Elizabeth, N. J., Fire Report
Chief Aug. Gerstung of Elizabeth, N. J., in his report for the year ending Dec. 31, 1913, presents the following information. There were 297 alarms of which 153 were bell and 144, still There were 15 false alarms. The most alarms were in July, 42. The total loss was $86,690.35 in property insured for $1,259,975, an excess of $1,173,284.65 over the loss. The largest loss in a single fire was $20,336, a business block on Feb. 27, and the second largest, $12,232, in a lumber yard on May 10. Outside of these two fires the total loss was $54,122.35. The force consists of 75 full paid and 30 call men divided into seven engine and three truck companies. The apparatus consists of six steam fire engines; one motor triple pumping engine, two hosechemical wagons, one hose wagon, one motor and one horse drawn aerial trucks and one common ladder truck. The chief’s recommendations are to abolish the call force and increase the number of full paid firemen, new stations for Engine Companies 5 and 6, and repairs to other stations, a new and larger department repair shop, a motor truck for Truck Company 2. and motor hose-chemical wagons to replace all the old hose reels; placing alarm wires underground, traffic street gongs at principal intersections of streets, a fire prevention bureau, better hydrant service and additional sliding poles in stations. The department is governed by a board of fire commissioners, and its cost for maintenance last year was $98,579.82.