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CARMARTHEN FIRE BRIGADE. Through the dangerous instrumentality of recent fires that wrought considerable damage in the town and through the kind liberality .of Mr Thomas Thomas, of Well- field, who entertained the members at a banquet last Wednesday evening, as reported in another column, the Carmarthen Fire Brigade has of late come into more than ordinary prominence. The utility of such all institution is not only self-evident but cannot be gainsaid. Such being the case comment is set afloat and the question naturally resolves itself into an inquiry into the col- lective and individual capabilities of theÏorca as well as the adequateness of their apparatus. The men, latterly under the able captaincy of Brigadier Chief Constable Smith, have given ample evidence of their ability, cool- ness, self-possession, gallantry, and a marked devotion to duty under very trying circum- stances, and, with the apparatus they now have as well as the miserable bell that now apprises them of the outbreak of fire, they have proved themselves exceptionally prompt in mustering and directing their full strength against the ravages of the flames. Like other forces in small provincial towns the Carmarthen brigade is a voluntary institution, drawn more or less from the artisan class with a sprinkling of tradesmen. Save the kindness of an occasional friend and the niggardly aid of the Town Council now and then the Carmarthen Fire Brigade is lament- ably neglected with a result that their appliances are of the rudest and most elemen- tary character. There is no distinction in tone between the bell that is used as a Fire Bell and the bells of the National or Board schools. It has done indifferent service since the inception of the Brigade, and is so weak that the prompt summoning of the men is due more to the efforts of individual policemen and civilians, who are despatched hither and thither to acquaint and arouse the members of a conflagration than to the tolling of this bell. Messrs. Chandler and Mason have signified their readiness to supply the town with a perfect bell for the small sum of five pounds. If the Town Council cannot move in the matter, and ex- pend this sum on so necessary and primary an article we would advise the Brigade to start a subscription list forthwith. That their appeal will meet with the ready response of the burgesses of Carmarthen we have not the slightest doubt. Councillor D. E. Williams threw out a very happy suggestion at the banquet on Wednesday evening, which is worthy of more than a passing consideration. He counselled the starting of a benevolent fund for the aid and support of men and their families that may be temporarily or perman- ently disabled or injured in carrying out the arduous and dangerous work they have so nobly volunteered to undertake whenever the necessity arises. This fund, Mr Williams suggested, could be formed from subscriptions collected in the town and neighbourhood. That some such pr vision would be advisable, must be admitted, but the difficulty to be contended with is the reusing up of an apparently lethargic community to a lively appreciation of the services of so useful a force in their midst. Without this a sufficient fund cannot be forth- coming. Another mode of making such very desirable provision would be to insure each member in a well established and reliable Accident Assurance Company, the premium to be paid out of the fund proposed to be started in connection with the same. We commend the present very unsatisfactory state of the appliance, and the suggested mode of aisistin0, the members in cases of accidents to the kind and serious consideration of the public as well a. their duly^ elected repre- sentatives with the firm belief that something ought to be done.









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