Chief Wilks Makes Good Report for Vicksburg Department
In the fourteenth annual report of the fire department of Vicksburg, Miss., for the year ending December 31, 1917, Chief J. W. Wilks calls attention to the fact that over one-half of the total losses was caused by the Armour Packing House and the Spengler Estate fires. Since the passage of the shingle roof ordinance the building inspector, aided by the members of the department, have made a houseto-house inspection of the city, which has resulted in materially reducing the number of alarms caused by burning chimneys and small roof fires. From present indications this ordinance will almost entirely eliminate this class of fires by the beginning of the year 1919. The renort further shows: Number of large fires, 45; small fires, 125; false alarms, 5; fires out of reach. 2; chimney fires, 32; grass, trash, etc., 24: still alarms, 62; fires confined to building of origin, 41: fires extended to adjoining building, 3; fires extended beyond adjoining buildings, 2; hose used, 44,400 feet; ladders used, 2,295 feet; chemical used, 675 gallons; hours worked, 171 1/2. Company No. 3, motor apparatus, made 202 runs, covering a total of 368.7 miles; used 326 gallons of gasoline and 27 gallons of lubricating oil. Company No. 6, motor aerial truck, made 92 runs, covering a total of 164.6 miles: used 257 gallons of gasoline and 19 gallons of lubricating oil.
Salaries of firemen at Houston, Tex., have been raised on a scale of from $5 to $25 per month, according to position and length of service.