Chief Meador Would Have Shingles Prohibited

Chief Meador Would Have Shingles Prohibited

The report for the year 1919, of the fire department of the city of Roanoke, Va., has been received and includes everything necessary to give a clear idea of the workings of the department, in addition to such recommendations as Chief C. C. Meador deemed desirable to increase the efficiency of the department and give the city reasonable protection. The number of alarms answered during the year was 344, of which nine were out of the city, and 90 were false alarms. Of the entire number, only three extended beyond the building where they originated, and one extended beyond the adjoining building, while 195 were confined to the floor where they started. Chemicals extinguished 104 of the total, hydrant streams 42, and engine streams 11. The value of the property at risk, including contents, was $3,626,184, o nwhich the loss was $143,971. The expenses of the department for the year amounted to $73,966.46, and the betterments brought the total up to $78,827.72. Chief Meador’s recommendations include one that the salaries be increased and one for the erection and equipment of a new station to protect the South Roanoke addition and similar action in regard to the annexed territory of 1919. He further recommends that fire alarms be extended to the annexed territory and that an ordinance be adopted prohibiting wood shingle roofs.

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