Leadership

73 Per Cent. of Bay City Fires Preventable

Issue 3 and Volume 73.

73 Per Cent. of Bay City Fires Preventable At least seventy-three per cent. of the fires which occurred in Bay City, Mich., according to the estimate of Chief Charles Crampton, of the fire department in his annual report for 1922, “could have been avoided if the citizens would practice fire prevention in their homes. Children playing with matches caused fifteen fires in Bay City last year with a total loss of $3,510.” The total losses sustained during 1922, according to Chief Crampton, were $163,437, which was $39,695.23 less than for 1921. The decrease is notable for the fact that the fire department responded to 80 more calls during 1922 than in the preceding year. There were 534 calls from outside of the city, 28 false alarms, 148 still alarms and 343 box or telephone alarms. In fighting these fires the firemen laid 138,850 feet (26.29 miles) of hose and used…

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