Cocoa Has Well Equipped Fire Deparment
One of the best equipped small town fire departments in the south is that at Cocoa, Fla. The apparatus consists of one American-LaFrance 1,000-gal. triple-combination car, equipped with 1,000 feet Eureka Paragon 2 1/2-inch fire hose, one American-LaFrance 750-gal. triple-combination car, equipped with 1,000 feet 2 1/2-inch hose, one 1-ton service truck, equipped with 400 feet 2 1/2-inch hose and one chemical car, equipped with two 40-gal. soda and acid chemical tanks, one 36-foot trussed extension ladder, four 24-foot, two 16-foot and one 14-foot straight ladders, equipped with roof hooks and one scaling ladder. The car also carries a large amount of auxiliary equipment and 800 feet 2 1/2-inch hose.
The department has two alarm boxes on the streets in the congested area and an overhead siren operated from the telephone exchange. Bonds have just been issued for the purpose of erecting a fire house to cost about $10,000. There will be nine men on duty in this house from 10 P. M. until 7 A. M.
The personnel of the company is as follows: John A. Fiske, chief; J. L. Paterson, assistant chief; C. N. Jones, captain engine No. 1; W. H. Gillmore, captain engine No. 2; M. W. Wooten, captain, chemical; S. S. Jones, chief engineer; S. Culler and H. Rudsong, engineers; 26 firemen; 2 electricians; 2 fire marshals; 15 fire patrol and 5 on service truck.
The department has one paid man, the chief engineer, and the balance of the members are paid one dollar for day fires and two dollars for night fires. According to Chief Fiske the town officials and the public are backing the department to the limit and it can have anything that it asks for within reason. Since the installation of the first fire engine three years ago the department has saved over $350,000 worth of property.
The source of water supply is the Indian River, along the banks of which the city is built and bonds have been issued tor the installation of a new water works system which will include two high-pressure pumps for fire protection. It is planned to install hydrants spaced 300 feet apart in the congested districts and 500 feet apart in the residential.