Leadership

Fire Protection in Ithaca.

Issue 9 and Volume 47.

Fire Protection in Ithaca. According to the report of Chief Engineer J. W. Bishop, of the fire department of Ithaca, N. Y., the firefighting force of that city, on December 15, 1909, all volunteer, numbered 491, distributed among 9 companies, as follows: 3 hose companies, 1 steamer and chemical company, 1 steamer company, 1 hook and ladder company, 1 chemical engine company, 1 fire patrol company and 1 protective police company. During the year ending December 15, 1909, there were received 52 alarms of fire, of which 36 were in wooden buildings, 4 in buildings of brick or stone. The total loss was $35,312, this comparatively small proportion being due to the use, wherever possible, of chemicals, in place of large volumes of water, a practice in which Chief Bishop is a firm believer. The apparatus used by the department comprises a third-size La France and third-size Clapp & Jones…

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