Leadership

Philadelphia’s Annual Fire Report

Issue 13 and Volume 55.

Philadelphia’s Annual Fire Report According to the annual report of the Philadelphia fire department for last year there were 3,750 alarms, an increase of 344 over 1912. There were 265 needless alarms. Although there were more fires in 1913 than in the preceding year, the losses per fire decreased. In 1912 the average fire loss was about $908, while the average in 1913 was only $615. The operation of the fire prevention bureau is credited with the reduction ol hazardous conditions in 45,000 buildings and the installation of 108,467 additional safeguards against fire. Considerable improvement and extension of the high pressure service was made and on thirty-three occasions the high pressure system was called into service. A training school was opened March 10, 1913, and it has already proved of great service in the training of new men. The preliminary course covered a period of thirty days. The old method…

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