Pacific Coast and Canadian News.
Special correspondence from FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.
Deputy Chief WJ Phillips of the Nelson Fire Department in British Columbia has been named Chief of the Fernie, BC Fire Department. When he left the Nelson Fire Department, Chief Phillips was given a speech by Chief Deasy and members of the fire department, accompanied by a souvenir suitcase. The new boss will organize a paid department in Fernie. The riots in the Seattle Fire Department prompted Chief Cook to resign and Harry W. Bringhurst, formerly Secretary of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs, to be appointed chief of the lire department. Former boss Ralph Cook is retiring with a good record as a firefighter. He succeeded Chef Gardner Kellogg when he was appointed firefighter. The many readers of FJRE AND WATER ENGINEERING know the former head chef and met him at the International Association convention in New York City. He served in the Seattle Fire Department for many years and was a general favorite with firefighters and citizens alike. His successor. Chief Bringhurst is familiar with the town’s fire department, although he has never served in the department there. At Logansport. Yes, Chief Bringhurst was a member of the fire department and was the first paid deputy chief. From Logansport he went to Mismarck, N. Dak. As a city engineer and moved to Seattle before the fire, where he did an invaluable service. In 1893 he attended the World’s Fair in Chicago and directed the Lire exhibition. His profession is that of civil engineer, and he will bring into the office the leadership skills required to run this branch of the city service. Mayor Moore believes it is necessary to have an administrative head of the fire department and to put fire-fighting in the hands of the deputy chief. This will require the placement of Deputy Chief George Marlow at the helm of the armed forces on all fires, and in this way Seattle will stand on the same footing as other metropolitan areas. – Pacific coast records to date show minor losses in 1906. Chief Watson reports $ 6,500 in losses in Victoria, BC. Chief Deasy of Nelson, BC, reports $ 355 for the nine months since he took office – the most phenomenal record for a city the size of Nelson on the continent. Chief Bruce of Hoquiam, Washington, reports 22 fires and losses totaling $ 180. The larger cities did not report; There is no doubt, however, that losses on all sides have declined, offset by last May’s California horror.