Annual Report of Canton Fire Department
The annual report of Chief Mesnar for the year 1923 shows that the loss for the year was much larger than previous years, due to several big fires caused by carelessness, the total loss to buildings and contents for 1923 being $361,924.95. a per capita loss on the basis of 104,000 population of $3.48. There were 558 calls received during the year, there being 304 fires in buildings and 164 fires in other than buildings. There were 23 emergency calls; 59 false and unnecessary alarms; 15 fire calls outside of the city and 8 investigations with apparatus. Calls received by telephone were 379; by the alarm boxes 164; by the A. D. T. system 6 and still alarms 27. There was a total of 14 apparatus including the chief’s car in service classified as follows: 6 combination chemical and hose cars; 3 triple combination hose and chemical pumpers; one combination hose and pumper; 1 aerial truck (85 ft.); 1 service truck (50 ft.) and 1 supply car. There is a service ladder truck in reserve, at No. 2 station. The total number of gallons of motor oil used by all apparatus was 342 gallons, of filtered motor oil 99 gallons, and of gasoline 4,909 gallons.
Budget for 1924
In Chief Mesnar’s budget for 1924 he cites two items for painting all fire stations, if the men do the work, at $350, and repairs to all fire stations, except No. 2, at $1,000. Also $1,000 for repairs to the furnace and other work to be done on the hose tower. Supplies for the repair shop for 1924 including tools and all accessories, the chief estimates about $275. Among other items listed in his budget are two smoke helmets for rescue work at $200; bandages, medicines, etc., for first aid cabinet $16; repair parts necessary for fire apparatus $2,000; two nozzles for 2;4-inch fire hose $70, etc. The recommendations, including the purchase of a lot and the erection of a station in the west end of the city, the addition of 8 men for the service ladder truck at No. 2 station and four extra men for stations 4 and 5; 4.000 feet of 2pj-inch cotton rubber lined hose about $5,000; 1,500 feet 3-inch cotton rubber lined hose with 21/2-inch couplings $2,100; three combination hose and chemical cars, $24,500. The chief suggests that there should be some arrangement made to purchase a new motor pumper every six months to replace those in service which are old and not very reliable. If this plan is followed the cost will not be so great at one time. The aerial truck, he points out, is worn out and it is a question as to whether it is serviceable. A new truck should be considered. His final recommendation is for a runabout for the assistant chief at $700.