Shows Finest Record Among Cities Both Large and Small in United States for Past Year

THE grand prize in the contest conducted by the National Fire Waste Council and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States was awarded to Albany, Ga., for having shown the greatest progress during 1925 in the prevention of fires and in the reduction of fire losses. This is the first time since the inauguration of the contest, that the main prize was won by a city of less than 20,000 population. The award was made from a field of 221 contestants; 183 contestants showed a reduction of seven per cent in loss of life due to fire.

The presentation of the awards will take place at the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States which will be held in May.

In the class of cities with a population of 100,000 or over, Portland, Ore., was the winner. The standing of the other cities in this class follows in their proper order: Philadelphia, Pa., Wilmington, Del., Reading, Pa., Rochester, N. Y„ El Paso, Texas, Indianapolis, Ind., Milwaukee, Wis., Grand Rapids, Mich., Sacramento, Cal., Kansas City, Kans.

Chief D. W. Brosnan, Albany, Ga.

In the class, 50,000 to 100,000, Long Beach, Cal., was the winner. The other honor cities follow in their proper order: Fresno, Cal., New Britain, Conn., Charleston, W. Va., Passaic, N. J., Terre Haute, Ind., Hoboken, N. J., Racine, Wis., Pasadena, Cal., Pontiac, Mich., Augusta, Ca.

Battle Creek, Mich., is the winner in the class of 20,000 to 50,000; the others are Petersburg, W. Va., Hagerstown, Md., Findlay, Ohio, Manfield, Ohio, Burlington, Vt., Owensboro, Ky., Butler, Pa., Massillon, Ohio, Fargo, N. D., Fitchburg, Mass.

Albany, Ga., is the winner in the class of 20,000 and under and is also the grand prize winner. The others in this class are Laconia, N. H., San Fernando, Cal., Billings. Mont., Carthage, N. Y., Ashland, Ore., Weston, W. Va., Oceanside, Cal., Lewiston, Mont., Marlow, Okla., and Sebewaing, Mich.

Most of the decline in the fire loss figures came from the cities. According to Prof. C. L. Christie of Purdue University, many of the farm centers show an increase in the fire loss figures.

Ocean City, N. J., Buys Pumper—A combination pumping engine has been bought by Ocean City, N. J. It has a capacity of 1,000 gallons and cost $13,850.

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