New York Needs $65,384,404 for World’s Largest Fire Force

Issue 2 and Volume 104.

New York Needs $65,384,404 for World’s Largest Fire Force Fire Commissioner George P. Monaghan, whose impact on the New York Fire Department since assuming office has been felt in many ways, has asked for a record outlay for the department for 1951-52. Declaring that his department is undermanned, Mr. Monaghan asked for 500 more firemen and 146 new civilian employes. Bearing out Fire Chief Peter Loftus’s contention that a large proportion of the department’s apparatus is over age, the Commissioner has requested in addition to other improvements, fifty-five additional pumpers, twelve ladder trucks, fifty hose wagons and thirty-five chiefs’ cars. Also, $331,455 is asked for new hose. It is revealed that 500,000 feet of hose has been in service in the department more than eight years. Commissioner Monaghan estimated the department’s need for 1951-52 at $65,384,404, which would be $5,657,831 above current allocations.

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