A Good Report from the Fire Department of Greenville
The annual report of Chief E. V. Donovan, of the fire department of Greenville, Miss., for the year ending April 30, 1917, shows that the department has responded to 169 alarms during the year, of which 55 were box alarms, 110 telephone calls, 4 verbal calls, 4 of the box alarms being false. There were 165 fires, of which 152 originated in wooden buildings, 4 originated in brick buildings, and 9 were other than building fires, an increase of 42 fires over the previous year. There is in service at the present time 2 combination hose wagons with 40-gallon chemical tank, horse drawn; one American-La France type combination and hose motor car; one fourthsize combination city service truck with 50-gallon chemical tank. In reserve 2 hose wagons. Improvements during the year were the installation of private telephones in the fire stations, and the purchase of 1,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton rubber-lined hose, which has proven very satisfactory. There are at the present time 6,400 feet of 2 1/2-inch cotton rubberlined hose in service. The chief recommends that an ordinance be passed by the city council as eatly as possible requiring the use of fire restrictive roofing within the city limits, and thus eliminate wooden shingles. He also recommends that the entire department be motorized and bases this statement on the vast difference in the department since the installation of the motor apparatus, and the splendid manner in which it facilitates the conveyance of the men to the fires. With the motor apparatus the department is in a position to reach fires very rapidly, and by so doing on many occasions extinguish the fires before they have made any headway whatever. The chief then goes on to say: “It is interesting to note the vase difference in the maintenance of the horse-drawn apparatus and the motor apparatus. Hose Co. No. 3 (horse-drawn) answered 102 alarms at a cost of $328.30, whereas Hose Co. No. 1 answered 123 alarms at a cost of $57.33 1/2, of which $23.65 1/2 was for gasoline and oil, and $33.68 was to replace parts due to accident, which is a saving of $27.97 1/2 in favor of the motor car. I would recommend the purchase of a motor runabout equipped with chemical and ladder for the use of the assistant chief.”
Work Done By Department.
How Fires Were Extinguished.
The total number of men in the department at the present time is 18, as follows: One chief, one assistant chief, four captains, four lieutenants, eight hose and ladder men. Total, 18.