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ANNUAL REPORT 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 

AND WIRE DIVISION 



TY OF BOSTON 



YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1928 




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CITY OF BOSTON 

PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1929 



ANNUAL REPOBT 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 

AND WIBE DIVISION 



CITY OF BOSTON 



YEAK ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1928 




CITY OF BOSTON 

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1929 

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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. 

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. 



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[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 




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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. 
Apparatus Located in the District. — ■ Engines 19, 48, 49, 
Ladder 28. 



44 



City Document No. 12. 



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Hose. 
Hose Purchased. 

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3-inch leading cotton hose . 
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44-inch hard rubber suctions 
f-inch chemical hose .... 
f-inch chemical hose with apparatus 
1-inch deck hose 

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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 



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3-inch leading cotton hose 
3|-inch leading cotton hose 
f-inch chemical hose 
1-inch deck hose 
4|-inch hard rubber suctions 



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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) 



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6,071 

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625 

1,218 

22,300 

950 

900 



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177,039 



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Hose Removed from Companies and in Stock. 



2^-inch leading cotton hose 
3-inch leading cotton hose 

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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 

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550 



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50 

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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. 
Division No. 1. 



Districts. 


Locations. 


Amount at 
Present. 
(Tons.) 


1 




10 


1. . . 






10 


4. . . 


Ladder 24 


15 









Division No. 2. 



Districts. 



Locations. 



Amount at 
Present. 
(Tons.) 



6 
6 

7 
8 
8 
8 
11 
11 



Engine 2 

Fourth street (Old Ladder 5) 

Engine 33 

Engine 13 

Engine 14 

Engine 37 

Engine 29 

Engine 34 



15 
20 

S 
20 

1 

2i 

5 

31 



Division No. 3. 



Districts. 



Locations. 



Amount at 
Present. 

(Tons.) 



9 
9 
9 
10 
10 
13 
13 
14 
14 
15 
15 



Engine 12 
Engine 23 
Engine 24 
Engine 18 
Engine 2 1 
Engine 30 
Engine 45 
Engine 16 
Engine 46 
Engine 48 
Engine 49 



2 
3 
7 
2 
3 
2 
12 
i 

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3 



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Fire Department. 



69 



Causes of Fires and Alarms, from January 1, 1928, 
to January 1, 1929. 



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. 



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