Annual Report of Manchester, England, Fire Brigade
Chief Officer Frederic Baylis, of the Fire Brigade of Manchester, England, has issued the brigade report for the year ending December 31st, 1914. which is addressed to the Fire Brigade Sub-Committee and which shows that the total number of alarms of fire which the brigade attended during the year was 660; of these. 571 were fires and 89 were false or chimney fires. The total loss was estimated at £207,408, and the value of property at risk was £4,789,422. Twenty-five of the fires were in the outside districts protected by the brigade—Droylsden, Stretford and the Ship Canal Estate. At these fires the total loss was estimated at £469, and £237,166 was assumed to have been at risk. As compared with the year before, there was a total decrease of £764,790 in the amount at risk, and a decrease of £5,008. Compared with the annual average for the past twenty years, there was an increase of £2,106,305 in the amount at risk; an increase of £94.486 in the amount of loss and an increase of 79 in the number of fires attended within the city. The calls received on the fire alarm system were 347, of which 297 were fires, 29 were false alarms, good intent, and 30 were malicious. Seven people were convicted for giving malicious calls on the alarm system. Motor pumps have been worked at nine fires within the city. The fireboat “Firefly” responded to three calls during the year, and was worked on two occasions. The firemen were engaged at fires (not including watching at fires after they were subdued) in all 331 hours 37 minutes, or an average of 34 minutes 50 seconds for each fire, the time being taken from receiving notice to the time the force returned to the stations. There are ten horses attached to the Brigade. During the year one was destroyed, four transferred to the Parks Committee, am seven to the Police Department. The firemen and apparatus were withdrawn from Lower Ormond Street, All Saints’, and Ellsmere Street, Hulme, on the 2nd of November, and the stations closed. The boilers of the five steam fire engines and the two boilers on the fireboat “Firefly” were inspected by an Inspector from the Manchester Steam Users’ Association. One steam fire engine was sold during the year. Four 400-gallon petrol motor pumps and one chief officer’s car have been added to the plant. The authorized strength of the brigade is 130 men. In addition, the report says, there are three of the water works officers employed, who receive a weekly allowance from the Watch Committee. They reside at or near the fire engine stations, and on the occasion of a fire render very important assist ance in regulating the supply and pressure of water. The authorized force consists of one chief officer, one second officer, one third officer, one senior station officer, ten station officers, no firemen, three engineers for fireboat, and three captains for fireboat. There are now 31 vacancies owing to the war. The station consist of headquarters, twelve stations and the fireboat. The apparatus of the department consists of 5 combined horse hose carriage and escapes, one 82-foot horse escape without ladder, I combined electric light engine and air pump, 8 petrol motor fire engines, 1 petrol mo tor hose carriage, 4 steam fire engines, 5 ten ders, 10 horses.