Annual Report Shows Efficient Department
A large number of small fires and false alarms without a large property loss is shown in the annual report of the fire department of West Springfield, Mass., for 1918. During the past year 66 bell alarms and 136 telephone alarms were received, a total of 202. The value of buildings in danger of loss by fire was $55,700, while the actual loss on buildings was $16,077.50 The buildings in danger were insured for $45,300 and $11,367.50 was paid out in insurance. The value of contents of buildings in danger of loss was $24,500 and actual loss of contents was $4,919.
Chief Elam B. Jones and his men were handicapped during the influenza epidemics because of the illness of three-fourths of the fire fighting force, including himself, but several fires were handled in that period in a praiseworthy manner, the owner of one building which was saved by the men sending in a check as a token of his appreciation.