Butte Fire Department Report

Butte Fire Department Report

Chief Peter Sanger, of Butte, Mont., in his annual report for 1911, shows that during the fiscal year the department responded to 220 alarms of fire, and the total loss, as accurately as can be obtained, outside of the Boomer-Campana fire, which occurred on April 10, were: Loss on buildings, $18,295.55; insurance on buildings, $466,031.20; valuation on buildings, $1,406,375; loss on contents, $21,536.27; insurance on contents, $567,500; valuation of contents, $780,405; amount of property involved, $2,252,470; total insurance paid, $34,836.82; total loss by fire, $10,836.82; total insurance, $1,335,431.20. Chief Sanger, says: “The apparatus of the department at the present time, is in as good condition as can be expected on account of age and being out of date. 1 would respectfully report that the physical force of our department is fully up to the standard and if the different pieces of apparatus and supplies to be recommended later on in this report, will be purchased, it will put the department more fully up to the standard. The apparatus in service consists of one chief’s buggy, three hose wagons, one Champion combination hose and chemical wagon, one Champion 86-gallon chemical engine and two hook and ladder trucks; apparatus in reserve: one hose wagon, one hose reel and one supply wagon. The reserve apparatus is stationed as follows: One hose wagon and supply wagon at headquarters, hose reel at No. 2 station. There is at present a total of 16 horses in the service of the department. There is also one horse used by the tire department owned by the chief, for which there is no charge made against the city outside of his feed bill. 1 have opened up our new lire station No. 4, on Harrison avenue and Marcia street. I have put one of our old hose wagons we had in reserve in service there. There are four men stationed at No. 4 to protect that part of the city. The Boulevard volunteer fire department, which is located on South Montana street, is also furnished with 600 feet of hose, a reel and a nozzle so they may keep in check any fires which may occur until the city department arrives, for our runs to that part of the city are very long. The department has at the present time a total of 11,850 feet of hose for use, 5,850 feet of which is first-class hose, 6,000 feet is poor second-class hose, and we have also on hand about 40 pieces of old hose that are no good for anything. There are 70 fire alarm boxes in the city, three of which are private boxes, having been installed by private parties at their several places of business and are owned by them. The fire alarm system of the city is valued at $26,295. The appropriation for the fire department for the last year was $71,500 and our expenses, including the purchase of hose, horses and small articles to install No. 4 station amounts to $70,260.

“The water company has made several improvements, increasing the efficiency of the service. The Moulton Water Company has been merged with the Butte Water Company, so that the system in Watkerville and north of Walkervillc is now part of the Butte Water Company’s plant. The reservoir capacity at the present time, which can he treated as a reserve in case of fire, is as follows: Capacity of Moulton reservoir, 7 miles north of Walkerville, 260,000,000 gallons; reservoir No. 1. Basin creek, 200,000,000 gallons: reservoir No. 2, Basin creek, 6,000,000 gallons; South Fork reservoir, near Fceley station. 13,600,000 gallons; West Side reservoir, 13,500,006 gallons; High Service reservoir, in Walkerville. 3,600,000 gallons.

“The pipe system is the same as last year, connecting all system so that the water from any system can be used in other systems. The water company has constructed a 16-inch main connecting the West Side reservoir with the center of town, thereby making two sources of supply from that reservoir to the business district. This main connects with the large laterals running east from Excelsior street and largely increases the efficiency of the fire service for the congested district. new 11-inch main has been constructed from the West Side station connecting with the High Service reservoir in Walkcrville, making two main lines to that system. At the West Side station a new electricallydriven pump, of a capacity of 1,100 gallons per minute, has been installed and is in service. One of tile triple expansion Nordberg pumping engines at the Big Hole, has been changed to electrical power, and is so arranged that it can be driven by either electricity or steam. During the past year electric power has been used exclusively at both stations. The water supply during the past year has been entirely satisfactory and there has been no trouble or loss from lack of service by the water company. As in the past, the department and the water company make frequent inspection of fire hydrants, and the water company always extends every aid possible in assisting the department in immediately remedying any defect which may become apparent.”

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Butte Fire Department Report.

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Butte Fire Department Report.

Peter Sanger, chief engineer of the fire department at Butte, Mont., has prepared his report for the last fiscal year. It shows that 225 alarms of fire were responded to by the department during the year, and while the amount of property involved was $2,226,460, the total loss was only $35,816. The expenses of the department were $71,535,93, of which amount $61,987,15 was for salaries, or $3,093,85 less than the year before. The personnel of the department is the chief, the assistant chief, three assistant chiefs who rank as captains, an assistant electrician and 37 firemen, making 13 in all. The three fire station buildings are valued at $55,000 and the other property, such as apparatus horses, etc., at $68,962. On the matter of water supply, the report says: “The water supply is practically the same as it was in last year’s report. During the last year the water company has electrified all of its stations and is now using electricity in place of coal entirely. One of the large pumps at the Big Hole station has been changed to an electrically driven pump, having a capacity of 4,000,000 gallons in twenty-four hours. An additional electrical pump has been added to the west side station making two electrical pumps at that station having a combined capacity of 2,800 gallons per minute. The company is now constructing an additional 16-inch main from their west side reservoir to the congested district in Butte, which will largely increase the efficiency of the fire service in the center of town, besides giving a duplicate supply from that reservoir. The Moulton system has been amalgamated with the Butte system and has two 12inch feeders from the Moulton reservoirs connecting with the high service station of the Butte plant. The reservoir at the present time, which acts as a reserve in case of lire, is the same at it was at the last annual report. The capacity of reservoir No. 1. Basin creek, 200,000,nnn gallons: reservoir No. 2, Basin creek, 60,000,000 gallons: South fork, near Feely station, 13.000.000 gallons: west side reservoir, near Big Butte, 13.500,000 gallons; Walkervillc reservoir. 3,000,000 gallons; Moulton distributing reservoirs, 150,000 gallons; Moulton reservoir No. 1, 260.000,000 gallons; Moulton reservoir No. 2. 50,000,000 gallons. All reservoirs are available for any part of the system. The following is a list of the pumps in operation or reserve at the present time: Big Hole station, two triple expansion Nordherg pumping engines. having a daily capacity of 4,000,000 gallons each one being arranged so that it can be driven by cither steam or electricity; one triple expansion Janesville pumping engine, having a daily capacity of 1,500,000 gallons; high service station, one triple expansion, high duty, Worthington pump, steam driven, having a daily capa city of 1,500.000 gallons; one triple expansion Worthingtou pump, steam driven, having a daily capacity of 3,000,000 gallons: one Nordherg variable capacity electric pump, having a capacity of 2,000.000 gallons per day; one Nordherg electric pump, having a capacity of 2,000,000 gallons a dav, making a total pumping capacity at the Big Hole station of 9,500,000 gallons, and a total pumping capacity at the high service station of 8,500,000 gallons. I will again renew my recommendations of last year that new cement floors Ininstalled at tinrizona street and the west side stations. The cement floor at the Quartz street station is very satisfactory. I also renew my recommendation of the purchase of an aerial truck, believing that the same is nearly indispensable on account of the number of high buildings in the city, and I believe that the hook and ladder truck now in service can be exchanged, so a to apply on the purchase price of such a truck. I am pleased that one of my recommendations of several years past is at last under construction—this is the new station on Harrison avenue. I also recommend the purchase of at least two more horses some of oars are getting too old and an automobile for the chief, as it is very hard for a horse to mak. all the long runs to fires.”

Under an order issued by the corporation commission, Friday, E. L. Orr. receiver of the Bartlesville, Okia., Light and Water Company, is required to spend $106.700 for the improvement of the Bartlesville Water Plant. Tbe plan is for Orr to make application to the United States Court, which has the affair, of tbe company in hand, for permission to issue receiver’s certificates to cover the proposed improvements.