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ANNUAL REPORT 



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CITY OF BOSTON 



TEAR ENDING 31 JANUARY, 1920 




CITY OF BOSTON 
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ANNUAL REPORT 



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ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1919-20. 



Boston, February 1, 1920. 

Hon. Andrew J. Peters, 

Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Sir, — In accordance with section 24, chapter 3, 
Revised Ordinances of 1914, City of Boston, I submit 
herewith the annual report of the Fire Department for 
the year ending January 31, 1920. 

Finances. 

The total amount spent in maintaining the depart- 
ment during the year was $2,864,040.07. The increased 
cost this year over last year was because of the extra 
expenditure made necessary by the Wire Division 
which became part of the Fire Department June 10, 
1919, increases in the number and salaries of employees, 
and the increased cost of supplies. 

Alterations to Houses. — Permanent Improvements. 

The following permanent improvements have been 
made in the houses of the department: 

Ladder 1 . — • New reinforced concrete floor of fire- 
proof construction throughout. New heating apparatus, 
water-closet, sink and new floor drainage. A gasolene 
separator between floor drains and sewer was installed 



2 City Document No. 14. 

outside of building, the practice of installing separators 
inside of buildings having been condemned. New 
skylights with greater ventilating spaces placed in roof 
above the dormitory. 

Headquarters. — Rooms for Fire Prevention Bureau, 
Officers' School and Wire Division were constructed in 
second and third story. All of this new work was of 
fireproof construction. 

Office of Chief of Department, Mason Street. — A second 
story was added to the existing one-story building on 
Mason street for use as sleeping quarters by the Chief 
of Department. The sleeping quarters formerly used 
by chiefs at this house were not suitable, being small, 
poorly ventilated and unsanitary. 

Ladder 17. — A new window, with casement sash, was 
placed in the brick side wall of this building, adding 
materially to the ventilating of the company's dormi- 
tory. 

Engine 50. — The presence of gas and dead air in the 
basement of the newly constructed quarters of Engine 
Company 50 made it necessary to reconstruct the 
chimney and ventilate the cellar. 

Wareham Street Garage. — An old unused building on 
Wareham street was rebuilt as a garage. The first 
story has been fireproofed by the installation of a con- 
crete floor and walls of cement on wire lath. The floor 
of the second story was levelled and new supports added , 
partitions were placed in position to afford large rooms 
for the officers and automobile schools as well as for 
storage purposes. A cellar was built, new plumbing 
and heating plant installed. 

Engine 4-8. — The high banking on the left side of 
quarters occupied by Engine Company 48 was slipping 
'and endangering the foundations of the abutter's 
residence. A concrete retaining wall was erected, to 
correct this condition, approximately 10 feet over all 
in maximum height and 60 feet long. 

Engine 7. — The quarters of Engine Company 7, 
East street, were inspected and sketches made. A 
recommendation was made that an appropriation of 
$40,000 be made for a new house. The present house 
cannot be repaired to advantage. 

Engine 19. — The twin towers on the building occu- 
pied by Engine Company 19 have been complained 
of for years as being unsafe and dangerous. The towers 
were taken down and re-roofed at the level of main roof. 



Fiee Department. 3 

The brick work in the front wall was repointed and 
cracks removed. The outside of the building will be in 
good condition for many years to come. 

Fire Alarm Plans. — All plans for fire alarm boxes, 
underground conduit work and connections have been 
prepared within the department. 

Reconstruction of Stations. 

Recommendations have been made for new fire 
stations or the rebuilding of the present stations at the 
following locations : 

Engine 31 (Fireboat) . — The quarters of this company 
were destroyed in the molasses disaster in January, 
1919, and a new station is needed. 

Engine 7, East street, Ward 5. — Forty thousand dollars 
is necessary to put the building occupied by Engine 
Company 7 in proper condition. Since making this 
original estimate prices have advanced, and at least 
from $5,000 to $10,000 extra, or even more, will probably 
be required. 

Engine 21, Columbia road, Ward 11. — Approximately 
$25,000 is necessary to remodel this building. Owing 
to increases in the cost of materials and labor this esti- 
mate may be increased 20 per cent. 

Engine 19, Norfolk street, Ward 21. — The department 
has taken down the towers on the quarters of Engine 
Company 19 and has made the front wall safe at a cost 
of approximately $1,500. An additional $3,500 would 
probably cover the cost of installing a concrete floor in 
this house and make it suitable for motor fire apparatus. 

Engine 20 and Ladder 27, Walnut street, Ward 20. — To 
put the station occupied by these two companies in good 
repair approximately $7,500 should be appropriated. 

Engine 28 and Ladder 10, Centre street, Ward 22. — - 
This station, in view of the fact that it is to be motorized 
and is a very old house should be remodeled. It can be 
done at an estimated cost of approximately $20,000 
to $25,000. 

Engine 1 7 and Ladder 7, Meeting House Hill. — These 
two separate fire stations, one of which is very obsolete, 
should be remodeled and rebuilt, and one house suffi- 
ciently large should be provided to accommodate both 
companies. This can be done at an estimated cost of 
approximately $35,000. The ladder company's house 
is absolutely unfit for use as a fire station at the present 
time. 



4 City Document No. 14. 

Fire-fighting Force. 

There are 1,382 employees in the Fire Department, 
of whom 1,034 are privates and 172 are officers in the 
uniform force. 

The balance, 176 employees, are in the various divi- 
sions of the department, namely, Headquarters, Bureau 
of Supplies and Repairs, Fire Alarm Branch, Wire Divi- 
sion and Veterinary Hospital. 

Motor Apparatus. 

There has been more new motor apparatus purchased, 
placed in service and in reserve this year than during 
any previous year in the history of the department. 

On February 1, 1919, there were seventy-six pieces of 
motor fire apparatus in service and in reserve. On 
February 1, 1920, there were ninty-seven pieces of motor 
fire apparatus in service and in reserve. 

Combination automobile motor pumpers and hose 
cars, of 1,000 gallons capacity, have been placed in 
service, and more will be installed in the future. 

Improvements and Changes. 

The efficiency of the department has been improved 
by the changes made in the organization and personnel 
of the force. Among the improvements made are the 
following : 

The system of accounting in the department is being 
reorganized by a certified public accountant. 

A small fireproof building has been erected in the Fire 
Department yard for the purpose of demonstrating the 
effect of ventilation of buildings on fire. This building 
is used in connection with the Fire Department Drill 
School. 

Changes have been made in the traffic regulations in 
the congested sections of the city through suggestions 
from the Fire Commissioner. The result is that fire 
apparatus has been able to respond to fires with more 
celerity than formerly. 

The department has been divided into three. divisions, 
each in charge of a deputy chief. Heretofore there were 
only two divisions, and the territory in each division was 
too much for one man to cover. 

The work of the drill school has been extended. 
In addition to the drilling and instruction of newly 
appointed members in their duties as firemen, the drill 



v Fire Department. 5 

master of the department has charge of an annual 
inspection of the various companies. Each company 
of the department reports at least once each year to 
the headquarters and is inspected in the duties of fire- 
men by the drill master. One such general inspec- 
tion has already been effected. It commenced on 
October 27, 1919, and concluded December 27, 1919. 

An automobile school for instruction iri the care, 
mechanism and operation of motor fire apparatus for 
officers and men of the department was established and 
opened on September 2, 1919. All officers of the 
department will be obliged to attend this school. 

An officers ' school has been established in the depart- 
ment for the study and discussion of fire service prob- 
lems including fire fighting and fire prevention. This 
school opened September 2, 1919. Courses of lectures 
are given on the water system, fire alarm system, care 
of motor apparatus, laws, ordinances, fire prevention 
regulations, marine fires, handling of fire streams, 
building inspection, tools and appliances, fire fighting 
in mercantile and manufacturing buildings in the high 
value district, apartment and tenement house fires, 
sprinklers and other methods of private fire protection, 
explosives, acids, etc., administration and discipline. 
The lectures on these topics are given to the various 
classes by authorities on the subjects, such as Mr. 
Frank A. Mclnnes, Division Engineer of the Water 
Division, Public Works Department, Mr. Walter L. 
Wedger, State Chemist, Prof. Charles E. Stewart and 
officers of the Boston Fire Department. The first 
term of the school will conclude about July 1, 1920. 

The Fire Prevention Bureau of the department was 
reorganized October 6, 1919, for the purpose of comply- 
ing with the provisions of chapter 795, Acts of 1914 
(Fire Prevention Law). A corps of firemen attached 
to the bureau are inspecting all premises in the city 
for fire hazards and are having dangerous conditions 
remedied. 

The results of the work of the fire prevention inspec- 
tors have been very satisfactory due to the faithfulness 
with which they have performed their duty and the 
hearty co-operation that they have received from owners 
of property which has been inspected. 

Standard specifications for the purchase of fire hose 
have been adopted so that it is now possible to purchase 
hose under specifications after public advertising. 



6 City Document No. 14. 

Ninety-one members of the department are to be 
sent to the Franklin Union Automobile School for 
instruction in the operation and care of automobiles. 
This is in addition to the Automobile School established 
in the Fire Department and will give the department 
a larger number of well qualified chauffeurs for service. 
One class of thirty men has already completed the 
course and another class of thirty-one men is now 
attending the school. 

An emergency system of sending in all classes of 
alarms commencing with the second alarm has been 
established. Every officer of the department has been 
drilled in this system, and under it any officer or man 
of the department will be able to send in necessary 
alarms in an emergency. 

The Repair Shop has been reorganized. A new bureau 
has been established, known as the Bureau of Supplies 
and Repairs, and placed in charge of the First Deputy 
Chief. 

Arrangements have been made to have a few members 
of the department given a course in marine engineering 
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Plans to establish small libraries of books on subjects 
incident to fire duty have been completed. Enough 
copies of books will be ordered to place libraries" in each 
fire station. The books will cover subjects of fire 
protection, fire prevention, hydraulics, gas and steam 
engines, both land and sea, telegraph, electricity, etc. 
The inauguration of a modified system of vocational 
training for the men is also under consideration. 

A thorough study is being made of gas and smoke 
masks in order that a uniform gas mask may be adopted 
by the Fire Department which can be used by all the 
members of the department. At the present time the 
department has oxygen masks used by the Rescue 
Squad and some smoke masks. 

The assignment cards of deputy and district chiefs 
and companies are being revised to reduce the number 
of chief officers and companies moving at times of large 
fires, and to provide more engine companies on second 
and subsequent alarms. 

The use of 3-inch hose is being more generally extended 
in the department. Equal amounts of 2^-inch and 3-inch 
hose are being carried by the downtown companies. 

In addition to the weekly drill of companies, company 
commanders will, in the future, hold a weekly conference 



Fire^Department. 7 

with the men and examine them in regard to location of 
boxes, hydrants, buildings, etc., alarms of fire, and any- 
general question relating to the duties of a fireman. 

A drill and inspection is being made of each of the 
companies in the department by an inspecting officer 
who inspects and drills the companies at their quarters, 
and examines the men in the location of boxes, hydrants, 
buildings and on matters relating to the duties of firemen. 

Commencing next year the engineer of motor appara- 
tus will maintain a constant inspection of apparatus in 
the various fire stations, examine from time to time the 
men assigned to operate the motor apparatus, and report 
direct through the usual official channels the results of 
his inspection. One of the weaknesses heretofore exist- 
ing in the department has been the necessity of taking 
motor apparatus from the fire stations' to the repair 
shop in order to repair minor defects. The constant 
supervision of the apparatus and of the men responsible 
for its operation by the engineer of motor apparatus 
will remedy this weakness to a great extent. 

Wire Division. 

The Wire Department which was consolidated with 
the Fire Department has been reorganized and placed 
in charge of a superintendent and is known as the Wire 
Division of the Fire Department. 

The weather during the winter of 1919-20 was very 
severe, and because of the heavy and continued snow 
storms it was impossible to reach certain sections of the 
city with fire (motor or horse) apparatus. Another 
difficulty which followed as a result of the heavy snow 
storms was the breaking down of the fire apparatus and 
the necessity of taking it out of service. These diffi- 
culties, however, were foreseen and were met by the use 
of box sleighs loaded with hose and drawn by horses, 
which reached those sections which the apparatus could 
not approach. The apparatus which was withdrawn 
from service because of breakdowns was covered by the 
reserve apparatus, a policy of maintaining a large 
reserve of fire apparatus having been adopted in the 
early part of the year 1919. The department, because 
of the precautions taken, was able to cover all alarms of 
fire in the city during the winter of 1919-20. In the 
latter part of January, 1920, there were some fires which 
the department could not have reached were it not for 
the use of box sleighs. 



s 



City Document No. 14. 



The National Board of Fire Underwriters reported in 
December, 1916, and again in December, 1918, on the 
condition of the Fire Department. These reports con- 
tained recommendations which would increase the 
efficiency of the force, yet no attempt was made to meet 
the recommendations previous to February, 1919. 

The causes which made necessary the recommenda- 
tions have been in the main remedied this year. 

High Pressure Service. 

The installation of the high pressure service has 
progressed to such an extent that it should be in operation 
before January 1, 1921. 

There has been a great improvement in the Fire 
Department not only in increased motorization, but in 
the maintenance of the fire apparatus of the department 
as a whole, compared with former years. 

There has also been a decided improvement in the 
discipline and efficiency of the force, both rank and file. 
This was clearly shown during the police strike, which 
occurred September 9, 1919, when the officers and men 
of the Boston Fire Department did their full duty. 

Yours very respectfully, 

John R. Murphy, 

Fire Commissioner. 



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



Samuel D. Harris . 
Thomas C. Amory 
William Barnicoat 
Elisha Smith, Jr. 
George W. Bird 
John S. Damrell . 
William A. Green* . 
Lewis P. Webber . 
William T. Cheswell 
John A. Mullen . 
John Grady * . 
Peter F. McDonough 
Peter E. Walsh . 



1826-28 
1829-35 
1836-53 
1854-55 
1856-65 
1866-74 
1874-84 
1884-1901 
1901-06 
1906-14 
1914 
1914-19 
1919 



* Appointed Fire Commissioner. 



Fire Department. 



REPORT OF CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. 



From: The Chief op Department. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

The following is the report of the Chief of Depart- 
ment for the year ending January 31, 1920: 

During the calendar year the department responded 
to 5,423 alarms. The fire loss was $2,577,584. This 
includes a marine loss of $142,300. 

Additions and Changes. 
Apparatus. 

September 27, 1919, Engine Company 5, which was 
located temporarily in the quarters of Chemical Engine 
Company 7, Saratoga street, East Boston, was moved 
to the recently remodeled station on Marion street. 

An American-LaFrance pumping engine, seventy-two 
horse power, with a rated pump capacity of one thousand 
gallons per minute; weight, fully equipped without men, 
11,530 pounds, and an American-LaFrance motor- 
driven combination hose and chemical wagon, forty- 
eight horse power; weight, fully equipped without men, 
9,740 pounds, was placed in service with this company. 
Five horses were displaced by this change. 

October 23, 1919, the Robinson motor-driven com- 
bination hose and chemical wagon, in service with 
Engine Company 50, was displaced by an American- 
LaFrance motor-driven combination hose and chemical 
wagon; weight, fully equipped without men, 9,470 
pounds. 

November 8, 1919, an American-LaFrance motor- 
driven 75-foot aerial truck, seventy-two horse power; 
weight, fully equipped without men, 26,000 pounds, 
was placed in service with Ladder Company 1. Three 
horses were displaced by this change. 

November 16, 1919, a Seagrave triple combination 
pumping engine, seventy-nine horse power, with a 
rated pump capacity of 800 gallons per minute ; weight, 
fully equipped without men, 15,500 pounds, was placed 
in service with Engine Company 19. Five horses were 
displaced by this change. 



10 City Document No. 14. 

Chiefs Automobiles. 
Five new automobiles for the use of the chief officers 
were put in service during the year, replacing old ones. 

Automobile, Trucks. 
Three gasolene motor-driven trucks were furnished 
for the repair shop and one for the Fire Alarm Branch. 

Tools and Appliances. 

During the year two important devices were intro- 
duced in the department as follows: They being origi- 
nated by members of the department. 

The Sheehan nozzle, devised and originated by Hose- 
man James F. Sheehan, Chemical Company 2, was placed 
in service with several companies. This is a reducing 
nozzle and is used with f-inch hose as a lead line from 
the nozzle of the play pipe of a 2|-inch line. 

An equalizing device, originated by Engineer Winfred 
C. Bailey, Engine Company 22, was placed on tractor- 
drawn apparatus. This equalizer prevents the locking 
of the emergency brake of the tractor and the conse- 
quent stalling of motor when under way. 

The "Claw Tool," an appliance used to open .doors, 
shutters, etc., was placed in service with the following 
companies, Ladders 1, 4, 8, 13 and 15. 

Buildings. 

Many of the company houses containing motor 
apparatus are greatly in need of alterations, which 
should be made as soon as funds are available. As 
regards cleanliness, the houses are in good condition. 

The exterior and interior wood and metal work of 
many of the houses have been painted since the last 
report. 

Apparatus and Equipment. 

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

Building Inspection. 

In accordance with section 287 of the Rules and 
Regulations, the following inspections were made: 



Fire Department. 11 

Weekly building inspections were made by all officers 
of the fire-fighting force. A vast number of hazardous 
conditions were remedied and conditions tending to 
promote the spread of fire corrected. 

Conditions that could not be remedied by verbal 
request were reported in writing through channels to 
the department headquarters and copies were for- 
warded to those having authority to act. 

The Building Department showed a fine spirit of 
co-operation in correcting conditions of a hazardous 
nature whenever called upon to act. 

Theaters and motion picture houses were inspected 
weekly and reports forwarded on their condition. 

Fire appliances in schoolhouses and public buildings 
were inspected monthly and conditions reported. 

The work of the inspectors of the Fire Prevention 
Bureau, established during the latter half of the year, 
showed good results in that alarms due to accumula- 
tions of rubbish in and contiguous to buildings were 
greatly reduced. 

Mutual Aid. 

The usual fine spirit of co-operation manifested in 
previous years by the cities and towns on our border 
and adjacent thereto was shown during the year. 
The department responded to thirty-five alarms outside 
of the city. 

Schools. 

Sixty-eight recruits passed the drill school. 

Twenty-five members passed the engineers' school. 

One hundred and twenty officers and privates received 
instruction in the operation of automobiles. 

On September 2, 1919, the Officers' School was 
founded for the purpose of disseminating knowledge of 
fire-fighting, fire prevention and to establish high pro- 
fessional standards among the officers and privates of 
the department. 

Automobile School. 

September 6, 1919, an automobile school was started 
for the officers and privates of the department to give 
instruction in the care and operation of motor-driven 
apparatus. One hundred twenty officers and privates 
have received instruction in this school. 



12 City Document No. 14. 



Hydrants. 

The following is the number and type of hydrants in 
use for fire service January 31, 1920: 

Ordinary post 3,967 

Boston post 3,495 

Lowry 1,525 

Boston Lowry 615 

Boston hydrant . . . . 282 

High pressure 262 

Chapman post 203 

Ludlow post 22 

B. & F. post 5 

Matthews 4 

Coffin post 1 



Total .' 10,381 

Fire Prevention Day. 

On October 9, 1919, Fire Prevention Day, the depart- 
ment gave an exhibition drill at the corner of Summer 
and Washington streets and afterwards paraded to the 
Franklin Union Hall, Berkeley street, where fire pre- 
vention exercises were conducted. In observance of 
this day the officers of the department visited public 
and private schools of the city and addressed the pupils 
on fire prevention. 

Annual Drill. 

On October 27, 1919, the annual company drill was 
established, the various companies of the department 
reporting at the Drill School Yard, Headquarters, 
Bristol street, for the purpose of performing drill evolu- 
tions under the supervision of the department drill- 
master. 

Each company was marked according to the display 
of efficiency shown. Efficiency was determined by 
knowledge and method of handling apparatus, tools and 
appliances and promptness in executing commands. 

Deputy Chiefs attended the drilling of the companies 
of their respective divisions. 

The drills were finished December 27, 1919, and were 
very satisfactory in their results. Each company was 
drilled in ten evolutions, namely: 



Fire Department. 13 

1. Connect two lines, 100 feet each, from engine to deluge 
set. 

2. Connect two lines, 100 feet each, from engine to Morse 
gun. 

3. Raise 50-foot ladder to fourth floor window and dog 
same. 

4. Run 200 feet 2^-inch line over 50-foot ladder, up stair- 
way and show pipe on fifth floor window. 

5. Raise 30-foot ladder to the fire escape, carry 17-foot roof 
ladder over same to story above. Dog 30-foot ladder. 

6. Run 250 feet of 2\ inch line over 30-foot ladder, over 
fire escape to roof, 75 feet from ground. 

7. Take life line and haul 25-foot ladder to roof 75 feet from 
ground. 

8. Take life line, haul 200 feet 2^-inch line to roof. 

9. Run 100 feet 2^-inch hose from engine, connect to Morse 
gate and Bresnan nozzle. 

10. Connect chuck to hydrant (flexible ' suction) water to 
engine. 

Drills. 
The following tables show the result of the drills in 
which all companies participated, except the three 
fireboat crews. These tables show the list of companies 
drilling, the time consumed in each evolution, and time 
consumed by each company in completing all evolutions. 



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Rec ommend ations. 

Under this heading is noted repairs and alterations to 
fire stations, which are in my opinion necessary for the 
comfort of the men and the safe housing of apparatus, 
also the motorization of certain pieces of apparatus which 
will add to the efficiency of the service and at the same 
time tend towards reducing the cost of upkeep. 

Fire Stations. 

I would recommend the fireproofing of the main floors 
of stations in which motor apparatus is housed at the 
earliest moment that financial conditions will permit and, 
in connection with this remodeling, that shower rooms be 
installed and separate rooms be furnished for all officers 
where not already provided. 

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

Apparatus . 

A motor-driven combination pumping engine and 
hose wagon, with a pump capacity of at least 1,000 
gallons per minute, and a motor-driven combination 
hose wagon and chemical to replace the horse-drawn 
apparatus now in service with Engine Company 4. 

A gasolene motor-driven combination pumping engine 
and hose wagon, with a pump capacity of at least 1,000 
gallons per minute, and a motor-driven combination 
hose wagon and chemical to replace the horse-drawn 
apparatus at present in service with Engine Company 7. 

A motor-driven combination pumping engine and 
hose wagon, with a pump capacity of at least 1,000 
gallons per minute, to replace the tractor-drawn steam 
fire engine at present in service with Engine Company 10. 

A motor-driven hose wagon for the high pressure fire 
service to be installed with Engine Company 35. 

A tractor-driven steam fire engine, with a pump capac- 
ity of at least 900 gallons per minute, and a gasolene 
motor-driven combination hose wagon and chemical 
engine to replace the motor-driven triple combination 
now in service with Engine Company 15. 

A motor-driven 85-foot aerial truck to replace the 
horse-drawn apparatus now in service with Ladder 
Company 26. 



Fire Department. 21 

A motor-driven combination pumping engine and hose 
wagon, with a pump capacity of at least 1,000 gallons per 
minute, and a motor-driven combination hose and 
chemical wagon to replace the horse-drawn apparatus 
now in service with Engine Company 23. 

A motor-driven triple combination pumper, with a 
capacity of at least 750 gallons per minute and to carry 
25-foot extension and a 12-foot roof ladder to replace the 
city service truck now in service with Ladder Company 
31. Ladder Company 31 to be disbanded and Engine 
Company 51 to be established in the same station. 

A tractor-driven city service truck to replace the 
horse-drawn apparatus now in service with Ladder 
Company 11. 

A motor-driven pumping engine and hose wagon, with 
a pump capacity of at least 750 gallons per minute, and a 
motor-driven combination hose wagon and chemical to 
replace the horse-drawn apparatus now in service with 
Engine Company 28. 

A motor-driven combination pumping engine and hose 
wagon, with a pump capacity of at least 750 gallons per 
minute, to replace the tractor-drawn steam fire engine 
now in service with Engine Company 37. 

A motor-driven combination pumping engine and hose 
wagon, with a capacity of at least 750 gallons per minute, 
to replace the tractor-drawn steam fire engine now in 
service with Engine Company 46. 

A tractor-driven steam fire engine and motor-driven 
combination hose wagon and chemical engine to replace 
the horse-drawn apparatus now in service with Engine 
Company 42. 

A motor-driven city service truck to replace the horse- 
drawn apparatus now in service with Ladder Company 
10. 

A tractor-drawn steam fire engine and a motor-driven 
combination hose wagon and chemical engine to replace 
the horse-drawn apparatus now in service with Engine 
Company 48. 

A motor-driven city service truck to replace the horse- 
drawn apparatus now in service with Ladder Company 
28. 

Motor-driven fuel wagons to be located in the quarters 
of Engine Companies 4, 22 and 38-39. 

A sufficient number of pieces of the different types of 
motor apparatus to be kept in reserve. 



22 City Document No. 14. 

I wish to express my appreciation to all the members of 
the Fire Department for the excellent spirit shown by 
them on every occasion when called upon to perform 
their duties. Also my appreciation is extended to the 
Boston Police Department, the Boston Protective 
Department and to all other departments and corpora- 
tions which at various times during the year rendered 
assistance to this department in the carrying out of its 
functions. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Peter E. Walsh, 

Chief of Department. 



Fire Department. 23 



FIRE ALARM BRANCH. 



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

I respectfully submit the following report of the Fire 
Alarm Branch for the fiscal year ending January 31, 
1920. 

OPERATING DIVISION. 

Note. — The records of this division are for the calen- 
dar year 1919. 

Box Alarms Received and Transmitted. 

First alarms 2,702 

Second alarms 40 

Third alarms 7 

Fourth alarms 1 

Box Alarms Received but not Transmitted. 

Alarms received from same box two or more times . 255 

Alarms received from adjacent boxes for same fire . 245 

Alarms received from boxes but treated as stills . . 22 

Still Alarms Received and Transmitted. 

Received from citizens by telephone .... 1,353 

Received from Police Department 196 

Received from department stations .... 888 

Box alarms not struck but treated as stills . . . 22 

"Mutual aid" alarms treated as stills .... 24 

Emergency calls treated as stills 55 

Still alarms for which box alarms were later trans- 
mitted 159 

Automatic and A. D. T. Alarms. 
Boston automatic alarms transmitted . . . . 136 
Department box alarms transmitted after automatic 

alarms were received 8 

Boston automatic alarms received after department 

box alarm had been struck 6 

A. D. T. alarms received 50 

A. D. T. alarms transmitted 39 

Department box alarms received and transmitted after 

receipt of A. D. T. alarms ...... 6 



24 City Document No. 14. 

Total Alarms. 
Box alarms received 3,272 

Box alarms transmitted (including multiples) . . 2,750 
Still alarms, eliminating those for which box alarms 

were transmitted 2,379 

Boston automatic alarms • 136 

A. D. T. alarms 39 



Total alarms transmitted, all classes . . . 5,304 

Fire Alarm Box Records. 
Boxes from which no alarms were received . . . 429 

Box tests and inspections 9,071 

All keyless doors are tested weekly. 



CONSTRUCTION DIVISION. 

Underground Construction. 

Nearly thirty thousand (30,000) feet of cable was 
hauled into underground ducts mostly to replace over- 
head wires and about seventy-eight hundred (7,800) 
feet of defective cable was replaced. 

Twenty-two hundred and seventy-nine (2,279) feet 
of ducts were laid underground. 

Fifteen (15) fire alarm box posts were set and two 
manholes were built. Nineteen (19) box posts were 
replaced by new. 

Line Construction. 

About sixteen (16) miles of new line wire and about 
one (1) mile of cable was run on poles. Most of this 
work was necessary because the old wire was unsafe. 
Thirteen (13) miles of old wire and more than a mile 
of cable was removed from poles. 

Fire Alarm Boxes. 

Ten (10) new fire alarm boxes were connected into 
service of which six (6) were installed by this department, 
two (2) by the School house Department and two (2) 
by owners of private property. 

Two (2) new box circuits were made, one (1) in Dor- 
chester and Roxbury and one (1) in South Boston. 

All boxes and box posts were painted. 



Fiee Department. 25 



Telephone Experiments. 

Several experiments were made in telephoning between 
fire alarm boxes and the fire alarm office. 

The experiments proved that while it is possible to 
converse over many of the box circuits satisfactorily, 
there are many circuits where the conditions are such 
that this. means of communication is not practicable. 

Because of the fact that telephone messages cannot 
be automatically recorded, like telegraph messages, 
no serious consideration is given to eliminating the 
present method as it is extremely important to have 
automatic records of all important messages. 

Code Signals. 

All officers have been given keys to inside doors of 
fire alarm boxes and authority to order multiple alarms 
as well as "all out" signals. A new set of code signals 
has been promulgated to be used by those who are not 
faniliar with the Morse code. 

Interior Construction. 

Much was done in department stations to bring wiring 
up to standard requirements and many additional 
lights were installed. The wiring in the stations of 
Engine 3 and Ladder 3, Engine 22 and Engine 26 was 
thoroughly overhauled. The new department garage 
at Harrison avenue and Wareham street was wired. 

New relays for controlling red lights were installed 
on gong circuits in the fire alarm office. 

Recommendations. 

Notwithstanding that costs of material and labor 
are high it is imperative that considerable underground 
construction work be done this year. Only that work 
which was absolutely essential has been done in the past 
three years but conditions are now such that further 
delay in this work would be inadvisable. 

Considerable line wire must be replaced and new 
circuits must be made. If building operations pro- 
gress as is anticipated many new boxes must be estab- 
lished. 

Several improvements in the fire alarm office are 
planned and the rewiring of several stations is contem- 
plated. 



26 City Document No. 14. 

All boxes and posts should again be painted this year 
and the red light system should be extended. 

Undergeound Cables Installed. 
East Boston. 

Feet. 

Byron street, Engine 11 to Bennington street: 

15-conductor 460 

10-conductor 349 

6-conductor 460 

Bennington street, Byron street to Breed square, 10- 
conductor 3,400 

Saratoga street, Breed square to Austin avenue, 6- 

conductor 1,279 

Pole connections: 

10-conductor 322 

6-conductor 294 

4-conductor 541 

City Proper. 
Harrison avenue, fire alarm shop to Waltham street, 

20-conductor 635 

South Boston. 

Summer street, Viaduct to Harbor street, 10-conductor, 1,997 

Dover Street Bridge, 25 conductor submarine . 350 
Pole connections: 

6-conductor 405 

4-conductor 517 

Dorchester. 
Boston street, Edward Everett square to Mt. Vernon 

street, 6-conductor 1,037 

Draper and Arcadia streets, 10-conductor . . . 1,610 
Speedwell and Norton streets, 6-conductor . . . 955 
Olney street, Bowdoin street to Blakeville street, 4- 

conductor 1,105 

Norfolk street, Corbett street to Walk Hill street, 10- 
conductor 5,071 

Pole connections: 

10-conductor 541 

6-conductor 335 

4-conductor 200 

Roxbury. 
West Cottage street, Blue Hill avenue to Judson street, 

10-conductor 802 

Cedar street, Columbus avenue to Highland street, 

10-conductor 1,420 



Fire Department. 27 

Valentine street, Washington street to Thornton street, Feet. 

4-conductor 385 

Pole connections : 

10-conductor 146 

4-conductor 48 

West Roxbury. 

Centre street, Church street to Montclair avenue, 4- 

conductor 1,276 

Centre street, La Grange street to Spring street, 10- 
conductor 1,196 

Pole connections, 4-conductor 285 

Brighton. 
Winship street, Washington street to Wallingford road, 

10-conductor ... . 2,094 

Fire Alarm Box Posts Installed and Duct Lengths 
to Same. 

East Boston. Feet. 

Saratoga street and Austin avenue 52 

Bennington and Saratoga streets 30 

Bennington and Westbrook streets 15 

South Boston. 

Summer street, opposite D street 26 

Summer and Harbor streets 33 

East First and K streets . . . . . . . 10 

East Fourth and L streets 12 

Dorchester. 

Boston and Mt. Vernon streets 64 

Norfolk street, near Capen street 3 

Olney and Blakeville streets 7 

Roxbury. 

Cedar and Centre streets 17 

Cedar and Highland streets 17 

West Roxbury. 

Centre and Spring streets 65 

Brighton. 

Chestnut Hill avenue and Wallingford road ... 40 

Commonwealth avenue and Babcock street ... 13 



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City Document No. 14. 



New Pole Connections and Duct Lengths to Same. 

East Boston. Feet. 

Bennington and Breed streets 58 

South Boston. 

Summer and E streets 92 

East First and K streets * 100 

East First and K streets * . 226 

Dorchester. 
Bowdoin and Quincy streets 78 

Roxbury. 

Cedar and Highland streets .' 7 

Thornton and Valentine streets 62 

Walnut avenue and Homestead street . . . . 131 

West Roxbury. 

Centre street and Montclair avenue .... 50 

Centre and Church streets 206 

Centre and La Grange streets * 146 

Centre and Spring streets 55 

Brighton. 
Chestnut Hill avenue and Wallingford road ... 95 

Union and Winship streets 78 

Miscellaneous Ducts. p e u e c t * 

Olney street, between manholes 365 

Manhole to Lincoln Power House. (Two ducts.) . 98 

Summer street, at C street, to retaining wall ... 24 
From Fire Alarm Shop to Boston Fire Department 

garage 30 

Fire Alarm Posts Reset. 

1344. Leverett and Brighton streets (broken by 

truck) . 
1511. Tremont street and Van Rensselaer place 

(broken by truck) . 
1525. Tremont and Berkeley streets (change of curb), 53 

1541. Tremont and Dartmouth streets (made test 

point) 25 

1621. Washington and Compton streets (broken by 

truck) . 

* New England Telephone & Telegraph Company furnished connections for Boston Fire 
Department. 



Fike Department. 29 

Duct 

2211. Tremont and Northampton streets (broken by Feet. 

truck), relocated 10 

2215. Tremont and Cabot streets (change of curb) . 20 

2223. Tremont and Ruggles streets (change of curb) . 18 

2241. Tremont and Linden Park streets (change of 

curb) 27 

2365. Tremont and St. Alphonsus streets (broken by 

truck) . 
2451. Washington street and Montebello road (broken 

by truck). 
2471. Green street and Chestnut avenue (broken by 

truck) . 
3524. Norfolk and Morton streets (broken by truck). 
3743. Cleary square (change of curb) .... 15 

634. Meridian and Bennington streets (change of 

curb) . 
71. Summer and Melcher streets (out of plumb). 

Test Posts Reset. 
Cleary square, account change of curb line. (Four 

ducts.) 48 

Massachusetts avenue and Marlborough street (broken 

by truck) . 

Manholes Built. 
Ohiey street, opposite Blakeville street. 
Commonwealth avenue and Babcock street. 

Public Fire Alarm Boxes Established. 

218. Humboldt avenue and Waumbeck street. 

2375. Parker Hill avenue, opposite Elks' Hospital. 

254. Prospect avenue and Johnswood road. 

3512. Norfolk street, near Capen street. 

62. Cottage and Porter streets. 

7163. West Third and F streets. 

SCHOOLHOUSE BOXES ESTABLISHED. 

1238. Michael Angelo School, Charter street. 
3379. Audubon School, Harvard street. 

Private Boxes Established. 
242. House of the Angel Guardian. 
7124. United States Army Base. 



Fire Alarm Boxes in Service 
Total number . 
Owned by Fire Department 
Owned by Schoolhouse Department 
Owned by Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company 
Privately owned 



1,205 
845 

1.202 
66 
92 



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City Document No. 14. 



Department boxes : 

On fire alarm box posts .....'. 414 

On poles 408 

On buildings 19 

Inside buildings 4 

Equipped with keyless doors (bell-ringing attach- 
ment 792 

Equipped with keyless doors (glass guards) . . 47 

Equipped with key doors -6 

Equipped with auxiliary attachments ... 14 

Designated by red lights • . 396 



Schoolhouse Boxes: 

On fire alarm box posts 
On poles . . 
On outside of buildings 
Inside of buildings 
Equipped with keyless doors 
Equipped with key doors . 
Equipped with auxiliary attachments 
Designated by red lights . 

Auxiliary Fire Alarm Company Boxes : 
On fire alarm box post . 

On poles 

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



Private Boxes: 

On poles 

On outside of buildings 

Inside of buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors 

Equipped with key doors 

Equipped with auxiliary attachments 

Classification op Fire Alarm Box Stations. 
Academies 
Armory 
Asylums 
Car barns 
Cemetery 
Church . 
City yard 

Homes for aged people 
Hospitals 
Hotels . 



18 
16 
99 
69 

142 
60 

156 
16 



1 
6 
20 
39 
12 
54 



6 
25 
61 
13 
79 

2 



5 

1 
4 
5 
1 
1 
1 
2 
18 
6 



Carried forward 



44 



Fire Department. 



31 



Brought forward 
Manufacturing plants 
Museum 
Navy yards . 
Newspaper plant 
Office buildings . 
Police station (Chelsea) 
Power stations 
Prison 

Public hall . 
Pumping station . 
Railroad shops 
Railroad stations . 
Railroad yards 
Restaurant . 
Schoolhouses 
Stable . 
Stock yards . 
Street (public) boxes 
Theaters 
Warehouses . 
Wharves 
Wholesale houses 



44 
26 
1 
6 
1 
3 
1 
5 
1 
1 
1 
4 
5 

. 11 
1 

202 
1 
2 

835 

28 

6 

10 

4 



Total 1,205 

Posts and Test Boxes. 

Fire alarm box posts hi service 433 

Fire alarm box posts set but not in service ... 7 

Test posts in service 67 

•Pole test boxes in service 205 

Circuits. 

Box circuits 63 

Tapper circuits 14 

Gong circuits 13 

Telephone circuits to department stations ... 49 
Telephone circuits to Beach Exchange .... 7 
Telephone circuits to Back Bay Exchange ... 1 
Special telephone circuit to Police Headquarters . . 1 
Special telephone circuit to A. D. T. office ... 1 
Special telephone circuit to Edison Electric Illumi- 
nating Company 1 

Telephone connection to office of Boston Automatic 

Fire Alarm Company 1 

Telephone connection to Protective Department Com- 
pany No. 1, Purchase street ...... 1 

The above telephone service is from department exchange 
board. 

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



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City Document No. 14. 



Wires, Cables and Conduits. 

Line wire in service 235 miles 

Aerial cable in service 25 miles 

Conductors in same 145 miles 

Aerial cable conductors in service .... 102 miles 

Underground cable in service 144 miles 

Conductors in same 2,185 miles 

Underground cable conductors in service . . 1,266 miles 

Conduits owned by Fire Department . . . 57,749 feet 

Ducts in Fire Department conduits . . . 73,165 feet 
Ducts in New England Telephone and Telegraph 

Company system used by Fire Department . 525,113 feet 
Ducts in Postal Telegraph Company system used 

by Fire Department 4,569 feet 

Fire Alarm Apparatus. 

Tappers in service (in main circuits) .... 144 

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

Fire Department stations 5 

Gongs in service . 115 

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

Relays in service in department stations .... 13 

Telephones in department system 140 

Public Clocks. 

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

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



Summary of Work Done 

New line wire used 

Old wire removed from poles 

Aerial cable installed (new work) 

Conductors in same 

Aerial cable removed from service 

Conductors in same 

Underground cable installed in ducts of New 

England Telephone and Telegraph Company 
Conductors in same . . . . 
Underground cable installed hi department ducts 

Conductors in same 

Total underground cable installed (new work) 

Conductors in same 

Cable used to replace defective cable 
Conductors hi same 



82,820 feet 
66,100 feet 

5,548 feet 
45,978 feet 

6,428 feet 
35,424 feet 

23,625 feet 

212,531 feet 

5,705 feet 

43,617 feet 

29,680 feet 

264,898 feet 

7,784 feet 

143,932 feet 



Fire Department. 



33 



Conduits laid by department .... 

Ducts in same 

Ducts abandoned 

Manholes built 

Fire alarm boxes installed by this department 
Fire alarm boxes installed by schoolhouse depart 

ment 

Fire alarm boxes installed by private owners 

Fire alarm box posts set 

Fire alarm box posts reset or replaced by new 
Fire alarm test posts reset .... 

Fire alarm pole test boxes installed 



2,037 feet 

2,279 feet 

372 feet 

2 

6 

2 

2 

15 

16 

2 
14 



George L. Fickett, 

Superintendent of Fire Alarm. 



34 City Document No. 14. 



BUREAU OF SUPPLIES AND REPAIRS. 



Boston, March 23, 1920. 
From: The First Deputy Chief. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

The following is a resume of the activities of the 
various branches connected with the Bureau of Sup- 
plies and Repairs for the fiscal year 1919: 

Repairs to xVEotor Apparatus (Our Shop). 

Number of jobs performed 2,625 

Cost of labor and material $47,842 

The above expense was entailed in repairs to touring 
cars, runabouts, chemical engines, ladder trucks, water 
towers, pumping engines, combinations and tractors. 
This work involved the overhauling of motors and run- 
ning gears, and the replacing of worn or broken parts 
with new material, i. e., springs, radiators, fenders, etc. 

Due to the lack of sufficient shop equipment it has 
been necessary for us to send out from time to time 
to outside concerns to have repairs made on radiators, 
coils, switches, magnetos, carburetors, fenders, wind- 
shields, mufflers, headlights and horns. The cost for 
this work is indicated in the following : 

Number of jobs performed 625 

Expense $6,681 

New Equipment. 

Two three-quarter (f) ton White chasses were pur- 
chased and fitted out and placed in serviceable con- 
dition by members of our shop force. 

A Pierce-Arrow chassis was purchased and was fitted 
by the shop force with a body particularly adapted to 
the operations of the Rescue Squad. 

A two (2) ton Mack truck was purchased for use by 
the Fire Alarm Branch. 

A one and one-half (1|) ton Mack truck was pur- 
chased for use by our Bureau. 



Fire Department. 35 

One Buick touring car and four Buick roadsters were 
purchased and placed in service. 

The following American-LaFrance apparatus were 
purchased : 

8 Combination hose and chemical cars. 

1 High-pressure hose tender. 

3 1,000-gallon pumping engines. 

4 750-gallon pumping engines. 

2 750-gallon triple combination pumpers. 
2 85-foot aerial trucks. 

1 75-foot aerial truck, 

A rear-end unit was attached to an old Buick car by 
an outside concern, and will eventually be used as a 
coal truck. 

Repairs and Replacements by Outside Concerns. 

65 New storage batteries. 

79 Storage batteries repaired. 
161 Springs repaired. 
109 Radiators repaired. 

45 Fenders repaired. 

46 Coils and switches repaired. 
11 Magnetos repaired. 

5 Siren horns repaired. 

60 Solid tires taken off, and replaced with new tires. 
219 New pneumatic tires purchased. 
290 New inner tubes purchased. 
812 Inner tubes repaired 

88 Pneumatic tires repaired. 

41 Pneumatic tires adjusted. 
123 Pneumatic tires scrapped. 
122 Inner tubes scrapped. 

The Motor Repair Division is under the immediate 
supervision of the First Deputy Chief, assisted by an 
engineer of motor apparatus, a shop foreman, a fore- 
man of automobile mechanics, and mechanics. 

Ten men, chosen from the fire-fighting force, and 
known as the Emergency Squad, are detailed to the 
Bureau for work on motor apparatus. The schedule 
of this squad is so arranged that there are always a 
sufficient number of men on duty at all times to take 
care of emergency cases. 

Herewith is submitted a detailed summary of cost of 
maintenance of horse-drawn apparatus and equipment, 
also of company quarters and furnishings for the same. 



36 City Document No. 14. 



Repairs on Horse-drawn Apparatus (Shop). 

Number of jobs 1,650 

Labor and material $34,446 

The above expense was entailed in the replacement of 
springs, solid rubber tires, ladders, poles, channel irons 
of wheels, and band brakes. General overhauling of 
various pieces of apparatus was also undertaken. 

Among the minor repairs and replacements was the 
sharpening of axes and fitting handles to the same, new 
handles for sledges, hammers and rakes, and renewing 
of worn harnesses, life belts, hose belts and fire hats. 

Repairs on Horse-drawn Apparatus (Outside). 

Number of jobs 180 

Labor and material $8,160 

Due to the fact that we do not possess the proper 
equipment for certain repairs, it has been necessary 
to send to outside firms for the repair of shut-off nozzles, 
chucks, extinguishers, suctions, couplings, etc. 

Repairs to Quarters Housing Various Fire Com- 
panies (Shop Force). 

Number of jobs 820 

Labor and material , . . $31,586 

In order to preserve the condition of the houses in 
which the members of the fire-fighting force are quar- 
tered, the carpenters, plumbers, painters and steam- 
fitters connected with our Bureau attended to the many 
replacements from time to time, and obtained from 
outside firms whatever stock was necessary to make the 
proper repairs. 

Repairs to Quarters Housing Various Fire Com- 
panies (Outside). 

Number of jobs 85 

Labor and material $4,385 

The above expenditure was made necessary because 
of the fact that our Bureau does not possess the neces- 
sary equipment to perform this class of work. 

Stock, to the amount of $450, was furnished to the 
various fire companies for minor repairs to houses, the 
same being performed by members quartered therein. 



Fire Department. 



37 



Furniture and Bedding. 

Cost of repairs (outside) 

Cost of repairs (our shop) 

Stock furnished from our stock (repairs by company 
members) 

Furnishings Purchased. 



250 
45 



50 Dozen sheets. 
50 Dozen pillow cases. 
6 Dozen bedspreads. 
105 Blankets. 
37 Mattresses. 
32 Pillows. 



28 Bedsteads. 

29 Rugs. 
77 Chairs. 

46 Window curtains. 
8 Clocks. 
360 Towels. 



The entire operations connected with this Bureau 
are under the immediate supervision of the First Deputy 
Chief. 

Herewith is presented a summary of hose activities 
for the fiscal year 1919: 

Amount of Hose Purchased and Condemned, 
Ending February 1, 1920. 



Purchased. 




Condemned. 






Feet. 




Feet. 


Leading cotton . 


8,850 


Leading cotton . 


11,300 


Chemical 


1,000 


Leading rubber . 


950 


1-inch deck 


100 


Chemical 


1,150 


4-inch rubber suction 


41| 


1-inch deck 


100 






4-inch-rubber suction 
3-inch flexible 
35-inch deluge . 

Total 


40f 

137i 

62* 


Total 


9,991 f 








13,740! 


Amount of Hose 


in Use 


and in Store fop 


>. Year 


Ending Febr 


uary 1, 1920. 




In Use. 




In Store. 






Feet. 




Feet. 


Leading cotton . 


121,516 


Leading cotton . 


2,370 


Leading rubber . 


2,700 


Leading rubber . 


— 


Chemical 


17,550 


Chemical 


300 


4-inch rubber suction 


1,220 


4-inch rubber suction 


70 


3 f -inch deluge . 


637| 


32-inch deluge 


75 


3-inch-flexible suction 


562i 


3-inch flexible suction 


75 


1-inch deck 


900 


1-inch deck 


— 


2i-inch rubber suction 


145,086 


22-inch rubber suction 

Totals 


40 


Totals 


2,930 



Respectfully submitted, 

John O. Taber, 

First Deputy Chief. 



38 



City Document No. 14. 



BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT, VETERINARY 
HOSPITAL. 



Boston, February 4, 1920. 
From: The Veterinary Hospital. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

Sir, — The general health and condition of the horses 
of this department are very good. The following is a 
statement of the whole number of horses in the service; 
those that were purchased, sold, died, pensioned, 
destroyed and killed in the service during the year 
ending January 31, 1920: 



Total number on hand February 1, 1919 
Total number on hand February 1, 1920 
Horses purchased 
Horses sold 
Horses pensioned 
Horses died 
Horses destroyed 
Horses killed in service 



199 
185 
9 
12 
2 
2 
4 
3 



Respectfully submitted, 

Daniel P. Keogh, M. D. V. 



Fire Department. 



39 



REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINER. 



Boston, February 1, 1920. 



From: Medical Examiner. 

To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 



Sir, — I respectfully submit the following report for the 
year ending January 31, 1920: 



Number of cases of illness . 
Number of cases of injury . 
Number injured but remained on duty 



653 

1,005 

744 



Examinations. 

For appointment as provisional firemen . 

For reappointment 

For appointment as provisional firemen (civil service) . 38 
For appointment as probationary firemen .... 68 
For reappointment (as from War Service) . . . 103 
General examinations, including probationers at the 

expiration of their terms 1,517 

Examinations at engine houses of pulmotors and medicine 
chests and including visits at homes of firemen and to 
hospitals 175 

During the past winter the long continued and 
extreme cold weather with deep snow called for a 
greater physical exertion than in years past and was 
the occasion of unusual and severe exposure and suffer- 
ing from frost bites and pulmonary and bronchial 
affections on the part of the men in performance of fire 
duty. It is worthy of note and also of commendation 
that out of a total of 1,005 men injured, 744 remained 
on duty. The commanding officers have rendered a 
great public service on many occasions by intelligent 
effort in the use of pulmotors and of various medicines 
and appliances of the medicine chests as a " first aid" 
to citizens as well as to firemen. 



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City Document No. 14. 



Deaths. 



Name. 


Date. 


Cause. 




Feb. 0, 1919 






Feb. 15, 1919 






hemorrhage. 


Henry H. F. Keenan 


May 19, 1919 


Pulmonary tuberculosis. 


Lieut. Michael J. Sullivan. . . 


Aug. 16, 1919 


Pulmonary tuberculosis. 


James F. O'Hare 


Nov. 18, 1919 


Broncho-pneumonia. 




Jan. 31, 1920 









Respectfully submitted, 

William J. McNally, M. D., 

Medical Examiner. 



Fire Department. 41 



REPORT OF WIRE DIVISION. 



Boston, February 1, 1920. 
From: The Superintendent, Wire Division. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I herewith submit annual report of the Wire Depart- 
ment; also the Wire Division of the Fire Department 
for the year 1919-20. 

The underground district for 1920 has been prescribed 
and advertised in accordance with the law. The main 
streets, avenues and highways, or parts thereof, are as 
follows : 

Dorchester. 

Adams street, from King square to Minot street, Dorchester, 
5,374 feet. 

RoXBURY. 

Humboldt avenue, from Walnut avenue to Seaver street, 
4,380 feet. 

Brighton. 

Market street, from Washington street to Western avenue, 
5,000 feet. 

Tremont street, Brighton, from Washington street, a dis- 
tance of 1,086 feet to within 731 feet of the Newton line, 1,086 
feet. 

Making a total distance of three miles, as provided by 
law. 

Side streets, avenues, or highways, or parts thereof: 

East Boston. 

Bennington street, from Day square, a distance of one half 
mile easterly to within 327 feet of Moore street, East Boston^ 
2,640 feet. 

Charlestown. 

Park street, from City square to Common street, Charles- 
town, 743 feet. 

Wapping street, from Chelsea street to Water street, 462 
feet. 



42 City Document No. 14. 



South Boston. 

H street, from East First street, a distance of one half mile 
to within 44 feet of Columbia road, 2,640 feet. 

I street, from East First street, a distance of one half mile 
to within 42 feet of Marine road, 2,640 feet. 

B street, from West Broadway, a distance of 1,046 feet to 
within 132 feet of West Seventh street, South Boston, 1,046 
feet. 

Dorchester. 

Savin Hill avenue, from Dorchester avenue to Pleasant 
street, 389 feet. 

Making a distance of two miles, as provided by law. 

The following data gives the details of the work done 
by the division: 

The losses from sixty-four fires, due directly or 
indirectly to electrical causes, were $57,239.44, one fire 
being estimated at $50,000. These fires have received 
the attention of this division. 

The electrical equipment of theaters, hotels, depart- 
ment stores and other buildings where there is danger 
to life has received particular attention during the 
year, as have also overhead and underground construc- 
tion throughout the city. 

The violations of the law r relating to the notification 
to and the obtaining of a permit from this division in 
connection with the installation of electrical apparatus 
and wiring within buildings have been very few, and it 
has not been necessary to have any prosecutions made 
under the law. 

The total income was $30,641.48, which includes 
$125 for old wagon and horse. 

It is my intention during the coming year to give 
more attention to the inspection of old installations, 
especially in the business portion of the city. 

Yours very truly, 

Walter J. Burke, 

Superintendent. 



Fire Department. 43 



EXTERIOR DIVISION. 



The underground district for the year 1919, as pre- 
scribed under authority of chapter 196 of the Special 
Acts of 1916, comprised the following main and side 
streets : 

Main Stkeets. 
Roxbury. 
Centre street, from a point 207 feet northerly of Cedar street to 
Columbus avenue. 

Jamaica Plain. 
Centre street, from a point 98 feet northerly of Boylston street 
to Holbrook street. 

South Boston and Dorchester. 
Boston street, from Andrew square to Edward Everett square. 
East First street, from Dorchester street easterly to a point 
255 feet beyond L street. 

Dorchester. 
Stoughton street, from Columbia road to Pleasant street. 
Pleasant street, from Stoughton street to Hancock street. 
Hancock street, from Pleasant street to Dorchester avenue. 

Making a total distance of three miles as provided by 
law. 

Side Streets. 

Roxbury. 

Shawmut avenue, from a point 100 feet northerly of Vernon 

street to Roxbury street. 
Walnut avenue, from a point 100 feet southerly of Dale street 

to Seaver street. 
Highland street, from Centre street to Marcella street. 
Marcella street, from Highland street to a point 127 feet north- 
erly of Vale street. 

Dorchester. 
Norfolk street, from a point 62 feet southerly from Evelyn 

street to a point 171 feet northerly of Walk Hill street. 
Ashmont street, from Dorchester avenue to Alban street. 



44 City Document No. 14. 



Brighton. 
Chestnut Hill avenue, from Wallingford road to Washington 
street. 



South Boston. 
K street, from East First street to a point 112 feet beyond 
East Seventh street. 

Making a total distance of two miles as provided bj r 
law. 

In the prescribed streets, from which poles and over- 
head wires were to be removed, there were standing 
on February 1, 1919, a total of two hundred twenty- two 
(222) poles (not including the trolley poles of the Boston 
Elevated Railway Company, which are exempt), sup- 
porting one million three hundred eighty-one thousand 
nine hundred (1,381,900) feet of overhead wires. 

The number of poles and feet of overhead wires to 
be removed, by districts, are as follows : 

Roxbury district, 39 poles and 162,280 feet of over- 
head wires; Jamaica Plain, 44 poles and 64,200 feet of 
overhead wires; South Boston, 35 poles and 285,300 
feet of overhead wires; Dorchester, 86 poles and 848,320 
feet of overhead wires; Brighton, 18 poles and 21,800 
feet of overhead wires. 

In the selection of new pole locations our engineers 
have accompanied the engineers of the various com- 
panies for the purpose of passing on such locations. 

All poles standing in the streets are stenciled by this 
department for purposes of identification. All poles 
standing in the city are inspected and tested yearly by 
the inspectors of this division and at the same time a 
genera] inspection is made of all overhead construction. 
This work, of course, is in addition to the regular 
inspection work necessary on account of new con- 
struction. 

During the past year poles reported decayed at base 
or leaning have been replaced by new poles or reset by the 
various companies at request of this division. 

The following table shows the overhead work for 
the year from February 1, 1919, to January 31, 1920, 
inclusive : 



Fire Department. 



45 



Number of streets included in orders granted by 

the Board of Street Commissioners to set poles . Ill 

Number of poles included in above orders to set poles, 217 
Orders granted by the Commissioner of Wires and 

Fire Commissioner to set terminal poles . . 10 
Number of streets included in above orders granted 

by the Board of Street Commissioners to remove 

poles 58 

Number of poles included in above orders to remove 

poles 65 

Number of new poles set in new locations . . 8 

Number of poles replaced, reset or straightened . 584 

Number of poles removed (abandoned) ... 3 

Number of poles now standing in the public streets, 15,558 

Number of defects reported 5,828 

Number of defects corrected 5,353 

(Other defects in process of correction.) 

Number of notices of overhead construction . 23,166 

Number of overhead inspections .... 66,869 

Number of overhead reports 24,808 

Number of overhead wires removed by owners (in 

feet) 1,523,186 



The Board of Street Commissioners has also passed 
the following orders which come under the jurisdiction 
of this department, inasmuch as they pertain in one 
way or another to overhead or underground wires : 

Fire alarm and test box locations 4 

Attachment of one company's wires to poles of another . 43 

To stretch overhead wires across public streets . . 3 

Extension of street railway tracks, etc 25 

The ducts used this year for the underground con- 
duits of the drawing-in system are of the following type : 

1. Vitrified clay (laid in concrete). 

2. Fiber (laid in concrete). 

3. Iron. 

4. Wood. 



In side or residential streets a small amount of special 
underground construction for electric light and power 
purposes of a type known as the ' ' Split Fibre Solid Main 
System" has been installed during the year, comprising 
2,073 feet of conduit, 4,519 feet of duct and twenty- 
three service boxes. 



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City Document No. 14. 



The following companies or individuals have laid new 
conduits, enlarged existing conduits, or added to their 
underground cables during the year: 

For Electric Light and Power Purposes. 
Boston Elevated Railway Company. 
Charlestown Gas and Electric Company. 
Edison Electric Illuminating Company. 
Pittsburg Oil Company. 

For Telephone, Telegraph, Signaling and other Purposes. 
Boston Fire Department (Fire Alarm Branch). 
Boston Low Tension Wire Association. 
Boston Police Department (Police Signal Service) . 
Boston Schoolhouse Commission. 
Mutual District Messenger Company. 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. 
Western Union Telegraph Company. 

Orders were passed during the year by the Commis- 
sioner of Wires and Fire Commissioner, under authority 
of chaper 268 of the Special Acts of 1915, granting 
locations for underground conduits for electric wires in 
one hundred seventj^-five (175) streets. 

The electrical approvals for underground electrical 
construction numbered one thousand seven hundred 
sixty-four (1,764). Number of inspections of under- 
ground electrical construction, eight thousand four 
hundred ninety-five (8,495). Number of reports of 
underground electrical construction, one thousand eight 
hundred forty-two (1,842). 

Character of Cable Used by the Various Companies. 



Company. 


Kind of Insulation. 


Size. 


Boston Elevated Railway Co 


Rubber and paper. . 


No. 4-0 and 500,000, 
1,000,000 c. M. 


Charlestown Gas and Electric Co. . . . 


Varnished cambric. . 


No. 4-0. 


Edison Electric Illuminating Co 


Rubber and paper. . 


No. S to 1,000,000 C. M. 


Fire Alarm Branch (B. F. D.) 




4, 6, 10, 15, 20 and 25 con- 




ductors. 


Mutual District Messenger Co 


Paper and rubber. . . 


10 pair, 10 and 25 con- 
ductor. 


New England Tel. and Tel. Co 


Paper 


3 to 1,200 pair. 


Police Signal Service (B. P. D.) 




7 conductor. 


Schoolhouse Commission (City of 
Boston). 


Rubber 


4 conductor. 













Fire Department. 



47 



Table Showing Underground Work for the Year 1919. 



Company. 


3 
d 

o 

O 


3 

a 

o 


o 


■8.2 

3^ 


"3 $ 
■° t 




17,896 
190 
341 

39,144 
472 


111,296 
1,744 
3,022 

343,910 
2,793 


30,191 


61 
2 
3 

258 
2 


11 




5 


Charlestown Gas and Electric Co 

Edison Electric Illuminating Co 

Fire Alarm Branch (B. F. D.) 


15,391 
270,861 

30,418 

512 

155,319 


13 

776 
26 


New England Tel. and Tel. Co 

Pittsburgh Oil Co 


19,660 
59 


125,737 

59 

1,020 

1,334 

19,412 


45 


172 
1 


Police Signal Service (B. P. D.) 


7,025 
3,500 
9,900 


2 
12 


13 
6 


Western Union Telegraph Co 


5,367 


6 


Totals 


83,129 


610,327 


523,117 


387 


1,029 



Note. — "Split Fibre Solid Main System " of the Edison Electric Illuminating Company 
is included in the above figures, comprising 2,073 feet of conduit and 4,519 feet single duct; 
the main and feeder tube or armored cable of same company are not included; 155 feet of 
main three-wire tube and 4.2S8 feet of three-wire armored service cable were laid during 
the year. 



Table Showing the Amount and Distribution of Boston's Electrical Power 

January 31, 1920. 



Company. 


1^-2 
■gW o 


Total Rated 
Horse Power 
of Engines. 


Capacity of 
Incandescent 
Lamps in 
Kilowatts. 


° S is 
>>°$£ 

2 ^ « 

o 


If 
£ o 


£-3 ,; 

JN>3 


SS.S 
goo 


Boston Elevated Railway Company .... 
Edison Electric Illuminating Company . . 


53,020 
43,664 


211,470 
195,400 


3,816 
83,212 

277 
105 
32 
174 


30 

2,889 

178 


382,075 
76,52.3 
13,071 


71,760 

83,847 


19 
38 


Block Plant Electric Light Company .... 


278 
620 
202 
500 


369 
400 
250 
400 




A. W. Barnes Steam Specialty Company, 


33 


106 
31 
138 




1 
1 
1 






Totals 


98,284 


408,289 


87,616 


3,130 


471,944 


155,607 


61 





48 



City Document No. 14. 



INTERIOR WORK. 



As provided by law there have been twelve hundred 
thirteen (1,213) inspections made of theaters, places 
of amusement and public halls. When an inspection 
shows that a defective condition exists, the owners or 
lessees are notified at once, and if defect is not corrected 
within a reasonable time the current is ordered to be 
discontinued. 

In addition to the inspections referred to above, 
weekly inspections were made of the electrical equip- 
ment of traveling theatrical companies and shows ful- 
filling engagements at the various theaters and places 
of amusement, also of such temporary work as had been 
installed by or under the authority of the proprietors 
or managers of the premises. 

Inspections of new and old electrical equipments have 
been carried on in so far as practicable. 

Income received for fees to turn current on new 
wiring was $3,964.50, and for permits to install wiring 
or electrical apparatus, $26,551.98, making a total of 
$30,516.48. Sixty-four fires and twelve accidents to 
persons, — one of which was fatal, — have been investi- 
gated as per the following table: 



Fires in interior of buildings 
Fires on poles 
Manhole explosions 
Miscellaneous exterior 
Car fires .... 
Injuries to persons 

Deaths 

Notices of new work received 

Buildings in which wiring was completely examined 

Inspections made 

Defects reported . 

Defects corrected 

(Other defects in process of correction.) 



41 

1 

3 

13 

6 

11 

1 

14,886 

1,498 

33,853 

1,827 

903 



Fire Department. 49 



LIST OF WIRE DIVISION EMPLOYEES, 
JANUARY 31, 1920. 



Salary 
per Annum. 

1 Superintendent $2,300 00 

1 Chief inspector 2,200 00 

1 Inspector 1,800 00 

1 Chief clerk 1,800 00 

1 Engineer 1,800 00 

1 Permit clerk and inspector .... 1,800 00 

1 Assistant chief clerk • 1,700 00 

1 Engineer . 1,700 00 

6 Inspectors 1,700 00 

7 Inspectors 1,600 00 

8 Inspectors 1,500 00 

1 inspector 1,400 00 

1 Clerk and stenographer 1,400 00 

5 Inspectors 1,300 00 

2 Inspectors 1,200 00 

1 Chauffeur 1,200 00 

1 Driver 1,100 00 

1 Stenciler 1,100 00 

1 Assistant stenciler 1,092 00 

2 Clerks . 1,000 00 

1 Stenographer . 1,000 00 

1 Stenographer (temporary) 936 00 

46 



50 



City Document No. 14. 



STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATION AND EX- 
PENDITURES FROM FEBRUARY 1, 1919, TO 
JANUARY 31, 1920, INCLUSIVE. 





Expenditures. 


Salaries 


and wages: 




A-l. 


James E. Cole, commis 






sioner .... 


$410 96 


A-l. 


Employees 


67,605 86 


F-7. 


Pension roll 


600 00 


B-l. 


Printing 


17 32 


B-2. 


Postage . t . 


175 00 


B-3. 


Advertising 


95 00 


B-4. 


Car fares .... 


1,806 93 


B-12. 


Premium on bond . 


6 00 


B-14. 


Motor vehicles, repair 


3 




and garage rent 


596 18 


B-16. 


Care of horse 


228 00 


B-35. 


Fees for auto, etc. . 


10 00 


B-37. 


Photo and blueprinting 


4 25 


B-39. 


Repairs to instruments 






etc 


116 71 


B-41. 


Horseshoeing 


48 00 


C-3. 


Electric torches 


15 81 


C-4. 


Ford truck, tires, etc. 


1,150 83 


C-6. 


Stable, blankets, etc. 


10 00 


C-13. 


Tools, etc. . 


41 80 


D-l. 


Office, forms and station 






ery .... 


1,315 34 


D-ll. 


Gasolene, oil, etc. 


407 95 


E-10. 


Batteries for torches 


5 40 


E-13. 


Paint stock 
otal expenditures 


54 25 


T 


$74,721 59 


Transferred to the Fire Depart 


- 


merit 




401 00 


Balance 


in treasury . 


5,998 30 
$81,120 89 



Fire Department. 51 



LIST OF PROPERTY.— WIRE DIVISION. 

1 High potential testing apparatus. 

1 transformer. 

1 Test board, capacity 220 volts, 300 amperes. 

1 Auxiliary test board, capacity 220 volts, 150 amperes. 

1 Reflecting galvanometer, condenser, telescope, scales, etc. 

1 Set resistance coils (standard). 

1 Lamp stand and scale. 

1 Shunt coil. 

1 Set double connector posts. 

1 Discharge key. 

1 Reversing key. 

1 Electrostatic Voltmeter, No. 70647. 

1 1,500- volt Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 3438. 

1 300-volt Weston Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 3317. 

1 300-volt Weston Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 6020. 

1 300-volt Weston Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 15459. 

1 300-volt Weston Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 15455. 

1 300-volt Weston Portable Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 
15456. 

1 300-volt Weston Alternating Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 
1044. 

1 15-volt Weston Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 4747. 

1 3-150-volt Weston Direct Current Voltmeter, No. 2147, 
Miniature Type. 

1 0-150 to 300 Double Reading Weston Direct Current Volt- 
meter, No. 28981. 

1 0-150 to 300 Double Reading Weston Direct Current Volt- 
meter, No. 28982. 

1 0-150, 0-300 A. C. & D. C. Weston Voltmeter, No. 147. 

1 500-ampere Weston Direct Current Ammeter, No. 2428. 

1 50-ampere Weston Direct Current Ammeter, No. 2381. 

1 1,500 mil-ampere Weston Direct Current Mil- Ammeter, 
No. 2433. 

1 200-ampere T. & H. A. C. Ammeter, No. 29421. 

1 15-ampere T. & H. A. C. Ammeter, No. 21507. 

1 Queen testing set, No. 389. 

1 Standard resistance coil with wheatstone bridge. 

1 Generator, 50,000 ohms. 

6 Bichloride of silver batteries, each 60 cells. 

2 Automobiles (1 touring car, 1 Ford truck). 

3 Robes. 

2 Blankets. 

2 Cameras (complete). 

Miscellaneous tools used in connection with overhead construc- 
tion. 
Draughting instruments. 



52 City Document No. 14. 



THE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. 



Commissioner, John R. Murphy. 

Chief Clerk, Benjamin F. Underhill. 

Chief of Department, Peter E. Walsh. 

First Deputy Chief, John 0. Taber, in charge of Bureau 

of Supplies and Repairs. 
Superintendent of Repairs, Eugene M. Byington. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms, George L. Fickett. 
Superintendent of Wire Division, Walter J. Burke. 
Chief Operator and Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, 

Richard Donahue. 
Chief Clerk, Wire Division, Frank H. Rice. 
Veterinary Surgeon, Daniel P. Keogh. 
Medical Examiner, William J. McNally. 

Clerks. 
(Fire Department.) 
George F. Murphy, Daniel J. Quinn, James P. Maloney, 
Edward L. Tierney, Herbert J. Hickey, John J. Coholan, 
William J. Hurley, Nathan Cohen, Frank M. Fogarty. 

(Wire Division.) 
John F. Flanagan, Timothy A. Connolly, William McSweeney, 
George Stretch, Selina A. O'Brien, Mary E. Fleming, 
Margaret A. Faulkner. 



STRENGTH AND PAY JANUARY 31, 1920. 



Headquarters. 



1 Commissioner $7,500 

1 Chief clerk 2,500 

1 Medical examiner 1,800 

1 Bookkeeper 2,100 

1 Supervisor pay accounts 2,000 

1 Clerk 1,800 

1 Chief, License Division 1,800 

1 Clerk 1,600 

1 Clerk 1,500 

1 Clerk 1,000 

1 Assistant engineer (messenger) . . . 1,600 



Fire Department. 



53 



Per Annum. 



2 Hosemen (clerks) 
1 Constable 



14 



Fire-fighting Branch. 



1 Chief of department . 

2 Deputy chiefs 
15 Districts chiefs 
62 Captains 
91 Lieutenants . 

1 Lieutenant, aide-to-chief * 

1 Private, aide-to-commissioner * 

3 Engineers (marine) 
48 Engineers 
46 Assistant engineers 

1 Assistant engineer 
3 Assistant engineers 
932 Privates (6 at war service 
534 . 
10 . 
388 .. . 



included) 



1,206 



Bureau of Supplies and Repairs. 

1 Superintendent 

1 Lieutenant, foreman hose and harness shop, 

1 Engineer (master plumber *) 

1 Hoseman (master carpenter *) 

1 Master painter . 

1 Auto engineer (engineer*) 

1 foreman auto mechanics 

1 Engineer (machinist*) 

6 Privates * . 



$1,600 
1,200 



$4,500 
3,500 
3,000 
2,000 
1,800 
1,800 
1,600 
1,700 
1,700 
1,600 
1,500 
1,400 

1,600 
1,500 
1,400 



$3,000 
1,800 
1,700 
1,600 
1,600 
1,700 
1,500 
1,700 
1,600 



Employees. 

1 Clerk $1,700 

1 Clerk 1,300 

1 Clerk (hoseman *) 1,600 

1 Storekeeper * 1,800 

Per Week. 

1 Engineer . $37 00 

Per Day. 

3 Firemen $5 00 

2 Plumbers 4 90 

1 Steamfitter 4 50 

1 Leading painter . . . ... . . 4 75 

* Detailed from fire-fighting force. 



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City Document No. 14. 





Per Day. 


7 Painters 


$4 50 


2 Wheelwrights 


4 50 


1 Leading machinist ... 


4 75 


13 Machinists (including 2 temporary) 


4 50 


1 Leading blacksmith 


4 75 


4 Blacksmiths 


4 50 


5 Blacksmith's helpers 


3 75 


3 Carpenters 


4 50 


1 Vulcanizer 


4 00 


2 Hose and harness repairers 


4 50 


1 Hose and harness repairer 


4 00 


1 Boiler repairer and ironworker 


4 50 


1 Chauffeur 


4 00 


2 Teamsters 


3 50 



70 

Fire Alarm Branch. 

1 Superintendent 

1 Chief operator and assistant superintendent, 

1 Supervising operator 
4 Principal operators 

2 Operators 
6 Assistant operators 
1 Assistant operator 
1 Hoseman (garageman) 

Construction Force. 

1 Foreman 

1 Assistant foreman 

1 Stockman 

1 Machinist 

2 Machinists 

18 Repairers, cable splicers, linemen and wiremen, 

1 Laborer 

42 



1 

3 

4 

1,336 



Veterinary Hospital Branch. 

Veterinarian 

Hostlers (average) 



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



2,200 
1,700 
1,500 

Per Day 

$4 75 
4 50 
4 95 
3 50 



Per Annum. 

$3,000 

Per Day. 

$3 50 



* Detailed from fire-fighting force. 



Fire Department. 55 



CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. 

Peter E. Walsh. 

Headquarters, Engine House 26-35, Mason Street. 

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

Division 1. 

Deputy Chief, John 0. Taber. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 8, Fort Hill Square. 
This division comprises Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

District 1. 
District Chief, Fitzgerald M. O'Lalor. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 2, Paris Street, 
East Boston. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 5, 9, 11, 
31 (fireboat), 40, 47 (fireboat), Ladders 2, 21, Chemical 7. 

District 2. 
District Chief, William E. Riley. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 9, Main Street, 
Charlestown. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 27, 32, 36, 
50, Ladders 9, 22. 

District 3. 
District Chief, Cornelius J. O'Brien. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 18, Pittsburgh Street. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 25, 38, 
39, 44 (fireboat), Ladders 8, 18, Water Tower 3, Rescue 1. 

District 4- 
District Chief, Edward J. Shallow. 
Headquarters, Engine House 4, Bulfinch Street. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 4, 6, 8, 
Ladders 1, 24, Chemical 1, Water Tower 1. 



56 City Document No. 14. 

District 5. 
District Chief, Albert J. Caulfield. 
Headquarters, Engine House 26-35, Mason Street. 

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

Division 2. 
Acting Deputy Chief, Henry A. Fox. 
Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. 
This division comprises Districts 6, 7, 8, 11. 

District 6. 

District Chief, Francis J. Jordan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 1, Dorchester Street, 

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

District 7. 
District Chief, Frank A. Sweeney. 
Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 3, 22, 
33, Ladders 3, 13, 15, Water Tower 2. 

District 8. 
District Chief, John N. Lally. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 12, Tremont Street. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 13, 14, 
37, Ladders 12, 26. 

District 11. 

District Chief. 

Headquarters, Engine House 41, Harvard Avenue, 

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

Division 3. 
Deputy Chief, Daniel F. Sennott. 
Headquarters, Ladder House 4, Dudley Street. 
This division comprises Districts 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15. 



Fike Department. 57 

District 9. 
District Chief, Joseph H. Kenney. 
Headquarters, Engine House 12, Dudley Street. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 12, 21, 23, 
24, Ladder 4, Chemical 10. 

District 10. 
District Chief, Walter M. McLean. 

Headquarters, Engine House 18, Harvard Street, 
Dorchester. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 17, 18, 
Ladders 7, 29, Chemical 11. 

District 12. 
District Chief, Michael J. Mulligan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 28, Centre Street, 
Jamaica Plain. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 28, 42, 
Ladders 10, 23, 30, Chemical 5. 

District 13. 
District Chief, Michael J. Kennedy. 

Headquarters, Engine House 45, Corner Washington 
and Poplar Streets, Roslindale. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 30, 45, 
Ladders 16, 25, Chemical 13. 

District 14- 
District Chief, Allan J. Macdonald. 

Headquarters, Engine House 46, Peabody Square, 

Dorchester. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 16, 20, 
46, Ladders 6, 27. 

District 15. 
District Chief, Joseph A. Dolan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 48, Corner Harvard 

Avenue and Winthrop Street, Hyde Park. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 19, 48, 49, 
Ladder 28, Chemical 14. 



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City Document No. 14. 



FIRE STATIONS. 
Location. 



Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 



Occupied by 



Dorchester and Fourth streets 

Corner of O and Fourth streets 

Bristol street and Harrison avenue 

Bulfinch street 

Marion street, East Boston 

Leverett street 

East street 

Salem street 

Paris street, East Boston 

River street. . . .". 

Saratoga and Byron streets, East Boston, 

Dudley street 

Cabot street 

Centre street 

Dorchester avenue 

Corner River and Temple streets 

Meeting House Hill, Dorchester 

Harvard street, Dorchester 

Norfolk street, Dorchester 

Walnut street, Dorchester 

Columbia road, Dorchester 

Warren avenue 

Northampton street 

Corner Warren and Quincy streets 

Fort Hill square 

Mason street 

Elm street, Charlestown 

Centre street, Jamaica Plain 

Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton 

Centre street, West Roxbury 



521 Commercial street, on land of Public 
Works Department. 



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



Engine 1 and Ladder 5. 

Engine 2. 

Engine 3 and Ladder 3. 

Engine 4, Chemical 1 and Tower 1. 

Engine 5. 

Engine 6. 

Engine 7. 

Engine 8. 

Engine 9 and Ladder 2. 

Engine 10. 

Engine 11 and Ladder 21. 

Engine 12. 

Engine 13. 

Engine 14. 

Engine 15. 

Engine 16 and Ladder 6. 

Engine 17 and Ladder 7. 

Engine 18. 

Engine 19. 

Engine 20 and Ladder 27. 

Engine 21. 

Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 

Engine 23. 

Engine 24. 

Engine 25 and Ladder 8. 

Engines 26 and 35. 

Engine 27. 

Engine 28 and Ladder 10. 

Engine 29 and Ladder 1 1 . 

Engine 30 and Ladder 25. 

Engine 31, fireboat. 



Fire Department. 



59 



Fire Stations. — Concluded. 



Location. 


Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 


Occupied by 


Bunker Hill street, Charlestoivn 


8,188 


Engine 32. 


Corner Boylston and Hereford streets. . . 


5,646 


Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 




4,637 






5,668 




Corner Longwood and Brookline avenues, 


5,231 


Engine 37 and Ladder 26. 




4,000 


Engines 38 and 39. 




4,010 




Harvard avenue, near Cambridge street, 
Brighton. 


6,112 


Engine 41 and Ladder 14. 


Washington street, at Egleston square. . . 


3,848 


Engine 42 and Ladder 30. 




5,133 










Washington and Poplar streets, Roslin- 
dale. 


14,729 


Engine 45 and Ladder 16. 




4,875 


Engine 46. 

Engine 47, fireboat. 


Adjoining South Ferry, East Boston 


11,950 


Harvard avenue and Winthrop street, 
Hyde Park. 


9,450 


Engine 48, Ladder 2S and Chemical 
14. 




3,412 






14,475 


Engine 49. 
Engine 50. 




5,230 




9,300 


Corner Callender and Lyford streets 


7,200 


Chemical 11 and Ladder 29. 


Corner Walk Hill and Wenham streets . . 


11,253 


Chemical 13. 




1,676 


Ladder 1. 




3,923 


Ladder 4 and Chemical 10. 




4,290 






4,311 






2,134 




Pittsburgh street, South Boston 


8,964 


Ladder 18 and Tower 3. 




3,101 
6,875 










3,918 


Ladder 24. 




9,889 









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

Water Tower No. 2 is in Headquarters Building. 



60 City Document No. 14. 



OTHER BUILDINGS. 

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

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

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

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

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

Building No. 618 Harrison avenue, used as a depart- 
ment garage and repair shop and a school for chauffeurs 
and officers, 3,816 feet of land. 

LEASED BUILDINGS. 

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

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

Part of building 1 1 Atherton street used for storage. 



Fire Department. 



61 



CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 



Division 1. 



District. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Tons.) 


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1. 






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20 
35 
35 
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Engine 36 


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Chemical 2. . , 

Engine 2 

Fourth street . 
Engine 33. . . . 
Engine 13 ... . 
Engine 14 ... . 
Engine 37. . . . 
Engine 29 . . . 
Engine 34 . . . 
Engine 41 . . . 



35 
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20 
25 
40 
10 
20 



Division 3. 



Engine 12. 
Engine 21 . 
Engine 23 . 
Engine 24 . 



62 City Document No. 14. 

Cannel Coal Stations, Division 3. — Concluded. 



District. 


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14 


Engine 20 


7 




14 


Engine 46 


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15 


Engine 19 


8 




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10 




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1 








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Motor. 
27 Motor-drawn engines. 

2 Steam-propelled engines. 
23 Hose cars. 

20 Ladder trucks. 

4 Chemicals. 

3 Water towers. 
1 Rescue car. 

1 Wrecker. 
31 Automobiles. 

7 Delivery trucks. 

119 

Apparatus 
6 Engines. 
3 Hose cars. 

5 Ladder trucks 
1 Water tower. 

8 Automobiles. 

3 Old Buick roadsters being 
reconstructed tor use as 
fuel and delivery trucks. 

1 Pierce Arrow chassis being 
fitted lor rescue car. 

146 



Horse. 
18 Engines. 
18 Hose wagons. 
10 Ladder trucks. 
4 Chemicals. 

50 



in Reserve. 
7 Engines. 
7 Hose wagons. 
5 Ladder trucks. 
4 Chemicals. 
41 Fuel wagons. 
3 Manure wagons 



117 



Apparatus in Service in Department. 



Fire Department. 63 



Miscellaneous Apparatus. 

1 Old Velie roadster (unfit for service) at Department Auto- 

mobile School, being used for instruction purposes. 

2 Old Ford delivery trucks (unfit for service) at Department 

Automobile School, being used for instruction purposes. 
1 Old Robinson hose car being dismantled and parts being 
used for replacements on this type apparatus now in serv- 
ice in the department. 

Marine Apparatus. 

3 Fireboats. 



64 



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EXPENDITURES FOR THE YEAR. 



Personal service: 




Permanent employees 


11,992,837 23 


Temporary employees 


98 00 


Unassigned 


4,011 25 

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$156 90 


Postage 


385 11 


Advertising and posting 


62 95 


Transportation of persons . 


1,660 09 


Cartage and freight 


597 02 


Hire of teams . . . . 


186 60 


Light and power . . . . 


12,848 32 


Rent, taxes and water 


3,061 88 


Communication . . . . 


2,198 36 


Motor vehicle repairs and care . 


8,277 33 


Motorless vehicle repairs . 


3,346 29 


Cleaning 


8,599 53 


Examinations 


668 00 


Testing materials and supplies 


140 00 


Expert and architect . 


470 00 


Fees, etc 


1,303 00 


Boiler inspection . 


219 00 


Photographic and blueprinting 


164 69 


General plant 


43,471 40 


Horseshoeing and clipping . 


15,095 75 




— 102,912 22 


Equipment : 




Cable, wire, etc. . 


$15,572 61 


Electrical .... 


2,698 59 


Motor vehicles 


. 250,560 95 


Stable 


2,854 50 


Furniture and fittings 


4,335 88 


Office 


185 14 


Tools and instruments 


24,193 54 


Live stock .... 


3,575 00 


Wearing apparel . 


1,396 67 


General plant 


458 08 




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Supplies : 




Office 


$4,323 37 


Food and ice . 


942 54 


Fuel 


77,599 66 


Forage and animal 


41,891 85 


Medical, surgical, laboratory 


199 97 


Veterinary .... 


236 93 


Laundry, cleaning, toilet . 


3,667 34 


Carried forward 


. $128,861 66 $2,405,689 66 



76 City Document No. 14. 



Brought forward 




$128,861 66 $2,405,689 66 


Motor vehicle 




19,121 87 


Chemicals and disinfectants 


3 '485 29 


General plant 




4,517 31 


Cloth .... 




2,421 80 

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100,1111 uo 


Materials : 






Building 




$16,780 05 


Electrical 




3,568 46 


General plant 




33,860 15 
54,208 66 


Special items: 






Pensions and annuities 




198,724 41 


Workingmen's compenss 


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530 00 




$2,817,560 66 


Wire Division (from June 10, 1919) : 


Personal Service: 






Permanent employees . 




$42,924 04 


Service Other than Personal : 




Printing and binding . 


$13 13 




Postage .... 


175 00 




Transportation of per- 






sons .... 


930 19 




Premium on surety 






bond .... 


6 00 




Motor vehicle 


290 55 




Fees, etc. 


10 00 




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4 25 




General plant 


1 65 




Horseshoeing and 






clipping 


7 50 


1,438 27 






Equipment : 






Electrical 


$15 81 




Motor vehicle 


931 45 




Stable .... 


10 00 




Tools and instru- 






ments 


14 55 


971 81 


Supplies : 




Office .... 


$669 45 




Motor vehicles 


136 34 


805 79 


Materials : 




Electrical 


$5 40 




General plant 


34 10 


39 50 






Carried forivard 


$46,179 41 $2,817,560 66 



Fire Department. 



77 



Brought forward 
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,179 41 $2,817,560 66 

300 00 

46,479 41 



?,864,040 07 



Fire Quarters, Readville (Hyde Park). 

Continuation of payments: 

Contractor, M. S. Kelliher .... ! 

Architect, Joseph McGinniss . 

Expert services 



,477 90 

355 41 

45 00 

,878 31 



Recapitulation . 



Fire Department 

Fire Quarters, Readville 



Income. 

Permits for fires in open spaces, 
fireworks, blasting, transporta- 
tion and storage of explosives 

Sale of uniform cloth 

Services of Fireboat No. 47 
United States Government 

Sale of badges . 

Sale of old material 

Damage to apparatus 

Sale of horses . 

Damage to fire alarm posts and 
boxes .... 

Refund of salary 

Sale of manure 

Refund of amount drawn to pay 
traveling expenses 

Refund of overpayment 

Removal of dead horse . 

Wire Division (from June 10, 1919) : 

Fees 

Damage to automobile 
Sale of horse and wagons . 



?,864,040 07 
4,878 31 

?,868,918 38 



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2,309 25 


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79 



Causes of Fires and Alarms from January 1, 1919, 
to January 1, 1920. 



Alarms, false, needless, bell 

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

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

set by rats . 
Careless use pipe, cigar and 

cigarettes . 
Chimneys, soot burning 
Clothes near stove 
Defective chimney, stove 

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



957 
35 

113 

202 

1,064 

90 

441 

344 

169 

26 

51 
152 

43 
85 
20 



Grease in ventilator . . 22 
Hot ashes in wooden recep- 
tacle 71 

Incendiary and supposed . IS 

Lamp upsetting, explosion . 

Miscellaneous . . . 200 
Oil stove, careless use and 

explosion .... 64 
Overheated furnace, stove, 

boiler 116 

Set by boys .... 142 

Sparks from chimneys, stove, 113 
Sparks from locomotive 

engine . . • . . . 36 

Spontaneous combustion . 99 

Thawing 41 

Unknown .... 709 

Total .... 5,423 





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22 


77 


18 


35 


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39 




64 


40 


72 


29 


42 


79 


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May. 


68 


30 


71 


25 


31 


48 


24 




78 
94 


37 
63 


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88 


31 
46 


43 
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45 




58 


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24 


23 


31 


24 


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47 


34 


56 


17 


26 


18 


39 




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79 


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80 


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38 


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43 


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36 




118 


37 


78 


28 


61 


68 


34 






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909 


430 


879 


441 


457 


764 


438 







80 



City Document No. 14. 



Fires Where Loss Exceeded $15,000. 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



1919 

Jan. 12. . 
Jan. 21.. 
Jan. 24. . 
Feb. 3.. 
Feb. 4. . 
Feb. 14. . 
Feb. 21.. 
Feb. 22. . 
Feb. 22. . 
April 2 . . 
May 1 . . 
May 13.. 
May 20.. 
May 24. . 

May 30. . 
July 2.. 
Sept. 1 . . 
Oct. 2. . 
Oct. 11. 
Oct. 28. . 
Oct. 31. 
Nov. 1. 
Nov. 9. 
Dec. 3. 
Dec. 18. 

Dec. 23. 



38-42 Damrell street, S. A. Woods Machine Company 

166-174 Summer street, Hub Shoe Company et al 

19-23 Columbia street, C. W. Stores Company el al 

81-85 Court street, Crawford House et al 

176-178 Huntington avenue, J. Malkin et al 

42-50 Chardon street, Bicknell & Fuller et al 

99-101 Bedford street, Kingston Bias Bindery Company et al., 

SO Kingston street, Blodgett, Ordway & Webber et al 

15-23 Exchange street, M. F. Cottrell Company et al 

113-115 Fulton street, B. Rutstein & Sons Company et al 

121 Beverly street, Richards & Co. et al 

55 Terminal street, People's National Bank of Roxbury el al.... 

127 St. Botolph street, A. Shedlovsky et al 

299-303 Congress street, Handelmaatschappy "Transma- 
rina, " Inc., et al 

12-18 Ewer street, A. W. Wright et al 

60 Fulton street, Arax Grocery Company et al 

540 Sumner street, Aeolian Macaroni Company etal 

110-120 Mt. Vernon street, Underwood Machine Company. . 

Off Erickson street, George Lawley & Son Corporation 

531-537 Hanover street, Mataino & Petringa et al 

80-86 Granite street, Gillette Safety Razor Company 

11 Lehigh street, Boston Paper Board Company, Inc 

41 Pearl street, Nathan Sawyer & Son, Inc., et al 

Mystic Wharf, Export Lumber Company etal 

186 Commonwealth avenue, "Abbotsford," Sidney Wade 
Company et al 

1 42 Kingston street, Manhattan Novelty Company etal 



$219,041 
18S.994 
31,947 
28,139 
40,244 
21,206 
20,552 
45,676 
17,317 
18,380 
19,987 
55,985 
15,129 

18,044 
20,700 
22,733 
26,269 
50,043 
169,500 
18,181 
42,444 
41,185 
21,840 
35,851 

67,259 
61,354 



Fire Department. 



81 



STATISTICS. 



Population, January 1, 1920 . 

Area square miles 

Number brick, etc., buildings . 

Number of wooden buildings . 

Fires in brick and stone buildings 

Fires in wooden buildings 

Out of city 

Not in buildings, false and needless 

Total alarms . . . . 



1,549 

1,214 

35 

2,625 



808,310 
47.81 
31,603 

75,527 



5,423 



Fire Loss for the Year Ending December 31, 1919. 



Buildings, loss insured 
Contents, loss insured 



Buildings, loss not insured 
Contents, loss not insured 



Total loss building and contents 
Marine loss 



. $38,835 
. 165,829 



$994,478 
1,236,142 

$2,230,620 



204,664 

$2,435,284 



$142,300 



82 



City Document No. 14. 



YEARLY LOSS FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. 



Year ending February 1, 1906 

" 1, 1907 . • . 
" " 1, 1908 

, " " 1, 1909 

" " 1, 1910 

"1, 1911 (11 months) 
" January 1, 1912 
" " 1, 1913 
" " 1, 1914 
1, 1915 
" " 1, 1916 

" " 1, 1917 

1, 1918 
1, 1919 
1, 1920 



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

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

t 2,372,489 

X 3,981,227 
2,822,109 
2,577,584 



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

Note. — January loss, 1911, amounting to $165,001, deducted from previous year and 
included in calendar year January 1, 1911, to January 1, 1912. 



ALARMS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS.* 



Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Totals. 


2,733 


2,690 


5,423 


2,413 


2,649 


5,062 


2,252 


2,526 


4.77S 


2,350 


2,12S 


4,531 


2,847 


2,590 


5,437 


2,945 


2,589 


5,534 


2,594 


2,322 


4,916 


2,812 


2,432 


5,244 


2,291 


2,142 


4,433 


1,864 


1,801 


3,665 



1919 

1918 

1917 

1916 

1915 

1914 

1913 

1912 

1911 

1910 (11 months)t. 



* Each fire is treated as having only one alarm. 

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



Fire Department. 



83 



Roll of Merit, Boston Fire Department. 

Joseph P. Hanton, Captain, Engine Company 3. 
Thomas J. Muldoon, Captain, Engine Company 20. 
Thomas H. Downey, Captain, Engine Company 22. 
Michael J. Teehan, Captain Engine Company 24. 
Denis Driscoll, Captain, Engine Company 37. 
James F. McMahon, Captain, Ladder Company 1. 
Frederick F. Leary, Captain, Ladder Company 3. 
Edward McDonough, Lieutenant, Engine Company 8. 
Timothy J. Heffron, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 9. 
Michael J. Dacey, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 20. 
John J. Kennedy, Ladderman, Ladder Company 13. 
Martin A. Kenealy, Captain, retired. 
James E. Downey, Hoseman, retired. • 



Changes fbom February 1, 1919, to February 1, 1920. 

Number of men appointed to fire force .... 43 

Number of men reappointed to fire force .... 13 

All others 8 

Resigned . . 16 

Discharged 12 

Pensioned 24 

Deaths 7 

Pensioners died . , 13 



Membees Pensioned fbom February 1, 1919, to 
February 1, 1920. 



John A. Noonan. 
John Grady. 
Thomas Wyllie. 
John McCann. 
Stephen J. Ryder. 
Peter F. McDonough. 
William Chittick. 
George N. F. Getchell. 
Hadwin Sawyer. 
George A. Newhall. 
John K. Wheelock. 
Frank J. Linloff. 



Jeremiah F. Gillen. 
John H. Cassidy. 
John P. Olsen. 
John J. Ryan. 
Patrick F. Goggin. 
Frank J. Lynch. 
William J. Gaffey. 
John H. Callahan. 
David J. Ryan, Jr. 
Joseph T. Smith. 
Michael J. Lawler. 
Charles Windhorn. 



Death of Members from February 1, 1919, 
to February 1, 1920. 



Warren A. Chase, Jr. 
Thomas J. Stevens. 
Henry H. F. Keenan. 
Michael J. Sullivan. 



David W. Towle. 
James F. O'Hare. 
John H. Belyea. 



84 



CiTY Document No. 14. 



Death of Pensioners from February 1, 1919, 
to February 1, 1920. 



Richard W. Brown. 
Edward A. Shea. 
William E. Staples. 
Michael C. Leonard. 
Frank Patrick. 
Albert Laskey. 
Francis McArdle. 



Alfred H. Perry. 
Warren H. Brown. 
Isaac B. Noble. 
John W. Smith. 
George S. Smith. 
John J. Flanagan. 



Fire Department. 85 



BOSTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND. 



Boston, October 3, 1919. 

To the Members of the Body Corporate of the Boston 
Firemen's Relief Fund: 

Dear Sirs, — We hereby certify that we have audited 
the accounts of the treasurer of the Boston Firemen's 
Relief Fund to the close of business August 31, 1919, 
and find them correct. 

The deposits in the bank and the checks drawn thereon 
have been compared with the accounts received from 
the bank, and have been found to agree therewith, and 
are all properly entered on the books of the treasurer. 

Income from all sources is accounted for, except 
dividend of American Telephone and Telegraph Com- 
pany stock in January, 1919, amounting to $18,* which 
probably went astray in the mail and for which a 
duplicate check has been requested, also Edison Electric 
Illuminating Company, $3 due in August, 1919, which 
was received, but not deposited in time to be included 
in the August account. Payments are supported by 
proper vouchers, and the balance on hand at the close 
of business August 31, 1919, is correct. 

We examined the securities belonging to the fund 
consisting of $174,000 City of Boston registered bonds 
$8,000 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy coupon bonds 
$45,000 Liberty Loans; $7,000 city of San Francisco 
Hospital, and certificates of stocks received from the 
estates of Anne Sargent and Franklin P. Hyde, also 
$1,000 War savings stamps. 

We have seen a bond issued by the American Surety 
Company of New York to Henry J. McNealy, treasurer, 
for $25,000. 

A summary of receipts and disbursements for the year 
ending August 31, 1919, is appended hereto. 

Respectful^ submitted, 

Amos D. Albee Son & Co., 
Certified Public Accountants. 

* Since the above was written, a check for $18 has been received, and seen by us. 



86 



City Document No. 14. 



Receipts and Disbursements from September 1, 1918, to 
August 31, 1919. 



Receip 


s. 








Balance September 1, 1918 $7,792 39 


Amount received from ball fund 








17,187 04 


Interest on bonds 








7,890 00 


Interest on Liberty Loan bonds 








761 48 


Dividends on stocks . 








247 00 


Interest on deposits . 
Donations 








237 41 
25 00 


City of Boston bonds matured 








31,000 00 


American Trust Company loan 








5,000 00 


Discount on Liberty Loan Bonds* 








470 93 




$70,611 25 



Disbursements. 
Death and sick benefits, gratuities, 

medical attendance and medicine, $34,082 31 
Less refunds . . . . . 64 50 



Salaries . 

Treasurer's bond 

Box at International Trust Company vaults 
Free bed, Massachusetts General Hospital 
Auditing twelve months . 
Expenses, stationery, postage, etc. 
Paid American Trust Company loan 
Interest on note .... 

Revenue stamp on note . 
Herbert Parker, Averill suit 
United States Liberty Bonds . 



Cash balance: 

Deposited in American Trust Company 



$34,017 81 

350 00 

62 50 

10 00 

200 00 

125 00 

254 90 

5,000 00 

37 50 

1 00 

695 00 

25,000 00 

$65,753 71 

4,857 54 



$70,611 25