ANNUAL REPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WIRE DIVISION TY OF BOSTON YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1928 r<DHi2\ £»/ x ^ a© so. CITY OF BOSTON PRINTING DEPARTMENT 1929 ANNUAL REPOBT FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WIBE DIVISION CITY OF BOSTON YEAK ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1928 CITY OF BOSTON PRINTING DEPARTMENT 1929 J "t^,, ^ ^ 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. Walter J. Burke, Superintendent of Wire Division. Edward E. Williamson, Superintendent of Maintenance Division. Albert J. Caulfield, Deputy Chief in Charge of Fire Prevention Division. William J. McNally, M. D., Medical Examiner. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2010 with funding from Boston Public Library http://www.archive.org/details/annualreport1928boston [Document 12 — 1929.] ANNUAL REPORT OP THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THE YEAR 1928. Boston, January 2, 1929. Hon. Malcolm E. Nichols, Mayor of the City of Boston. Dear Sir, — I have the honor to submit herewith the following report of the activities of the Boston Fire Department for the year ending December 31, 1928, as required by section 24, chapter 4, of the Revised Ordi- nances of 1925. Fire Loss. The total fire loss for 1928 in the City of Boston as estimated by the insurance companies amounted to $3,887,250. This loss is divided as follows, and com- pared with the loss for 1926 and 1927: Year. Buildings and Contents Insured Reported by Insurance Companies. Buildings and Contents Uninsured Estimated by Insurance Companies. 1926 1927 $4,991,952 3,501,794 3,436,300 $208,013 192,847 1928 450,949 2 City Document No. 12. The above table shows that the insured loss reported by the insurance companies for the year 1928 is ap- proximately 2 per cent less than in 1927, while compared with 1926 the insured loss in 1928 is 31 per cent less. On the other hand the uninsured loss estimated by the insurance companies for 1928 is 134 per cent greater than in 1927 and 116 per cent greater than in 1926. This apparently strange phenomenon of the insured loss constantly being reduced while the estimates of the insurance companies of uninsured losses during the same period have increased so largely, the Fire Com- missioner is not able to satisfactorily answer. For purposes of general comparison it is interesting to note that during 1928 when the loss in Boston de- creased 2 per cent in insured losses that the total fire loss of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts showed an increase of 15 per cent. During 1928 four large fires account for approxi- mately $900,000 of the loss, namely: Insured Loss. January 6 April 15. . April 28.. .June 17. .. 65 Tolman street Back Bay Station 26 and 28 Pittsburgh street Rear of 312 Congress street $137,570 220,000 152,934 45,161 In addition to the insured loss on the foregoing fires the insurance companies added an estimated uninsured loss of $140,359 to the Back Bay Station fire and an estimated uninsured loss of $156,696 to the fire at rear of 312 Congress street as total of approxi- mately $300,000 in uninsured loss on two fires. These four fires, which caused over 25 per cent of the total loss for the year were all in buildings not equipped with automatic sprinklers. The cause of the fire in each case where it was possible to determine it was due to carelessness. The fire loss in this city cannot be reduced to an amount that is reasonable until such time as the law gives to officials, charged with prevention of fires, authority to order the installation of sprinklers, and the public has been awakened by proper education to the criminal waste of the Commonwealth's productive Fire Department. 3 efforts by carelessness and negligence resulting in the tremendous destruction of life and property which now is occurring. There were 7,696 alarms of fire during 1928, an increase of 364 over the year of 1927, but this increase is due to the fact that the city was visited by an epidemic of false alarms during 1928. In the past year there were 1,804 false and needless alarms as compared with 1,229 in 1927, an increase of 575. Active measures have been taken to reduce the number of false alarms which I believe will be effective. Fire Prevention. The department has continued to carry out the policy of fire prevention so earnestly supported by your Honor. The inspection force was increased in numbers in order to meet the demands of this important division. During the year all classes of buildings were inspected by members of this division as follows: Buildings inspected ..... Buildings reinspected .... Corrections by personal contact Notices served at time of inspection Personal inspections by officers in charge Oil burner inspections .... Oil burner reinspections . . Oil burner defects corrected 242,203 9,265 30,275 5,559 1,794 1,704 469 417 Reports of hazardous conditions were sent to other departments as follows: To Building Department, violation of building law . 757 To State Fire Marshal 118 Eight hundred and six notices were sent to owners and occupants to correct hazardous conditions, and were followed up by inspections until conditions were corrected. Six hundred and twenty-five personal services were made by the constable attached to the Fire Prevention Division. Fifteen convictions were obtained during the year for failure to comply with the orders of the Fire Commissioner to remedy hazardous conditions. The subject of arson and suspicious fires received the constant attention of the division and 104 suspicious fires were reported to the State Fire Marshal. City Document No. 12. In addition to the inspections made by the inspection force of the Fire Prevention Division the following inspections were made by district and company officers. Building inspections 41,553 Theater inspections . 4,237 Schoolhouse inspections 3,841 Car house inspections . . . . . . . 114 Public building inspections 930 Total number of inspections by Fire Prevention Divi- sion, district and company officers, including initial and reinspections of all types of buildings, 339,906 New Equipment. The department continued the policy established in 1927 of furnishing the men with humane equipment in order to remove some of the hazards encountered in the performance of their duties. Four hundred and twenty-seven individual Wheat lights were furnished to Engines 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 47, 50, 52; Ladders 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29, 31. Rescue 1; Towers 1, 2, 3; Division 1, 2 and 3 cars; Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 cars; Assistant Chief of Department and the Emergency Crew of the Maintenance Division. All service gas masks were placed in the following companies: Ladders 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 28 and 30; Rescue 2. Six masks were placed on the cars of the following district chiefs: 2, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 14. During the year the department constructed a new lighting plant in order to furnish light at night fires and at fires where buildings were heavily charged with smoke. The truck was manufactured by the General Motors Company and the following light equipment was assembled by the maintenance shop and installed on the truck. 2 Model K 2,000-watt Kohler electric plants. 2 Type LCE 20-cast aluminum floodlights, having 20-inch hammered glass reflectors, arranged for 750 or 1,000 watt lamps. 2 Type LCE 16-cast aluminum floodlights, having 16-inch hammered glass reflectors, arranged for 500-watt lamps. 4 250-foot lengths of cable and connections, one for each light. 2 125-foot lengths of cable and connections additional. Fire Department. 5 Since the truck was installed it has given excellent service and has been of considerable assistance in reduc- ing the fire loss and the possibility of serious accident to the men. Other modern appliances of various kinds were placed in service in different companies. Buildings. Two new fire stations were opened during the year. One at Broadway, city proper, and the other at Parish street, Meeting House Hill. On February 5, 1928, this department took possession of the new fire station on Parish street, Meeting House Hill. This building took the place of two old fire stations which were occupied by the same companies, and sleep- ing quarters and an office were provided for the District Chief of District No. 10. The building is of brick and limestone trimmings, three stories in height and is equipped with all the modern conveniences for a fire station. The cost of erection and construction was $104,703.33 above the land. On April 17, 1928, the department took possession of the new building on Broadway, between Shawmut avenue and Washington street, and the following com- panies were quartered in that building: Engine Com- pany 26, Engine Company 35, Rescue Company 1, and Water Tower Company 2. Offices and sleeping quarters were provided for the Chief and Assistant Chief of department, and the District Chief of District No. 5. The building was erected at a cost of $210,540.90 above the land. The building is 84 feet wide by 105 feet long, three stories in height, of fireproof construc- tion and embodies all the modern requirements of a building of this character. One of the particular features of this building is that the station is equipped with the latest type of electrical signaling system, so that by a series of lights operated from the patrol booth the members are informed as to just what appara- tus responds to each alarm of fire. This is necessary because of the fact that four companies are quartered in this building. A new concrete floor was installed in the quarters of Engine Company 19, Babson street, Mattapan, and other changes were made in the building in order to meet the requirements of the present day need. 6 City Document No. 12. A new concrete floor was installed in the quarters of Engine Company 34, Western avenue, Brighton, and extensive alterations made to meet the requirements of that company. A new concrete floor was installed in quarters of Engine Company 45, Washington and Poplar streets, Roslindale, and the department is now remodeling this building so that the accommodations will be practically the same as they would be if a new building was erected on this site. A new concrete floor was installed in the quarters of Engine Company 36, Monument street, Charlestown, and other extensive changes were made in this building in order to put it in first-class condition as a fire station. Throughout the department many improvements and changes have been made in the fire stations. Many buildings have been painted throughout, roofs repaired, plastering renewed, and new window and door screens furnished. Metal weather stripping has been furnished for the doors and windows of several stations, not only for the protection of the health of the men, but for the conservation of heat. Fire Apparatus. During the year the following new equipment was purchased, tested and placed in service. 6 Combination chemical and hose cars. 6 Aerial ladder trucks. 1 Combination pumper and hose car. 11 Chiefs' cars. 2 Roadsters with pickup bodies. 1 Coupe. Ten pieces of major apparatus and seven smaller cars were traded in as part payment for new equipment. In addition to the new equipment purchased, the fol- lowing pieces of apparatus were painted during the year: 8 Pumpers. 6 Hose cars. 6 Ladder trucks. 1 Tractor. 10 Chiefs' cars. 9 Commercial trucks. 1 Lighting plant. NEW FIRE STATION FOR ENGINE COMPANY 26-35, BROADWAY, CITY PROPER.— ACCEPTED FEBRUARY 5, 1928. Fike Department. 7 The following equipment received a general over- hauling and was put in first-class condition by the shop mechanics : 11 Pumpers. 9 Hose cars. 4 Ladder trucks. 14 Chiefs' cars. 3 Commercial trucks. Every effort has been made to keep the rolling stock of the department in the very best condition. On the present motor equipment of the department fifty self-starting units, generators, and batteries were installed. In the first years of motor apparatus there were no self-starters and in later years the self-starter had not been developed sufficiently to be reliable. At the present time a satisfactory self-starter can be installed on the apparatus to make it more efficient and to eliminate the danger of injury to men from cranking. Changes are being made in several pieces of apparatus in order to equip them with pneumatic tires. To do this, it is necessary to cut down the wheels. The installation of heavy pneumatic tires is prolonging the life of the apparatus. Fireboats. The three fireboats of the department were taken out of service for annual inspection by the United States steamboat inspectors, and at the same time were given a complete overhauling in order that they would be in a seaworthy condition. Approximately $12,600 was expended in making repairs to the fireboats during the year. House Equipment. The equipment of the houses has received careful attention and renewals have been made wherever neces- sary. New hot water heaters were installed in fifteen houses. This will eliminate the necessity of keeping a separate hot water heater burning to provide hot water for the house. Drill School. During the year thirty-nine appointees successfully passed the intensive course of instruction in the Depart- ment Drill School, together with officers and members of other departments. 8 City Document No. 12. Pump School. Thirty-four officers and one hundred and six privates attended the course of instruction at the gasolene pump school and qualified as motor pump operators. Chauffeurs' School. Forty-six members of the department received in- struction in the chauffeurs' school during the year and were certified as operators of department motor appa- ratus. In addition, special instructions were given to various members in different companies. Company Drills. The regular weekly company drills, under the super- vision of district chiefs in the various districts, were held, and in addition lectures were given by deputy chiefs on the subjects of fire fighting, building inspec- tion, etc., to the different companies in their divisions. In addition, in order to establish a uniform method of operation at fires the assistant chief of department was detailed to conduct a series of company drills through- out the department where companies worked under conditions, as near as it was possible to make them, as those encountered at fires. Hydrants. The following is a list of hydrants in service for fire purposes on December 31, 1928, showing the number and different types of same: Public. Private. Ordinary Boston post. . . Lowry Boston Lowry. B. & F. post. . High pressure. Boston Chapman post. Ludlow post. . . Matthew post. Coffin post. . . . Totals. . . . 4,098 2,903 1,090 455 1,921 451 126 111 11,162 136 21 31 5 5 114 55 13 4 1 385 Fire Department. New District Lines. The district lines of the various fire districts were revised during the year and new lines established in order to equalize the work of the various district chiefs. The lines have not been changed for many years and the constant growth of the city made it necessary that a new adjustment be made. High Pressure Station. 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 Water discharge recorded on Venturi meters*. 220 3,600 gallons 181 1,500 gallons * Owing to the construction of the Venturi meters, they do not record flows under 600 gallons per minute. At the present time the high pressure system includes 16.80 miles of pipe with 451 high pressure hydrants. Clothing. Article. Received and Distributed. Repaired. Reissued. Trousers Sack coats Rubber fire coats Overcoats Fire hats Uniform caps. . . . Chin straps. . : . . 1,273 428 338 515 194 830 70 1,074 180 585 72 284 31 79 13 98 19 Medical. Number of cases of illness on file . Number of cases of injury on file . Number of injured, but remained on duty 350 1,559 1,313 10 City Document No. 12. Examinations. Inspections and examinations at Headquarters (re- corded) 1,634 For appointment as probationary firemen ... 47 For appointment from probationary to permanent men, 29 At engine houses and at hospitals and also homes of firemen either sick or injured 1,500 The number of sick and injured this year was but slightly increased over last year. The number injured and remaining on duty was greatly increased, there being on file more than 464 cases of minor injuries than in the year 1927, in all 1,634. First aid service to citizens as well as firemen has been as prompt and efficient as ever. FIRE ALARM DIVISION. Operating Records. First alarms 3,821 Second alarms . 87 Third alarms 27 Fourth alarms 6 Total 3,941 Box Alarms Received but not Transmitted. Same box received two or more times for same fire . 278 Adjacent box received for same fire .... 235 Received from boxes but treated as stills ... 2 Total 515 Still Alarms Received and Transmitted. Received from citizens by telephone .... 2,476 Received from Police Department by telephone . . < 241 Received from Fire Department Stations . . 1,104 Received from boxes but treated as stills ... 2 Mutual aid alarms, adjacent cities and towns, classified as stills .......... 50 Emergency services, classified as stills .... 106 Total 3,979 Still alarms received by telephone for which box alarms were later transmitted ..... 263 Fire Department. 11 Automatic and A. D. T. Alarms. Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company: Transmitted by company to department stations . 127 Department box alarms transmitted in connection with same : Before automatic alarms 3 After automatic alarms 7 American District Telegraph Company: Received at fire alarm office ...... 38 Department box alarms transmitted in connection with same : Before A. D. T. alarm was received .... 4 After A. D. T. alarm was transmitted ... 1 Received A. D. T. alarm after still alarm was transmitted .... .... 3 A. D. T. alarms transmitted to department . 31 Summary op Alarms. Alarms received: Box alarms, including multiples .... 4,456 Still alarms, all classes 3,979 Boston automatic alarms 127 A. D. T. alarms 38 Total received from all sources . . . . 8,600 Exclude following duplications: Box alarms received but not transmitted . . . 515 Still alarms for which box alarms were transmitted, 263 Automatic alarms for which box alarms were trans- mitted 10 A. D. T. alarms for which other alarms were later transmitted 8 Total 796 Total alarms, with duplications eliminated, to which department apparatus responded . . 7,804 Fire Alarm Box Records. Boxes from which no alarms were received . . . 429 Box test and inspections 11,346 Note. — All keyless doors are tested weekly. Construction Work. A larger amount of underground cable (nearly 64,000 feet) was installed this year than usual due principally to the fact that cable ordered in 1927 was accepted too late to be installed until this year. About 4,000 feet of 12 City Document No. 12. ducts were laid underground, 38 posts were set, 8 were relocated and 20 were replaced by new. Automobiles caused damage to 74 posts. Fifty-five new fire alarm boxes were installed and 8 were removed from service. All boxes and posts were painted. The bells in all keyless doors, nearly 1,000 in number, were removed as well as the glass key guards on boxes in Hyde Park. Advantage was taken by irresponsible and malicious persons of the fact that the warning signal was eliminated and the number of false alarms increased from 335 in 1927 to 871 in 1928. An increase of false alarms is always expected when a change in the type of box is made, to last until the newness is worn off, and toward the end of the year the number gradually diminished to normal. The probability of failure to sound the alarm, because of the misunderstanding caused by the ringing of the bell, has undoubtedly been elimi- nated. The numbers of 423 boxes were changed, which in- cluded all boxes in East Boston and Charlestown as well as all private boxes. All boxes are being changed to strike three blows a second, the same as the tapper service. By speeding up, the average box will now transmit the first round of its signal in about six seconds. All of the old obsolete, sector type boxes, about 875 in all, which have served so long, are still in service. An appropriation should be made to replace at least half of them with modern boxes this coming year. Fourteen more siren horns to warn traffic of the approach of fire apparatus were installed making a total of 23 horns and 22 bells now in service. In order to overcome some difficulties encountered an increase in power from 1\ watts to 50 watts for station WEY. at fire alarm headquarters was granted by the Radio Commission and orders were issued for a new set. Radio service between headquarters and the fire boats has been excellent. Underground Cables Installed. East Boston. Cond. Feet. Prescott street, from Eagle street to Saratoga street 10 1,137 Saratoga street, from Austin avenue to Annavoy street ...... 6 1,576 From Ladder 31 house to Day square . . 2 750 Fire Department. 13 Charlestown. Cond. Feet. Engine house 32 to Main street ... 2 750 City Proper. Marlborough and Hereford streets, from Mas- aschusetts avenue to Newbury street . Washington and Warrenton streets, from Kneeland street, to Engine House No. 26, Warrenton street, from Engine House 26 to Tremont street . . . Brimmer street, from Beacon street to Chest- nut street Walnut street, from Mt. Vernon street to Chestnut street Warren avenue, from Columbus avenue to West Brookline street Fairfield street, from Boylston street to Com- monwealth avenue Revere street, from Anderson street to Grove street Commercial street from Endicott street to Charter street Exeter street, from Huntington avenue to Boylston street Huntington avenue and Garrison street, from West Newton street to St. Botolph street, Harrison avenue, from Waltham street to Randolph street . ... . . Post connections Post connections . . . . Post connections South Boston. N street, from Bateman place to Columbia road 4 418 East Eighth street, from L street to N street, 6 1,384 Pole connections ........ 6 130 Dorchester. East Cottage street, from Columbia road to Humphreys street Mt. Vernon street, at railroad Quincy street, from Bellevue street to Colum- bia road . Arcadia park, Ditson and Charles streets to Geneva avenue Centre street, from Allston street to Codman square 19 1,567 19 1,396 19 1,020 10 362 10 170 10 263 6 697 6 539 6 853 6 612 4 814 4 10 6 4 619 125 109 240 6 6 954 861 6 854 6 1,367 6 1,463 14 City Document No. 12. Morton street, from Oakridge street to Nor- folk street Morton street, from Blue Hill avenue to Harvard street Woodrow avenue, from Norfolk street to Ballou avenue Homes avenue and Bowdoin street, from Geneva avenue to Oakley street Washington street, from Welles avenue to Roslin street . Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Hyde Park. River street, at railroad bridge Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Cond. Feet. 6 4,759 6 2,173 6 1,040 6 821 6 20 10 6 4 660 170 271 145 965 15 6 4 480 224 430 Roxbury. Rockland street, from Warren street to Rock- land avenue Rockland street, from Walnut avenue to Rock street Queensberry street, from Kilmarnock street to Audubon road Longwood avenue, from Brookline avenue to Vila street Parker street, from Tremont street to Heath street Heath street, from Parker street to Schiller street New Heath street, from Columbus avenue to Parker street Magazine street, from George street to Engine 12 Massachusetts avenue and Magazine street, from Shirley street to Norfolk avenue Perrin street, from Moreland street to Alaska street Howard avenue, from Quincy street to Cun- ningham street Coventry street, from Tremont street to Columbus avenue Weston street, from Tremont street to Colum- bus avenue Columbus avenue, from Massachusetts ave- nue to Camden street 10 579 10 666 6 515 6 930 6 2,429 6 1,937 6 701 6 1,028 6 1,590 6 1,202 6 429 6 365 6 300 6 574 Fire Department. 15 From Engine 24 to pole on Holborn street . Elm Hill avenue, from Cheney street to Seaver street Post and pole connections . . ... Post and pole connections .... Post and pole connections .... Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. South street from Eliot street to Asticou road, Weld Hill street, from Hyde Park avenue to Wenham street Ashland street, from Hyde Park avenue to Washington street . . .-/ Fairview street, from Robert street to South street Florence street, from Ashland street to Haw- thorne street Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Post and pole connections Brighton. Allston street, from Warren street to Bell- vista road From Engine 29 to Box 5271 . Post and pole connections .... Brookline. Washington street, from Village square to Fire Headquarters Cond. Feet. 4 665 4 1,159 10 135 6 160 4 420 30 3,927 10 398 10 4,562 6 606 4 459 20 70 15 130 10 120 6 60 4 925 6 430 2 930 6 347 1,412 Box Posts Installed with Duct Lengths. City Proper. Union and Friend streets Commercial and Charter streets Revere street, opposite Irving street Revere and Grove streets Bowdoin and Derne streets Chestnut and Walnut streets . Chestnut and Brimmer streets Beach and Lincoln streets Harrison avenue and Randolph street . Warren avenue and West Brookline street Berkeley and Newbury streets Dartmouth and Newbury streets . Dartmouth and Appleton streets . Commonwealth avenue and Fairfield street 9 24 5.5 8 19 4.5 21.5 14.5 16 27 26 31 54.5 13 16 City Document No. 12. Dorchester. Columbia road and Quincy street . Bowdoin street, opposite Oakley street Dorchester avenue and Greenmount street Oakridge street and Southern Artery Feet. 17 203 88 100 Roxbury. Columbus avenue and Coventry street Columbus avenue and Weston street Audubon road and Queensberry street . Commonwealth avenue and Ashby street Elm Hill avenue and Seaver street . Harrison avenue and Hunneman street Perth and Fayston streets . ' . Blue Hill and Lawrence avenues Heath and Walden streets . . 348 286 152 64 18.5 26 73 9.5 46 Brighton. Allston street and Elizabeth avenue Strathmore and Orkney roads Sparhawk and Menlo streets . Cambridge and Windom streets 97 11.5 188 28 Hyde Park. Sunny side street, near Roxana street Glenwood square .... 80 291 Jamaica Plain. Dunster road and Dane street 379 Posts Replaced by New. (Broken by Vehicles.) Pinckney and Anderson streets. Jersey and Queensberry streets. Albany and Way streets. Marlborough and Gloucester streets. Blue Hill avenue and Intervale street. Atlantic avenue and Long Wharf. Washington street, opposite Roslin street. East Eighth and Old Harbor streets. Roxbury and Kent streets. Massachusetts avenue and Clapp street. Church and Winchester streets. Hemenway street, opposite Gainsborough street. Sixty-two other posts were broken and parts were replaced. Fike Department. 17 Miscellaneous Causes. Commonwealth avenue and Exeter street (defective duct). Water and Gray streets (out of plumb). Warren avenue, near bridge (defective gas connection). Cambridge street, near gas works (raised). River street and Reddy avenue (lowered). Chestnut avenue and Chestnut place (defective gas con- nection). Baxter and D streets (raised) . River and Malta streets (raised) . Box Posts Relocated. Feet, Duct Laid. Harrison avenue and Kneeland street. River and Massasoit streets. Ashland street and Brown avenue 10 Ashland and Sheldon streets 27 Dorchester avenue and Park street . . . . 17 Commonwealth avenue and Essex street. River street and Metropolitan avenue. Cambridge and Spice streets. New Cable Posts. Feet. Portland and Traverse streets (5 ducts) . . . 47 . 5 Huntington avenue and Louis Prang street (4 ducts) . 17.5 Hyde Park avenue and Ashland street (2 ducts) . 48 Washington and River streets (small size) . New Manholes. Strathmore and Orkney roads. New Handholes. Columbia road and Quincy street. Sunnyside street, near Roxana street. Greenwood square. Dunster road and Dane street. New Pole Connections. Holborn street and Holborn terrace Oakridge and Morton streets . Randolph road and River street Schiller and Heath streets.* City square (elevated column) Jerome street and Hancock street (extended) Wood avenue and River street (extended) . Feet. 56 98 175 318 23 142 144 * Installed by Telephone Company. 18 City Document No. 12. House Connections. Engine 34 . Bowdoin School Ducts Abandoned. (Posts and Pole Connections.) East Cottage street at Edward Everett square Howard avenue at Dudley street . South Fairview street at Robert street East Eighth street at L street Morton street at Blue Hill avenue. Norfolk avenue at Hampden street Freeport street at Dorchester avenue Hyde Park avenue and Weld Hill street Ashland street at Hyde Park avenue Ashland street at Washington Parker street at Tremont Columbus avenue at Ruggles street Myrtle street at Bowdoin School . Dorchester avenue at Park street . . Sullivan square . . . . . Public Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 1215. Union and Friend streets. 1232. Commercial and Charter streets. 1353. Cambridge and North Grove streets. 1365. Revere and Grove streets. 1367. Bowdoin and Derne streets. 1373. Chestnut and Walnut streets. 1384. Chestnut and Brimmer streets. 1436. Beach and Lincoln streets. 1523. Tremont and Church streets. 1539. Newbury and Berkeley streets. 1556. Warren avenue and West Brookline street. 1571. Newbury and Dartmouth streets. 1577. Commonwealth avenue and Fairfield street. 1635. Harrison avenue and Randolph street. 2143. Perrin and Alaska streets. 2152. Rockland street and Rockland avenue. 2156. Rockland and Rock streets. 217. Holborn and Gannett streets. 2179. Elm Hill avenue and Seaver street. 2212. Columbus avenue and Camden street. 2217. Columbus avenue and Coventry street. 2262. Fort avenue and Highland Park street. 2317. Commonwealth avenue and Ashby street. 2348. Audubon road and Queensberry street. 2485. Custer and Goldsmith streets. Feet. 100 50 25 6 129 153 250 70 68 43 129 47 163 6 294 35 12 Fire Department. 19 2714. Walter and Symmes streets. 2783. Sanborn avenue and Rumford road. 3168. Columbia road and Quincy street. 3177. Blue Hill and Lawrence avenues. 3239. Dorchester avenue and Greenmount street. 3286. Bowdoin and Oakley streets. 3433. Centre and Sanborn streets. 3531. Oakridge street and Southern Artery. 3546. Fottler road and Walk Hill street. 3568. Randolph road and Hollingsworth street. 3591. Wood avenue and Seminole street. 3715. Wood avenue and Westminster street. 5145. Allston street and Elizabeth avenue. 5168. Strathmore and Orkney roads. 5195. Bostonia avenue and Regent street. 5253. Sparhawk and Menlo streets. 6266. Saratoga and Annavoy streets. 7452. Columbia road and N street. SCHOOLHOUSE BOXES INSTALLED. 12-1515. Boys Continuation School, Warrenton street. 12-2516. Henry Abrahams School, Mehler street. 2734. Patrick F. Lyndon School, Russett road and Weld street. 3734. Hyde Park High School, Greenwood square. 3826. William Ellery Channing School, Sunnyside street. Private Fire Alarm Boxes Installed. 14-1313. Boston Garden. 15-1653. Boston College High School, Harrison avenue. 12-2344. Post Office Garage, Boylston and Ipswich streets. 12-2353. Beth Israel Hospital, Brookline avenue. 4157. Boston and Maine Railroad yard, near shed No. 25. 4158. Boston and Maine Railroad yard, near shed No. 35. 4159. Boston and Maine Railroad Roundhouse. Fire Alarm Boxes Relocated. 1363. From Bowdoin School to Irving street, opposite Revere | street. 1545. From Rice School to Dartmouth and Appleton streets. 2121. From George T. Angell School to Harrison avenue and Hunneman street. 2221. From Columbus avenue and Walpole street to Columbus avenue and Weston street. 2484. From Jamaica street, opposite No. 45, to Jamaica street and Jamaica place. 2715. From Walter and Ashfield streets to Walter and Mendum streets. 20 City Document No. 12. 3173. From Phillips Brooks School to Perth and Fayston streets. 3573. From Oakland and Tampa streets to Oakland street and Wood avenue. Fire Alarm Boxes Removed from Service. 1316. North Station, Causeway and Nashua streets. 1317. North Station, Lowell and Brighton streets. 1335. Somerset and Allston streets.* 1483. Boys' Continuation School, Common street. 12-1625. Way Street School. 2734. Weld street and Russett road.* 3724. Greenwood square.* 468. Hood's Milk Depot, 494 Rutherford avenue. Fire Alarm Boxes in Service. Total number Owned by Fire Department Owned by Schoolhouse Department Owned by Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company Privately owned 1,460 1,025 258 51 126 Fire Department Boxes On box posts On poles On buildings In buildings Equipped with keyless doors . Equipped with "quick-action" doors Equipped with key doors Equipped with auxiliary attachments Succession type Designated by red lights . 629 377 15 4 894 125 6 2 371 751 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 . 55 23 116 64 199 53 255 129 55 * Fire Department boxes removed from service and Schoolhouse boxes installed in place thereof. Fire Department. 21 Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company Boxes. On poles 4 On buildings 15 In buildings 32 Equipped with keyless doors . 8 Equipped with key doors 43 Equipped with "quick-action" doors 3 Equipped with auxiliary attachments . 51 Succession type 6 Pr [vate Boxes. On poles .... 11 On buildings 39 In buildings 76 Equipped with keyless doors . 14 Equipped with key doors 95 Equipped with "quick-action" doors 17 Equipped with auxiliary attachments . 15 Succession type 80 Fire Alarm Boxes in Districts. District 1 . 84 District 9 . 100 District 2 72 District 10 123 District 3 38 District 11 134 District 4 78 District 12 92 District 5 73 District 13 128 District 6 98 District 14 127 District 7 98 District 15 101 District 8 113 Classification of Fire Alarm Boxes. Academies 4 Prison ... 1 Adjoining city 1 Public halls . 2 Airport . 1 Railroad shops 5 Armory . 1 Railroad stations 4 Asylums 4 Railroad yards 14 Car houses 9 Retail stores . 4 Cemetery 1 Restaurant . 1 City yard 2 Schoolhouses (public) . 258 Garage . 1 Schoolhouses (p a r o - Home for Aged People i 1 chial) .... 5 Hospitals 24 Stockyard ... 1 Hotels 5 Street boxes (public) . 1,015 Manufacturing plants 26 Theaters ... 28 Museum 1 Warehouses ... 8 Navy Yard . 7 Wharves ... 9 Office buildings 8 Wholesale houses . 3 Power stati ons 6 22 City Document No. 12. Posts and Cable Terminal Boxes. Box posts in service 684 Cable posts in service (large size) 77 Cable posts in service (small size) 23 Pole cable boxes in service (underground connections), 256 Circuits. Box circuits Tapper circuits . . . . . Gong circuits Special signaling circuits Telephone lines to department stations Telephone lines to Kenmore Exchange . Special lines: Boston Protective Department . American District Telegraph Company Boston Automatic Fire Alarm Company Tie lines: Wire Division Police Headquarters .... Edison Electric Illuminating Company 79 18 16 3 68 10 1 1 1 1 1 1 Fire Alarm Apparatus. Tappers in service 165 Boston tappers in adjoining cities and towns ... 10 Tappers connected to systems of adjoining cities and towns in Boston stations 6 Gongs in service 94 Combination sets (relays and tappers) .... 21 Registers in service (outside of fire alarm office) . 29 Relays on tapper circuits (outside of fire alarm office) . 24 Telephones in department system 152 Public telephones, rented by department ... 21 Traffic horns in service 23 Traffic bells in service 22 Summary of Work Done in 1928. Approximate Number of Feet_ Line wire used in new work and replacements . . 12,300 Line wire removed from service 43,850 Aerial cable installed 2,500 Conductors in same 4,600 Aerial cable removed from service 1,075 Conductors in same . . 3,650 Underground cable installed . . ... . 63,902 Conductors in same . . . . . . . . 548,221 Fire Department. 23 Number of feet. Approximate Underground cable replaced Conductors in same . Conduits laid underground Ducts in same . 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 relocated Fire alarm boxes removed from service Box posts installed .... Box posts relocated .... Box posts reset or replaced by new . Cable posts installed .... Cable posts relocated Underground cable boxes attached to poles Underground pole cable boxes removed from service 5,727 57,854 3,644 3,934 1,430 1 4 43 5 7 8 8 34 8 20 4 1 6 12 WIRE DIVISION. The underground district for the year was prescribed in accordance with chapter 240, Acts of 1926, as follows: Marginal street, East Boston, from Orleans to Jeffries street; Jeffries street, from Marginal to Maverick street; Tufts street, Charlestown, from Bunker Hill to Medford street; Corey street, from Moulton to Medford street; Warren street, from Thompson square to Park street; Park street, from Warren to Common street; Hancock street, Dorchester, from Columbia road to Bowdoin street; Bowdoin street, from Hancock street a distance of 1,132 feet to the present under- ground district 130 feet north of the north line of Quincy street; Ramsey street, from Dudley to Hamlet street; River street, Hyde Park, from present under- ground district at Edgewater drive, Mattapan, to present underground district at West street, Hyde Park; Carolina avenue, Jamaica Plain, from South street to Newbern street; Lane park, Brighton; Franklin street, Brighton, from Lincoln street northerly, a distance of 1,857 feet to a point 106 feet north of the north line of Weitz street. The requirements of the law with regard to previously prescribed underground districts have been complied with to the satisfaction of the division. 24 City Document No. 12. During the year the fires and accidents due to electrical causes were with slight exceptions insignificant in character, the total insurance loss for fires in so far as could be determined being $11,957.36. The income from permits to perform interior electrical work was $96,122.37. Interior Division. All new electrical construction in department stores , hotels, apartment houses, etc., of which the division had knowledge was carefully inspected, and where time and conditions permitted, old installations were inspected and changes where necessary in the interests of safety were called for. Regular inspections of the permanent installations of theaters, places of amusement and public halls were also made in compliance with the law governing the same. The division has been diligent in its endeavors to prohibit the installation and use of sub-standard equip- ments and materials, such as bridge lamps with im- proper cords feeding the same, electrical toys, curling irons, toasters, etc., which may prove to be a fire hazard if installed and used. Following is a table showing a summary of the work of the division. Notices of new work received 25,246 Number of permits issued to turn on current . 18,343 Number of incandescent lamps inspected . . 2,026,943 Number of motors inspected 13,452 Number of buildings in which wiring was com- pletely examined . . . . . . . 5,152 Number of inspections made 45,940 Number of inspections made of theaters, places of amusement and public halls .... 1,325 During the year there were one hundred fires and three accidents to persons caused by electricity, as follows : Fires in interior of buildings 96 Fires on poles 3 Fires in manholes 1 Injuries to persons 3 Fire Department. 25 Exterior Division. The underground district for the year 1928 as pre- scribed under authority of chapter 240, Acts of 1926, comprised the following streets:' East Boston. Marginal street, from Orleans street to Jeffries street. Jeffries street, from Marginal street to Maverick street. Charlestown Tufts street, from Bunker Hill street to Medford street. Corey street, from Moulton street to Medford street. Warren street, from Thompson square to Park street. Park street, from Warren street to Common street. Dorchester. Hancock street, from Columbia road to Bowdoin street. Bowdoin street, from Hancock street a distance of 1,132 feet to the present underground district 130 feet north of the north line of Quincy street. Ramsey street, from Dudley street to Hamlet street. Mattapan and Hyde Park. River street, from present underground district at Edgewater drive, Mattapan, to present underground district at West street, Hyde Park. Jamaica Plain. Carolina avenue, from South street to Newburn street. Brighton. Lane park. Franklin street, from Lincoln street northerly, a distance of 1,857 feet to a point 106 feet north of the north line of Weitz 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, 1928, a total of one hundred eighty- four (184) poles (not including the trolley poles of the • Boston Elevated Railway, which are exempt), supporting a total of six hundred forty-five thousand eight hundred (645,800) feet of overhead wires, or a little more than one hundred twenty-two (122) miles, owned by the Edison Electric Illuminating Company, New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, Charlestown Gas and Electric Company, Boston Fire 26 City Document No. 12. Department (Fire Alarm Branch), Boston Police De- partment (Police Signal Service) and American District Telegraph Company. 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 ninety-six (96) poles decayed at base and twenty (20) poles leaning or a total of one hundred sixteen (116) poles, which were replaced by new poles or reset by the various companies at the request of this department. Sixty-five (65) 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 to December 31, 1928, inclusive: Number of new poles in new locations . . . 424 Number of poles replaced, reset or straightened . 683 Number of poles removed 310 Number of poles now standing in the public streets 18,030 Number of defects reported 1,525 Number of defects corrected 1,219 (Other defects in process of correction.) Number of notices of overhead construction . 12,482 Number of overhead inspections .... 19,493 Number of overhead reports 9,135 Amount of overhead wires removed by owners (in feet) 1,724,763 Underground Construction. The ducts used for the underground conduits 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 (110-220 volts) of a type known as the " Split Fiber Solid Main System" has been installed. The electrical approvals for underground electrical construction numbered 5,080. Fire Department. 27 Number of inspections of underground construction, Number of reports of underground electrical construc- tion, 4,912. Character of Cable Used by the Various Companies. Company. Kind of Insulation. Size. Boston Elevated Railway Rubber and paper No. 4/0 to 3,000,000 C. M. Alarm Branch). Boston Police Department (Police Signal Service). Rubber 7 conductor. Boston Schoolhouse Commission. . . Rubber 4 and 6 conductor. Charlestown Gas and Electric Com- Rubber, varnished cambric, 6 to 4/0. pany. paper. Edison Electric Illuminating Com- pany. Rubber and paper No. 10 to 1,500,000 C. M. New England Telephone and Tele- graph Company. Paper, pulp, rubber, silk and cotton. 2 to 1,212 pair. Western Union Telegraph Company and Mutual District Messenger Company. Rubber and paper 11 to 125 pair. Table Showing Underground Work for the Year 1928. Company. 3 -a a o O "o 3 "8 V O is fa fa 03 fa 3^ O 9 Boston Elevated Railway 3,368 13,312 85,419 14 Boston Low Tension Wire Association. 343 446 Boston Schoolhouse Commission. . 1,788 Boston & Maine Railroad 156 1,560 Charlestown Gas and Electric Company. 5,881 34,723 66,866 8 101 Edison Electric Illuminating Com- 70,856 399,068 1,501,179 287 2,588 pany. Fire Alarm Branch (B. F. D.) 784 2,597 63,902 35 New England Telephone and Tele- graph Company. 9,822 33,796 133,723 11 84 Police Signal Service (B. F. D.).. . 214 364 20,850 5 Western Union Telegraph Com- 3,119 pany and Mutual District Mes- senger Company. Totals 91,424 485,866 1,876,846 320 2,813 Note. — "Split Fiber Solid Main System" is included in the above figures, comprising 12,981 feet of conduit and 25,562 feet of duct of the Edison Electric Illuminating Com- pany and 3,387 feet of conduit and 6,596 feet of duct of the Charlestown Gas and Electric Company. 28 City Document No. 12. Table Showing the Amount and Distribution of Boston's Electrical Power December 31, 1928. Company. Vim _. ™ pa -gK o » . -^Ph .S oj an Pi m B -gM o Capacity of Incandescent Lamps in Kilowatts. «H O, eg >>a o *9 "S ° & o o fc.S IS 2 49,064 54,424 248,970 292,816 4,215 * 2,150 125 140 15 * 170 362,892 * 2,000 106 75 87,215 * 1,000 215 19 Edison Electric Illuminating Company. . . 61 1 Quaker Building Company 620 500 400 360 1 1 Totals 104,608 542,546 6,630 185 365,073 88,430 83 * Unknown (Meter capacity connected to lines of Edison system, 1,028,719 kilowatts.) List of Wire Division Employees, December 31, 1928. Per Annum. 1 Superintendent $4,000 1 Chief inspector 2,900 1 Chief clerk 2,700 1 Chauffeur 1,700 1 Clerk and cashier .... 2,100 1 Clerk and stenographer 1,800 1 Clerk . 1,600 1 Clerk . 1,300 1 Engineer 2,500 6 Inspectors 2,500 1 Inspector 2,400 3 Inspectors 2,300 13 Inspectors 2,200 4 Inspectors 2,000 4 Inspectors 1,900 1 Stenciler 1,600 1 Stenographer (assistant cashier and steno grapher) 1,700 1 Stenographer 1,500 1 Stenographer 1,200 1 Telephone operator (telephone operator and clerk) 1,200 45 Fire Department. 29 Statement of Appropriation and Expenditures from January 1, 1928, to December 31, 1928. Appropriation > $106,603 78 Expenditures. A-l. Employees ... . $96,673 95 F-7. Pensions 600 00 B-l. Printing and binding 22 35 B-3. Advertising . 131 80 B-4. Carfares . 2,890 15 B-12. Premium on bond 24 00 B-13. Telephones . 594 54 B-39. General plant 62 95 D-l. Office forms, etc. 2,113 71 D-ll. Gasolene, etc. 299 51 E-10. Batteries 9 83 E-13. Stenciling materials, etc. 146 50 Total expenditures . . . $103,569 29 Unexpended balance $3,034 49 List of Property — Wire Division. 7 150-300 volt Weston Direct Current Double Reading Voltmeters. 1 300-volt Weston Direct Reading Alternating and Direct Current Voltmeter. 1 1,500-volt Weston Direct Reading Voltmeter. 1 50-ampere Weston Direct Reading Ammeter. 2 300-volt Weston Alternating and Direct Current Voltmeters. 1 15-ampere Thomson Alternating Ammeter. 1 1,500-ampere Weston Direct Reading Milammeter. 1 1,200-ampere Thomson Alternating Ammeter. 1 500-ampere 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. 30 City Document No. 12. Recommendations. Mutual Aid. Once again I wish to call attention to the mutual system now in effect between the Boston Fire Depart- ment and the departments of adjoining municipalities. Some years ago a courtesy agreement was entered into between neighboring cities and towns whereby the Boston department would respond to certain so-called border boxes outside the city limits, and the departments outside Boston would come into this city in response to alarms from similar Boston boxes. Under this arrange- ment Boston responded to forty-eight alarms in suburban communities in 1928. In addition, a pressing call for help was received from Fall River during the conflagra- tion in that city. Such a call as the latter from a community in distress cannot go unanswered, accom- panied as it may be with a serious liability to the city. Nevertheless the Fire Commissioner of Boston has never been authorized by the City Council, the proper body to grant such authority, to send the men and apparatus of this department outside the city limits. In view of recent legislation the Fire Commissioner can do nothing to extend or strengthen any system of mutual aid. While any system of mutual aid which can be devised will be of greater value to the adjoining municipalities than it is likely to be to this city, I recommend that the City Council take action in order that Boston may legally take part in a comprehensive but limited system of metropolitan mutual aid in fire protection. Relocation of Fire Stations. During the past year a step forward has been made to effect a consolidation of fire stations. With the opening of the fire station on Broadway it was possible to place Engine Company 26, Engine Company 35, Rescue Company 1 and Water Tower Company 2 in one fire station, at the same time increasing the efficiency of these fire-fighting units in the congested value section of the city. In other sections of the city there are stations within a short distance of each other housing one company and a few men. A typical example of this exists in the Fire Department. 31 West End section where Engine Company 4 and Water Tower Company 1 on Bulfinch street, Engine Company 6 on Leverett street and Ladder Company 24 on North Grove street are all within a narrow radius of each other. Funds should be provided to erect a fire station in a central location, such as Bowdoin square, to house all these companies and abandon the stations on Bulfinch street, North Grove street and Leverett street. Other combinations which should receive considera- tion are as follows: Engine 2 at O and Fourth streets, South Boston, and Ladder 19 on Fourth street, South Boston. Both these houses should be abandoned and a new station erected in the vicinity of K or L street where these companies would be in a better location to serve the entire community. Engine 8 on Salem street and Ladder 1 on Friend street should be consolidated in one station in the vicinity of Cross and Richmond streets. These two companies are now located on narrow and congested streets, resulting in frequent delays in responding to alarms of fire. Engine 3 and Ladder 3, Harrison avenue and Bristol street, and Engine 23 on Northampton street. These companies should be consolidated in a station in the vicinity of Harrison avenue and Wareham street. Both these houses are antiquated and require constant attention. In a short time it will be necessary to rebuild them. The department now owns considerable land at the location recommended which might be adapted for use as a fire station with the purchase of a small piece of additional land for a site. Engine 13 on Cabot street and Ladder 12 on Tremont street. With the purchase of a piece of land adjoining Ladder 12 an addition could be provided to house Engine 13, and the present quarters of Engine 13 could be disposed of. There are other stations located in outlying sections of the city, in some instances they are practically on the border. Nearly all of these houses are over fifty years old, built to accommodate a call fire department, and are in need of extensive repairs or rebuilding. When it is possible to provide the funds, these companies should be moved to other locations where they will be centrally located in the districts they are called upon to serve. 32 City Document No. 12. The department has continued its policy of remodel- ing fire stations which are properly located, and which are in condition to give good service for many years. This work has been done out of the tax levy. There are a few cases where the remodeling requires a large expenditure which in my opinion could be best taken care of by a loan. The first case of this character which should receive attention is the quarters of Engine 22 and Ladder 13. This is a well built station in an excellent location which was erected in the days of horse-drawn apparatus. It now requires considerable alteration which should not be delayed. Maintenance Shop. The present maintenance shop is suffering from lack of adequate floor space. It is well equipped, and every effort is made to adapt it to the requirements of motor apparatus. It was erected just prior to the advent of motor-driven equipment, but the department has far outgrown it. Plans should be made to enlarge the shop and department garage, so that there would be proper coordination between all the shops of the department, and at the same time accommodate the growing needs of the department. Respectfully submitted, Eugene C. Hultman, Fire Commissioner. Fire Department. 33 FINANCIAL STATEMENT. Expenditures for the Year. Personal Service: Permanent employees Unassigned ,405,157 08 4,046 04 Service Other than Personal wo^yjv^vjij ±a Printing and binding $85 60 Advertising and posting 139 70 Transportation of persons 1,339 51 Cartage and freight . 224 66 Hire of teams and auto tn icks, 194 50 Light, heat and power 31,731 97 Rent, taxes and water 3,319 44 Bond and insurance premi ums, 15 00 Communication 10,861 42 Motor vehicle repairs and care, 14,754 01 Cleaning 5,872 68 Medical 1,024 99 Expert 470 00 Fees, etc. 628 00 Photographic and blueprir iting, 1,506 91 General plant 81,149 99 153,318 38 Equipment : Cable, wire, etc. $11,890 92 Machinery . 1,989 40 Electrical 11,953 75 Motor vehicles . 180,471 13 Furniture and fittings 9,377 53 Office .... 1,029 81 Marine 22 20 Tools and instruments 41,204 72 Wearing apparel 30,696 79 General plant 5,060 63 °03 fiOfi SS ^t/0,U»7U oo Supplies : Office . _ . $8,956 63 Food and ice 638 82 Fuel .... 82,659 91 Medical, surgical, laboratc >ry . 137 29 Carried forward $92,392 65 $3,856,218 38 34 City Document No. 12. Brought forward Laundry, cleaning, toilet . Motor vehicle Chemicals and disinfectants General plant .92,392 65 3,357 97 28,814 54 3,395 11 4,576 10 [,856,218 38 Materials : 10i,lWU U( Buildings $23,286 02 Electrical ..... 4,025 02 General plant .... 42,434 56 69,745 60 Special Items: Pensions and annuities $298,937 49 Workingmen's compensation . 130 44 299,067 93 $4,357,568 28 Wire Division: Personal Service: Permanent employees $96,673 95 Service Other than Personal : Printing and binding, $22 35 Advertising and post- ing . . . . 131 80 Transportation of per- sons . . . . 2,890 15 Bond and insurance premiums . . 24 00 Communication . 594 54 General plant . . 62 95 3,725 79 Supplies : Office . . . .$2,113 71 Motor vehicle . . 299 51 2 413 22 Materials : ^.TlU £l£4 Electrical . . . $9 83 General plant . . 146 50 1 ^6 33 Special Items: J.O\J OtJ Pensions and annuities 600 00 IftQ f^fiQ 9Q 1,461,137 57 Fire Department. 35 New Central Fire Station : Balance of Payments: Contractor, John B. Dolan . $63,111 81 Architect, John M. Gray Com- pany 1,893 09 $65,004 90 New Fire Station, Engine 17 and Ladder 7, Dorchester: Balance of Payments: Contractor, Phandor Company, $39,659 92 Architect, John M. Gray Com- pany 951 83 ,611 75 Re capitulation . Fire Department .... $4,357,568 28 Wire Division .... 103,569 29 New Central Fire Station 65,004 90 New Fire Station, Engine 17 and Ladder 7, Dorchester . , 40,611 75 1,566,754 22 Income. Permits for fires in open spaces 7 fireworks, blasting, transporta tion and storage of explosives $23,420 75 Reimbursement of claims on con tract * 6,125 00 Sale of old material 1,445 35 Sale of badges 615 75 Sale of coal .... 70 00 Damage to apparatus, etc. . 1,070 01 Damage to boxes and posts 1,790 31 Moving box .... 147 25 Easement 5 00 Refund on electric light bill . 1 46 $34,690 88 Wire Division: Permits .... 96,122 37 fiqn 813 OP > * The amount of $6,125 reimbursed to the City of Boston under a claim on a contract was credited to B-39, General Plant, in order to pay the balance due on the contract. 36 City Document No. 12. FIRE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. Fire Commissioner, Eugene C. Hultman. Executive Secretary, Herbert J. Hickey. Chief of Department, Daniel F. Sennott. Superintendent of Maintenance, Edward E. Williamson. Superintendent of Fire Alarm Division, George L. Fickett. Superintendent of Wire Division, Walter J. Burke. Deputy Chief in charge of Fire Prevention Division, Alfred J. Caulfield. Medical Examiner, William J. McNally, M. D. Clerks. Fire Department. James P. Maloney, George F. Murphy, Edward L. Tierney, William J. Hurley, Frank M. Fogarty, Thomas W. O'Connell, Henry J. Egan, William J. O'Donnell, Warren F. Fenlon, James H. Finnerty, William D. Slattery, Eugene J. Sullivan, William V. Doherty, Edward L. Barry, Dorothy E. Campbell, Edward W. Purcell, Bertha G. McNamara, Joseph A. Magner. Wire Division. Chief Clerk, John F. Flanagan. William McSweeney, Celina A. O'Brien, May D. Marsh, James P. McKenna, Mary F. McClafferty. Headquarters. Mary F. Fleming, E. Sullivan, James Per Annum. 1 Commissioner . $7,500 1 Executive secretary 3,300 1 Chief clerk . 2,800 1 Executive clerk 2,800 1 Medical examiner 3,500 2 Clerks . . . $1,800-$ 1,900 1 Clerk . $1,600-$1,700 1 Clerk . $1,400-$ 1,500 1 Clerk . $1,300-$1,400 1 Clerk . $1,200-$ 1,300 1 Elevatorman and assistant janitor . $1,700 Per Week. 1 Cleaner $18.00 Per Annum. 1 Assistant engineer (messenger) .... $2,000-2,100 2 Hoseman clerks . . $2,000-2,100 2,000 17 Fire Department. 37 Fire Prevention Division. Per Annum. 1 Chief Fire Prevention .... 82,800-82,900 1 Clerk 2,000 1 Clerk . . . . . $1,600-81,700 1 Clerk . ...... . . . $1,200-81,300 1 Stenographer . . ... 1,100 1 Constable 1,600 1 Captain Fire Prevention $2,500-12,600 Fire-fighting Branch. Per Annum. 1 Chief of Department $5,500-$6,500 1 Assistant Chief of Department 4,000 6 Deputy chiefs ..... 4,000 30 District chiefs 3,500 75 Captains $2,500-$2,600 110 Lieutenants $2,300-$2,400 2 Aids to-Chief (lieutenant) $2,300-$2,400 2 Aids-to-Chief $2,200-$2,300 3 Aids-to-Commissioner (private) . $2,200-$2,300 3 Engineers (marine) $2,200-$2,300 6 Masters $2,100-$2,200 3 Engineers $2,100-$2,200 6 Assistant engineers $2,000-$2,100 46 Apparatus operators $2,100-$2,200 47 Assistant apparatus operators $2,000-$2,100 1,094 Privates: 769 . . $2,000-$2,100 217 . . SI ,900-82,000 37 $1,800-81,900 31 $1,700-81,800 33 81,600-81,700 7 1,600 1,435 Maintenance Division. 1 Superintendent of maintenance 1 Superintendent, High Pressure Steam and Marine Service 1 General foreman 1 Motor apparatus engineer 1 Storekeeper and property clerk (hoseman), 1 Master carpenter (hoseman) 1 Foreman painter 1 Foreman auto repairer .... 1 Clerk and bookkeeper . . Per Annum. $3,500 ,900-$3,000 ,800-$2,900 ,800-$2,900 ,300-$2,400 ,200-82,300 ,100-$2,200 ,300-82,400 ',200-82,300 38 City Document No. 12. 1 Clerk . 1 Clerk . 1 Master hose repairer 2 Clerks . . . 5 Engineers in charge 11 Engineers (High Pressure Service) 13 Engineers, motor squad . 3 Firemen (7 day) 3 High Pressure engineers . 1 Engineer . . . . . 1 Master steamfitter .... 1 Master apparatus painter 46 Mechanics 6 Blacksmiths. 9 Painters. 5 Carpenters. 3 Steamfitters. 3 Machinists. 16 Auto repairers. 1 Auto trimmer and canvas worker. 2 Auto mechanics. 1 Rubber goods repairer. Per Annum. L, 800-11, 900 1,800 2,200 1,600 !,300-$2,400 !,100-$2,200 !,200-$2,300 Per Day. $6.50 Per Week. $43.00 42.00 Per Annum. $2,300 2,000-$2,100 Per Day. $6.00 2 Plumbers $6.50 2 Wheelwrights 6.25 4 Leading auto repairers 6.50 7 Helpers (mechanic's assistants) $5.00-$5.50 1 Vulcanizer and assistant storekeeper 5.50 1 Chauffeur 5.50 3 Laborers 5.00 1 Brick mason 7.00 1 Mason . 6.00 Per Annum. 1 Supervisor, building repairs . . . $2,400-$2,500 21 Fire Alarm Division. Per Annum. 1 Superintendent of fire alarm . . $4,000 1 Supervisor of construction . 3,300 1 Aid-to-superintendent $2,200-$2,300 1 Batteryman $2,000-$2,100 1 Clerk $1,700-$1,800 1 Assistant to custodian 1,900 1 Assistant foreman of construction $2,400-$2,500 Fire Department. 39 1 Instructor of telegraphy 1 Chief operator 3 Principal operators 5 Operators 7 Assistant operators 1 Property clerk and storekeeper 1 Attendant and guide 4 Cable splicers 5 Inside wiremen 1 Laborer . 9 Lineman 2 Machinists (7 day) 1 Machinist (6 day) 1 Radio electrician . 4 Repairers and linemen Per Annum. $2,500 3,000 5,500-$2,600 5,300-$2,400 ,600-$2,100 !,000-$2,100 Per Day. $5.50 6.50 6.50 5.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 5,000-$2,100 6.25 53 40 City Document No. 12. CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. Daniel F. Sennott. 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, Henry J. Power and John J. Kelley. 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, John J. Kenney and John F. Good. Headquarters, Ladder House 18, Pittsburgh Street. Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 25, 38, 39, 44 (fireboat), Ladders 8, 18, Water Tower 3. Fire Department. 41 District 4- District Chiefs, Avery B. Howard and John F. MCDONOUGH. 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 C. I. Stickel and John F. Watson. 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, Thomas H. Downey and William F. QUIGLEY. Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. This division comprises Districts 6, 7, 8, 11. District 6. District Chiefs, Michael J. Teehan and Edward G. Chamberlain. 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, Napeen Boutilier and Michael F. Minehan. Headquarters, Engine House 22, Warren Avenue. Apparatus Located in the District. — ■ Engines 3, 22, 33, Ladders 3, 13, 15, Water Tower 2. 42 City Document No. 12. District 8. District Chiefs, Frank J. Sheeran and Victor H. Richer. Headquarters, Ladder House 12, Tremont Street. Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 13, 14, 37, Ladders 12, 26. District 11. District Chiefs, Thomas H. Andreoli and Cornelius J. O'Brien. 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 Frank A. Sweeney. 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 Edward J. Locke. 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 Dennis Driscoll. Headquarters, Engine House 28, Centre Street, Jamaica Plain. Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 28, 42, Ladders 10, 23, 30. Fire Department. 43 District 13. District Chiefs, Charles A. Donohoe and Patrick J. V. Kelley. Headquarters, Engine House 45, Corner Washington and Poplar Streets, Roslindale. Apparatus Located in the District. — Engines 30, 45, 53, Ladders 16, 25. District 14 . District Chiefs, James Mahoney 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 D. Sullivan. Headquarters, Engine House 48, Corner Harvard Avenue and Winthrop Street, Hyde Park. 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P £ CC F a c C <: < < < < < < • •< «c < < < < < < X < < <! - ) C i- o i f > ■<( if CC t- . a a c e> c* T( If CC t^ Of o e> 1 c* 1 o 1 o 1 <r» o 1 o i e> o c • c • cv c c c Ci - 1 >d 54 City Document No. 12. a o o r (•epunoj) 12,100 12,000 9,500 10,500 9,500 9,500 10,500 9,800 9,500 ■a^oxjg COcDCOcOcOcO^OCOCO •japuiiAQ jo ja^aureiQ I0tf5*0*0tf5»0»0i0i0 o Q >> '3 XI P3 .S8 ^02 July 5, 1918 May 25, 1925 Sept. 9, 1923 June 2, 1926 Feb. 1, 1921 Jan. 24, 1921 Oct. 3, 1927 Dec. 15, 1920 April 9, 1920 '3 Seagrave combination American-LaFrance combination . . . American-LaFrance combination . . . American La-France combination. . . American-LaFrance combination . . . American-LaFrance combination . . . American-LaFrance combination . . . American-LaFrance combination . . . American-LaFrance combination . . . 03 H 03 s Nco>ocoooa>©>-ieo Fire Department. 55 (spunoj) iqSiaAV 35(OJ^g japuijXQ JO JS^aUIBIQ oo <M co »o co w CO X CO LO CO >o 1-0 "C U5 a 03 05 1 in ,, co eo CO EO to CO ■■£ CO CD kOiO*OOOiOiO»C*0 a$ o 0505C5Oi05050505 oo oo co £i J3 £ s 1 .2 -2 B s a s s s a .s .s M M tt bl as qq oq aa oq go O— ■•-I'-hi-hi-hCNCNCO cocococococococow 56 City Document No. 12. *& CM lO lO il H il il IN rH 5 03 5^ <:<$<;<< CO CO CD COCICOMMCOCOCN 02 Q o h3 £ o £ <J Q £ c c ir t~ a C > E- a ■+. c c t> a H C > E- a c c ii a o a a "c c IT oc a > > E- it a f > E- a » > E- i. e 1 > E- a ■ c ; c ! f ; x '. a c . . > a > Eh "c c u oc t- a . c > > E- a o c <2 <£ oo oc a i, ft C » >> > E-i E- 01 o c If oc l> a - c . > a c c IT X a . C > Eh a a . C . > E- a. o co a> > > a) a ptn fe fe p^ Ti -T 1 , 7Z -T". 1-1 1-1 rJ 1-1 fa h tn «S fx, — — _ U- '— _ 03 c3 c3 ci o3 ai s a < < a a a u u Eh U a> a R Fi a a a a s fcs a < <U -91 -91 <1 <u <n < < Fire Department. 57 lO iO 10 10 »-H 1-1 l> CO ^H ■C 2 o < CO 00 Oi Cl «-< Oi CO CO »0 (M CM C9 Ol CO CN CM CO CM CM CO CM <M CM CO CO CO CO •* co CM CO m co O CO CO co CD CM CM CM CM -l CM CM 09 09 c. 0! Oi 09 — -. — 39 Ol rl i-H CM Z < o O £ O < O < H EH H H H E-i" H H "En E-i . H H Fh a . a "■. m cds3cc!c3c3o-oS«S a a < < a a < < = < c a a S3 si - <0 CD 01 5 a s -f. < < c c CN CO Tt If cc a CO CV a c rt .-I CM CM CM CM CM CM CM CM 58 City Document No. 12. 3 e3 oj-n G3 O iH iH TO M tD. CC.-I CO tO Q § Q Q u w t- O ; O ; O "o '. « w 8 •' .■- : > H : H • H H H H fc fe Ph u o cs 03 H 00 Pnfo Oi 03 03 e8 HlhH c c c e c c a a a en 01 03 03 03 03 a o c o o o o o c oj 0, Cj o> o 0) OJ S £ s SB B£ £g ■< < < «!<d <:<: <•< IN <N <N 02 <! H -CT3 '3 3 5° o o •?1 £ 0,*° -< 03 0> 0) "g'a s§ fin •<to Fire Department. 59 t~<N 00© 00 CO '.COS (M-h NO (NO NO O CT> Ci 00 0203 0". 00 i--~©" "*r^ ioin c^oo" i-i CO »1iH 1-ItH a) « o H « H H 60 City Document No. 12. 00 n PI ^S •3 s M T3 JS ,_, VS W £ * -o * -s «a js S to £ »2 » — SI oS 3.8 £^ «s.S It £5 -w JS o 3 o S < rH rt < C .5 °'3 . m > -^ a a; c C S°S 2 -a &§ » §3 s 003 -3 S §.S ill I a£ S-J eg* 03 * •^50'S 00 Ml, j, -.c a a a -^ o'S-5 g.a.a'S S s. 6 ■" js a c3 a a) 3. JJ >» 3 ^ Fire Department. 61 Hose. Hose Purchased. 2§-inch leading cotton hose . 3-inch leading cotton hose . 3^-inch leading cotton hose . 44-inch hard rubber suctions f-inch chemical hose .... f-inch chemical hose with apparatus 1-inch deck hose Total . . . ... Feet. 11,500 2,000 800 63 2,250 1,200 80 17,893 Hose Condemned. 2^-inch leading cotton hose 3-inch leading cotton hose 3§-inch leading cotton hose 3-inch flexible suctions 3^-inch deluge hose 2^-inch rubber hose f-inch chemical hose 1-inch deck hose 44-inch hard rubber suctions Feet. 10,28U 2,520 200 140| 50 50 1,650 30 Total 14,995| Hose Repaired. 2^-inch leading cotton hose 3-inch leading cotton hose 3|-inch leading cotton hose f-inch chemical hose 1-inch deck hose 4|-inch hard rubber suctions Total Hose in Use 21-inch leading cotton hose . 3-inch leading cotton hose . 3^-inch leading cotton hose . 3-inch flexible suctions 3|-inch deluge hose 4§-inch hard rubber suctions f-inch chemical hose 1-inch deck hose f-inch 4-ply Foamite hose (Rescue 2) Feet. 23,866| 5,200 250 4,750 75 31i 34,173 Feet. 113,900 30,250 6,071 825 625 1,218 22,300 950 900 Total 177,039 62 City Document No. 12. Hose Removed from Companies and in Stock. 2^-inch leading cotton hose 3-inch leading cotton hose Total Hose in Stock. 2^-inch leading cotton hose 3-inch leading cotton hose 3^-inch leading cotton hose 3-inch flexible suctions 3J-inch deluge hose f-inch chemical hose 4|-inch hard rubber suctions Total . . Feet. 850 550 1,400 Feet. 5,300 1,000 1,200 99 50 650 84 8,383 The new hose was put through the usual stringent tests and chemical analysis of hose was obtained to insure said hose complying with the specifications for same. Fire Department. 63 GASOLENE STATIONS. Division No. 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 Engine 31 Ladder 1 Ladder 24 Engine 7 Engine 10 Engine 26 Ladder 17 Rescue 1 (old quarters). 280 500 550 550 550 550 550 280 280 220 120 280 280 280 280 280 2,000 280 550 550 220 1,000 550 550 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 gallon. 1 quart. 5 gallons. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 64 City Document No. 12. Division No. 2. Districts. Locations. Capacity. (Gallons.) Pump . 6. b. 6. 6. 6. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 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 Eire alarm shop Engine 13. Engine 14 Engine 37 Ladder 12 Engine 29 Engine 34 Engine i 1 Engine 51 280 280 280 280 550 2S0 550 280 550 280 280 550 550 120 2 SO 280 280 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 5 gallons. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. Fire Department. 65 Division No. 3. Districts. Locations. Capacity. (Gallons.) Pump. 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 12 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 Engine 12 Engine 23 Engine 24 Ladder 4 . Ladder 23 Engine 17 Engine IS Engine 21 Engine 28 Engine 42 Engine 53 Engine 30 Engine 45 Ladder 6. Engine 20 Engine 46 Engine 52 Engine 19 Engine 48 Engine 49 550 280 550 550 220 550 280 550 280 550 550 280 550 280 280 220 220 280 280 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 5 gallons. 1 gallon. 5 gallons. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 5 gallons. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 1 gallon. 66 City Document No. 12. CANNEL COAL STATIONS. 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Alarms, false, needless, bell and still. 1,804 Alarms, out of city 53 Automatic alarms, false and accidental 97 Automobiles 631 Brush, rubbish, etc 1,440 Careless use lamp, candle, 49 Careless use matches, set by rats 459 Careless use pipe, cigar, cigarette 763 Chimneys, soot burning. . . 430 Clothes near stove 10 Defective chimney, stove pipe, boiler 96 Electric wires, motors .... 244 Fireworks and firecrackers, 55 Gas jet, gas stove 32 Gasolene, benzine, naph- tha 15 Grease in ventilator, oven, 31 Hot ashes in barrel Incendiary and supposed, Lamp upsetting and explo- sion Miscellaneous Oil burners Oil stove, careless use and explosion Overheated furnace, stove boiler Set by boys Sparks from chimney, stove Sparks from locomotive, engine Spontaneous combustion.. Thawing water pipes Unknown Total. 74 104 4 506 56 20 136 117 176 23 204 10 57 7,696 1928. Fire Extinguished By January. . . February . . March April May June July August. . . . September. October. . . . November. December . . Totals. 131 43 121 103 37 132 99 61 142 104 63 133 93 39 87 104 29 108 80 34 90 60 23 58 74 24 67 105 30 87 113 42 110 104 28 110 1,170 453 1,245 66 39 91 184 70 77 77 52 45 56 50 46 53 59 75 55 39 31 25 26 21 35 27 36 482 133 85 126 163 61 47 50 37 37 70 117 100 1,026 46 46 43 37 34 38 41 37 56 42 45 48 513 70 City Document No. 12. Fires Where Losses Exceeded $15,000. Date. Location and Owner. Loss. 1928. Jan. 1 Brighton Abattoir, Butchers' Slaughtering and Melti ng Association. $58,472 3 18,868 6 137 571 Jan. 8 1325-1341 Columbus avenue, White Sewing Machine Company et al. 18,002 10 27,563 24,772 Jan. 24 276 and 278 Devonshire street, New England Florist et al. Jan. 27 564 East First street and 110 K street, Kalix Cup Com- pany et al. 17,942 Feb. 2 Rear of 96 Condor street, Gibby Foundry Company 46,912 Feb. 5 734 East Fourth street, Baptist Church Corporation etal. . 33,098 Feb. 12 2301-2323 Washington street and 1 Marvin street, Hub Floral Manufacturing Company et al. 33,435 Feb. 14 125 and 126A Tremont street, " Allands " (millinery) etal. 16,640 Feb. 14 20,502 Feb. 26 15,166 Feb. 27 11 Columbia street, Allen & Squire Company etal ( 18,168 Feb. 29 12 and 14 Winter street, Jackson Confectionery Company et al. 23,874 March 16 80-86 Kingston street, G. A. Taylor Manufacturing Com- pany et al. 27,180 March 20 116-122 North street, N. Maggioli Company, Inc., etal. . . . 50,449 March 22 33,686 March 29 15,535 March 29 605-611 Washington street, Becker Fur Company etal 20,197 April 4 88-94 Pearl street and 24 and 26 High street.fH. Poorvu et al. 43,055 April 15 145 Dartmouth street, New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad et al. 360,359 24 27 20,172 April 130 Auckland street, The Pacific Warehouse Trust Com- 45,974 pany et al. April 28 26 and 28 Pittsburgh street, Colonial Can Company et al. . . 152,934 30 . . 20 . . 17,217 May- 55 and 57 Commercial street, United Trading Exchange et al. 15,234 May 31 259-271 Huntington avenue, The Tent, Inc., etal 37,479 1 29,136 June 17 Rear of 312 Congress street, Atlantic SaltlCompany et al. 201,857 Fire Department. 71 Fire Losses. — Concluded. Date. Location and Owner. Loss. 1928. June 19 $15,971 June 20 July 16 . Aug. 15 Sept. 29 Oct. 27 Dec. 16 Dec. 26 57-63 Franklin street, J. W. Gerry Company et al 24,184 29,069 85 and 87 Commercial Wharf, M. W. Hodder Company et al. 30,721 26,354 81-91 Fulton street, New England Pillow Company et al. 165 and 166 Tremont street, Miss J. M. Crowley et al 423 Ashmont street, First Baptist Church of Dorchester . . . 30,830 25,280 20,769 Statistics. Population, January 1, 1929 (estimated) Area, square miles .... Number brick, etc., buildings Number wooden buildings Fires in brick, stone, etc., buildings Fires in wooden buildings Fires out of city .... Not in buildings, false and needless Total alarms 1,974 1,374 53 4,295 802,161 47.81 90,098 41,261 7,696 Fire Loss for the Year Ending December 31, 1928. Buildings, loss insured Contents, loss insured Total loss insured Buildings, loss not insured Contents, loss not insured . $158,122 . 292,828 Total loss not insured Total loss, buildings and contents . Marine loss $1,857,050 1,579,250 $3,436,300 450,950 !,887,250 $34,783 72 City Document No. 12. Fire Department. 73 Yearly Loss for the Last Fifteen Years. Marine Loss not Included. Year Ending January 1, 1915 1, 1915 $3,013,269 1, 1916 3,004,600 1, 1917 2,372,480 1, 1918 3,981,227 1, 1919 2,822,109 1, 1920 2,577,584 1, 1921 3,139,566 1, 1922 4,010,201 1, 1923 3,304,595 1, 1924 6,286,299 1, 1925 4,735,595 1, 1926 5,407,070 1, 1927 5,199,965 1, 1928 3,694,642 1, 1929 3,887,250 Alarms for the Past Ten Years. Year. Bell. Still and Automatic. Totals. 1928 3,867 3,829 7,696 1927 3,492 3,840 7,332 1926 3,762 4,108 7,870 1925 3,798 3,904 7,702 1924 3,640 4,353 7,993 1923 3,239 4,002 7,241 1922 2,733 3,401 6,134 1921 2,359 2,888 5,247 1920 2,029 2,456 4,485 1919 2,733 2,690 5,423 Each fire is treated as having only one alarm. John E. Fitzgerald Medal. John J. Leary, for 1922. Daniel J. O'Brien, for 1923. Thomas F. Kilduff, for 1924. Dennis M. Condon, for 1927. Walter Scott Medal. Dennis M. Condon, for 1922. James H. Curran, for 1923. Edward J. Crowley, for 1924. Gilbert W. Jones, for 1927. 74 City Document No. 12. Carl V. Anderson. Carl S. Bowers. James J. Buchanan. Dennis M. Condon. Walter P. Corbett. Michael J. Dacy. James E. Downey. Thomas H. Downey. Dennis Driscoll. Joseph P. HantoD. Timothy J. Heffron. Roll of Merit. Gilbert W. Jones. Henry J. Kelly. Martin A. Kenealy. John J. Kennedy. Frederick F. Leary. Edward McDonough. James F. McMahon. Thomas J. Muldoon. Edward J. Murphy. Arthur A. Ryan. Michael J. Teehan. Members Pensioned from January 1, December 31, 1928. 1928, to John J. Gavin. Joseph A. Dolan. Elizabeth Gavagan. Christopher F. Curran. Anne C. Donovan. Michael J. Kennedy. John F. Murphy. Edward J. Flynn. Mary J. Kennedy. Charles A. Fernald. Charles E. Hudson. Cornelius J. Harrington. Terrence Desmond.* Michael F. Hayes. Cornelius F. Driscoll. Charles F. MacFarlane. Thomas Finneran. Kathleen R. McLaughlin. Joseph V. O'Donnell. Thomas F. Flvnn. Thomas J. Kilduff. Harry M. Hebard. Rufus W. Clark. William F. Thompson. Richard T. Tuson. Edward J. Berigan. Walter H. Greene. Alice J. Kelley. Michael F. Silva. George W. Wood worth. Thomas J. Flynn. Eben C. Lothrop. Arthur D. Gramer. Stephen L. King. William H. D. Nichols. Thomas F. Roach. Deaths of Members from January 1, 1928, to December 31, 1928. John J. McMorrow. John M. McLaughlin. Daniel W. Reardon Division) . John J. Kennedy. (Wire Martin J. Callahan. Thomas P. Rossiter. John M. Donovan. John Duncan (Maintenance). Patrick J. Mahan. * Boston Retirement Fund. Fire Department. 75 Deaths of Pensioners from January December 31, 1928. 1, 1928, to Patrick F. Garrity. Charles M. Chaplin. William Condry. William Lynch. Cyrus A. George. Eugene G. Allen. John F. Hines. Frank J. Punch. Dennis F. Quinlan. Edward J. Shallow. Edward I. McLaughlin. Miles E. Tennihan. Mrs. Louise M. Bestwick. Stephen Griffin. Rustus Gordon. Edward J. Reavey. Charles A. Fernald. Thomas F. Flynn, Jr. CITY OP BOSTON 'PRINTING DEPARTMENT.