Annual Report of New South Wales The annual report of the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, Australia, issued last New Year’s Eve, listed 10,633 calls in New South Wales, of which 7,202 calls were for fires in Sydney and 3,431 for fires in country districts. Of the total number of calls, 1,310 were false alarms. There were only three serious fires, those occurring in Sydney. The peak month for fires was in January, 1940, when the heat was intense and Sydney was in the throes of a drought. The total was 1,776.