Leadership

Houston Fire Department

Issue 18 and Volume 51.

Houston Fire Department The report of Fire Commissioner W. J. Kohlhauff, of Houston, Tex., for the past year is as follows: This has been an unfortunate year for the department, the fire losses being very heavy. However, up to January 1, 1912, the losses were less than for any previous period of five years. The contributing causes were of that nature and character that might be termed providential, and which in nowise reflect upon the efficiency of the department, as the attached reports and tabulated statements sufficiently illustrate. All our apparatus is in good condition. Just as soon as we find anything wrong with our steamers we place them in the hands of our mechanic, who immediately remedies any defect that may appear. During the conflagration in the fifth ward on the morning of February 21, we lost a little over 5,000 feet of hose—1,200 feet of 3-inch hose and…

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