Fire Loss at Depew Explained

Issue 9 and Volume 55.

Fire Loss at Depew Explained Chief John Carlson, Jr., of Depew, N. Y., in hi sannual report, states that there were seventeen alarms last year with a total loss of $60,450, an increase of $45,995 over that of 1912. The value of property at risk was $105,600. The department traveled in miles, was in service 60 hours and 35 minutes, laid 12,650 feet of hose, used 335 feet of ladders, 105 gallons of chemical and approximately 229,845 gallons of water. Chief Carlson says that of the increase in loss over that of the preceding year, at least $40,000 is due to horse-drawn apparatus, which is slow in responding to alarms, to inadequate apparatus, and to low water pressure. He also says: The cost of hauling fire apparatus for the past year was $274.00. This apparatus was drawn a distance of 37 miles, making a cost of $7.40 1/2 per mile,…

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