Chief Dunphy Praises Fire Prevention Bureau

Chief Dunphy Praises Fire Prevention Bureau

Fire Chief M. J. Dunphy, Sacramento, Cal., filed on July 18 with City Manager H. C. Bottorff a report giving an account of the work on the fire prevention bureau of his department during the past six months.

In this report Chief Dunphy pays high tribute to the work of Captain Terrence Mulligan who has been in active charge of the bureau and to the men in his command. During the last six months 21,125 inspections have been made by the bureau. Chief Dunphy expressed his belief that the fire prevention work of the bureau is responsible for the comparatively few fires that have been recorded in Sacramento of late. He points particularly to the record which the department established on the Fourth of July when only three small fires occurred in Sacramento—an unprecedented record.

During the six months the department has been engaged, besides regular inspection work, in educating the public as to the dangers of fire and in the importance of removing hazards and keeping premises clean. The month of April held the record for inspection, there having been 12,626 visits made by the inspectors, including re-inspections. Another work of the bureau was the burning of dry grass from 1,942 vacant lots which offered a serious fire hazard.

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