Erie’s Small Fire Loss
GENERAL NEWS ARTICLES
The annual report of John J. McMahon, chief engineer of the Erie, Pa., department, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1912, shows that during the year there were 280 alarms, against 261 during the previous year, but the losses have been kept down to a very appreciable extent; in fact, Erie enjoys the lowest per capita loss from fire of any city near its size in the United States, its per capita loss being only 55 cents, while the average for the country is $3.20. The chief recommends the purchase of an aerial truck of the largest size that can be safely made and the purchase of the auto type of combination chemical and hose wagon to replace the horse-drawn apparatus. The establishment of a training school for firemen is urged and the building of a new fire headquarters building, as the present structure has been condemned as unsafe. In submitting the report of the chief to the city council the board of fire commissioners recommends the complete abolition of the “antiquated and virtually worthless call system and the establishment of a full paid department.”
The installation of meters has been ordered in a number of California towns and cities by the railroad commission.