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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIKE DEPARTMENT 

AND WIRE DIVISION 



CITY OF BOSTON 



TEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1926 




CITY OF BOSTON 

PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1927 



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OFFICIALS OF THE DEPARTMENT. 



Eugene C. Hultman, 
Fire Commissioner. 

Herbert J. Hickey, 

Executive Secretary of the Department 

Daniel F. Sennott, 
Chief of Department. 

George L. Fickett, 
Superintendent of Fire Alarm Division. 

Edward E. Williamson, 
Superintendent of Maintenance Division. 

Peter E. Walsh, 
Superintendent of Fire Prevention Division. 

William J. McNally, M. D., 
Medical Examiner. 



[Document 13 — 1927.] 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

FIRE DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1926. 



Boston, July 15, 1927. 

Hon. Malcolm E. Nichols, 

Mayor of the City of Boston: 

Dear Sir, — As required by section 24, chapter 4 of 
the Revised Ordinances of 1925, I have the honor to 
submit the following report of the activities of the Fire 
Department of the City of Boston for the year ending 
December 31, 1926. 

I took office as Fire Commissioner on July 6, 1926, 
succeeding Col. Thomas F. Sullivan, Acting Fire Com- 
missioner, who had relieved Fire Commissioner Theodore 
A. Glynn in January, 1926, the latter having tendered 
his resignation from office. 

The total fire loss for the city as estimated by the 
insurance companies for the year was $5,199,965, show- 
ing a decrease of $207,105 below the loss of 1925. 

The appropriation expended for the year including 
the Wire Division was $4,393,575.72, and the revenue 
from all sources amounted to $136,366.68. 

During the year the department purchased the 
following pieces of major fire-fighting apparatus: 

Six gasolene pumping engines. 

Four city service ladder trucks. 

Three combination hose and chemical cars. 



2 City Document No. 13. 

Two aerial ladder trucks. 

Five four-wheel tractors. 

Extensive alterations and repairs were made on the 
following buildings: 

Engines 6 and 42, Ladder 12, Repair Shop, Head- 
quarters, third and fourth floors. 

Minor repairs and renewals were made on the follow- 
ing buildings : 

Engines 43, 45, 51 and 52. 

The grading and completing of the grounds and 
driveways at the new fire alarm station in the Fens and 
the new fire station of Engine Company 21, Columbia 
road, was finished. Extensive repairs and alterations 
were made on Ladder 17 also. Many buildings were 
painted, repaired and generally put in as good condition 
as their age would allow. 

Plans and specifications are being prepared for two 
new stations, one to be located at Broadway and Warren- 
ton street; and which will provide quarters for Engine 
Company 26-35, Rescue Company 1, the Chief of 
Department, and the District Chief of District 5; the 
other to be built on Parish street, Meeting House Hill, 
to replace the present quarters of Engine Company 17 
and Ladder Company 7. 

Work on the Broadway fire station is scheduled to 
start about March 1, 1927, and at Meeting House Hill 
about April 15, 1927. 

Extensive maintenance work has been performed on 
the major fire apparatus of the department, and it is in 
first-class condition at the present time. Each of the 
fire boats was found to need extensive repairs, and 
approximately $23,000 was paid to shipbuilding con- 
cerns to put these boats in condition to render the service 
for which they were designed. 

Three divisions of the department were reorganized 
during the year in order to render more efficient service. 

An executive secretary of the department was 
appointed to centralize the responsibility in the Head- 
quarters Division. 

The Fire Prevention Bureau, License Division and 
the Bureau of Building Survey and Inspection Division 
of the Uniform Force was abolished, and a Fire Preven- 
tion Division established under the direction of a 
superintendent. 

The Bureau of Supplies and Repairs and the High 
Pressure Steam and Marine Engineering Service were 



Fire Department. 3 

consolidated into the Maintenance Division and placed 
under the charge of a superintendent of maintenance. 

All steam fire engines have been eliminated from 
service in the department and all engine companies are 
now equipped with gasolene pumping engines. 

Two new companies have been established during the 
year, namely, Ladder Company 31 in East Boston, 
giving additional protection for this section of the city, 
and Rescue Company 2 in Roxbury, which will perform 
service similar to that performed by Rescue Company 1 
in the city proper. 

The Rules and Regulations are being revised and 
edited. The rules under which the department has 
been operating are obsolete and not adapted to modern 
practice. Many of the rules do not cover conditions 
which exist in the department today, due to many 
changes in the conduct of the fire departments, such as 
the introduction of motor apparatus, high pressure water 
system, the two-platoon system, etc; 

One of the most beneficial steps taken to improve the 
morale of the department was the establishment of a 
drill school for all members of the department. In the 
past it has been the custom to send all probationers 
through the drill school before they are accepted as 
firemen. The men's training was neglected from then 
on, and because of lack of practice the lessons taught 
in the drill school were forgotten. Now all officers 
below the grade of district chief, and all privates regard- 
less of their length of service, are compelled to attend 
the department drill school which has been in session 
daily for the past six months. 

Recommendations. 

1. The mutual aid system now in effect between the 
Boston Fire Department and the fire departments of 
adjoining municipalities should be thoroughly recon- 
structed and put upon a business basis. At present the 
Fire Commissioner of Boston has never been authorized 
by the City Council to send apparatus and men outside 
the city limits. The present system is very loosely 
drawn, and leaves some sections of the city without 
proper protection in the event of a large fire either in 
this city or in adjoining municipalities. 

2. All single unit engine companies in the depart- 
ment should be made into double units. This should 
be accomplished by the purchase of additional hose cars. 



4 City Document No. 13. 

3. A complete and scientific study should be made 
of the present distribution of fire stations throughout 
the city with a view to mobilizing more apparatus in 
central stations and eliminating some of the old stations. 
Many of the present stations are totally unfit for men 
to live in, and were located before the use of motor- 
driven apparatus was even thought of for the present 
equipment of the department. The majority of the 
stations of the department were built to accommodate 
horse-drawn apparatus when the department was 
operated on a call basis, and but a few men slept in the 
houses. While some changes have been made for the 
accommodation of the men, the quarters are in many 
cases unsuitable and unclean, and the buildings are so 
old and badly located as not to warrant extensive 
repairs and alterations. A rearrangement of the houses 
would result in a material reduction of stations with a 
great saving in cost of maintenance, give a better system 
of response to alarms, as well as improve the living 
conditions of the men. 

4. In addition to planning for modern stations to 
take the place of buildings too old to be repaired, 
economically, many fire houses need extensive repairs 
and alterations to adapt them for the purposes for which 
they are now used. Many of our present stations have 
wooden floors and other conditions which if they existed 
in private buildings we would be obliged to order closed 
for noncompliance with the law. 

5. False alarms constitute a menace to the city by 
having considerable sections without fire protection 
while apparatus is out of quarters. We have also had 
numerous complaints from individuals being unable to 
find fire alarm boxes at night. More light at our boxes, 
by either gas or electricity, would assist the citizens in 
finding the box at night as well as to discourage mis- 
creants from pulling false alarms. The lighting of our 
boxes is not done by this department, but by the Public 
Works Department, and that department should be 
provided with funds for that necessary purpose. 

6. New apparatus in the form of lighting equipment 
should be added to the fire-fighting machinery of the 
department. At the present time the men are literally 
obliged to fight fires "in the dark" and a study is being 
made to provide proper lighting at all fires. 



Fire Department. 5 

7. Plans should be made for the enlargement of the 
present repair shop which was designed to accommodate 
horse-drawn apparatus. The present shop is overcrowded 
and accommodations should be provided for an addition 
to the present structure so that present equipment can 
be efficiently handled. The department garage and the 
fire alarm shop are now badly housed in old buildings 
located some distance from the main shops. These 
shops should be centralized with the other shops of this 
department in the additional building for the general 
repair shop. 

Appended hereto are reports from the heads of various 
divisions of the department and tables, schedules, etc., 
showing the activities of the department. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. C. HULTMAN, 

Fire Commissioner. 



City Document No. 13. 



REPORT OF THE CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. 



Boston, December 31, 1926. 

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

I beg to submit the following summary of activities 
of the department in general for the fiscal year of 1926: 

Fire Loss. 

Loss (exclusive of marine loss) .... $5,199,96500 
Marine loss 31,487 00 



Total loss . $5,231,452 00 

Number of alarms 7,870 

Average loss each alarm . . . • , . $664 73 

Number of actual fires 6,256 

Average loss each fire . . . . . . $836 23 

Additions and Changes. 
Apparatus. 

April 30, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 750- 
gallon combination pumper and hose motor car was 
placed in service with Engine Company 3. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 12,000 pounds, seventy- two 
horse power, replacing a piece of apparatus of the same 
type, which was placed in reserve. 

April 30, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 750- 
gallon combination pumper and hose motor car was 
placed in service with Engine Company 25. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 12,000 pounds, seventy-two 
horse power. This replaced a Christie tractor steam 
fire engine which was placed in reserve. 

May 3, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 750- 
gallon combination pumper and hose motor car was 
placed in service with Engine Company 4. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 12,000 pounds, seventy-two 
horse power. This replaced a Christie tractor steam 
fire engine which was placed in reserve. 



Fire Department. 7 

May 3, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 750- 
gallon combination pumper and hose motor car was 
placed in service with Engine Company 38. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 12,000 pounds, seventy- 
two horse power. This replaced a Christie tractor 
steam fire engine which was placed in reserve. 

May 12, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 750- 
gallon combination pumper and hose motor car was 
placed in service with Engine Company 28. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 12,000 pounds, seventy- 
two horse power. This replaced a piece of apparatus 
of the same type which was placed in reserve. 

May 15, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 
750-gallon combination pumper and hose motor car was 
placed in service with Engine Company 32. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 12,000 pounds, seventy- 
two horse power. This replaced a piece of apparatus 
of the same type which was placed in reserve. 

May 15, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 17 
four-wheel tractor 85-foot aerial truck was placed in 
service with Ladder Company 1. Weight, fully 
equipped without men, 17,000 pounds, seventy- two 
horse power. This replaced a piece of apparatus of the 
same type which was later placed in service at Ladder 31. 

May 17, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 17 four- 
wheel tractor 85-foot aerial truck was placed in service 
with Ladder Company 23. Weight, fully equipped 
without men, 17,000 pounds, seventy- two horse power. 
This replaced an American-LaFrance city service truck 
which was later placed in service at Ladder 6. 

May 25, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 14 city 
service truck was placed in service with Ladder Com- 
pany 6. Weight, fully equipped without men, 11,500 
pounds, seventy-two horse power. This replaced a 
piece of apparatus of the same type which was placed in 
reserve. 

June 2, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 com- 
bination hose and chemical car was placed in service 
with Engine Company 46. Weight, fully equipped with- 
out men, 10,500 pounds, seventy-two horse power. 
This replaced an American-LaFrance Type 10 hose car 
which was placed in reserve. 

June 4, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 com- 
bination hose and chemical car was placed in service with 
Engine Company 30. Weight, fully equipped without 



8 City Document No. 13. 

men, 10,500 pounds, seventy-two horse power. This 
installation made this a two-unit company. 

June 6, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 17 four- 
wheel tractor 75-foot aerial truck was placed in service 
with Ladder Company 31. Weight, fully equipped 
without men, 17,000 pounds, seventy-two horse power. 
This installation was made necessary by the establish- 
ment of a new ladder company in East Boston, in place 
of Chemical Company 7 which was disbanded and 
the motor wagon formerly in service with Chemical 
Company 7 was later placed in service with Engine 
Company 11. 

June 9, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 com- 
bination hose and chemical car was placed in service 
with Engine Company 18. Weight, fully equipped 
without men, 10,500 pounds, seventy-two horse power. 
This replaced an American-LaFrance Type 10 hose car 
which was placed in reserve. 

June 14, 1926, a Seagrave combination hose and 
chemical car, which was formerly in service at Chemical 
7 was placed in service with Engine Company 11. 
Weight, fully equipped without men, 12,050 pounds, 
fifty-two and eight tenths horse power. This installa- 
tion made this a two-unit company. 

August 3, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 14 city 
service truck was placed in service with Ladder Com- 
pany 3. Weight, fully equipped without men, 11,500 
pounds, seventy-two horse power. This replaced a 
Christie tractor city service truck which was placed in 
reserve. 

August 5, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 14 city 
service truck was placed in service with Ladder Com- 
pany 20. Weight, fully equipped without men, 11,500 
pounds, seventy-two horse power. This replaced a 
Christie tractor city service truck which was placed in 
reserve. 

August 5, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 14 city 
service truck was placed in service with Ladder Com- 
pany 21. Weight, fully equipped without men, 11,500 
pounds, seventy-two horse power. This replaced a 
piece of apparatus of the same type which was placed 
in reserve. 

August 26, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 14 
city service truck was placed in service with Ladder 
Company 25. Weight, fully equipped without men, 



Fire Department. 9 

11,500 pounds, seventy-two horse power. This replaced 
a Christie tractor city service truck which was placed in 
reserve. 

October 27, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 14 
city service truck was taken from reserve service and 
placed in service with Ladder Company 30. Weight, 
fully equipped without men, 11,500 pounds, seventy- 
two horse power. This replaced a piece of apparatus 
of similar type which was placed in reserve. 

December 10, 1926, an American-LaFrance Type 75 
chassis with foam tanks was placed in service with 
Rescue Company 2 at the quarters of Ladder Com- 
pany 4. Weight, fully equipped without men, 11,000 
pounds, seventy-two horse power. This apparatus was 
installed on account of this new Rescue Company being 
put into operation on that date. 

An American-LaFrance Type 17 four-wheel tractor, 
seventy-two horse power, is now being attached to 
Water Tower 1, in place of American and British tractor 
which has been dismantled for parts. 

An American-LaFrance Type 17 four-wheel tractor, 
seventy-two horse power, was attached to the reserve 
water tower in place of American and British tractor 
which was dismantled for parts. 

An American-LaFrance Type 17 four-wheel tractor, 
seventy-two horse power, 85-foot aerial truck was in- 
stalled and placed in reserve service on August 3, 1926, 
replacing Christie tractor which was dismantled for 
parts. 

An American-LaFrance Type 17 four-wheel tractor, 
seventy-two horse power, 85-foot aerial truck was in- 
stalled and placed in reserve service on September 28, 
1926. Weight, fully equipped without men, 17,000 
pounds. This replaced a Christie tractor which was 
junked. 

An American-LaFrance Type 17 four-wheel tractor, 
seventy-two horse power, 75-foot aerial truck was in- 
stalled and placed in reserve service. Weight, fully 
equipped without men, 17,000 pounds. This replaced a 
Christie tractor which was junked. 

Miscellaneous Automobiles. 
A new Buick sedan was installed for service with the 
Fire Commissioner on June 21, 1926, replacing a similar 
type car which was traded in. 



10 City Document No. 13. 

A new Buick coupe was installed for service with the 
Chief of Department on June 17, 1926, replacing a similar 
type car which was traded in. 

A new Buick sedan was installed for service with the 
Superintendent of the Wire Division on March 6, 1926, 
replacing a Buick touring car which was traded in. 

A Buick touring car was installed for service with the 
Chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Repairs on March 10, 
1926, and later placed permanently in service with 
Deputy Chief of Division 1 on July 1, 1926, replacing 
similar touring car which was traded in. 

A Buick touring car was placed in service with the 
Bureau of Supplies and Repairs on June 5, 1926, replac- 
ing similar type car which was placed in service with the 
Superintendent of the High Pressure, Steam and Marine 
Service. 

A Buick touring car was placed in service with the 
Superintendent of the Fire Alarm Branch on January 9, 
1926, replacing Buick roadster which was placed in 
service with the medical examiner. 

A Buick touring car was placed in service with the 
Deputy Chief of Division 2 on March 11, 1926, replac- 
ing similar type of car which was placed in reserve and 
later traded in. 

Four Buick roadsters were purchased and placed in 
service with various district chiefs, replacing three 
similar type cars which were placed in reserve and one 
which was demolished in an accident. 

A Buick roadster was placed in service with the medi- 
cal examiner on January 9, 1926, replacing similar type 
car which was placed in reserve and later traded in. 

A Buick roadster was placed in service with the 
engineer of motor apparatus on July 12, 1926, replacing 
similar type of car which was placed in service with 
Engineer James Wall of the Bureau of Supplies and 
Repairs. 

Buildings. 

The following new and alteration work has been com- 
pleted during the fiscal year ending December 31, 1925: 

At Engine 6, Leverett street, West End, alterations 
on main floor, extending main floor to rear of quarters, 
removing stalls and stall pans, changing locations of 
pole holes, repairing dormitory floor, new cellar stairs, 
new hose rack, new toilet on main floor and incidental 
work; also roof repairs. 



Fire Department. 11 

At Engine Company 21, Columbia road and Annabel 
street, complete rebuilding of quarters, completing 
grounds, walks, planting, etc. 

At Engine Company 26, Broadway, South End, 
Barnard Memorial razed by contractor and lot is now 
available for new quarters. 

At Engine 42, Washington street, Egleston square, 
complete remodeling of quarters and adding another 
story to quarters, making same three stories high. 

At Engine 43, Andrew square, South Boston, new 
boiler installed, oil burner installed, smoke pipe work in 
connection with same, incidental work and roofing 
repairs. 

At Engine 45, Washington and Poplar streets, Ros- 
lindale, new type heater installed, smoke pipe work, 
changing of heating system, repairing water pipes, inci- 
dental work and roofing repairs. 

At Engine 51, Oak square, Brighton, new drainage 
system in cellar, new sump, gasolene interceptor, remov- 
ing toilet from cellar and building same at rear of main 
floor, installing additional radiators, installing kitchen- 
ette on second floor, painting doors, fence, terrazzo 
work in shower room, plaster repairs to main floor ceil- 
ing, repairing balcony railing and iron fence and renew- 
ing copper facings on doors. 

At Ladder 12, Tremont street, Roxbury, remodeling 
second floor, work on main floor, altering stable, building 
kitchenette in rear of main floor, building new dormitory 
in rear, removing old lockers and building new lockers, 
terrazzo work in two shower rooms, terrazzo floors 
and base in sink room, dressing room and two toilet 
rooms, plastering same, cutting out new skylight, 
repairing old skylights, building new roof garden and 
patrol desk, etc. 

At Ladder 17, Harrison avenue, South End, general 
remodeling of entire building. 

At Engine 52, Callender and Lyford streets, Dor- 
chester, building cement walk, foundations, walls, etc. 

Third floor, Headquarters Building, Bristol street, 
South End, remodeling for offices of the Fire Prevention 
Division and Department Architect. 

Fourth floor, Headquarters Building, Bristol street, 
South End, fitting out the former fire alarm rooms for 
offices of the Wire Division. 



12 



City Document No. 13. 



The following work is incomplete at this date: 
Engine 26-35, Broadway, South End, new quarters. 
Engine 17 and Ladder 7, Meeting House Hill, Dor- 
chester, plans now being made for new quarters. 

Tools and Appliances. 

During the year four additional Ross thawing 
devices were purchased and installed on pumpers in 
the department. 

Seven additional P. & Q. door openers were pur- 
chased and added to the equipment of Ladder Com- 
panies 2, 9, 12, 15, 23, 24 and 31, these tools having 
proven to be very efficient for the purpose required. 

Four of the so-called "New York" bars were installed 
on Ladder Companies 1, 13, 17 and 18. 

A Burrell all-service gas mask was placed in service 
with Ladder Company 31 and one of these masks was 
also installed on each deputy chief's car in the three 
divisions. 

An H. & H. inhalator was purchased and added to 
the equipment of Ladder Company 31. 

Seventeen foam type fire extinguishers were purchased 
and added to the equipment of various companies, this 
type of extinguisher being very efficient in extinguishing 
small oil fires, grease fires in connection with oil or gas 
stoves in restaurant and hotel kitchens. 

Apparatus and Equipment. 

Thorough inspections and tests of apparatus, equip- 
ment and hose were conducted at various times during 
the year, and where defects were found, replacements 
or repairs were made immediately, so that the efficiency 
of the department might be maintained at a high stand- 
ard at all times. 

Mutual Aid. 

The department responded to forty-eight (48) alarms 
of fire outside of the city limits, divided as follows: 



Chelsea 




















1 


Everett 




















1 


Milton 




















23 


Newton 




















3 


Somerville 




















18 


Watertown 




















1 


Winthrop 




















1 



Fire Department. 13 

It is a source of gratification to note that a great deal 
of good has resulted by this plan of interchange of 
service in time of urgent necessity. 

Drill School. 
During the year forty (40) appointees successfully 
passed the intensive course of instructions in the Depart- 
ment Drill School, together with two officers and eight 
members from other departments. 

Fire College. 
Eighty (80) officers from this department, together 
with twelve officers from suburban departments, at- 
tended the sessions of the Fire College and practically 
every subject in the fire service was treated upon in this 
course. With the completion of the final session of the 
Fire College during this year, every officer in the depart- 
ment below the grade of district chief has received the 
course of instructions during the past two years. 

Company Drills. 

In addition to the usual drills of the department 
another form of drill was put into operation during the 
year whereby each company of the department on the 
day platoon drills for one half hour by raising, lowering 
and going over a thirty-foot ladder. Each member of 
the company, including the officers, takes each position 
and performs the various evolutions in connection with 
the handling of a thirty-foot ladder. This drill is 
performed daily, usually in the morning. 

This form of drill has already resulted in the improved 
physical condition of the members of the department. 

Fire Prevention Week. 
Fire Prevention Week was observed in this city during 
the week of October 3 to 10, 1926. All schools, both 
public and parochial, were visited by a member of the 
Fire Department and talks given on fire prevention. 
Fire drills were also held in all the schools. Some of the 
churches from which requests were received were also 
visited and talks given on fire prevention. A reel of 
moving pictures was exhibited at various moving picture 
theaters in different parts of the city and a talk on fire 
prevention given in conjunction with same. Copies of 
a proclamation issued by his Excellency the Governor 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were distributed 



14 



City Document No. 13. 



to the department and posted on the station houses and 
other prominent locations. A supply of "Nearest Fire 
Alarm Box" cards was also distributed to the depart- 
ment with instructions to have same posted in various 
buildings where same would be utilized to the best 
advantage. In addition fire stations were open to the 
public between the hours of 12 and 9 p. m. for inspection 
and information as to how the department functions and 
on fire prevention matters, as well as instructions given 
as to the proper method of sending in an alarm of fire. 
In fact, every effort was made to impress upon the 
general public the necessity of taking every possible 
precaution against fire, not only as affecting their 
places of business or employment, but even more so, the 
importance of observing fire prevention in their homes 
for the protection of those near and dear to them. 

Hydrants. 
The following is a list of the hydrants in service for 
fire purposes, as of December 31, 1926, showing the 
number and different types of same: 



Ordinary post 
Boston post 

Lowry 

Boston Lowry . 

Bachelder and Finneran post 

High pressure 

Boston 

Chapman post . 

Ludlow post 

Matthew post 

Coffin post . 

Total . 



4,218 

3,052 

1,241 

506 

1,314 

451 

247 

181 

20 

4 

1 

11,235 



High Pressure System. 
The records of our two high pressure stations for the 
year are as follows: 





Station No. 1. 


Station No. 2. 


Total alarms to which pumps responded, 


245 


169 


Total time pumps actually operated. . . . 


91 hours, 38 minutes 


45 hours, 5 minutes 


Water discharge recorded on Venturi 
meters. 


475,000 gallons 


71,000 gallons 



(Owing to the construction of the Venturi meters, 
they do not record flows under 600 gallons per minute.) 



Fire Department. 15 

During the year 1926, the High Pressure Fire System 
has been extended into the following streets: 

Summer street, Atlantic avenue to Dorchester 
avenue. 

Dorchester avenue, Summer to Congress streets. 

Congress street, Estes place to Dorchester avenue. 

Including the above outlined work, the High Pressure 
System now includes 16.80 miles of piping and 451 high 
pressure fire hydrants. 

Once again the continued excellent work performed by 
this system during the year 1926 has demonstrated what 
a necessary adjunct it is to the fire-fighting force in the 
extinguishment of fires in the high value section of the 
city. 

New Companies Established. 

On Monday, June 14, 1926, a new company known as 
Ladder Company 31 was established in the quarters 
formerly occupied by Chemical Company 7, Saratoga 
street, East Boston, equipped with an American-La- 
France 75-foot four-wheel tractor aerial truck. At the 
same time, Chemical Company 7 was disbanded and 
the members of the company reassigned. The motor 
wagon formerly in service at Chemical Company 7 was 
installed in the quarters of Engine Company 11, making 
it a two-unit company. With these changes, which 
were strongly recommended by the National Board of 
Fire Underwriters in their 1925 report on the City of 
Boston, the East Boston district is now afforded more 
adequate fire protection than ever before. 

On Friday, December 10, 1926, a new company known 
as Rescue Company No. 2 was established in the quar- 
ters of Ladder Company 4, Dudley street, Roxbury. 
This company is equipped with a motor driven car, 
American-LaFrance Type 75, with Foamite Childs 
equipment installed, including Foamite tanks, etc., two 
Burrell all service gas masks, elevator rescue outfit, 
various tools, extinguishers, life line, jimmy, etc. The 
establishment of this company fills a long needed require- 
ment for a rescue company in that section of the city, 
and the apparatus is also available for oil fires in any 
section of the city, if needed, for which foam is par- 
ticularly adapted. 



16 City Document No. 13. 

Recommendations. 

The following is a list of new apparatus which in my 
opinion is required to place the department on an effi- 
cient basis and provide for an adequate reserve: 

I recommend that new hose wagons be supplied to the 
following companies which are at present single units, 
thereby making them double unit companies and increas- 
ing their efficiency 100 per cent: 

Engine Companies 2, 16, 19, 20, 32, 49, 51, 52 and 53, 
total, nine companies. 

Reserve wagons 301 and 302 to be replaced with new 
hose wagons. The new wagons to be placed in Engine 
Companies 6 and 41 and these wagons placed in reserve. 

Ladder Companies 10, 29 and 30 to be replaced with 
new six-cylinder city service trucks. The old trucks 
to be placed in reserve and old Christie tractors 
to be discarded. 

Two new four-wheel tractors for Water Tower 403 
(Tower 3) and 404 (Tower 2). 

One spare tractor to be used while tractors on aerial 
trucks and water towers are undergoing repairs. 

The pumpers in service in the department are all in 
good condition and our reserve consists of eight pumps, 
which I consider an adequate reserve. 

With the purchase of this amount of new apparatus, 
eleven hose wagons, three city service trucks and three 
type 17 tractors, the department would be placed on a 
very efficient basis and would complete the plan of 
making all engine companies two units which was started 
several years ago. It would also permit of the discon- 
tinuing the use of the Christie tractor which has out- 
lived its usefulness and is a very undesirable unit for 
this department. 

With the rearrangement of our apparatus we would 
then have the following reserve: 

Seven hose wagons; eight pumpers; five city service 
trucks; one water tower; three aerial trucks; one spare 
tractor. 

New Buildings. 
Engine 2 — Ladder 19. — I recommend the erection of 
new quarters housing both of these companies in the 
vicinity of Broadway and L street. In the near future 
the territory along Summer and L streets will be built 
up with manufacturing and mercantile buildings require- 
ing proper fire-fighting facilities for their protection. 



Fire Department. 17 

Engines 4 and 6 — Ladder 21±.— These companies now 
occupy antiquated, unsanitary and poorly located 
quarters. They are, in fact, a disgrace to the city and 
not at all in line with other recent improvements in this 
section of the city. A new combination house on a wide 
centrally located street is a crying necessity. 

Engine 3 and Ladder 3. — The present building is old, 
somewhat shaky, unsanitary and should be rebuilt 
rather than have the large amount of money spent upon 
it which would be required to help improve it. New 
building recommended. 

Engine 13. — Old, antiquated and unwholesome build- 
ing. A shame to fireproof at large expense. New 
building recommended. 

Engine 16 and Ladder 6. — Old, poorly arranged build- 
ings; should come down and new building erected. 

Engine 18.— Engine Houses 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 
were erected at the time of annexation of Dorchester 
to Boston and all are in an old and dilapidated condi- 
tion. Engine 21 has recently been rebuilt, Engine 17 
has an appropriation and the plans are going for- 
ward for a building commensurate with its location. 
Engine 18 should be rebuilt. 

Engine 19. — In the list just mentioned hereinbefore, 
is included this building which is also too small for the 
company's needs. New building recommended. 

Engine 20 and Ladder 27. — For many years this loca- 
tion has been condemned by various interests. A new 
building on a new site is recommended. 

Engine 23. — This old building, located on Northamp- 
ton street, is narrow, jammed in between other buildings 
and should have a new building on a more commodious 
lot. 

Engine 37 and Ladder 26. — The large expense of fire- 
proofing and remodeling this building does not seem 
warranted. It is located in a growing and important 
locality in the vicinity of several hospitals. It is almost 
impossible to house an 85-foot ladder and get away from 
the building. The roof construction is such that there 
is not ample head room for tillerman. Would recom- 
mend a new building. 

Remodeling, Fireproofing, Etc. 
Engine 29 and Ladder 1 1 . — This house should have 
first consideration under the above heading. Drop the 
floor 2 feet in order to obtain proper headroom and 



18 City Document No. 13. 

lower pitch or ramp into building. New concrete floor, 
fireproofing treatment of sidewalls and ceilings, various 
improvements on second floor. 

Engine 11 and Ladder 21. — This structure is fairly 
modern and its condition warrants fireproofing with 
alterations. 

Engine 4-5 and Ladder 16. — This structure warrants 
going ahead with fireproofing and improvements. 

The following is a list of houses which still have 
wood floors and consequently are not complying with 
the law for housing motor vehicles. They should be 
given consideration for reinforced concrete floors, fire- 
proofing and remodeling: 

Engine 9 and Ladder 2. Engine 22 and Ladder 13. 

Engine 24. Engine 30 and Ladder 25. 

Engine 32. Engine 34. 

Engine 36 and Ladder 22. Engine 48 and Ladder 28. 

Ladder 9. Ladder 12. 

Ladder 23. 

There are a number of wooden floors in various 
houses in the department which were loaded with a fire- 
proofing coat of 3 inches to 4 inches of concrete. In 
most cases this is badly cracked and the whole floor will 
have to be removed and a reinforced concrete slab sub- 
stituted. One such house needs this treatment at once, 
namely, Ladder 5 and Engine 1. 

The department garage needs a new floor on top. of 
old sunken one. The building itself is not adequate 
and a large convenient site should be obtained and a 
new building built as soon as possible. 

Conclusion. 

To the Boston Board of Fire Underwriters, the 
National Board of Fire Underwriters, the New England 
Insurance Exchange and the National Fire Protection 
Association, who so kindly co-operated with this depart- 
ment in the carrying out of many progressive measures, 
I wish to extend my sincere appreciation. Also I desire 
to extend my thanks to the various municipal depart- 
ments, public service corporations and the Boston Pro- 
tective Department, which rendered valuable service 
during the past year. 



Fire Department. 19 

Finally, to the members of the department who so 
devotedly and efficiently performed their many difficult 
and at times hazardous duties, I wish to express my 
heartfelt gratitude, and it is my sincere hope that the 
department will continue to maintain its position among 
the leading fire departments in the entire world, by 
rendering the same high standard of service as in the 
past. 

Respectfully, 

Daniel F. Sennott, 
Chief of Department. 



20 City Document No. 13. 



REPORT OF THE FIRE ALARM DIVISION. 



Boston, December 31, 1926. 

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

I herewith submit the annual report of the Fire Alarm 
Division for the year ending December 31, 1926. 

OPERATING RECORDS. 

First alarms 3,706 

Second alarms . 54 

Third alarms 16 

Fourth alarms 1 



Total 3,777 

Box Alarms Received but not Transmitted. 

Same box received two or more times for same fire . 324 

Adjacent boxes received for same fire .... 259 

Received from boxes but treated as stills ... 19 

Total 602 

Still Alarms Received and Transmitted. 

Received from citizens (by telephone) .... 2,709 

Received from Police Department (by telephone) . 264 

Received from Fire Department stations . . 1,186 

Received from boxes but treated as stills ... 19 
Mutual aid alarms, adjacent cities and towns, classified 

as stills . 53 

Emergency services, classified as stills . 58 

Total . . 4,289 

Still alarms received by telephone for which box alarms 

were later transmitted 287 

Automatic and A. D. T. Alarms. 

Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company : 

Transmitted by company to department stations . 140 



Fire Department. 21 

Department box alarms transmitted in connection 
with same: 

Before automatic alarm 7 

After automatic alarms 8 

American District Telegraph Company: 

Received at Fire Alarm office 37 

Department box alarms transmitted in connection 
with same: 
Before A. D. T. alarm was received .... 6 

After A. D. T. alarm was received .... 2 

Received after still alarm was transmitted . . 3 

A. D. T. alarms transmitted to department . . 28 

Summary of Alarms. 
Alarms received : 

Box alarms, including multiples 4,379 

Still alarms, all classes . 4,289 

Boston automatic alarms 140 

A. D. T. alarms 37 



Total received from all sources .... 8,845 



Exclude following duplications : 
Box alarms received but not transmitted 
Still alarms for which box alarms were transmitted 
Automatic alarms for which box alarms were trans 

mitted 

A. D. T. alarms for which other alarms were pre- 
viously transmitted . . . . 

Total duplications eliminated .... 



602 

287 



902 



Total alarms, with duplications eliminated, to which 

apparatus responded 7,943 

Fire Alarm Box Records. 
Boxes from which no alarms were received . . . 399 

Box tests and inspections 9,633 

(Note: All keyless doors are tested weekly.) 

Exterior Work Done. 
Considerable work was done during the past year to 
improve outside conditions in the fire alarm system 
especially concerning circuits. Seven new box circuits, 
four tapper circuits and three gong circuits were made 
and other circuits were rearranged to make them more 
uniform. With but one or two exceptions no circuit 
now has more than the required number of boxes or 
other apparatus connnected. 



22 



City Document No. 13. 



This department installed 28 new boxes, 6 were in- 
stalled by the Schoolhouse Department and 7 were in- 
stalled on private property; 2 boxes were relocated and 
10 were removed from service. All boxes and posts 
were painted. 

Because of the delay in receiving cable from the manu- 
facturer only about one half of the underground cable 
work planned was done. Approximately 22,450 feet of 
cable for extension of underground system was installed 
and about 12,350 feet was used to replace defective 
cables or those too small for requirements. About 
3,770 feet of ducts were laid underground, 31 box posts 
and 5 cable posts were set, 14 box posts damaged by 
vehicles were replaced by new posts and 52 other posts 
damaged had parts replaced. Because of change in 
street lines 3 posts were relocated. Two manholes and 
2 handholes were built. Many changes and additions 
to electrical equipments in department stations were 
made for the betterment of the service. 



Underground Cables Installed. 
East Boston. 

Bennington street, from Brooks street to 

Prescott street 

To connect Box 644, White street . 



City Proper. 
Post and building connections 
Post and building connections 
Post and building connections 
Post and building connections 
Post and building connections 



South Boston. 
Dorchester street, from Fourth street to 
Eighth street (replacing 6 conductor 



Cond. 



Feet. 



10 


1,817 


6 


495 


61 


22 


20 


68 


10 


148 


6 


25 


4 


400 



cable) 

To connect Ladder 19 house .... 


19 
15 


1,818 
375 


East Broadway, from O street to P street . 

L street, from East Broadway to East Sixth 

street 


6 
6 


664 
989 


Roxbury. 






Beacon street, from Brookline avenue to 






Maitland street (replacing 6 conductor 
cable) 


10 


1,832 



10 

6 


1,054 
190 


19 


3,653 


19 


565 


10 


2,667 


6 

6 

10 

6 


2,528 
810 
723 
486 



Fire Department. 23 

Cond. Feet. 

Beacon street from Maitland street to Audu- 
bon circle (replacing 4 conductor cable) . 
Post and building connections 

Dorchester. 
Washington street, from Erie street to Park 

street (replacing 10 conductor cable) 
Harvard street, from Washington street to 

Engine Company 18 

Dorchester avenue, from Engine Company 

46 to Codman street 

Oakland street, from Mattapan square to 

Richmond road 

To connect Box 3521 ..... 
Pole and building connections . . 
Post and pole connections . . . . 

Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. 
Centre street, from Moraine street to Engine 

Company 28 

Centre street, from Engine Company 28 to 

Eliot street 

Beech street, from Orange street to Colberg 

avenue 

Post and pole connections .... 
Post and pole connections 

Brighton. 

Washington street, from Winship street to 

Academy Hill road 10 695 

Cambridge street, from Sparhawk street to 

Washington street 6 1,139 

Warren street, from Commonwealth avenue 

to Woodstock avenue 6 1,815 

Box Posts Installed with Duct Lengths. 
East Boston. 

Feet. 

White and Eutaw streets ...... 6 

City Proper. 
Poplar and Chambers streets ..... 13 

Columbus avenue, Stuart and Arlington streets . 50- 

South Boston. 

West First and C streets ....... 19 

West First and E streets 8 

West First and East First streets 14 



19 


2,720 


10 


1,290 


6 

10 

6 


1,565 
75 

185 



24 



City Document No. 13. 



West Second and D streets 

Baxter and D streets 

West Sixth and E streets 

East Eighth and Old Harbor streets 

East Eighth and G streets 

East Eighth and H streets 

East Eighth and K streets 

East Ninth and Mercer streets 

Marine road and I street 

Marine road and L street 

East Broadway and P street . 



Dorchester, 
East Cottage and Batchelder streets 
Savin Hill avenue and Saxton street 
Freeport and Beach streets 
Washington and Codman streets 
Washington street at No. 1051 
Morton and Sanford streets 
Morton and Oakridge streets 
Morton and Harvard streets . 
Callender and Lyford streets . 
Jones avenue and Mascot street 



Roxbury. 
Norfolk avenue and Magazine street 

West Roxbury. 
Washington street at Granfield avenue 
Washington street at Denton terrace 
Beech and Eastbourne streets .... 

Box Post Removed from Service. 
Clinton street opposite Blackstone street. 

Box Posts Replaced by New. 
{Broken by Vehicles.) 
Marlborough and Gloucester streets. 
Chestnut avenue and Green street. 
Tremont and Parker streets. 
Bunker Hill and Vine streets. 
Strathmore and Sutherland roads. 
Harrison avenue opposite Sharon street. 
Albany and Yeoman streets. 
Edward Everett square. 
Huntington and Longwood avenues. 
Richmond and Commercial streets. 
Washington and Matchett streets. 



Feet. 

4 

114 

274 

12 

26 

16 

12 

181 

15 

31 

19 



103 
14 
96 
16 
24 
23 
36 
6 
11 
33 



20 



64 
13 

27 



Fire Department. 25 

Dudley street and Guild row. 

Roxbury and Centre streets. 

Charlesgate West and Newbury street. 

Fifty-two other posts were broken and parts were replaced. 

Box Posts Reset. 
(Out of Plumb or Loose in Ground.) 
Florida and Templeton streets. 
Ipswich and Lansdowne streets. 
Hanover and Parmenter streets. 
Commercial and North Market streets. 
Main and Miller streets (new gas connection). 

Posts Relocated. 
(Change of Curb Line.) 
Cambridge and South Russell streets. 
Tremont street, near Warrenton street. 
Washington and Thorndike streets. 

New Test Posts. 

Feet. 

Cambridge and North Grove streets .... 48 

Atlantic avenue and Congress street .... 24 

West Broadway and D street 21 

Dorchester avenue and Freeport street (4 ducts) . 23 
Blue Hill avenue and Fremont street, replacing cable 
box on pole. 

New Conduit. 

White street, from Brooks street to Eutaw street . 329 

Morton street, at Harvard street (2 ducts) ... 44 

New Manholes and Handholes. 

West Second and D streets. 

Morton and Harvard streets. 

White street, at East Boston High School (2 handholes). 

Ducts Replaced. 
Warren avenue, near bridge (Box 481) . . . 22 

Ducts Abandoned. 

Standard street, at River street 76 

Allston street, at Washington street .... 153 

Warren street, at Commonwealth avenue ... 50 

Oakland street, at Blue Hill avenue .... 179 



26 



City Document No. 13. 



New Pole Connections. 

Brooks street, at White street 
E street, at West First street * 
F street, at West First street . 
East Eighth street, at L street 
Norfolk avenue, at Magazine street 
George street, at Magazine street (north)* 
George street, at Magazine street (south)* 
Norfolk avenue, at Proctor street . 
Kimball street, at Dorchester avenue 
Greenwich street, at Dorchester avenue 
Park street, under railroad 
Groveland street, at River street . 
Harvard street, at Morton street . 
Woodland road, at River street 
Huntington avenue, at River street 
Belnel road, at River street 
Evergreen street, at South Huntington avenue 
Nikisch avenue, at Beech street 



129 

122 

163 

153 

102 

152 

147 

48 

92 

8 

165 

215 

139 

149 

103 

43 

194 

166 



Public Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 

1519. Columbus avenue, Stuart and Arlington streets. 

2495. Winchester and Lila roads. 

2519. Washington street and Granfield avenue. 

2527. Neponset avenue and Grover street. 

253. Sycamore and Brookdale streets. 

2537. Mt. Hope and Brook streets. 

2551. Canterbury and Ashland streets. 

2567. Washington street, at Denton terrace. 

257. Nikisch avenue and Brahms street. 

2577. Mansfield street and Weeks avenue. 

264. Bellevue and Martin streets. 

2667. Hinsdale and Trevore streets. 

2717. Selwyn and Knoll streets. 

2727. Cerdan avenue and Bellaire road. 

2728. Weld street and Ravenna road. 
2747. Vermont street, opposite No. 59. 
2758. Lasell and Atlantis streets. 

3246. Savin Hill avenue and Saxton street. 

3255. Savin Hill avenue and Evandale terrace. 

3257. Grampian way, opposite No. 29. 

337. Callender and Lyford streets. 

341. Greenwich street and Fenton place. 

3517. Capen and Fuller streets. 

3521. Jones avenue and Mascot street. 

3623. Carruth street and Elm avenue. 

371. Coronado and Belnel roads. 

3812. Austin and West streets. 

3813. Austin and Beaver streets. 



Installed by Telephone Company for this department. 



Fire Department. 27 



SCHOOLHOUSE BOXES INSTALLED. 

216. Memorial High School, Townsend street. 
2184. Walnut avenue and Crawford street, auxiliary to 

Morrison Estate School. 
2663. Washington street and Intervale avenue, auxiliary to 

Beethoven School. 
3278. Grover Cleveland School, Charles street. 
61. Donald McKay School, School street. 
644. White and Eutaw streets, auxiliary to East Boston 
High School. 

Private Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 

1378. State House, Mt. Vernon street entrance. 

1379. State House, Ashburton place entrance. 
1465. Keith-Albee Boston Theatre. 

1477. Metropolitan Theatre. 

2122. Dudley Theatre, Washington street, near Palmer street. 

2359. Deaconess Hospital, Pilgrim road. 

3555. Walter Baker & Co., Central avenue. 



Fire Alarm Boxes Relocated. 

13-51. From Chelsea Police Station to Chelsea Fire Head- 
quarters. 
2663. From Washington street, opposite Edgemere road to 
Washington street and Intervale avenue. 

Fire Alarm Boxes Removed from Service. 

1312. Moxie Company, Haverhill street. 

2184. Walnut avenue and Crawford street.* 

2242. Boston Belting Company, Linden Park street. 

2247. Myles Standish School, Roxbury street. 

2464. Washington street, near Arborway. 

2663. Washington street, opposite Edgemere road.* 

3197. Boston Elevated car barn, Grove Hall. 

430. Oliver Holden School, Pearl street. 

629. Atlantic Works, Border street. 

644. White and Eutaw streets.* 



Fire Alarm Boxes in Service. 

Total number 

Owned by Fire Department 

Owned by Schoolhouse Department 

Owned by Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company 

Privately owned 



1,372 

963 

237 

55 

117 



* Fire Department boxes removed from service and schoolhouse boxes installed in 
place thereof. 



28 



City Document No. 13. 



Department Boxes 
On box posts 

On poles .... 
On buildings 
In buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors (bell ringing attachment) 
Equipped with keyless doors (glass guards) 
Equipped with "quick-action" doors 
Equipped with key doors 
Equipped with auxiliary attachments 
Succession type . . . . . 
Designated by red lights . 

Schoolhouse Boxes. 

On box posts 

On poles 

On buildings 

In buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors . 
Equipped with key doors 
Equipped with auxiliary attachments 
Succession type . . . . 
Designated by red lights . 

Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Boxes. 
On poles .... 
On buildings 
In buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors 
Equipped with key doors 
Equipped with auxiliary attachments 
Succession type 

Private Boxes 
On poles .... 
On buildings 
In buildings 

Equipped with keyless doors 
Equipped with key doors 
Equipped with "quick-action" doors 
Equipped with auxiliary attachments 
Succession type 

Fire Alarm Boxes in Districts. 



District 1 






80 


District 9 






106 


District 2 






68 


District 10 






107 


District 3 






35 


District 11 






122 


District 4 






88 


District 12 






99 


District 5 






52 


District 13 






138 


District 6 






93 


District 14 






112 


District 7 






86 


District 15 






82 


District 8 






103 











Fire Department. 



29 



Classification of Fire Alarm Boxes. 



Academies 

Adjoining city 

Armory . 

Asylums 

Car houses 

Cemetery 

Church . 

City yards 

Homes for aged people 

Hospitals 

Hotels . 

Manufacturing plants 

Museum 

Navy Yards 

Office buildings 

Power stations 

Prison 



4 
1 
1 
4 
9 
1 
1 
2 
2 

22 
4 

26 
1 



Public hall . 
Pumping station 
Railroad shops 
Railroad stations 
Railroad yards 
Retail stores . 
Restaurant . 
Schoolhouses (public) 
Schoolhouses (p a r o 

chial) . 
Stock yards . 
Street boxes (public) 
Theatres 
Warehouses . 
Wharves 
Wholesale houses . 



Posts and Cable Terminal Boxes. 

Box posts in service 

Box posts installed but not yet used .... 

Cable posts in service (large size) 

Cable posts in service (small size) 

Pole cable boxes in service (underground connections) 



Circuits. 

Box circuits 

Tapper circuits 

Gong circuits 

Special signal circuits 
Telephone lines to department stations 
Telephone lines to Roxbury Exchange 
Telephone lines to Kenmore Exchange 



There are telephone lines to the Protective Depart- 
ment, A. D. T. Company and Boston Automatic Fire 
Alarm Company and tie lines to switch boards at 
Police Headquarters, Edison Electric Illuminating 
Company and to the Wire Division of the Fire 
Departments. 

Fire Alarm Apparatus. 

Tappers in service 

Boston tappers in adjoining cities and towns 
Tappers connected to systems of adjoining cities and 
towns in Boston stations .... 

Gongs in service 

Registers in service, outside of fire alarm office 
Relays in service, outside of fire alarm office 
Telephones on department lines 
Public telephones rented by department 



1 
1 
5 
5 
12 
4 
1 
237 

2 

1 
952 
28 
8 
9 
4 



590 
22 

75 

21 

262 



73 
18 
16 

3 
64 

2 
10 



166 
6 

6 

113 

31 

22 

148 

17 



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City Document No. 13. 



Summary of Work Done. 

Line wire used in new work and replacements 
Line wire removed from service 

Aerial cable installed 

Conductors in same 

Aerial cable removed from service . 

Conductors in same 

Underground cable installed in telephone ducts 

Conductors in same 

Underground cable installed in department ducts 

Conductors in same 

Total underground cable installed . 

Conductors in same 

Underground cable replaced (due to defects) 

Conductors in same 

Conduits laid by Fire Department 

Ducts abandoned . 

Manholes built 

Handholes built 

Fire alarm boxes installed by this department 

Fire alarm boxes installed by Schoolhouse Department 

Fire alarm boxes installed on private property 

Fire alarm boxes removed from service 

Fire alarm boxes relocated 

Box posts installed .... 

Box posts relocated .... 

Box posts reset or replaced by new 

Box posts removed . . 

Cable posts installed 

Underground cable boxes attached to poles 

Underground cable boxes removed from service 



Feet. 

61,270 

17,240 

2,865 

5,730 

19,774 

165,986 

26,972 

304,073 

4,838 

47,502 

31,810 

351,575 

4,677 

103.015 

3,658 

458 

2 

2 

28 

6 

7 

10 

2 

31 

3 

14 
1 
5 



Respectfully, 

George L. Fickett, 
Superintendent of Fire Alarm. 



Fire Department. 31 



REPORT OF THE MAINTENANCE DIVISION. 



Boston, December 31, 1926. 
From: The Maintenance Division. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report for 1926. 

I report that the following is a summary of the activi- 
ties and work performed by the Maintenance Division 
for the period commencing January 1, 1926, to December 
31, 1926, inclusive. 

Extensive repairs and alterations to various quarters 
as follows : 

Engine Companies 6, 21, 26, 42, 43, 45, 51 and 52. 
Ladder Companies 12 and 17. 
Headquarters, third floor. 
Headquarters, fourth floor. 
Maintenance Division. 

Number of jobs performed by department 
mechanics on department buildings or property, 1,178 

Cost _ $52,372 67 

Number of jobs performed by outside concerns on 

department buildings 109 

Cost ... $136,112 07 

Various jobs performed by company members, 
stock being furnished : 

Cost 



The following company quarters had spaces set 
aside and were used by the Board of Election Commis- 
sioners as polling places : 

Engines 13, 19, 29, 33, 36, 46, 49, 51 and Ladder 9. 

New house heaters installed at the quarters of Engines 
43 and 45. Oil burners installed at the quarters of 
Engines 21, 43 and Ladder 17. 

Galvanized chain link woven wire fences installed at 
the quarters of Engines 28 and 32. 

Canvas roof garden awnings installed at the follow- 
ing company quarters : Engines 5,22, 23, 40, 43, 50, 
51 and Ladders 2, 4, 13 and 18. 

Canvas window awnings installed at the following 
company quarters: Engines 3, 5, 9, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 
and Ladders 2, 3, 6, 8, 13, 19 and 23. 



32 City Document No. 13. 

Lungmotor installed on Rescue 1. 

Burrell All-Service Company, 10 gas masks installed 
as follows: Deputy 1 car, deputy 2 car, deputy 3 car, 
Ladders 1, 31 and Rescue 2. 

New pool tables installed at the quarters of Engines 
21, 42 and Ladder 17. 

Pool tables at the following companies overhauled or 
repaired: Engines 1, 3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 27, 28, 29, 33, 36, 
37, 38-39, 44, 45, 48, 52, 53; Ladders 3, 4, 8, 31; 
Rescue 1. 

Air compressor installed at Wareham Street Garage. 

New 550-gallon gasolene storage tank and 1-gallon 
pump installed at the quarters of Ladder Company 17. 

New 500-gallon gasolene storage tank and 1-gallon 
pump installed at Engine Company 21 quarters. 

New 550-gallon gasolene storage tank and 1-gallon 
pump installed at the quarters of Engine Company 11. 

Swinging arm installed on gasolene storage tank at 
the Wareham Street Garage. 

Painting jobs performed by outside concerns at the 
Maintenance Division Repair Shop and Fire Alarm 
Quarters, 11 Wareham street. 

Roofing repairs performed by outside concerns at 
the following company quarters: Engines 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 

8, 9, 13, 19, 20, 22, 25, 28, 29, 30, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38-39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52 and Ladders 1, 5, 8, 

9, 12, 15, 19; Rescue 1 and Headquarters (Drill School 
Shed). 

Plastering jobs performed by outside concerns at the 
following company quarters: Engines 10, 27, 38-39; 
Ladders 1, 6, 12 and 19. 

Window and door screens furnished by outside con- 
cerns at the following company quarters: New Fire 
Alarm Headquarters, Engines 11, 22, 29, 41, 46 and 
Ladders 12, 17 and 19. 

Window shades furnished by outside concerns at the 
following company quarters: Engines 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 15, 
20, 21, 28, 30, 33, 34, 37, 41, 48, 52, 53; Ladders 9, 12, 
17, 19, 20, 22; Wire Division Headquarters and third 
floor Headquarters Building. 

Main doors installed at the following company 
quarters: Engines 1, 10, 18 and Ladder 1. 

Mattresses and pillows renovated at the following 
company quarters: Engines 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 
17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 32, 33, 35, 44, 49, 50; 
Ladders 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 27; Rescue 1 and 
Towers 1 and 2. 



Fire Department. 33 

Foam type extinguishers furnished to the following 
companies: Engines 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 15, 22, 25, 28, 48; 
Ladders 4 and 31 for oil fires in quarters as these quarters 
are equipped with oil burner heating systems. 

Foam Fire Department type extinguishers furnished 
to Engines 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 29, 34, 41, 51; Ladders 
1 and 17. 

Carbic lights installed on the following ladder trucks: 
Ladders 2, 9, 11, 13, 18 and 23. These lights were 
furnished in order to provide better lighting facilities 
at the scene of fires. 

Blanchard adjustable angle nozzles installed on En- 
gines 1, 3, 8, 9, 18, 33, 36, 45, 48 and one in reserve at 
Maintenance Division Storeroom. 

Metal lockers furnished to the following company 
quarters: Engines 3, 12, 28, 45, 48; Ladders 6, 16 and 
Rescue 2. 

Mattress and blanket rack installed in Maintenance 
Division Storeroom by an outside concern. 

New life nets purchased and installed on the follow- 
ing apparatus: Engines 10, 14, 25, 52, 53; Ladders 2, 
31 and Rescue 2. 

Paige and Quinlan door openers installed on the fol- 
lowing apparatus: Ladders 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 
23, 24, 31 ; Rescue 1 and 2. 

New York bars installed on the following apparatus: 
Ladders 1, 11, 13, 17 and 18. 

Entorf gasolene filters furnished to the following 
company quarters: Wareham Street Garage, Main- 
tenance Division, Engines 1, 11, 13, 29, 37, 51; Ladders 
1, 8, 13 and 15. 

One set of Ever-Safe high voltage tongs installed on 
Rescue 1. This set of tongs is to be used for the hand- 
ling of highly charged electric wires. 

Universalites installed on the following apparatus: 
Ladders 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15 and 17. 

One Putnam automatic power engine sold at auction. 

For the convenience and comfort of the members 
stationed at the various quarters the following articles 
were purchased and distributed : 



38 rugs. 

75 dozen sheets. 
100 dozen slips. 

8| dozen spreads. 
16| dozen roller towels. 

7\ dozen hand towels. 



157 chairs. 

4 bedsteads. 

5 tables. 
1 desk. 

1 chiffonier. 

36 square yards linoleum. 



34 City Document No. 13., 



Furniture Repaired. 

Number of jobs performed by department 

mechanics 108 

Cost $630 22 

Number of jobs performed by outside concerns . 90 

Cost . $3,115 77 



Motorless Vehicle Activities. 

Four horse-drawn steam fire engines were taken to 
the Veterinary Hospital Yard and auctioned off by the 
Municipal Auctioneer. 

Old horse-drawn steam fire engine No. 6 was turned 
over to the Institutions Department on September 23, 
1926. 

Sleds and pungs for salting hydrants furnished to 
several companies. 

Number of repairs to salt wagons and pungs by 

department mechanics 23 

Cost $560 87 

Motor Activities. 

Thirty-two (32) motor vehicles purchased, tested and 
placed in service, viz. : 

4 American-LaFrance city service trucks. 
6 American-LaFrance pumping engines. 

3 American-LaFrance combination chemical and hose cars. 
2 American-LaFrance aerial ladder trucks. 

5 four-wheel American-LaFrance tractors. 
2 Buick sedans. 

1 Buick coupe. 

2 Buick touring cars. 

4 Buick roadsters. 
1 Ford roadster. 

1 Ford coupe. 

1 Reo commercial truck. 

Cars Turned In. 

1 Buick sedan. 

1 Buick coupe. 

1 Reo commercial truck. 

4 Buick touring cars. 

3 Buick roadsters. 



Fire Department. 



35 



Apparatus Painted by Shop Mechanics. 
2 Buick touring cars. 
1 Ford roadster. 

1 Ford truck. 

2 Hose cars. 
1 Pumper. 

9 Salt pungs. 
4 Salt wagons. 
1 Buick coupe. 
1 Ladder truck. 

3 Buick roadsters. 

Motor Vehicles Painted by Outside Concerns. 

Owing to lack of space and facilities at the Mainte- 
nance Division Repair Shop, the following number of 
motor vehicles were painted by outside painting concerns : 

6 Pumpers. 
4 Ladder trucks. 
1 Touring car. 
3 Roadsters. 
8 Hose cars. 
1 Water tower. 



23 Total. 

Our motor equipment at the present time consists of 
the following: 



Tvpe. 



Pumping engines 

Steam engines (tractor) . . . 

Hose cars 

Aerial ladder trucks 

City service ladder trucks. 

Water towers 

Chief officers' cars 

School car 

Rescue cars 

Fuel cars 

Portable lighting plant 

Wrecking car 

Motor cycle (fire patrol) . . 

Commercial trucks 

Emergency cars (Ford) . . 
Roadsters (Ford) 




36 City Document No. 13. 

The following pieces of motor apparatus were given a 
general overhauling by shop mechanics during the year : 

Pumpers.— Engines 2, 7, 10, 22, 26, 27, 33, 53; 
Reserve 129-P and Reserve 132-P. 

Hose Cars.— Engines 5, 7, 8, 22, 23, 33, 39 and 42. 

Ladder Trucks. — Ladders 14 and 30. 

Buick Cars. — Districts 8, 12, 14, 15. 

Ford Truck. — Wire Division No. 418. 

Ross thawing devices installed on the following 
pumping engines : Engines 3, 4, 25 and 38. 

New pump installed on Pump School Pump, Serial No. 
137-P. 

Hose cars at Engines 30 and 46 fitted with deck guns. 

Motors rebuilt on the following apparatus by shop 
mechanics: Engine 9 pump, Ladder 12, Reserve truck 
216-T; Reserve 222-T. 

Engine 19 pump, new Seagrave motor installed. 

Winter side enclosures installed on Buick cars 085,087 
and 094. 

Vertical capstan winch and power take-off installed on 
Fire Alarm G. M. C. truck No. 422. 

One new Reo chassis placed in service with the Fire 
Alarm Branch. 

Knox hose wagon, serial 307, sold to Newton Fire 
Department. 

The following apparatus was towed or driven to the 
Veterinary Hospital Yard and sold at public auction 
during the year: 

Christie Tractor Drawn Steam Fire Engines. 

105-T 109-T 117-T 

106-T 110-T 118-T 

107-T 115-T 119-T 

108-T 116-T 122-T 

Christie Tractor Drawn City Service Ladder Trucks. 

215-T 218-T 

216-T 222-T 

Velie hose car, serial No. 309. 

Self-propelled steam fire engines Nos. 35 and 38. 

Upon the request of the Board of Street Commissioners 
24 omnibuses were inspected by the Supervisor of Motor 
Apparatus, passed and reports forwarded on same. 
This duty was later taken away and performed by the 
Public Works Department. 

One thousand five hundred and forty-six complete 



Fire Department. 37 

inspections of motor vehicles made by the Engineer of 
Motor Apparatus, James W. Ryan. 

Three thousand four hundred and three calls re- 
sponded to by the emergency crews. 

Number of repairs on apparatus by department 

mechanics 5,515 

Cost $85,230 50 

Number of repairs on apparatus by various outside 

concerns 675 

Cost $10,555 00 

Not having proper facilities at the Maintenance 
Division Repair Shop certain articles were repaired by 
outside concerns, namely, springs, fenders, wheels, stor- 
age batteries, carburetors, siren horns, pressing on and 
off solid tires, etc. 

Motor Pump School. 

Motor Pump School was uninterruptedly maintained 
from April 24 to July 9, inclusive. 

During this period eight classes were held. 

Forty-nine members of our department were instructed 
in the care and operation of motor fire pumps. 

On the completion of each class the men attending 
same were examined and furnished with certificates 
confirming them as motor pump operators. 

At the close of the school session the Engineer-In- 
structor inspected all thawing devices. 

Chauffeur School. 

All new members entering the service were given 
instructions in the care and operation of motor vehicles. 

Special instructions were given to members of aerial 
ladder companies where four-wheel tractors were 
installed. 

All members of the department certified as operators 
and not having a state license were examined by in- 
spectors from the State Registry of Motor Vehicles for 
same. 

Hose. 



Purchased. Feet. 

Leading cotton hose . . 17,800 

f-inch chemical hose . 1,000 

1-inch deck hose . . 290 



Total .... 19,090 



Condemned. Feet. 



Leading cotton hose . 
3-inch flexible suctions 
3j-inch deluge hose . 
f-inch chemical hose 
1-inch deck hose 



10,800 

195 

87^ 

1,150 

100 



Total .... 12,332| 



38 



City Document No. 13. 



In Use. 
Leading cotton hose . 
3-inch flexible suctions 
3§-inch deluge hose . 
4-inch hard rubber suctions, 
f-inch chemical hose 
1-inch deck hose 


Feet. 

141,571 

790 

613 

1,050 

20,250 

100 


In Storage. 
Leading cotton hose . 
3-inch flexible suctions 
4-inch hard rubber suctions, 
f-inch chemical hose 
1-inch deck hose 


Feet. 

13,350 

33 

189 

1,100 

100 



Total 



165,174 



Total 



Leading cotton hose 
f-leading chemical hose 
1-inch deck hose 

Total . 



Hose Eeapired. 



14,772 



22,408* 
4,950 
100 

27,458| 



Clothing. 



Kind. 


Received 

and 

Distributed. 


Repaired. 


Reissued. 




1,082 

366 

4 

21 

356 

25 

917 

75 

4 


1,062 

129 

7 

45 

547 

325 


3 




31 








10 




15 























High Pressure Station No. 1. 

The pumps at this station responded to 244 alarms 
of fire during the year, being in operation ninety-one 
hours and fifty-six minutes. The Venturi meters 
recorded the pumping of 475,000 gallons of water for this 
period. Spare parts of pumps secured at this station 
and held for any emergencies. 

Pump No. 1 at this station repaired by manufacturers. 

One set of thrust pump plates rebabbitted for pump 
No. 1 at this station and held at hand for emergency in 
case of breakdown. 

Venturi meters at this station inspected and repaired 
by manufacturers. 



Fire Department. 39 

High Pressure Station No. 2. 

The pumps at High Pressure Station No. 2 responded 
to 169 alarms of fire during the year, being in operation 
forty-five hours and five minutes. The Venturi meters 
recorded the pumping of 138,000 gallons of water during 
this period. 

Venturi meters at this station inspected and repaired 
by manufacturers. 

Number of repairs to high pressure stations by 

department mechanics 2 

Cost $235 93 

Number of repairs to high pressure stations by 

outside concerns 4 

Cost $571 88 

Steam and Marine Engineering Service. 
Engine 31 Fireboat. 

Fireboat docked for the United States Steamboat 
Inspectors' inspection, cleaned and painted by Bethle- 
hem Shipbuilding Company. 

Contract for repairs to boat awarded to R. T. Greene 
Shipbuilding Corporation, and during the progress of 
the work under this contract it was discovered that a 
rotted condition existed around the stern, which neces- 
sitated the installation of a new stern above rudder posts, 
which has been done. 

Solid sheathed deck-housing rudder quadrant replaced 
with open grating deck to allow better ventilation. 

Steel house deck plates renewed under the pilot house. 
New box grated flooring installed in place of the solid 
flooring to allow better ventilation and eliminate the 
cause of corrosion. 

Emergency acetylene cutting outfit installed on boat. 

H. and H. inhalator installed on boat. 

New compass installed and adjusted. 

Engine 44 Fireboat 

New rope fender for boat made by an outside concern. 

Fireboat inspected by United States Steamboat 
Inspectors, boat docked, cleaned and painted and various 
other repairs, as per orders of steamboat inspectors, per- 
formed by Atlantic Works. Contract for general repairs 
to this boat also awarded to this company. 



40 City Document No. 13. 

Condensers retubed on this boat by department 
mechanics. This work of retubing condensers is needed 
periodically. 

Emergency acetylene cutting outfit installed on boat. 

New searchlight installed on boat by Fire Alarm 
Branch. 

Engine J+l Fireboat. 

New bumper for boat made by members of the com- 
pany, stock being furnished by Maintenance Division 
Repair Shop. 

Wharf at quarters repaired by an outside concern. 

Fireboat docked for the United States Steamboat 
Inspectors, boat inspected and repaired, as ordered by 
said inspectors in order to comply with law. 

Steel house deck plates renewed under the pilot house. 
New box grated flooring installed in place of the solid 
flooring to allow better ventilation and eliminate the 
cause of corrosion. 

Ceiling and several frames renewed back of fresh 
water tanks, which necessitated the removing of the 
water tanks in order to allow this work to be performed. 

New searchlight installed on boat by Fire Alarm 
Branch. 

Emergency cutting acetylene outfit installed on boat. 

Number of repairs to fireboat by department 

mechanics 73 

Cost $1,597 00 

Number of repairs to fireboat by outside con- 
cerns 20 

Cost $22,293 27 

I would suggest that consideration be given toward the 
erection of a new building in as close proximity to the 
present Maintenance Division Repair Shop as would be 
possible, for the purpose of storing all our reserve motor 
apparatus, to give more efficient service when replacing 
disabled apparatus. 

Consideration should be given to the necessity of 
having the shop suitably arranged to accommodate 
major apparatus, the present shop having been built 
some years ago for the care and upkeep of horse-drawn 
vehicles. 

Our Department Garage at 618 Harrison avenue used 
principally for the storage of reserve chief officers' cars, 



Fire Department. 41 

truck and cars of the Fire Alarm Branch, Wire Division 
and Maintenance Division, is taxed to the limit for space 
at the present time. This building was unused for some 
few years previous to 1919, at which time it was reno- 
vated by this department for use as a garage and class- 
room for the Fire College. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edward E. Williamson, 

Superintendent of Maintenance. 



42 City Document No. 13. 



REPORT OF MEDICAL EXAMINER. 



Boston, December 31, 1926. 

From: Medical Examiner. 

To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report from January 1, 1926. 

I submit herewith the following report for the year 
ending December 31, 1926: 

Number of cases of illness on file . . . . . 348 

Number of cases of injury on file 1,568 

Number of injured (but remained on duty) on file . 1,251 

Examinations. 

Inspections and examinations at headquarters 

(recorded) 1,474 

For appointment as probationary firemen (civil 

service) 40 

For appointment from probationary to permanent men, 34 

At engine houses of firemen, pulmotors, medicine 
chests, and visits at homes of firemen, either sick or 
injured and at hospitals . . . . . . 1,200 

During the past year I find about the average number 
of sick and injured on file up to the month of July when 
a large number of men were affected severely from 
inhalation of celluloid fumes, the same causing the 
death of one fireman. 

From August 1 to December 1, 1926, there has been 
a falling off in the number of sick and injured (less 16 
ill and less 36 injured than the four months previous). 
The past four months I find on record 79 sick and 113 
injured. The previous four months I find on record 95 
sick and 149 injured. 

The men have always been eager and prompt in 
rendering first aid to all citizens as well as to firemen. 

It is worthy of record to report this year that out of 
1,568 injuries on file 1,251 men were treated at quarters 
or as out-patients, and remained on fire duty. 



Fire Department. 43 

Deaths. 

Francis H. Campbell, died February 15, 1926. 
George H. Hutchings, died May 14, 1926. 
Joseph H. Kenney, died June 7, 1926. 
Michael J. Travers, died July 1, 1926. 
John M. Devine, died July 2, 1926. 
John E. Lorway, died September 19, 1926. 

Respectfully submitted, 

William J. McNally, M. D., 

Medical Examiner. 



44 



City Document No. 13. 



REPORT OF FIRE PREVENTION DIVISION. 



Boston, December 31, 1926. 

Fkom: Superintendent, Fire Prevention Division. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Yearly Report. 

I submit herewith the following report of the activities 
of this division during the year ending December 31, 
1926. 

The amount of fees collected for permits, license 
renewals, etc., totaled $27,799.50 as compared to $23,891 
collected during the year 1925. 

From January 1 to October 19, inclusive, the work of 
the Inspection Bureau was as follows: 



Building surveys 
Reinspections 
Personal inspections 
Garage inspections 
Conditions corrected 

Total . 



2,915 

5,377 

941 

666 

4,020 

13,919 



There were sixty convictions for violation of stable 
laws; two convictions for violation of garage regulations. 
The above convictions were carried on through com- 
plaints made to the Fire Marshal's Department. 

On October 11, 1926, the Bureau of Fire Prevention, 
License Division, Building Survey and Inspection Divi- 
sion of Uniform Force were abolished and all were 
merged into the new Fire Prevention Division. 

Commencing October 20 and continuing for the 
remainder of the year the inspectors examined the first 
floors and basements of mercantile, manufacturing 
buildings, garages and all buildings where entrance 
could be gained in the course of their routes, including 
hotels, apartments, frame dwellings, etc. The total 
number of inspections as above are as follows: 



Fire Department. 



45 



Building inspections 
Complaints and reinspections 
Personal inspections ■ 
Navy Yard inspections 
Navy Yard surveys . 

Total .... 



33,882 

1,304 

347 

550 

58 

36,141 



The grand total number of inspections for the year 
amounted to 50,060. There was one conviction for 
violation of section 34 of chapter 148. 

The number of inspection reports from district officers 
and local district inspectors, including buildings of 
various occupancies such as garages, theatres, hotels, 
dwelling houses, schools and other public buildings, car 
barns, etc., totaled approximately 75,000, this making 
the total number of inspections for the entire depart- 
ment 125,060. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Peter E. Walsh, 

Superintendent Fire Prevention Division. 



46 City Document No. 13. 



REPORT OF WIRE DIVISION. 



Boston, December 31, 1926. 

From: Superintendent Wire Division. 
To: The Fire Commissioner. 
Subject: Annual Report. 

I respectfully submit the annual report of the Wire 
Division of the Fire Department for the year 1926. 

The Wire Division moved to its new quarters during 
the year, where a new telephone switch board with 
additional trunk lines and stations were installed, which 
afforded improved service to the public and others 
having business relations with the division. 

The Permit Office of the division was moved during 
the year from Room 906 to Room 307, City Hall Annex. 

A new underground act (chapter 240 of the Special 
Acts of 1926) was passed during the year, and the under- 
ground district for 1926 was prescribed and advertised 
in accordance with this act. 

A new edition of Rules and Requirements of the Fire 
Commissioner (Wire Division) was compiled and is 
ready for distribution. 

During the year there were eighty-nine fires and three 
accidents due to electrical causes. The total of fire 
losses in so far as could be determined was $91,720.82. 
Thorough investigations were made by employees of 
the division of all fires and accidents attributed to 
electrical causes, and complete reports made and on file 
in the records of the division. 

Rigid inspections were made of all new electrical con- 
struction of which the division had knowledge. 

Plans and applications for all underground electrical 
construction were thoroughly examined, and work in 
connection with this and overhead installations was 
properly inspected and reported upon. 

The income for the year for permits to perform inte- 
rior electrical work was $95,701.01. 

INTERIOR DIVISION. 

Careful inspections were made of all interior elec- 
trical construction in progress during the year. Wher- 



Fire Department. 47 

ever installations were reported as defective, interested 
parties were immediately notified to make corrections 
necessary to comply with the rules and requirements 
of the Wire Division. 

Following is a table showing a summary of the work 
of the division: 

Notices of new work received 25,480 

Number of permits issued to turn on current . 18,711 

Number of incandescent lamps inspected . . 1,990,326 

Number of motors inspected 12,876 

Number of buildings in which wiring was com- 
pletely examined 7,811 

Number of inspections made 45,457 

Number of inspections made of theatres, places 

of amusement and public halls .... 1,309 

During the year there were eighty-nine fires and 
three accidents to persons caused by electricity as 
follows : 

Fires in interior of buildings 87 

Fires on poles ' . 1 

Fires in manholes 1 

Injuries to persons 3 

EXTERIOR DIVISION. 

The underground district for the year 1926 as pre- 
scribed under authority of chapter 196 of the Acts of 
1921, comprised the following streets: 

Roxbury. 
Magazine street, from Norfolk avenue to Dudley street. 

South Boston. 

East Eighth street, from K street to N street. 

East Broadway, from Dorchester street to L street. 

E street, from West Broadway to West First street. 

Jamaica Plain. 
Day street, from Centre street to Heath street. 

Charlestown. 
Baldwin street, from Bunker Hill street to Medford street. 
Polk street, from Bunker Hill street to Medford street. 
Elm street, from Bunker Hill street to Medford street. 
Pearl street, from Bunker Hill street to Medford street. 



48 City Document No. 13. 

Dorchester. 

East Cottage street, from Columbia road to Dudley street. 
Adams street, from Dorchester avenue to King square. 
Washington street, from end of present prescribed underground 

district 530 feet north of Codman street to River street. 
Barrington street, from Beaumont street to Elm street. 
Wilmington avenue, from Nevada street to Milton avenue. 
Cushing avenue, from Sawyer avenue northwesterly to 130 

Cushing avenue. 
Freeport street, from Dorchester avenue, a distance of 2,022 

feet, to a point 139 feet beyond the east line of Beach street. 

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

In these prescribed streets, from which poles and 
overhead wires were to be removed, there were standing 
on January 1, 1926, a total of two hundred and forty 
poles, not including the trolley poles of the Boston 
Elevated Railway, which are exempt, owned by the 
Edison Electric Illuminating Company, New England 
Telephone and Telegraph Company, Charlestown Gas 
and Electric Company, Postal Telegraph Cable Com- 
pany, and American Telephone and Telegraph Com- 
pany, supporting a total of one million three hundred 
sixty-four thousand five hundred feet of overhead 
wires, or a little more than two hundred and fifty-eight 
miles owned by the Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany, New England Telephone and Telegraph Com- 
pany, Charlestown Gas and Electric Company, Postal 
Telegraph Cable Company, Boston Elevated Railway 
Company, Boston Fire Department (Fire Alarm Branch) 
and Boston Police Department (Police Signal Service). 

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 carrying poles standing in the streets are stenciled 
by this department for purposes of identification, brass 
tags being used for this purpose. 

In addition to the regular inspection work necessary 
on account of new construction, the inspection of old 
overhead construction is also included in the duties of 
our inspectors. 

During the past year, the inspectors of this division 
have reported one hundred and three poles decayed at 



Fire Department. 49 

base and forty-eight poles leaning, or a total of one 
hundred and fifty-one poles, which were replaced by 
new poles or reset by the various companies at the 
request of this department. 

Thirty-six (36) abandoned poles were also reported 
by our inspectors and were removed by the owners at 
our request. 

The following table shows the overhead work from 
January 1, 1926, to December 31, 1926, inclusive: 

Number of new poles in new locations . . . 767 

Number of poles replaced, reset or straightened . 600 

Number of poles removed 238 

Number of poles now standing in the public 

streets 17,643 

Number of defects reported 2,355 

Number of defects corrected 1,939 

(Other defects in process of correction.) 

Number of notices of overhead construction . 13,876 

Number of overhead inspections .... 29,490 

Number of overhead reports 13,501 

Amount of overhead wires removed by owners 

(in feet) .; 2,651,038 

Underground Construction. 

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 considerable amount 
of special underground construction for electric light 
and power purposes (110 and 220 volts) of a type known 
as the "Split Fiber Solid Main System" has been 
installed during the year. 

The electrical approvals for underground electrical 
construction numbered 5,042. 

Number of inspections of underground electrical con- 
struction, 9,804. 

Number of reports of underground electrical con- 
struction, 5,516. 



50 



City Document No. 13. 



Character of Cable Used by the Various Companies. 



Company. 



Kind of Insulation. 



Size. 



Boston Elevated Railway. 



Charlestown Gas and Electric Com- 
pany. 

Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany. 

Fire Alarm Branch (B. F. D.) 



New England Telephone and Tele- 
graph Company. 

Postal Telegraph Cable Company 
and Boston District Messenger 
Company. 

Western Union Telegraph Company 
and Mutual District Messenger 
Company. 



Rubber and paper . 



Varnished paper and cam- 
bric. 

Rubber and paper 



Rubber . 
Paper. . 

Paper. . 
Paper. . 



4-0, 500,000 and 
1,000,000 CM. 

No. 6 to No. 4-0. 

Nos. 6 to 1,500,000 
C. M. 

4 to 61 conductor. 

2 to 1,212 pair. 

15 pair. 

11 to 50 pair. 



Table Showing Underground Work for the Year 1926. 



Company. 


43 

'3 

C 
O 
O 


V 

3 

Q 

°o 


S 


a 

OS 
O 


1=1 

la 


g 

u o 

30Q 


Boston Elevated Railway 


13,100 


122,386 
34 

13,774 

707,815 

1,686 
195,413 

857 


38,529 


56 


24 
2 


ciation. 

Charlestown Gas and Electric 
Company. 

Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany. 

Fire Alarm Branch (B. F. D.) 

New England Telephone and 
Telegraph Company. 

Police Signal Service (B. P. D.).. . 


12,080 
245,690 

41,983 


35,089 

1,617,835 

30,813 
285,375 


9 

380 

11 

54 


267 

3,339 

29 
6S 

11 


Postal Telegraph Cable Company 
and Boston District Messenger 
Company. 

Western Union Telegraph Com- 
pany and Mutual District Mes- 
senger Company. 


1,860 
2,336 






5,418 


16,547 


12 


8 


Totals 


318,271 


1,05S,512 


2,011,837 


522 


3,748 







Note. — " Split Fiber Solid Main System" is included in tne above figures comprising 
19,967 feet of conduit and 38,469 feet of duct of the Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 
pany and 1,834 feet of conduit and 3,646 feet of duct of the Charlestown Gas and Electric 
Company. 



Fire Department. 



51 



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

December 31, 1926. 



Company. 


■gWo 


■gSf 

•gWo 


Capacity of 
Incandescent 
Lamps in 
Kilowatts. 





m ° 
£ O 




~ 5 

§1 


Boston Elevated Railway Company 

Edison Electric Illuminating Company . . . 
Charlestown Gas and Electric Company. . 


46,702 
54,424 


252,353 
283,432 


4,054 

1,800 
125 
140 


15 

165 
106 


361,840 
1,750 


85,900 
325 


17 

53 

1 


Quaker Building Company 


620 
500 


400 
363 


1 




75 


215 


1 


Sudbury Building Plant t 








Totals 


102,246 


536,548 


6,119 


2S6 


363,665 


S6.440 


73 



* Unknown. (Meter capacity connected to lines of Edison system, 819,030 kilowatts.) 
1'Discontinued. 



52 



City Document No. 13. 



LIST OF WIRE DIVISION EMPLOYEES, 
DECEMBER 31, 1926. 



1 Superintendent 

1 Chief Inspector 

1 Chief Clerk . 

1 Chauffeur 

1 Clerk and Cashier 

1 Clerk and Stenographer 

1 Clerk . 

1 Clerk . 

1 Engineer 

6 Inspectors 

3 Inspectors 

7 Inspectors 

4 Inspectors 

5 Inspectors 
4 Inspectors 
4 Inspectors 
1 Inspector 
1 Stenciller 
1 Stenographer 
1 Stenographer 
1 Stenographer 
1 Telephone Operator 



Salary 
Per Annum. 

$4,000 
2,700 
2,500 
1,600 
2,000 
1,800 
1,500 
1,200 
2,300 
2,300 
2,200 
2,200 
2,100 
2,000 
1,800 
1,700 
1,600 
1,600 
1,600 
1,500 
1,400 
1,100 



48 



Fire Department. 



53 



STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATION AND EX- 
PENDITURES FROM JANUARY 1, 1926, TO 
DECEMBER 31, 1926. 



Appropriation .... 




$106,012 61 




Expenditures. 




A-l. 


Employees . 


$93,176 65 




F-7. 


Pensions 


600 00 




B-l. 


Printing and binding . 


1,163 25 




B-3. 


Advertising . 


137 00 




B-4. 


Car fares 


3,126 71 




B-12. 


Premium on bond 


12 00 




B-13. 


Telephones 


535 44 




B-14. 


Auto repairs and care 


— 




B-35. 


Auto fees . . . 


— 




B-37. 


Photo, etc. . 


— ■ 




B-39. 


General plant 


236 40 




C-4. 


Motor vehicles 


1,724 80 




C-9. 


Office .... 


83 03 




C-13. 


Tools, etc. 


48 51 




C-17. 


Badges .... 


7 50 




D-l. 


Office forms, etc. . 


2,001 00 




D-ll. 


Gasolene, etc. 


289 95 




E-10. 


Batteries 


9 54 




E-13. 


Stencilling materials, etc. 
Total expenditures 
Unexpended balance . 


109 10 








103,260 88 




$2,751 73 



54 City Document No. 13. 



LIST OF PROPERTY. — WIRE DIVISION. 



7 150-300 volt Weston Direct Current Double Reading Volt- 
meters. 

1 300-volt Weston Direct Reading Alternating and D. C. 
Voltmeter. 

1 1,500-volt Weston Direct Reading Voltmeter. 

1 50-amp. Weston Direct Reading Ammeter. 

2 300-volt Weston Alternating and Direct Current Volt- 

meters. 
1 15-amp. Thomson Alternating Ammeter. 
1 1,500-amp. Weston Direct Reading Mil-ammeter. 
1 200-amp. Thomson Alternating Ammeter. 
1 500-amp. Weston Direct Reading Ammeter. 
1 15-volt Weston Direct Reading Voltmeter. 
1 Queen testing set. 

3 Bichloride of Silver Batteries, each 60 cells. 

1 120-volt Weston Direct Current Miniature type Voltmeter. 
1 150-volt Weston Direct Current Miniature type Voltmeter. 
1 Ford truck. 
1 Buick sedan. 
1 Buick runabout. 
1 Camera complete. 

Respectfully yours, 

Walter J. Burke, 

Superintendent, Wire Division. 



Fire Department. 



55 



THE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. 



Fire Commissioner, Eugene C. Hultman. 

Executive Secretary, Herbert J. Hickey. 

Chief Clerk, James P. Maloney. 

Chief of Department, Daniel F. Sennott. 

Superintendent of Maintenance, Edward E. Williamson. 

Superintendent of High Pressure, Steam and Marine Service, 

Winfred C. Bailey. 
Superintendent of Fire Alarms, George L. Fickett. 
Superintendent of Wire Division, Walter J. Burke. 
Superintendent of Fire Prevention, Peter E. Walsh. 
Chief Operator and Assistant Superintendent of Fire Alarms, 

Richard Donahue. 
Chief Clerk of Wire Division, John F. Flanagan. 
Medical Examiner, William J. McNally, M. D. 

Clerks. 
Fire Department. 
James P. Maloney, Chief Clerk; Edward L. Tierney, Chief of 
License Division, Bureau of Fire Prevention; George F. 
Murphy, William J. Hurley, Frank M. Fogarty, William J. 
O'Donnell, Thomas W. O'Connell, Warren F. Fenlon, Henry J. 
Egan, James H. Finnerty, John J. Shea, Charles S. Carroll, 
William D. Slattery, Eugene Sullivan, Oscar J. Kent, William V. 
Doherty, William H. Murray, Edward L. Barry. 

Wire Division. 
Chief Clerk, John F. Flanagan. 

William McSweeney, Martin P. Cummings, Celina A. 
O'Brien, Mary E. Fleming, May D. Marsh, James P. McKenna, 
Mary E. Sullivan. 

Headquarters. 













Per Annum _ 


1 Commissioner . . $7,500 


1 Executive secretary 










$2,500-$3,300 


1 Chief clerk . 










$2,700-$2,800 


1 Executive clerk . 










$2,700-$2,800 


1 Medical examiner 










3,500 


1 Clerk . 










1,800 


2 Clerks . 










1,700 


1 Clerk . 










1,500 


1 Clerk . 










$1,100-S1,300 


1 Clerk . 










$1,000-$1,200 


1 Elevatorman and assis 


tant 


janil 


,or 




1,700 



56 



City Document No. 13. 



1 Janitress (cleaner) 

1 Assistant engineer (messenger) 
4 Hoseman clerks 



18 



Fire Prevention Bureau. 



Per Week. 

$22.00-118.00 

Per Annum. 

$2,000 
2,000 



1 Chief Fire Prevention 

1 Clerk . 

1 Clerk . 

1 Clerk . 

1 Clerk . 

1 Constable 

1 Captain Fire Prevention 



Per Annum. 

$2,700 

2,000 

L,400-$l,500 

L,200-$l,300 

L,000-$l,100 

1,600 

2,500 



FiRE-FIGHTING BRANCH. 



1 Chief of Department 

1 Assistant Chief of Department 
6 Deputy chiefs .... 

30 District chiefs .... 

75 Captains 

109 Lieutenants .... 

2 Aids-to-Chief (lieutenant) 

2 Aids-to-Chief .... 

3 Aids-to-Commissioner (private) 
3 Engineers (marine) 

6 Masters 

50 Engineers 

53 Assistant engineers 

1,094 Privates: 

774 

17 

36 

227 

40 



Per Annum. 

$5,500 
4,000 
4,000 
3,500 
2,500 
2,300 
2,300 
2,200 
2,200 
2,200 
2,100 
2,100 
2,000 

2,000 
,900-$2,000 
.,800-$ 1,900 
.,700-$l,800 
.,600-$l,700 



1,435 



Bureau of Supplies and Repairs. 



Per Annum. 

$2,900-$3,500 



1 Superintendent of Maintenance 

1 Superintendent, High Pressure Steam and 

Marine Service . . . . . 2,800 

1 Shop foreman 2,700 

1 Lieutenant, foreman hose and harness shop . 2,300 

1 Motor apparatus engineer 2,700 



Fire Department. 



57 



1 Engineer and architect 

1 Storekeeper (hoseman) 

1 Master carpenter (hoseman) 

1 Foreman painter . 

1 Foreman auto repairer 

6 Privates 

1 Clerk in charge . 

1 Clerk . 

2 Clerks . . 
6 Engineers in charge 

1 1 Engineers (High Pressure Service) 
13 Engineers, motor squad 



Per Annum. 

$2,500 
2,100 
2,100 
2,000 
2,100 
2,000 
2,100 
1,700 
1,600 
2,300 
2,100 
2,200 



3 Firemen (7 day) . 



Per Day. 

$6 00 



3 High Pressure engineers 
1 Engineer 



Per Week. 

$43 00 
42 00 



1 Master steamfitter 

1 Master apparatus painter 



Per Annum. 

$2,200 
1,900 



16 Auto repairers 




31 Mechanics 


6 Blacksmiths. 


9 Painters. 


5 Carpenters. 


3 Steamfitters. 


4 Machinists. 


1 Machinist, tool and die maker. 


2 auto mechanics. 


1 Rubber goods repairer. 


2 Plumbers 


2 Wheelwrights 




3 Leading auto repairers 




7 Helpers 




1 Auto trimmer and canvas worker 




1 Hose repairer and carriage trimmer 




1 Hose repairer 




1 Vulcanizer and assistant storekeeper 




1 Chauffeur 




4 Laborers 




1 Brick mason 





Per Day. 

$5 50 
5 50 



75- 



56 00 

6 00 

6 00 

15 00 

50 

50 

25 



50-9 



25 
50 
00 
00 



130 



58 



City Document No. 13. 



Fire Alarm Branch. 

1 Superintendent of fire alarm 

1 Assistant superintendent and chief operator, 

1 Aid-to-superintendent 

1 Batteryman 

1 Clerk 

1 Assistant to custodian 

1 Foreman of construction 

1 Assistant foreman of construction 

1 Instructor of telegraphy 

1 Supervising operator . 
3 Principal operators 
3 Operators 

2 Operators 

6 Assistant operators (9) 

1 Stockman (property clerk and storekeeper) 

1 Attendant and guide 

3 Cable splicers (4) 
5 Inside wiremen 
1 Laborer 

10 Linemen 

3 Machinists (7 day) 
1 Machinist (6 day) 
1 Radio electrician . 

4 Repairer and linemen 

58 

Temporary. 

1 Superintendent of Fire Prevention Division 



Per Annum. 

$4,000 

5,200-$3,400 

2,200 

2,000 

2,000 

l,700-$l,800 

2,800 

2,300 

2,500 

2,600 

2,500 

2,300 

2,200-12,300 

L,600-$2,000 

L,900-$2,000 

Per Day . 

$5 50 
6 25 
6 10 

£5 00 
5 50 
5 50 

5 50 

6 10 
5 75 



Per Annum. 

$4,000 



$4 50- 



Fire Department. 59 



CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. 

Daniel F. Sennott. 

Headquarters, Engine House 21, Columbia Road. 

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. 

Assistant Chief of Department, Henry A. Fox. 

Division 1. 

Deputy Chiefs, Edward J. Shallow and Henry J. 

Power. 

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

District 1. 
District Chiefs, Thomas E. Conroy and Henry Krake. 

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, L-31. 

District 2. 
District Chiefs, Philip A. Tague and Hamilton A. 

McClay. 

Headquarters, Engine House 50, Winthrop Street, 
Charlestown. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 27, 32, 36, 
50, Ladders 9, 22. 

District 3. 
District Chiefs, Cornelius J. O'Brien and James 

Mahoney. 

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



60 City Document No. 13. 

District 4- 
District Chiefs, John F. Watson and Avery B. Howard. 

Headquarters, Engine House 4, Bulfinch Street. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 4, 6, 8, 
Ladders 1, 24, Water Tower 1. 

District 5. 
District Chiefs, Louis A. C. Stickel and Victor H. 

Richer. 

Headquarters, Engine House 7, East street (tem- 
porary). 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 7, 10, 26, 
35, Ladder 17, Rescue 1. 

Division 2. 

Deputy Chiefs, Albert J. Caulfield and Frank A. 

Sweeney. 

Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. 
This division comprises Districts 6, 7, 8, 11. 

District 6. 
District Chiefs, Harry M. Hebard and Michael J. 

Teehan. 

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 Chiefs, Thomas H. Downey and John J. 

Kelley. 

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 Chiefs, Frank J. Sheeran and Dennis 

Driscoll. 

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



Fire Department. 61 

District 11. 
District Chiefs, James F. McMahon and Thomas H. 

Andreoli. 

Headquarters, Engine House 41, Harvard Avenue, 

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

Division 3. 

Deputy Chiefs, Walter M. McLean and Joseph A. 

Dolan. 

Headquarters, Ladder House 23, Washington Street, 

Grove Hall. 
This division comprises Districts 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15. 

District 9. 

District Chiefs, William H. McCorkle and Patrick J. 

V. Kelley. 

Headquarters, Engine House 12, Dudley Street. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 12, 21, 23, 
24, Ladder 4. 

District 10. 
District Chiefs, Francis J. Jordan and Charles H. 

Long. 

Headquarters, Engine House 18, Harvard Street, 
Dorchester. 

Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 17, 18, 52, 
Ladders 7, 29. 

District 12. 

District Chiefs, John N. Lally and William F. Quigley. 

Headquarters, Engine House 28, Centre Street, 

Jamaica Plain. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 28, 42, 
Ladders 10, 23, 30. 

District 13. 
District Chiefs, Michael J. Kennedy and Charles 

A. DONOHOE. 

Headquarters, Engine House 45, Corner Washington 

and Poplar Streets, Roslindale. 
Apparatus Located in the District— Engines 30, 45, 53, 
Ladders 16, 25. 



62 City Document No. 13. 

District 14. 
District Chiefs, Allan J. Macdonald and James F. 

Ryan. 

Headquarters, Engine House 46, Peabody Square, 
Dorchester. 

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

District 15. 
District Chiefs, John P. Murray and Michael F. Silva. 

Headquarters, Engine House 48, Corner Harvard 

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



Fire Department. 



63 



FIRE STATIONS. 
Location. 



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, Roxbury 

Dorchester avenue 

Corner River and Temple streets 

Meeting House Hill, Dorchester 

Harvard street, Dorchester 

Babson street, Dorchester 

Walnut street, Dorchester 

Columbia road, Dorchester 

Warren avenue 

Northampton street 

Corner Warren and Quincy streets 

Fort Hill square 

Elm street, Charlestown 

Centre street, Jamaica Plain 

Chestnut Hill avenue, Brighton 

Centre street, West Roxbury 

521 Commercial street, on land of Public 
Works Department. 

Bunker Hill street, Charlestown 



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 

2,600 

10,377 

14,358 

12,261 



8,1S8 



Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng: 

Eng: 

Eng 

Eng: 

Eng 

Eng: 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

En 

Eng 

Eng: 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng: 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng: 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 

Eng 



ne 1 and Ladder 5. 

ne 2. 

ne 3 and Ladder 3. 

ne 4 and Engine 26. 

ne 5. 

ne6. 

ne 7. 

neS. 

ne 9 and Ladder 2. 

ne 10. 

ne 11 and Ladder 21. 

ne 12. 

ne 13. 

ne 14. 

ne 15. 

ne 16 and Ladder 6. 

ne 17 and Ladder 7. 

ne 18. 

ne 19. 

ne 20 and Ladder 27. 

ne21. 

ne 22 and Ladder 13. 

ne23. 

ne 24. 

ne 25 and Ladder S, Tower 1. 

ne27. 

ne 28 and Ladder 10. 

ne 29 and Ladder 11. 

ne 30 and Ladder 25. 

ne 31. 



Engine 32. 



64 



City Document No. 13. 



Fire Stations. — Concluded. 



Location. 



Number 
of Feet 
in Lot. 



Occupied by 



Corner Boylston and Hereford streets. 

Western avenue, Brighton 

Monument street, Charlestown 

Corner Longwood and Brookline avenues, 

Congress street 

Sumner street, East Boston 



Harvard avenue, near Cambridge street, 
Brighton. 



Washington street, at Egleston square. 

Andrew square 

Northern Avenue Bridge 



Washington and Poplar streets, Roslin- 
dale. 



Dorchester avenue, Ashmont 

Adjoining South Ferry, East Boston . 



Harvard avenue and Winthrop street, 
Hyde Park. 



Church street 

Milton and Hamilton streets 

Winthrop and Soley streets 

Oak square, Brighton 

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

Friend street 

Dudley street 

Main street, Charlestown 

Tremont street 

Harrison avenue 

Pittsburgh street, South Boston 

Fourth street 

Washington street, Dorchester 

North Grove street 

Saratoga street, East Boston 



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

3,S48 
5,133 



14,729 

4,875 

11,950 

9,450 

3,412 
14,475 
5,230 
9.S89 
7,200 
11,253 
1,676 
3,923 
4,290 
4,311 
2,134 
8,964 
3,101 
6,875 
3,918 
9,300 



Engine 33 and Ladder 15. 

Engine 34. 

Engine 36 and Ladder 22. 

Engine 37 and Ladder 26. 

Engines 38 and 39. 

Engine 40. 

Engine 41 and Ladder 14. 

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

Engine 46. 
Engine 47, fireboat. 
Engine 48 and Ladder 28. 

Rescue 1 and Engine 35. 

Engine 49. 

Engine 50. 

Engine 51. 

Engine 52 and Ladder 29. 

Engine 53. 

Ladder 1. 

Ladder 4. 

Ladder 9. 

Ladder 12. 

Ladder 17. 

Ladder IS and Tower 3. 

Ladder 19. 

Ladder 23. 

Ladder 24. 

Ladder 31. 



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

Water Tower No. 2 is in Headquarters Building. 



Fire Department. 65 



OTHER BUILDINGS. 

Bureau S. & R., 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. 

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. 

Fire Alarm Station, Back Bay Fens. 



66 



City Document No. 13. 



GASOLENE STATIONS. 
Division 1. 



Districts. 



Locations. 



Capacity. 
(Gallons.) 



Pump. 



Engine 5 

Engine 11 

Engine 40 

Ladder 2 

Ladder 31. . . 

Engine 27 

Engine 32 ... . 
Engine 36 ... . 
Engine 50. . . . 

Ladder 9 

Ladder 8 

Ladder 18... 
Engine 38-39 

Engine 4 

Engine 6 

Engine 8 

Ladder 1 

Ladder 24 . . . 

Engine 7 

Engine 10 

Ladder 17. . . 
Rescue 1 



280 
500 
550 
550 
550 
550 
550 
280 
280 
220 
120 
280 
280 
280 
280 
280 
280 
550 
550 
220 
550 
550 



1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 quart. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 



Fire Department. 



67 



Division 2. 



Districts. 



Locations. 



Capacity. 
(Gallons.) 



Pump. 



6.... 

6.... 

6.... 

6.... 

6.... 

7.... 

7.... 

7 .... 

7.... 

1 .... 

7.... 

8.... 

8.... 

8.... 

8.... 
11.... 
11.... 
11.... 
11.... 



Engine 1 

Engine 2 

Engine 15 

Engine -43 

Ladder 19 

Engine 3 

Engine 22 

Engine 33 

Maintenance Division, repair shop 

Department garage 

Fire alarm shop 

Engine 13 

Engine 14 

Engine 37 

Ladder 12 

Engine 29 

Engine 34 

Engine 41 

Engine 51 



280 
280 
2S0 
280 
550 
280 
550 
280 
550 
280 
280 
550 
550 
120 
280 
2S0 
280 
280 
280 



1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 
1 gallon. 



68 



City Document No. 13. 



Division 3. 



Districts. 



Locations. 



Capacity. 
(Gallons.) 


Pump. 


550 


1 gallon. 


550 


1 gallon. 


280 


1 gallon. 


120 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


550 


1 gallon 


220 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


550 


1 gallon 


120 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


220 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 


280 


1 gallon 



9 
10 
10 
10 
12 
12 
12 
13 
13 
13 
14 
14 
14 
15 
15 
15 



Engine 12 
Engine 21 
Engine 23 
Ladder 4 . 
Engine 17 
Engine 18 
Engine 52 
Engine 28 
Engine 42 
Ladder 23 
Engine 30 
Engine 45 
Engine 53 
Engine 20 
Engine 46 
Ladder 6 . 
Engine 19 
Engine 48 
Engine 49 



Fire Department. 



69 



CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 
Division 1. 



District. 



Location. 



Capacity. 

(Tons.) 



1 
1 
2 
3 
3 
4 
4 



Engine 11.. . 
Ladder 31 . . . 
Engine 36 . . . 
Engine 38-39 
Ladder 18. . . 

Engine 4 

Ladder 24. 



15 

5 
2 
6 
4 
2 
15 



Division 2. 



District. 



Location. 



Capacity. 
(Tons.) 



6 

6 

7 

7 

8 

8 

8 

11 

11 

11 

11 



Engine 2 

Engine 15 

Fourth street (Old Ladder 5) 

Engine 3 

Engine 33 

Engine 13 

Engine 14 

Engine 37 

Engine 29 

Engine 34 

Engine 41 

Engine 51 



40 

4 



70 



City Document No. 13. 



Division 3. 



District. 



Location. 



Capacity. 
(Tons.) 



9 

9 

9 

9 

10 

10 

12 

12 

13 

13 

14 

14 

15 

15 



Engine 12. . 
Engine 21. . 
Engine 23 . . 
Engine 24 . . 
Engine 17 . . 
Engine 18. . 
Engine 28 . . 
Engine 42 . . 
Engine 30.. 
Engine 45. . 
Engine 16. . 
Engine 20 . . 
Engine 19 . . 
Engine 48 . , 



Fire Department. 



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City Document No. 13. 



Expenditures for the Year. 



Personal Service: 

Permanent employees 
Temporary employees 
Unassigned . 



(,273,249 14 
1,114 61 
3,649 78 



Service Other Than Personal 


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Printing and binding . 


$726 85 


Advertising and posting 


121 00 


Transportation of persons 


915 09 


Cartage and freight 


363 82 


Hire of teams and auto tru 


cks . 5,305 18 


Light, heat and power 


27,986 28 


Rent, taxes and water 


4,597 65 


Surety bond and insui 


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premiums . 


15 00 


Communication . 


10,894 57 


Motor vehicle repairs and 


care, 11,784 23 


Motorless vehicle repairs 


15 00 


Care of horses 


222 85 


Cleaning 


8,858 64 


Disposal of ashes, dirt 


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6 50 


Expert .... 


150 00 


Stenographic, copying an 


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58 32 


Fees, service of venires, etc 


416 00 


Photographic and blueprint 


ing . 334 42 


General plant 


87,408 51 




160,179 91 


Equipment : 




Cable, wire, etc. . 


. $13,092 17 


Electrical 


12,476 26 


Motor vehicles 


. 250,822 97 


Furniture and fittings 


6,963 04 


Office .... 


993 99 


Tools and instruments 


. 40,617 40 


Wearing apparel . 


25,932 52 


General plant 


3,390 61 




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Office . . . . 


$7,491 54 


Food and ice 


647 04 


Fuel .... 


94,013 33 


Forage and animal 


1,068 31 


Medical, surgical, laboratoi 


y . 190 85 • 


Laundry, cleaning, toilet 


3,176 13 


Motor vehicle 


34,033 09 



Carried forward 



$140,620 29 $3,792,482 40 



Fire Department. 


85 


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$140,620 29 $3,792,482 40 


Chemicals and disinfectants 


2,990 52 




General plant 




5,704 75 


149,315 56 






Materials : 








Building 




$19,933 08 




Electrical 




3,228 50 




General plant 




42,954 85 


66,116 43 


Special Items: 








Pensions and annuities 


$282,350 95 




Workingmen's compensation 


49 50 










282,400 45 
$4,290,314 84 








Wire Division: 








Personal Service: 


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$93,176 65 




Service Other Than Personal: 






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$1,163 25 






Advertising . 


137 00 






Transportation of 








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3,126 71 






Surety bond and 








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12 00 






Communications . 


535 44 






General plant 


236 40 


5,210 80 




Equipment : 






Motor vehicles 


$1,724 80 






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83 03 






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48 51 






Wearing apparel . 


7 50 


1,863 84 










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$2,001 00 






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289 95 


2,290 95 










Materials : 








Electrical 


$9 54 






General plant 


109 10 


118 64 




Special Items : 




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600 00 










103,260 88 












$4,393,575 72 



86 



City Document No. 13. 



New Fire Station, Engine 21, Dorchester: 
Continuation of Payments : 

Contractor, Archdeacon & Sullivan 

F. J. Gallagher & Co., completing grounds 

Architect, Mullhall & Holmes Company 

Finished hardware 

Gasolene tank equipment 

Screens . 

Electric light fixtures 

Four lanterns 

Blueprinting 

Advertising 



$21,639 75 

4,013 00 

854 68 

662 00 

390 00 

352 00 

274 00 

268 00 

22 08 

13 00 



,488 51 



New Central Fire Station: 
Payments on Account: 

Architect, John M. Gray Company 

Real estate expert opinions 

Printing specifications 

Test borings 

Blueprinting 

Advertising .... 



56,840 00 

1,682 00 

670 02 

240 00 

9 00 

6 50 

;9,447 52 



Fire Alarm Signal Station, Back Bay Fens: 

Continuation of Payments : 

Connor Electric Company, pulling cables 
Grading grounds and driveways 



51,257 40 
1,893 20 

53,150 60 



New Fire Station, Engine 17 and Ladder 7, Dorchester: 
Payments on Account: 

Architect, James T. Ball . . . . $2,005 42 

Fire Station, Shawmut avenue and Tremont street: 
Continuation of Payments: 
Dorchester Rapid Transit, preparing plans, etc. $1,254 96 



Remodeling House, Engine 8: 
Continuation of Payments: 

Contractor, P. H. Rose Construction Company, $124 16 



Fire Department. 



87 



Recapitulation. 

Fire Department $4,393,575 72 

New Fire Station, Engine 21, Dorchester . . 28,488 51 

New Central Fire Station 9,447 52 

Fire Alarm Signal Station, Back Bay Fens . 3,150 60 
New Fire Station, Engine 17 and Ladder 7, 

Dorchester 2,005 42 

Fire Station, Shawmut avenue and Tremont 

street 1,254 96 

Remodeling house, Engine 8 .... 124 16 







$4,438,046 89 




Income. 




Permits for fires in open spaces, fireworks, blast- 




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$27,967 50 


Sale of badges . 




577 00 


Sale of old fire apparatus 




3,332 18 


Sale of old material 




2,666 89 


Sale of oil and gasolene . 




610 37 


Sale of coal 




20 00 


Damage to cable 




121 88 


Damage to property 




18 65 


Damage to fire alarm posts and boxes 


2,439 99 


Damage to fire apparatus 




2,480 35 


Installing fire alarm boxes 




87 10 


Telephone refund 




13 76 


Central Fire Station: 






Sinking Fund 




105 00 


Rents : 






Church street property 




225 00 


Wire Division: 






Permits .... 




95,701 01 
$136,366 68 



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Causes of Fires and Alarms, from January 1, 1926, 
to January 1, 1927. 



Alarms, false, needless, bell 

and still 1,463 

Alarms, out of city 54 

Automatic alarms, false 

and accidental 97 

Automobiles 535 

Brush, rubbish, etc 1,584 

Careless use lamp, candle, 41 

Careless use matches and 

set by rats 520 

Careless use pipe, cigar, 

cigarette 732 

Chimneys, soot burning . . 446 

Clothes near stove 11 

Defective chimney, stove 

pipe, boiler 114 

Electric wires, motors .... 161 

Fireworks and firecrackers, 85 

Gas jet, gas stove 13 

Gasolene, naphtha, ben- 
zine 13 

Grease in ventilator, oven, 41 



Hot ashes in wooden re- 
ceptacle Ill 

Incendiary and supposed, 31 

Lamp upsetting and ex- 
plosion 8 

Miscellaneous 546 

Oil burners 49 

Oil stove, careless use and 

explosion 30 

Overheated furnace, stove, 

boiler 129 

Set by boys 142 

Sparks from chimney, 

stove 160 

Sparks from locomotive 

engine 36 

Spontaneous combustion. . 158 

Thawing water pipes 16 

Unknown 544 

Total 7,870 





Fire Extinguished By 


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122 

160 


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52 

226 


54 
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62 


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72 

102 

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April 


44 


May 


111 
127 
141 

78 


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133 

154 

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75 
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42 


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City Document No. 13. 



Fires Where Losses Exceeded $15,000, 



Date. 



Location and Owner. 



Loss. 



1926 

Jan. 6 

Jan. 11 

Jan. 13 

Jan. 16 

Jan. 23 

Jan. 24 

Jan. 31 

Feb. 4 

Feb. 6 

Feb. 9 

Feb. 13 

Feb. 16 

Feb. 19 

Feb. 19 
Feb. 21 

Feb. 21 
Feb. 22 

Feb. 27 
March 3 
March 5 
March 12 
March 13 
March 13 

March 15 

March 25 
April 8 
May 2 
May 3 

May 8. 

June 18. 
June 21 , 
June 25 



332-340 Summer street, Kistler, Lesh & Co., Inc., et al. . . . 

39 and 41 West street, I. Schneider et al 

20-30 Maverick square, Maverick Realty Company 

380 and 382 Boylston street, C. Fisher Company et al.. . . 

18-24 Simmons street, A. J. Tower Company 

27-35 Exchange street, Boston Curb Exchange et al 

1063 and 1063A Blue Hill avenue, Mrs. L. Cohen et al. . . . 

1 W. Third street, Gerstein Brothers & Cooper 

16-22 Hay ward place, J. Simon et al 

97 South street, St. Thomas Parish House 

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

52 and 54 Devonshire street and 22 Congress square, 
Clarks, Inc., et al 

280-284 Commercial street, Commercial Reed and Rattan 
Company et al 

50-62 Hanover street, M. C. Rosenfeld Company et al. . . 

646-650A Huntington avenue, Huntington Avenue Home 
Pharmacy et al 

59-65 Temple place, R. Saranoff et al 

177 and 179 Washington street, Babcock's Lunch and 
Bakery et al 

1255-1263 River street, E. Snyder et al 

29-33 Sleeper street, Twitchell Champlin Company et al. 

695 Atlantic avenue, Essex Hotel Company et al 

37 and 39 Pearl street, Mass. Envelope Company et al . . . 

63 Long Wharf, M. L. Hall Company et al 

119-135 Hanover street, 64-68 Union street, Monarch 
Clothing Company et al 

1797-1807 Washington street and 128 Northampton 
street, L. H. Gans et al 

50-54 Sudbury street, T. J. Holmes et al 

S9 and 97 Federal street, Henderson Brothers et al 

569 and 571 Golumbus avenue, Mrs. A. Mueller et al 

104-114 Lincoln street, Burtman Rondeau Company et al. 

24 Jersey street, Boston American League Baseball Com- 
pany et al 

24 Ralston road, Massachusetts Pottery Company et al.. . 

121-125 Kingston street, Berger Dry Goods Company. . . 

659-665 Washington street, Max Goldman et al 



$267,103 
16,622 
54,102 
15,877 
25,000 
22,009 
16,678 
24,306 
23,330 
21,540 
18,060 

25,616 

20,852 
45,142 

34,980 
25,791 

24,897 
18,262 
25,044 
21,431 
29,809 
143,501 

72,550 

15,672 
18,114 
27,139 
18,860 
143,139 

26,705 
25,452 
21,576 
16,073 



Fire Department. 

Fire Losses. — Concluded. 



91 



Date. 


Location and Owner. 


Loss. 


1926. 






June 


28 


23 and 25 Commercial street, North American Creamery 


$35,825 


June 


28 


73-85 Bedford street, Manhattan Collar Company et al.. . 


32,574 




29 . 




25,000 


June 


30 


9 Lotus place, Kinney Manufacturing Company 


15,768 


June 


30 


20-26 Kingston street, Lion Neckwear Company et al. . . . 


41,863 


July 


6 


638-648 Warren street, King Solomon K. P. Lodge et al. . 


17,994 


July 


8 


626-636 Washington street, Hub Cloak and Suit Company 
et al 


21,718 




16 ... . 




66,848 


July 


19 


1653-1663 Blue Hill avenue, J. F. Glynn et al . . 


15,499 


July 


21 


263-267 Atlantic avenue, D. J. Koury Company ct al . . . . 


46,481 


July 


23 


80 Border street, Atlantic Works et al 


342,758 


Aug. 


18 


28 and 30 Canal street and 27 and 29 Merrimac street, 


196,595 




19 .... 




66,068 


Aug. 


20 


69 Broad street, National Remedy Company et al 


19,470 




23. 




16,617 


Sept. 




196 Marlborough street, Mrs. M. Handy et al 


59,420 


Sept. 


6 




15,256 


Sept, 


17 


11-17 Kingston street, Friedman Fashion Hat Company 


17,603 


Sept. 


28 


52 and 54 Commercial street, Kay Furniture Company et al. 


25,096 


Nov. 


6 


94-98 Washington street and 28-34 Friend street, Hoover 


60,057 


Nov. 


15 


2S-90 Commercial street, Carlisle Ayer Company 


34,599 




27 




17,124 


Nov. 


27 


440-446 Tremont street, New England Film Laboratories 


21,663 


Dec. 


7 


178-188 Harvard avenue, Sunshine Art Stores et al 


40,672 


Dec. 


8 




19,259 


Dec. 


12 


180-188 Congress street, Arnold Roberts Company et al. . 


35,507 


Dec. 


16 


17 and 19 Dixwell street, S. Ginsberg et al 


18,754 


Dec. 


19 


770 Washington street, Taylor Furniture Company 


20,270 


Dec. 


24 


467 and 469 Washington street, Hudson Suit and Cloak 


58,214 


Dec. 


25 


59 and 61 Cambridge street, Liberty Tobacco Company 


15,203 


Dec. 


31 


65 and 67 Merrimac street and 115 and 117 Portland 
street, Haymarket Electrical Supply Company et al. . . . 


25,534 



92 



City Document No. 13. 







Statistics. 








Population, January 


1, 1927 (estimated) 


793,000 


Area, square miles 




47.81 


Number brick, etc., 


buildings . 




39,333 


Number wooden buildings 




85,300 


Fires in brick, stone, 


etc., buildings 


2,207 


Fires in wooden buildings 


1,559 


Out of 


city . 




54 


Not in 


buildings, false and needless 


4,050 


Total alarms 




7,870 


Fire 


LOSS FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1926. 


Buildings, loss insured 


$2,378,052 


Contents, loss insured 


2,613,900 








$4,991,952 


Buildings, loss not insured . . . $85,143 


Contents, loss not insured . 122,870 








208,013 


Total loss buildings and contents 


. $5,199,965 


Marine loss 




$31,487 




Yearly Loss for the Last Fifteen Years. 


Year ending January 


1, 1913 .... 


$2,531,017 


a 


u a 


1, 1914 . 








* 3,138,373 


u 


a a 


1,1915 . 








3,013,269 


u 


a a 


1, 1916 . 








3,004,600 


u 


u a 


1, 1917 . 








f 2,372,489 


a 


a u 


1, 1918 . 








% 3,981,227 


u 


u a 


1, 1919 . 








2,822,109 


it 


u a 


1, 1920 . 








2,577,584 


a 


a u 


1, 1921 . 








3,139,566 


u 


u u 


1, 1922 . 








4,010,201 


a 


a a 


1, 1923 . 








3,304,595 


a 


u u 


1, 1924 . 








6,286,299 


a 


a a 


1, 1925 . 








4,735,595 


a 


a a 


1, 1926 . 








5,407,070 


a 


u a 


1, 1927 . 








5,199,965 



* Does not include marine loss of $1,116,475, steamship "Templemore." 

t Does not include marine loss of $101,302, steamship "City of Naples" et al. 

j Does not include marine loss of $75,660. 



Fire Department. 



93 



Alarms for the Past Ten Years.* 



Year. 


Bell. 


Still and 
Automatic. 


Totals. 


1926 


3,762 
3,798 
3,640 
3,239 
2,733 
2,359 
2,029 
2,733 
2,413 
2,252 


4,108 
3,904 
4,353 
4,002 
3,401 
2,888 
2,456 
2,690 
2,649 
2,526 


7,870 


1925 


7,702 


1924 


7,993 


1923 


7,241 


1922 


6,134 


1921 


5,247 


1920 


4,485 


1919 


5,423 


1918 


5,062 


1917 


4,778 







* Each fire is treated as having only one alarm. 

John E. Fitzgerald Medal. 

John J. Leary, Ladderman, Ladder Company 1, for 1922. 
Daniel J. O'Brien, Captain, Engine Company 10, for 1923. 
Thomas F. Kilduff, Ladderman, Ladder Company 4, for 1924. 

Walter Scott Medal. 

Dennis M. Condon, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 1, for 1922. 
James H. Curran, Hoseman, Engine Company 8, for 1923. 
Edward J. Crowley, Hoseman, Chemical Company 7, for 1924. 

Roll of Merit, Boston Fire Department. 

James F. McMahon, District Chief. 
Edward McDonough, Captain, Engine Company 6. 
Thomas J. Muldoon, Captain, Engine Company 16. 
Thomas H. Downey, Captain, Engine Company 22. 
Michael J. Teehan, Captain, Engine Company 24. 
Joseph P. Hanton, Captain, Engine Company 33. 
Dennis Driscoll, Captain, Engine Company 37. 
Frederick F. Leary, Captain, Ladder Company 3. 
Carl S. Bowers, Lieutenant, Aid to Chief. 
Henry J. Kelly, Lieutenant, Engine Company 32. 
Timothy J. Heffron, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 9. 
Michael J. Dacy, Lieutenant, Ladder Company 20. 
John J. Kennedy, Ladderman, Ladder Company 13. 
Martin A. Kenealy, Captain, retired. 
James E. Downey, Hoseman, retired. 
James J. Buchanan, Hoseman, Chemical Company 7. 
Arthur A. Ryan, Hoseman, Engine Company 13. 
Carl V. Anderson. Ladderman, Ladder Company 8. 



94 



City Document No. 13. 



Members Pensioned from January 1, 1926, to 
December 1, 1926. 



Eugene H. Byington. 
Mrs. Mary C. McDonough. 
Albert F. Single. 
Mrs. Mary A. Campbell. 
Henry J. Kelly. 
Joseph F. McManus. 
Peter M. Kendrick. 
Mrs. Mary B. Travers. 
Miles E. Tennihan. 
Charles C. Springer. 
Daniel M. Cranitch. 



Charles A. Randall. 

Mrs. Margaret F. Brotherson. 

Mark N. Sibley. 

James J. Hughes. 

William E. McKeever. 

Thomas J. Muldoon. 

Thomas J. Fitzgerald. 

Charles E. Whiting. 

Mary F. Hines. 

Fred S. Young. 



Deaths of Members from January 1. 
December 1, 1926. 



1926, to 



James W. Collins. 
Capt. George H. Hutchings. 
Michael J. Travers. 
John E. Lorway. 



Francis H. Campbell. 
District Chief Joseph 

Kenney. 
John M. Devine. 



H. 



Deaths of Pensioners from January 1, 1926, to 
December 1, 1926. 



James Elsworth. 
Lieut. Daniel L. Cadigan. 
Michael J. Lawler. 
John I. Quigley. 
George B. Norton. 
Gardner Dennison. 
Alfred G. Baynton. 
W. J. Dower. 
William J. Gaffey. 
John Lynch. 



Albert S. Penney. 
James F. Boyle. 
James M. Elliott. 
David J. O'Connell. 
Henry J. Kelly. 
Jeremiah F. Sullivan. 
Henry Heymann. 
H. G. Dwight. 
Thomas C. Haney. 



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