Leadership

New York City Reduces Its Fire Losses

Issue 4 and Volume 88.

New York City Reduces Its Fire Losses New York City had 758 more fires in 1934 than it did the year previous, but the fire losses were $9,426,515, a reduction of $297,000 over the 1933 totals, according to the annual report of the New York Fire Department, prepared by Chief John J. McElligott. The per capita fire loss was $1.26 as against $1.32 in 1933. Records show that 99.3 per cent of the 27,056 fires were confined to the point of origin. A considerable portion of the report dealt with the troubles of the department in coping with traffic and malicious false alarms. Traffic problems gave the department such concern that each fire company was provided with a book of summonses with which to hale motorists to court for failing to give fire apparatus the right of way. for blocking fire hydrants, and approaching too close to the fire. There…

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