FIRE PROTECTION AT OTTAWA.

FIRE PROTECTION AT OTTAWA.

Except for three women being burned to death in the fire that destroyed the Gilmour hotel and the loss of two other lives—one being that of a woman who was killed and burned in a dwellinghouse, the other, that of a little girl who died from the effects of her clothes taking fire when she was lifting a gas-stove—and the burning of the Gilmour hotel, with a loss of $39,000 from a fire caused by an electric motor in connection with an elevator—the fire department of Ottawa, Ont., had nothing extraordinary to report during 1907. It needs more men for ladders, a water tower, a 1,000-gal. steamer, an aerial truck, a combination chemical and hose wagon, three heaters for the three steamers, 2,500 ft. of new hose and twentylive salvage covers. Besides these, the old No. 4 station, by a new, up-to-date house, is urgently called for. Its usefulness is gone, and a modern building should be erected at once, as the station is one of the most important in the city, inasmuch as it is situated in a crowded business centre, where fires must cause considerable loss, unless they are promptly checked. As the city fire department is particularly responsible for the safety of the Dominion Parliament, as well as for the viceregal residence and governmental buildings, it would seem only just that the Dominion government should render the city some help in maintaining the fire department in a proper state of efficiency. During 190(1 the department added to its equipment a new city hook and ladder truck, a new coal tender and 2,000 ft. of new hose. Its equipment is as follows: Steamers, three—-one La France first-size and two Waterous second-size; aerial hook and ladder trucks, two one 75-ft. in reserve; city hook and ladder trucks, three; hose wagons, second-size, nine; hose sleighs, nine; coal tenders, three; fire-extinguishers, twenty eight; salvage covers, sixty-nine; hose, 17450 ft. good, 1,800 ft. poor. There are nine fire stations in use ami thirty-nine horses in service. The Gamewell fire-alarm system is installed, with 120 street boxes. One thousand fire hydrants are set, the water-pressure being from 35 to too lbs. Hie firefighting force consists of sixty four officers and men, the chief being, as of old. P. Provost. During 1906 the department turned out for 251 alarms; used 140 streams and seventy-five extinguishers; pails were employed eleven times; the steamers worked ten times; 149 salvage covers were spread The losses and insurance figures were as follows: Loss on buildings, $66,588.50, on contents, $42,557 —total, $109,145.50; insurance on buildings, $195,256, on contents, $135,200total insurat ce at stake, $330,456; insurance paid. $118,490.50; loss on buildings not covered by insurance. $330, on contents not so covered, $325 total. $655. The city department was called out five times for fir s outside the citv limits, and its services were highly appreciated. One of the firemen, Foreman Alexander Pitvin, nvt with a peculiar accident, in which he received serious injury. While on his way home after the fire i i the Gilmour hotel, as he oassed the ruins, the front wall suddenly collapsed and fell on the top of the trolley car in which he was seated, lie was badly hurt by the debris.

Chief P. Provost, Ottawa. Canada.

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