J 
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793,000 
47.81 

*124,633 



7,787 



6,972 



} 6,972 



2,484 





Buildings includ- 
















Tank and Per- 


Contents 


Total 




manent Fixtures. 






Total Insurance on the 








property on which 








claim for loss was 








made 


$75,850,568.79 


$24,204,651.79 


$100,055,220.58 


Total Insurance Loss.... 


2,396,959.17 


2,613,899.99 


5,010,859.16 


Total Loss (insured and 








uninsured) 


2,494,681.79 


2,736,770.26 


5,231,452.05 


Rents insured 






37,489.82 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which fires 








originated, i.e., direct 








losses 


2,413,916.99 


2,708,188.57 


5,122,085.56 


Losses on buildings and 








contents in which the 








fires did not originate 








i.e., exposure losses 


80,764.80 


28,581.69 


109,366.49 



14 



Review of grade of losses for ten years 





Total 


No 


Under 


$100 


$500 


$1000 


$5000 


$10,000 


Over 


Years 








to 


to 


to 


to 


to 






ATm. 


Loss 


$100 


500 


1000. 


5000. 


10,000 


15,000 


15,000 


1917 


5025 


2996 


981 


605 


159 


199 


31 


12 


42 


1918 


5433 


3617 


892 


531 


H5 


191 


30 


10 


35 


1919 


5647 


3687 


903 


574 


155 


208 


30 


17 


26 


1920 


4688 


2928 


780 


536 


135 


223 


37 


15 


34 


1921 


5268 


3320 


820 


612 


167 


227 


53 


25 


44 


1922 


6181 


4048 


886 


651 


198 


285 


59 


17 


40 


1923 


7377 


5069 


977 


693 


168 


319 


76 


33 


54 


1924 


8117 


5428 


1037 


804 


239 


405 


105 


40 


59 


1925 


7678 


4998 


1005 


831 


253 


390 


104 


31 


66 


1926 


7787 


5078 


*1045 


*773 


*277 


*422 


*90 


39 


63 



*43 Sprinkler losses included, viz., 27 under $100. 4 from $100 to $500. 
5 from $500 to $1,000. 6 from $1,000 to $5,000. 1 from $10,000 to $15,000. 



Review of total alarms, fires with loss, loss, average loss of total 
alarms, and average loss of fires with loss, for ten years 



Years. 


Total 


Fires 


Loss. 


Average Loss of 


Average Loss of 




Alarms. 


with Loss 




Total Alarms. 


Fires with Loss. 


1917 


5,025 


1,955 


$4,056,887.34 


$807.34 


$2,075.13 


1918 


5,433 


1,774 


2,827,612.34 


520.45 


1.593 92 


1919 


5,647 


1,921 


2,581,085.15 


457.07 


1,343.61 


1920 


4,688 


1,707 


3,143,528.89 


670.54 


1,811.55 


1921 


5,268 


1,910 


4,017,158.64 


762.56 


2,103.22 


1922 


6,184 


2,109 


3,331,485.17 


538.73 


1,568 88 


1923 


7,377 


2,271 


6,323,331.48 


857.17 


2,784.38 


1924 


8,117 


2,626 


4,825,216.13 


594.48 


1,837.48 


1925 


7,678 


2,632 


5,474,749.06 


713.04 


2,080.07 


1926 


7,787 


t2,709 


5,268,941.87 


676.63 


1,944.98 



The above tables include Still Alarms, 
t Does not include 43 Sprinkler losses. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks to all departments 
or persons who have in any way assisted this Department during the past. 

Respectfully submitted, 
H. E. Thompson, 

Superintendent of Department. 



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MEDICAL EXAMINER'S REPORT 
1926 

Henry E. Thompson, 

Supt. Boston Protective Department. 

Dear Sir r — Your Medical Officer respectfully submits the following 
report for the year ending December 31, 1926: 



Promotions. Examinations for 30 

Members. Visits to sick 36 

Members. Visits to injured 24 

Physicians reports. Attending 92 

Special reports 2 

Certificates. Return to duty 58 



W. F. TEMPLE Jr., M. D. 
Medical Officer, Boston Protective Department, 



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Put in service 

Makers 

Company Nos 

Makers No 

Expense 

Body — Repairs 

Painting 

Bell 

Chassis — Repairs 

Shock Absorber 
Electric — Lighting 

Starting 

Batteries 

Engine — Repairs 

Cases — New 

Repairs 

Tubes — New 

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Rims — New 

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Hooks 

Accessories 

Totals 



Nov. 10, 1914. 


Nov. 10, 1914 


Oct. 17, 1910 


Aug. 8, 1916 


Mar. 30,1918 


Sept. 19, IS 


The White Go. 
1. 
21625 


The White Co. 
la. 
21626 


Knox Motor Co 

2. 

3788 


The White Co. 

Unassigned 

26414 


The White Co. 

Unassigned 

42874 


The White Co 

2a. 
51184 



Sept. 19, 1919 Sept. 4, 1920 Sept. 4, 1923 Mar. 24,1924 



1926 



1926 



1926 



1926 



1926 



1926 



Ford 

Service 

4051284 

1926 



Mack Motor Co. Mack Motor Co. 

2 3. 

471420 472114 



1926 



1926 



May 2, 1924 Aug. 5, 1924 

TheBuickCo. Mack Motor Co. 
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1188871 472115 



1926 



1926 



$ .... 


$ .... 


$ 1.81 


$ 3.97 
9.85 


$ .... 


53.00 




$ 3. 90 

100.00 

4.50 


$ .... 
4.00 


$ .75 

115.00 

.74 


$ .... 
42.50 


86. 48 


10.16 




171.13 


11.77 


33.93 


10.95 


224. 94 


2^.56 


32.75 




2.43 


13.18 


2.64 


2.63 


6.25 


7.05 


15.91 


6.78 


40.00 


2.35 


12.21 




42.71 




22.53 


22.30 


4.11 


16.68 


25.20 


10.62 






.10 


.15 


34.00 


55.80 


55.80 


10.50 


12.22 






14.14 


.25 


587.74 


31.99 


28.42 


299.72 


52.68 


90.32 


97.23 


142.19 


206.69 


160.90 


317.57 


137.95 




125.00 


262. 90 










254.25 


124.30 






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1.50 


10.00 






5.50 


30.00 


6.35 


2.50 


17.25 




20.75 


20. 75 


17.25 




7.00 




15.25 


20.15 




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4.50 


1.00 


1.50 


1.50 


2.00 


10.00 


3.55 


2.00 


10.00 


15.00 


4.75 


30.00 


17.00 


10.00 


10.00 


30.00 


60.00 


20.00 


20.00 


1.00 


2.00 




2.00 


1.00 




1.00 




3.50 




3.50 


13.05 


1.00 




12.34 


22.15 


15.10 


8.03 


36.92 


10.45 


22.88 


17.53 



$856.50 



16.19 



$217.37 



99.62 



17.20 



$225.51 



$180.52 



$581 . 93 



$667.32 



$523.86 



$418.06 



SUPPLIES AND TOOLS 

Co. No. 1 Co. No. 2 Co. No. 3 Total 

Gasoline $301.00 $357.40 $1183.00 $1841.40 

Oils 62.76 68.32 , 346.02 477.10 

Grease 9.00 1 1.04 ' 6.00 26.04 

Soap 20.68 21.62 40.42 82.72 

Polish 18.00 18.00 15.00 51.00 

Tools new and repd 22.13 8.00 30.13 

Totals $433.57 $484.38 $1590.44 $2508.39 



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