Canada Has 183 Hose Threads

Canada Has 183 Hose Threads

The chaotic condition in the size of hose threads in Canada was brought out at a meeting of the Association of Canada Fire Marshals in Ottawa. A survey revealed that there were 183 different sizes of hose threads varying from four to eight threads per inch. Some of the fire departments carry twenty or more adapters as part of their equipment to enable them tohook up with outside hydrants.

The fire loss in Canada in 1925 was $40,712,172. This is equivalent to a per capita loss of $4.89. It is said that in England a per capita loss of 83 cents has caused great concern over the mounting fire losses but no one gives the problem a thought in Canada. A lumber yard fire which caused $1,400,000 damage was the largest fire of the year. During the past year there were 374 deaths from fire and 1,713 people were injured as the result of fire.

Henry H. McLellan, provincial fire marshal of New Brunswick, was elected president of the association. P. J. Jobin, provincial fire marshal of Quebec, was elected vice-president and J. Grove Smith, Dominion fire commissioner, Ottawa, secretary-treasurer. A plan was advocated for the establishment of loss information bureaus as a means of obtaining the fullest measure of co-operation between fire marshals and underwriters.

Watervliet, N. Y., Awaits New Apparatus—The firemen of Watervliet, N. Y., are awaiting the delivery of six new pieces of fire apparatus which have been promised for October 1.

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