Leadership

Annual Reports Received

Issue 5 and Volume 105.

Annual Reports Received Akron “Business” Increases Business transacted by the Akron, Ohio, Fire Department, Chief F. C. Vernotzy, showed an increase in 1951 over the previous year. Fire alarms jumped from 2,168 to 2,400; fires went up from 1,377 to 1,551, and losses increased from $820,818 in 1950 to $1,423,990 last year. The comprehensive report includes Chief Vernotzy’s recommendations, as follows: 7 new fire stations; 30 additional firemen; 3 Fire Inspectors; two men to the Fire Hydrant Division; one 100-ft. aerial ladder; two 1,000 GPM pumpers, and three passenger autos to replace wornout vehicles; tlyee “scooter bikes” for fire hydrant inspection. Chief Vernotzy. advocates also a new and modern fire, alarm Office, the building to house a training school, with an adjacent four-story training tower; also two cisterns with capacity of 1,000 gallons. He also urges a complete fire station repair and modernization program to offset the “rapid deterioration of…

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