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Monmouth Fire Department History, 1903-1950

Annual Appropriations, Listing of Chief and Assistant Chief Engineers
[From Annual Reports of the Town of Monmouth]

Transcribed by Arthur M. Griffiths

 

1903-04

December 8, 1903, Special Town Meeting authorized $1,200.00 for the establishment of a fire department in Monmouth.
Spent $150.00, lot for engine house; hose, pipes and spanners, $211.00; freight $21.84. Total $382.84
Bills contracted: hand tub and hose reel, $250.00; engine house, $447.00.

1904-05
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Unexpendid balance $817.16
Spent $749.81
c To the citizens of the Town of Monmouth:
As this is the first year of the Fire Department in this town and there was a sum of money voted for this purpose, I will endeavor as Chief of this department, to make a statement of what has been done in this department this year.
In the first place the committee that were chosen at a special Town meeting, were authorized to act with the Board of Selectmen in providing suitable apparatus and such things as were needed for fire protection so far as the amount raised would go, and they have proceeded as follows:
It was decided that the lot on which the engine house now stands was by far the best for this purpose and the same was bought of Dr. Edwards for the sum of $150.00.
The next thing was a building, and plans were gotten out and submitted to several carpenters for bids and Simon Clough being the lowest bidder, the contract was given to him. After much inquiry in the different towns as to what was best for a town of this size, it was decided that the most practical thing was a hand engine, and we found one through Henry K. Barnes of Boston, that was built for the United States government and used only a very little at the Watertown Arsenal. This is a Hunneman engine and in first class condition, and we secured it for the sum of $250; this price included a hose reel of a capacity of 600 feet of unlined hose. The reel that went with this engine was broken all to pieces in loading it with the engine, and Barnes made it good by givng us a new one which is much better than the one bought.
We then purchased the following things needed to go with the engine: 800 feet of unlined hose, 2 Underwriter nozzles, 1 dozen hose spanners or wrenches, 2 fire axes, 1 dozen pails, 3 ladder straps for holding hose on a ladder. 50 feet lead rope for engine, 1 lantern, caskets for the hose couplings, and other small things. We have also had a set of runners made for the engine for winter. We have some ladders making which will about finish the amount of money that was raised and we think that we have got a good start with what we had to work with. While we have had no fires the past year that has called for the use of this apparatus, we feel that in case there had been, that the town was much better fitted to stop a bad fire than it has ever been.
Now the town has made a start but there are several things more that are needed to make the present outfit more efficient, and the principal thing is some cisterns for water, and I think it would be well for the town to build at least three, the coming spring. These can be built for about $60 apiece for brick cisterns holding 50 hogsheads. We need one in front of Cumston Hall and two between the corner of Maple street and A. G. Smith's. In the Center and on Maple street we can get to the stream in places enough to reach all of the buildings and have plenty of water.
The engine house ought to have another coat of paint as it was only given one coat when built, and now in order to preserve it there should be another coat put on this year.

H. E. MERRILL.

1905-06
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Unexpended balance $67.35. Appropriated for fire department $150.00 to build one cistern.
Spent $125.06

Report of Chief Engineer:

Fellow Citizens of Monmouth:
I herewith submit my report of what has been done in the department for the past year.
The engine house has been painted two coats. We have purchased four ladders as follows: One 35 ft. extension, one 26 ft., one 20 ft., one 16 ft., the 20 ft. and 26 ft. having hooks for roof.
The town voted to build one cistern in front of Cumston Hall and I could not get any one to do the excavating until late in the fall and after that was done it was impossible to get it built as Mr. Perkins was engaged in the school house. The bricks have been purchased and are on the ground and the cistern can be completed in the spring as soon as the frost is out.
We have had only one fire of consequence, that of L. S. Goding's buildings and that was so far advanced that nothing could be done and there was no water that was available, even if we had got there earlier.
We had one alarm for a fire on the roof of a building owned by Geo. Watts, Maple St., and in this case it was proved that the engine was a good thing, as there was no ladder to be had at this time and the fire could not be reached with pails; in eight minutes from the time the alarm was given the engine was set and the fire out.
There have been several chimney fires but the damage was nothing as they were taken care of with chemicals, and for these particular cases I would recommend that two of the hand tanks be bought and placed on the hose cart so that they would be ready at any time for use where they could be found.
We need some kind of a truck for the ladders as at the present time we have no way to move them, and I think that one can be made at small expense, and should be at an early date.
The expense of the engine house has been very small as we have not had to heat it this winter as yet.
We need at least one more cistern. The upper part of Main St. not having any water except small wells and these would not amount to much in case of fire.

1906-07
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Unexpended balance $94.24 Appropriated for fire department $150.00.
Spent $126.06.

1907-08
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriated for fire department $100.00.
Spent $57.76

FIRE DEPARTMENT

In the year past we have had several small fires, and one on July 10th that was a very dangerous one, at which I think it was proved beyond any doubt that the Engine and equipment that we have was worth all that it has cost up to the present time at this one fire, and showed what could be done with it under very bad conditions and with a heavy fire.
We have had several chimney fires which have been handled with the Chemicals without any loss to speak of.
I have done my best to locate and build a cistern on Main Street but have not been able to locate it satisfactory so that it could be filled from the houses.
Our apparatus is all in good condition and the only thing that we need badly to make it handy is some kind of a truck for the ladders as we have no way of getting them to a fire now only to carry them.
I would recommend that some hose be purchased for North Monmouth as I understand that they connect to the pump at the mill any time in case of fire and that all that is asked is that the Town furnish some hose.
I would recommend to the citizens that we appropriate such sum as we can afford and present it to The Lewiston Firemans' Relief Association in appreciation of their prompt assistance in time of the July fire. As I understand the City has never presented any bill to the Town when they have been called here, and they have responded to calls here twice within a few years, and have always come when called.

Most respectfully yours,
HARRY E. MERRILL.

1908-09
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriation, Center, $100.00; Unexpended balance $160.42
Appropriated $500, hose for North Monmouth.
Spent $51.31, Center; $397.70, North Monmouth.

1909-10
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Spent $24.30 from unexpended balance of $209.11.
Appropriated for fire department, North Monmouth $250.00.
Unexpended balance, 102.30
Spent, North Monmouth, $352.30
(bought lot for $50.00, paid for building materials, $342.30)

1910-11
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Unexpended balance, Center, $184.81 Appropriated for North Monmouth $200.00.
Spent, Center $98.84; North $133.29.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Gentlemen:--
We have been very fortunate the past year in regard to fires.
There has been one fire where the engine has been used, this being the Clough cottage at which 500 feet of hose were laid, damage about $50.00.
There have been the usual chimney fires which have been handled with chemicals.
We have purchased two ladder trucks, one for the North and one for the Center, together with some small equipment for same.
The engine has been painted and varnished which was very much needed.
All equipment is in good condition with the exception of a few lengths of hose that are damaged. These should be replaced as we need more rather than less.
Both engine houses need painting, especially the one at North Monmouth as this one has never been painted all over.
Respectfully yours,
HARRY E. MERRILL

1911-12
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriation, Center, $100.00; North, $100.00
Spent, Center $118.69; North $76.83

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Gentlemen:--
We have been fortunate again this year as we have had only one bad fire, the electric light plant which was a total loss as the fire had gained so much headway before discovered that nothing could be saved. Three hundred feet of hose was laid at this fire.
We had the usual number of grass fires in the Spring and at those the chemical tanks were used.
There have been no bad chimney fires.
The engine houses have both been painted two coats and are in nice condition.
We have bought 250 feet new hose for the Center and the whole equipment now is on a good basis.
I do not think that it will be necessary to make any appropriation for the fire department this year as we have enough left over to carry us through unless we have some bad fire.
Respectfully yours,
HARRY E. MERRILL

1912-13
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
No appropriation this year.
Unexpended balance, Center $67.28; North, $89.88.
Spent, Center $3.55; North $63.11.

1913-14
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
No appropriation for fire department.
Unexpended balance, Center $63.73; North, $26.77.
Spent $57.12

1914-15
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriated for fire department $200.00.
Unexpended balance, $33.38.
Spent 151.48

1915-16
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriated for fire department $100.00.
Unexpended balance, $81.90.
Spent $99.92.

1916-17
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriated for fire department $100.00.
Unexpended balance, $91.98
Spent $21.03.

1917-18
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
No appropriation for fire department.
Spent $25.88.

1918-19
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
No appropriation for fire department.
Unexpended balance, $160.95.
Spent $37.82.

1919-20
Chief Engineer Harry E. Merrill
Appropriated for fire department $3000.00.
Spent $86.96.

Report of Chief Engineer:

Gentlemen:
In making report of the Fire Department for the past year, the first question to answer is: "Where is that new auto truck that we voted money for?"
Your committee looked over the various makes of trucks, that would come within our appropriation, and decided to accept the plans of Wade & Dunton, of Lewiston, for a Cadillac car, equipped with a 300-gallon pump, 65-gallon chemical tank, and body to carry 1,000 feet of hose; same to be fully equipped, painted and lettered in first-class manner.
We gave them the order the first of July, but owing to emergency conditions they were unable to get a pump shipped until October 26th, and same did not arrive in Lewiston until some time in December. They are now working on the truck and assure us that they will put it through in about sixty (60) days.
We have had several fires this year, from different causes, nearly all in the outside country, only one in the villages.
Rather more than the usual number of chimney fires has occurred, which can be prevented if people will give a little more care to cleaning chimneys. One most vital thing that I find on inspection is the poor flue stops in common use; most of them being only covers, and in very many cases papered over--making a dangerous condition.
All the buildings in the fire district were inspected once, and some places twice.
In view of the fact that we shall have to heat the Engine House at the Centre and make repairs, also buy some new equipment, I would recommend that we raise five hundred ($500.00) for the coming year/
Respectfully submitted,
HARRY E. MERRILL, Chief
DR. C. M. RANDLETTE,
U. S. EMERY
Committee.

1920-21
Harry E. Merrill and C. M. Randlette
Appropriation $500.00
Spent $3,600

To the Citizens of the Town of Monmouth:
Your Committee elected to purchase Fire Truck for the Town investigated the matter thoroughly, and after looking over many kinds of Trucks and prices on same, decided that the proposition of Wade & Dunton of Lewiston to build a truck with the equipment necessary at a price of $2,900.00 was the best of anything that we could provide, and the contract was awarded to them. They delivered the Truck July 3rd, and it was tested out to the satisfaction of all who saw it. Since it has been in service, I think that it has been demonstrated clearly that it is one of the best pieces of Fire Apparatus in the State, and the best that could be purchased under $5000,00.
In designing this Truck we endeavored to get the most practical things embodied in none piece of apparatus that was possible, and keep up with our appropriation.
This Truck has a 40 H. P. motor, 250 gallon pump, with 30 feet suction, 65 gallon chemical tank, with 200 feet chemical hose, capacity of body, 1,500 feet linen hose, 20-foot extension ladder, 2 pike poles, 1 axe, 1 crowbar, extra acid receptacle, search light, siren horn and full set of small tools. It is equipped with five oversize cord tires and extra rim.
We have discharged our duties according to our best judgment and trust same will meet with your approval.
Yours truly,
HARRY E. MERRILL
C. M. RANDLETTE
U. S. EMERY

1921-22
Chief Engineer C. M. Randlette
Appropriation $1,000
Rec'd from Town of Greene, $100.00
Rec'd from Town of Leeds, $60.00
Rec'd from Town of Readfield, $100.00
Rec'd from Western Union, $36.00
Spent $1,334.30

REPORT OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER

To the Citizens of the Town of Monmouth:
Your Volunteer Fire Company has given especially good service for the past year. The Fire Truck has been called several times to surrounding towns, namely, Readfield, Leeds, Greene and Winthrop where we could get water, we have done good work and saved several thousands of dollars worth of taxable property. We have had during the year several bad chimney fires, but in no case have the buildings burned.
We need 1,000 feet of new hose which would enable us to fight a second fire within an hours time without drying hose from the first fire. This would place us in a position to be ready to respond to a fire call at all times. I would suggest that the town build and [sic] underground cistern for fire protection at or near stand of Mrs. Olive Gilman. This end of town is absolutely unprotected during a dry season as last year.
We need $1,000 to purchase above hose and pay running expenses for the ensuing year, which I would recommend the citizens raise.
C. M. Randlette

1922-23
C. M. Randlette
Appropriation $1,250
Rec'd from Mt. Vernon $150.00
Spent $822.02

To the citizens of the town of Monmouth:
Your Fire Truck has performed excellent services this year. At the Garage fire it saved several thousand dollars worth of property. We have had the usual number of chimney fires, but without loss of buildings, our truck was called to Mt. Vernon and saved several buildings, one of which they were going to dynamite just as we got there.
We presented a bill of $150.00 which they cheerfully paid immediately, besides giving us great praise. We were also called to Leeds twice, where there were several buildings afire which were extinguished. We sent a bill of $100.00 which they refused to pay, God help them who won't help themselves.
In the future we will only respond to calls to towns who appreciate our services. We need 1,000 feet of new hose this year. We hope that we can give as good service during the coming year as we have in the past.
I would recommend that the citizens raise $1,000.00 for the Volunteer Fire Company for expenses during the current year.
Respectfully submitted,
C. M. Randlette.

1923-24
Chief Engineer C. M. Randlette
Appropriation $1,000
Spent $1,425.10

REPORT OF VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.

To the citizens of Monmouth:
Our town has been very lucky this year as far as fires are concerned, Only lost one set of buildings, our call to this fire was so late we could not render any assistance. We have had a quite number of chimney fires, which have been controlled without loss. Have had to purchase new hose which has not been paid for which will just about balance our account. Would recommend the citizens raise $1,000 for expenses for year 1924.
Respectfully submitted,
C. M. Randlette. 1924

1925-26
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon
Appropriation $600.00
Town of Litchfield $35.00
Town of Greene $35.00
Spent $400.59

REPORT OF CHIEF ENGINEER

To the citizens of Monmouth:
The town has been very fortunate this year in not having any serious losses by fire. Have had several bad chimney fires, but without loss of buildings, also a number of grass and forest fires.
A more hearty cooperation of the men of Monmouth is needed in our Volunteer Fire Department. We have no paid men, and every man in town should consider that he is a fireman. If we leave our duties to attend a fire, which most of us gladly do, why shouldn't you?
I would recommend that the town raise $600.00 for the expenses of your Volunteer Fire Department during the current year.
Respectfully submitted,
C. T. BRAGDON,
Chief Engineer

1926-27
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon
Appropriation $600.00
Town of Litchfield $25.00
Town of Greene $35.00
Spent $558.68

REPORT OF CHIEF ENGINEER

To the citizens of Monmouth:
It may be of interest to the citizens of Monmouth to know that your Volunteer Fire Company has answered calls to seventeen fires in the town of Monmouth, and two out of town, one in Litchfield and one in Greene, during the past year.
Of these fires the Mosely and Morrison buildings were a total loss. Our truck was badly damaged at the Piney Heights fire, and was being repaired at the garage, and could not be removed at the time of the Mosely fire. At the Morrison fire, which came in the early morning, we were unable to get there in time to be of any assistance.
We have purchased new chemical hose this year, and the truck is in good repair at the present time, considering its age.
The Town of Monmouth is badly in need of a new fire truck. Could the money from the Welch Estate be used for any better purpose? Think it over.
I wish to thank all who have co-operated in the welfare of the Department during the past year, and tho not a candidate for re-election, will be glad to give my successor any help or information at my command.
I would recommend that the town raise $400.00 for the expenses of the Volunteer Fire Company during the current year.
Respectfully submitted,
C. T. BRAGDON,
Chief Engineer

1927-28
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon, Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, N. A. Richardson, M. E. Day
Appropriation, $400.00
Town of Wales $10,00
Spent $283.31

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
The Town of Monmouth is very fortunate in having no serious fires during the past year. Your Volunteer Fire Company has answered calls to twenty fires in Monmouth, and one at Leeds Junction. Of this number, five were grass and brush fires, and fifteen chimney fires. We have had a few very bad chimney fires, and we recommend that property owners inspect and clean out chimneys at least once a year, preferably in the Fall.
In regard to fire equipment, your commissioners have outlined the following plan, which we hope will meet with your approval. We wish to remove the chemical tank and chemical hose from the pumper, and place same, with several hand chemicals and equipment, on another car. This will give us two pieces of apparatus, a chemical engine that we can quickly get to chimney and grass fires, thus giving better service in the outlying districts, as well as in villages, and the pumper for more serious fires. This will take a load of about 1200 pounds from our pumper, making the same much more efficient, and we trust, prolonging its life.
Our expenditures in the fire department for the last few years have been kept down to a minimum, with this idea in view. We firmly believe this is for the good of the community, and solicit your co-operation.
We recommend that you vote to re-appropriate $1000.00 from the treasury, and to raise $500.00 for your Volunteer Fire Company during the current year.
Respectfully yours,
C. T. BRAGDON,
N. A. RICHARDSON
M. E. DAY,
Commission of Fire Department.


1928-29
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon, Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, N. A. Richardson, M. E. Day
Appropriation, $500.00
Re-appropriation $1000.00
Town of Litchfield $35.00
Town of Wales $65.00
Spent $2332.12 including $1,564.00 to D. E. McCann Son, for "Small Pumper."

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
Your commission wishes to report only one serious fire this last year, which was on March 15th.
This was the Merton Leach house at East Monmouth and was a total loss, due partly to bad condition of the roads and inadequate water supply.
Other than this, there have been three house fires, one grass fire, and twenty-two chimney fires; all extinguished without serious damage.
We have recommended in the past, that property owners give their chimneys a thorough cleaning out, at least once a year, preferably in the fall.
We still maintain that this policy be carried out and urge co-operation from the citizens in doing all possible to prevent fires.
In mentioning the new piece of fire apparatus purchased by your commission, we feel that the town has been well paid.
It is light and carries sufficient water and chemical to extinguish any kind of fire that has not gained too great a headway.
We recommend that the town reappropriate from the treasurer five hundred dollars, and raise two hundred dollars for your volunteer fire department for the ensuing year.
Respectfully yours,
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
N. A. RICHARDSON
Fire Commission.

1929-30
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon, Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, M. E. Day, L. C. Berry
Appropriation, $200.00
Reappropriated $500.00
Town of Litchfield $15.00
Town of Wales $25.00
Spent $563.57

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
We have had no serious fires in Monmouth during the past year.
Your Volunteer Fire Department has answered calls for two house fires, five chimney fires and one grass fire, with very little damage of property in any case, also one house fire in Litchfield, and one in Wales.
This is the smallest number of chimney fires for several years, and we think this is due to the fact that property owners are giving their chimneys more attention than formerly.
We still advocate the policy of giving your chimneys a thorough cleaning out at least once a year, and if any defects are found, have same fixed at once.
We recommend that the town raise $500.00 for the expenses of your Volunteer Fire Department for the ensuing year.
Respectfully yours,
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
L. C. BERRY
Fire Commission.

1930-31
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon, Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, M. E. Day, L. C. Berry
Appropriation, $500.00
Spent $649.53

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to twenty-one calls during the past year, viz., six house fires, nine chimney fires and six grass and brush fires.
Fourteen of these fires were extinguished with hand chemicals, three with booster lines and four with pumper.
With the exception of the Babcock cottage, which was a total loss, there was but very little damage done to property. A large per cent of rural community are caused from chimneys, and we recommend that property owners give their chimneys a thorough cleaning out each year.
We are maintaining two pieces of fire apparatus at the present time. The small machine is being used altogether for grass fires, chimney fires and in the outlying sections where the supply of water is limited, and is doing excellent work up to its capacity.
Our large pumper is in very poor condition and is continually giving us all kinds of trouble. It is a 1914 model and has been in service as a fire unit in this town for fifteen years. We can only get parts for this, hen needed, from some junk pile, and these are parts that are already worn out. We had occasion to use this piece of apparatus at the John Buker residence this summer when the cottage at the lake burned, and we experienced the same trouble that we have had for the past few years. This machine is obsolete, and these recent fires show plainly the need of a pumper that can be depended on.
We recommend that the Town buy a new pumper to take the place of the old machine we now have, and suggest that we borrow from the Welch fund a sufficient amount to do this, this amount to be paid back to the Welch fund, from the balance left in the Fire Department each year until full amount is paid.
In doing this, only a small amount is raised each year, no extra burden of taxes will be placed on anyone and you will have the protection of an efficient piece of apparatus.
We recommend that the Town raise $1,000.00 for the regular expenses of your Volunteer Fire Department for the ensuing year.
Respectfully yours,
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
D. E. MORSE,
Fire Commission.
The following article was included in the Town Warrant at Town Meeting March 9, 1931:

Art. 22. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from the fund left to the town by the will of the late O. Augusta Welch a sufficient sum with which to purchase additional fire-fighting apparatus, said fund to be reimbursed therefor by payments thereto yearly from the amounts raised and appropriated for the Monmouth Volunteer Fire Department and by it not used.

1931-32
Chief Engineer C. T. Bragdon, Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, M. E. Day, M. L. Clark
Appropriation, Excise Tax $1,791.43
Spent $5775.09 including purchase of a new truck from D. C. McCann's Sons for $4,600.00.

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
Your Volunteer Fire Department has responded to thirty calls during the past year, viz., ten house fires, twelve chimney fires, six grass fires, one auto fire and one gasoline stove fire.
Sixteen of these fires were extinguished with hand chemicals, four with booster lines, three with small pumper and one with large pumper. One house, one barn, one camp and one store were too far gone to render any assistance other than protecting surrounding property, and two fires had been extinguished on our arrival.
The new pumper which was purchased this year was put into service the last of June and has proved very satisfactory. This is a 400-gallon pump and carries 1500 feet of 21/2 -inch hose, 200 feet of 1-inch booster hose and has a 135-gallon booster tank. At the Underwriters' test this machine exceeded all of the requirements by a wide margin.
We have saved from our appropriation $250.00 which we have turned back into the Welch Fund this year.
This coming year we are in need of new hose for both pieces of apparatus and we recommend that the Town raise $1000.00 for the regular expenses of your Volunteer Fire Department.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
Fire Commission.

1932-33
Fire Chief C. T. Bragdon, Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, M. E. Day, D. E. Morse
Appropriation, Excise Tax $1,791.43
Town of Litchfield $25.00
Spent $1683.56

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to twenty-nine calls during the past year, viz., seven house fires, fourteen chimney fires, five grass and brush fires, one auto fire, and two out of Town, one at Winthrop and one at Litchfield. Fourteen of these fires were extinguished with hand chemicals and four with booster lines. The small pumper was used on eight fires and a total of 2600 feet of 11/2-inch hose was laid.
The larger pumper was used on five fires and a total of 4800 feet of 21/2 -inch hose was used.
The North Monmouth Department answered ten calls, viz., six chimney fires and four grass and brush fires. These were extinguished with hand chemicals.
In all cases the fire was kept confined in the building in which it started and with the exception of Heart of Maine canning factory, Cobbossee Colony and the Wm. Brown barn, the loss has been small. At Cobbossee Colony we saved the cottages and all but one end of the dining room. At the Wm. Brown fire we saved the house and outbuildings. There was little we could do at the canning factory except protect surrounding property.
The past year we have turned back into the Welch fund $1,000.00 toward payment of our truck and for the coming year we recommend that the Auto Excise Tax be appropriated for the expenses of the Fire Department as formerly.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
D. E. MORSE,
Fire Commission.

1933-34
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, M. E. Day, D. E. Morse
Appropriation, Excise Tax $1,990.31
Town of Wales $30.00
Spent $1,200

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

To the Citizens of Monmouth:
The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to twenty-nine calls during the past year, viz., three house fires, twenty-two chimney fires, two grass and brush fires, one auto fire, and one house fire at Wales.
The North Monmouth Department answered to one call, a chimney fire. Three buildings burned in Monmouth this year. At the Merrithew fire on Pease Hill the department was not called. At the Obie Slauenwhite fire no water was available and at the Skidgell fire we saved the shed, stable and out buildings.
One other house fire was extinguished by chemicals.
Twenty-one of these fires were extinguished with hand chemicals and five with booster lines. 900 feet of 11/2 inch hose was used on the small pumper and 250 feet on the large pumper.
We have turned back into the Welch Fund $1,200.00 this year toward payment of our truck, making a total of $2,450.00. We recommend that the Auto Excise Tax be appropriated for the expenses of the Fire Department as formerly.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
D. E. MORSE,
Fire Commission.

1934-35
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriation, Excise Tax $1,595.57
Town of Wales $15.00
113 P. Dumont, wagon sold $8.00
Town of Litchfield $25.00
Town of Greene $25.00
Spent $1,701.13

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

Your Volunteer Fire Department responded to thirty-nine calls during the past year: thirty-five in town and four out of town.
Of those in town, there were five house fires, twenty-two chimney fires, five grass and brush fires, and three automobile fires. Twenty-eight of these fires were extinguished with hand chemicals, three with booster lines and four with pumper. We used 1100 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 2500 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, and 38 hand chemicals. The estimated damage to buildings was $1,515.00.
The North Monmouth Department answered to seven calls. We have turned back into the Welch Fund $700.00 this year toward payment of our truck, making total payments of $3,150.00. There is now due that fund $1,450.00 which we hope to pay during the next two years.
We recommend the Auto Excise Tax be appropriated for the Fire Department as before.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1935-36
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriation, Excise Tax $1,621.78
Town of Greene $15.00
Town of Litchfield $25.00
Town of Readfield $35.00
Spent $1432.17

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

Your Volunteer Fire Department responded to thirty-six calls for fire during the past year: thirty-three in town and three in neighboring towns. In Monmouth the4re were five house fires, twenty-three chimney fires and five grass and brush fires. Twenty-eight of these were extinguished with hand chemicals and four with booster pump. At the Murray fire nothing could be done and these buildings were a total loss. This is the only fire loss during the year.
The Volunteer Fire Department at North Monmouth answered to thirteen calls to chimney fires with no damage. This year we have turned back into the Welch fund $1,000.00 toward payment of our pumper, making total payments of $4,150.00. There is still due $450.00 which we expect to pay this next year.
We recommend the Auto Excised Tax be appropriated to the Fire Department as has been the custom.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1936-37
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriation, Excise Tax $2,074.17
From R. E. Gilson, hand tub, $100.00
Town of Greene $50.00
Spent $1597.13

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Town of Monmouth lost only one set of buildings by fire during the past year, the Carl Richardson homestead at North Monmouth. During the year we have responded to forty-eight calls as follows: Thirty chimney fires, three grass fires, four woods fires, six house fires, one gas and garage fire and one auto fire.
We had two calls to Wales and one to Greene.
The North Monmouth department has answered to fourteen chimney fires. We have paid the Welch Fund $450.00 which completes our payments on the pumper.
We recommend a portion of the Auto Excise Tax be appropriated for the Fire Department as formerly.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1937-38
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriation Excise tax $1,556.47
Town of Leeds $90.00
Spent $1,231.69

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has answered forty-six calls during the past year as follows: Twenty-two chimney fires, twelve grass and brush fires; three out of town calls, two in Leeds and one in Wales; seven house fires and two summer camps.
This year we purchased and installed a siren which has proved to be very satisfactory in calling out the men.
The code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
8--Monmouth Center
22--Out of Town
The North Monmouth department answered to seventeen chimney fires. We recommend the Auto Excise Tax be appropriated for the Fire Department as has been the custom.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1938-39
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriation Excise tax $2,205.56
Town of Litchfield $15.00
Spent $782.21
Reappropriation of excise tax to other purposes $825.00

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to forty-one calls during the past year, viz., one poultry house fire, twenty-four chimney fires, eleven grass and brush fires, three calls out of town, Winthrop, Litchfield and Wales, and two false alarms. Twenty-six of these fires were extinguished with hand chemicals, three with booster lines and seven with pump guns, brooms and shovels. We have used 700 ft. of 21/2 inch hose on large pumper and 750 ft. of 11/2 inch hose on small pumper.
The North Monmouth Department answered to thirteen chimney fires. Our small pumper is now eleven years old, it was purchased in 1928. The time is not far off when we will need to replace this with a new one. With a severe break-down it is almost impossible to procure new parts for same.
We recommend the Auto Excise Tax be appropriated for the Fire Department as has been the usual custom.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1939-40
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriation Excise tax $2,236.91
Spent $1,162.55
Reappropriations from excise tax $1,125.00

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department responded to the following calls during the past year, viz. Five building fires, thirty-one chimney fires, ten grass and brush fires, two auto fires and two calls out of town, Litchfield and Wales.
We used 550 ft. of 21/2 inch hose and 3000 ft. of 11/2 inch and 190 gallons chemicals. The North Monmouth Department answered to twenty-one chimney fires.
Since purchasing the large pumper we have been very much cramped for room in the engine house and recently much needed repairs have been made in the building and news outside doors installed. We find these improvements a great help in getting the trucks in and out, as well as adding much to the appearance of the building.
Last year we mentioned that our small pumper was getting to the point where a severe breakdown would impair the efficiency of the department. We feel that in the coming year it may be necessary to purchase a new one to replace it, therefore we recommend the Auto Excised Tax be appropriated for the Fire Department as has been the custom in the past.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1940-41
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriated from Excise Tax $3,245.13
Town of Leeds $100.00
Town of Litchfield $15.00
Spent $744.82
Reappropriated $715.00

REPORT OF FIRE COMMISSION

Your Volunteer Fire Department has responded to the following calls during the past year, viz., 29 chimney fires, 53 hand extinguishers, 4 grass fires, 10 booster lines, 4 buildings, 700 ft.11/2 in. hose, 1 fire at Leeds, and 2 at Greene, 900 ft. 11/2 in hose.
The most severe of these fires was the one at Tacoma Lake, which in itself was a total loss. But the Fire Department was able to save many hundred dollars' worth of other property.
Last year we mentioned the fact that our small pumper was getting to the point where it would have to be replaced by a new one. We have worried it through this year without any serious difficulty. We now feel that this coming year we should purchase a new equipment to replace the old one if the efficiency of the department is to be maintained.
The new equipment is estimated to cost around $2,800.00. We have on hand approximately $2,600.00.
If the Town will give us the excise tax this year, we can purchase a suitable pumper without added inconvenience to the taxpayers. Therefore we recommend the automobile excise tax be appropriated for the Fire Department, as has been the custom in the past.
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
LOUIS HARRIS,
Fire Commission.

1941-42
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriated from Excise Tax $2,504.34
Town of Greene $35.00
Spent $3,760.14
Purchased new GM C truck. {chassis $849.00 Davis Cadillac, Inc.; body and fitting out $2,300 Buffalo Fire Appliance Co.]
A cistern was built on (Erlon) Grover's property, Academy Street, at a cost of $24.50 labor.

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to the following calls during the past year, viz., 36 chimney fires, 6 grass and brush fires, 1 auto fire, 5 building fires, 3 calls to Wales, 3 calls to Winthrop and 2 calls to Greene. North Monmouth answered 40 calls for chimney fires.
We used 3,600 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 1,500 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, 21 booster lines and 52 hand extinguishers.
Total damage to buildings $1,400.00, Insurance paid $1,300.00. Total damage to contents $650.00. Insurance paid $50.00.
Our new small pumper was delivered in July and immediately put into service. This is a G.M.C. truck with a 200 gal. Pump, booster tank and hose, ladders, pump guns, extinguishers, and carries 2,000 ft. of 11/2 in. hose. We were fortunate in ordering this when we did, for at this time it is almost impossible to get deliveries on fire apparatus.
Our greatest need at the present time is hose. An order was placed in August but has not been delivered at the time this report goes to press. What the present war emergency will mean for the fire department is hard to tell. It was necessary for us to sign up with the State of Maine Fire Defense and we are liable to call anywhere in thew central district of
Maine.
We recommend the automobile excise tax to be appropriated for the Fire Department, as has been the custom.
The code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
2--2--Out of Town
1--Long blast at 7:30 A. M. No School
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
L. P. HARRIS,
Fire Commission

1942-43
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, M. E. Day, Louis Harris.
Appropriated from Excise Tax $1,739.75
Town of Leeds $65.00
Town of Wales $10.00
Spent $1,498.16
Reappropriated Excise Tax $775.00

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has answered the following calls for the past year, viz., 17 chimney fires, 3 grass and brush fires, 1 auto fire, 8 building fires and 2 out of town. North Monmouth answered 33 calls for chimney fires.
We used 500 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 2,050 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, 18 booster lines, and 53 hand extinguishers.
Estimated net loss on these several fires is approximately $1,400.00. For the coming year we recommend that the Town raise and appropriate $1,000.00 for the Fire Department.
The fire code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
8--Monmouth Center
1--2 Out of Town
C. T. BRAGDON,
M. E. DAY,
L. P. HARRIS,
Fire Commission

1943-44
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, Chief, Millard E. Day, Louis P. Harris.
Appropriated from Excise Tax $1,800.00
Town of Wales $30.00
Town of Litchfield $25.00
Town of Leeds $25.00
Spent $831.42

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to the following calls for the past year, viz., 4 building fires, 23 chimney fires, 7 grass and brush fires and 5 calls out of town. North Monmouth had 10 chimney fires. The estimated net damage on these several fires in $1,000.
We used 500 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 700 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, 22 booster lines and 54 hand extinguishers.
Due to the fact that so many of our young men are in the Service and others in Defense Work we are very short of help. We strongly urge all who can to answer fire calls.
We recommend the automobile excise tax be appropriated for the Fire Department for the ensuing year.
The fire code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
8--Monmouth Center
1--2--Out of Town
1--Long blast at 7:30 A. M. No school at North Monmouth.
1--Long blast at 12:15 P. M. School at North Monmouth,
C. T. BRAGDON
M. E. DAY,
L. P. HARRIS,
Fire Commission

1944-45
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, C. W. Chretien, L. P. Harris
Appropriation from Excise Tax $1,233.55
Town of Leeds $35.00
Town of Litchfield $40.00
Town of Wales $25.00
Spent $1,741.52

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to 48 calls during the past year, viz., 3 building fires, 32 chimney fires, 1 oil burner fire, 7 grass and brush fires and 5 calls out of town.
We used 500 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 600 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, 18 booster lines and 33 hand extinguishers.
North Monmouth answered to 19 chimney fires, one grass fire and used 25 hand extinguishers.
The total fire damage was $2,500.00 to buildings and contents and all covered by insurance. One building fire caused by lightning had the most damage. The other two were caused by defective chimneys.
We strongly urge householders to have their chimneys cleaned out often, inspect stove pipes and see that flue stops are in place and not rusted out.
One would be surprised at some of the conditions that we find. We wonder that the housed did not get on fire before.
We are short on help; and again ask all who are able to answer to fire calls, remember your place may be next.
We recommend the automobile excise tax be appropriated for the Fire Department for the ensuing year.
The fire code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
8--Monmouth Center
1--2--Out of Town
1--Long blast at 7:30 A. M. No school at North Monmouth.
1--Long blast at 12:15 P. M. School at North Monmouth,
C. T. BRAGDON
L. P. HARRIS
C. W. CHRETIEN
Fire Commission

1945-46
Fire Commissioners C. T. Bragdon, C. W. Chretien, L. P. Harris
Appropriated from Excise Tax $1,347.41
Town of Wales $40.00
Spent $1,189.53

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to 37 calls during the past year, viz., 5 building fires, 22 chimney fires, 6 grass and brush fires, 3 automobile fires and one call out of town.
We used 2,150 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 2,500 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, 19 booster lines and 38 hand extinguishers.
North Monmouth answered to 12 chimney fires and used 16 hand extinguishers.
The estimated damage to buildings and contents was $10,500.00, about half of this was covered by insurance.
One of these fires was caused by defective wiring, one by spontaneous combustion in hay and the others by exposure.
A Forestry pump has been added to our equipment the past year.
We still urge householders to have their chimneys cleaned out often, inspect stove pipes and see that flue stops are in place and not rusted out.
We recommend the automobile excise tax to be appropriated for the Fire Department for the ensuing year.
The code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
2--2--Out of Town
1--Long blast at 7:30 A. M. No School
C. T. BRAGDON,
L. P. HARRIS,
C. W. CHRETIEN
Fire Commission

1946-47
Fire Commissioners C. W. CHRETIEN, KENNETH HANSON, L. P. HARRIS, KENNETH SANBORN
Appropriated from Excise Tax $1,956.84
Spent $1,962.73

REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSION

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to 41 calls during the past year, viz., 2 building fires, 15 chimney fires, 9 grass fires, 7 brush fires, 3 forest fires, 1 false alarm and 4 forest fires out of town.
We used 650 ft. of 21/2 in. hose, 4050 ft. of 11/2 in. hose, 13 booster lines and 30 hand extinguishers.
The estimated damage to buildings and contents was $1000.00 with no insurance.
750 ft. of hose has been added to our equipment as well as other small articles and needed supplies.
We urge householders to have their chimneys and electrical wiring and outlets inspected.
We recommend the automobile excise tax be appropriated to the Fire Department for the ensuing year.
The fire code on the siren is as follows:
1--Chief's call
2--South Monmouth
4--East Monmouth
6--North Monmouth
8--Monmouth Center
1--2--Out of Town
1--Long blast at 7:30 A. M. No school
C. W. CHRETIEN
KENNETH HANSON
KENNETH SANBORN
Fire Commission
1947

1948-49
Chief Engineer Cyrille Chretien, Assistants W. E. Halloway, Kenneth Hanson.
Appropriation from Excise Tax $4,266.52
Town of Wales $160.00
Town of Leeds $40.00
Spent $4,189.36

REPORT OF FIRE CHIEF

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to 42 calls during the past year, viz., 5 buildings, 13 chimneys, 7 grass, 6 woods, 1 oil burner, 3 dump and 7 out of town.
We have used 3600 ft. of 21/2 in. hose; 5150 ft. of 11/2 in hose; 21 extinguishers; 13 booster lines; 80 Indian pumps; 30 brooms. Estimated loss to buildings and contents was $6,350.00, this being only partially covered by insurance.
Once again we want to remind everyone that most fires are caused by defective chimneys, defective wiring and grass. Lets give these causes proper care so as to eliminate as many fires as possible.
We want to thank the voters of the town at this time for their cooperation in aiding us to obtain our new piece of fire equipment.
We again recommend that the excise tax be appropriated for the fire department for the ensuing year. We also recommend that the people in the rural districts give some thought to the construction of water holes where they would be available to your fire department in the event of fire. The services of the Kennebec County Soil Conservation District are available for this sort of work and I would be glad to work with anyone on this project.
Due to the fact that one of our pumpers is most twenty years old we recommend that the note due on the new equipment be paid as rapidly as possible, for sometime within the next few years we may have to replace this piece of equipment.
In closing we would like to remind the townspeople that we feel that we have the best equipment of a town our size in the vicinity and with the working agreement of all departments around us we feel it would be unwise to expand* our department further at this time. We want to thank all who have helped us in any way during the past year.
CYRILLE W. CHRETIEN, Chief

*This year Article 43 in the Town Warrant read:

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) for fire fighting equipment to be located at East Monmouth. Said money to be expended under the direction of Fire Chief and Town Officials, or act anything thereon. (By Petition.)

1949-50
Chief Engineer Cyrille W. Chretien, Assistants W. E. Halloway, Kenneth Hanson, John Rix
Appropriation $7,410.96 Excise Tax
Town of Wales $194.00
Town of Greene $41.00
East Monmouth Fire Station $1,000
Spent $2,399.26
Spent East Monmouth Fire Station $1,084.34
Reappropriated from Excise Tax $1450.00

REPORT OF FIRE CHIEF

The Volunteer Fire Department has responded to 46 calls during the past year, viz.: 6 buildings, 18 chimneys, 2 cars, 3 grass, 1 oil burner, 9 dumps, 4 forest. Nine were out of town.
We have used 2150 feet of 21/2 in. hose; 5100 feet of 11/2 in hose; 19 extinguishers; 23 booster lines; 24 Indian Pumps; 6 shovels; 6 rakes and one Pacific pump. Estimated loss to buildings and contents was $4,000.00 mostly covered by insurance.
Again we remind you that most fires are caused by defective chimneys, defective wiring and grass. Let's give these causes proper attention so as to eliminate as many fires as possible.
We again recommend that the excise tax be appropriated for the fire department for the ensuing year. We also recommend that the people in the rural districts give some thought to the construction of water holes where they would be available to your fire department in the event of fire. The services of the Kennebec County Soil Conservation District are available for this sort of work and I would be glad to work with anyone on this project.
We also recommend that the town make available to the Fire Department at least one Scott Air-Pak to be used for rescue work or other work that needs this type of equipment. We urge that the town give serious consideration to the purchase of a combination Inhalator-Resuscitator for the safety and convenience of its townspeople and visitors.
In closing we would like to thank all who have helped us in any way during this past year.
CYRILLE W. CHRETIEN,
Chief

We are grateful to Mr. Olen Butler for his contribution of an International Truck to the East Monmouth Fire Station. There have been other donations of labor and materials to the department that are certainly appreciated. Several purchases of fire fighting equipment have been made so as to strengthen the Monmouth Fire Department.
ROBERT HANSON,
Town Manager