Cohoes Fire Department Report.
Chief Thomas C. Collin of the Cohoes, N. Y., fire department has just rendered his report for the year ending Nov., 1911, in which he says there were 109 alarms, of which 72 were lull alarms and 31 telephone and the remaining six were still alarms. Hose was used at 42 fires and chemicals extinguished 56; eight were out when the department arrived and one fire was outside the city limits. There was but one false alarm during the year. Seventy-nine fires were confined to floors on which they originated; 81 were confined to buildings in which they started, while only 2 fires extended to adjoining buildings. Hose used, 38,100 feet; chemicals used, 2,761 gallons; ladders used, 960 feet; working time at fires, 73 hours and 40 minutes. Amount of insurance at risk, $2,053,525.00; insurance loss* $61,329.25; loss, not insured, $995.21; total loss, $62,324.46; insurance over loss. $1,991,200.54. More than one-half of this large loss was occasioned at the fire in the plant of the Cohoes Dyeing Co., on April 18. which occurred under circumstances rendering its extinguishment very difficult and causing a loss of nearly 75 per cent, of the value of the plant. Chief Collin refers to the exhibit of motor apparatus at the Milwaukee convention and to rapid displacement of horses with motor machinery by many departments throughout the country, lie recommended the purchase of a suitable auto car for his own use as speedily as possible, and the substitution of automobile apparatus throughout the department as soon as the city’s finances would warrant. Chief Collin also asked for a stronger ordinance governing the construction of garages and other buildings where oils and imflammable materials arc housed. In closing the chief says: “The volunteer organizations have performed the work assigned them in a manner highly satisfactory to myself and, I believe, to our citizens generally. Five companies were relieved from duty for the purpose of attending the State Firemen’s convention at Rochester in August, and in the parade incident thereto were awarded the first prize for general appearance, a fact which ran not fail to be a source of gratification to their many friends.”