Annual Reports Received

Issue 12 and Volume 107.

Annual Reports Received Singapore Fire Alarms Up According to the Annual Report of the Singapore Fire Department for the year 1953, J. G. Shaw, O.B.E., Chief Fire Officer, “the substantial increase in fire calls, . . . noticeable since the war. continued during 1953.” There were 998 in all, or 112 more than ever before in the history of the department. “At times the resources of the Brigade were taxed to the utmost’’ according to the Report. Singapore fire fighters also have their troubles over traffic, which is growing. It is interesting to note that in Singapore “at present fire-engines must stop when the traffic lights are red.” The report adds: “it has happened that a fire engine responding to a fire has been stopped at five sets of traffic lights within a mile of Central Fire Station,” and “such a delay is inviting catastrophe,” the Report emphasizes. In addition…

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