Fire Protection for Summer Population
Nahant is located four miles out to sea, in Essex County, Mass. Connected with Lynn by a causeway. The area is only one mile square, but because of the geographical location, fire protection problems are unique. The official population is 1,654, but during the Summer months there are approximately 7.000 people living in the town.
The appropriation for Fire Department activities is made annually in March of each year. Equipment consists of a triple combination, two auto combinations, 4,800 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose, a ladder truck, 1,200 feet of 1 1/2-inch hose, fifteen extinguishers, one forest fire pump, inhalator, and about everything necessary for the proper functioning of a modern department. This year Nahant hopes to have all of its motor apparatus equipped with booster pumps. Only one remains to be so equipped.
The personnel consists of a Chief, two assistants, five permanent men, twentyone call men, and fifteen volunteers.
There are 148 hydrants with an average pressure from sixty-five to eightyfive pounds. The fire alarm system is of Gamewell make. During the past year, a floating battery system was installed, which has added greatly to the dependability of the fire alarm.
The permanent firemen receive seventeen days’ vacation, in addition to one day off in three.
The town’s fire loss has been negligible. This has been due, in no small part, to the elimination of fire menaces as soon as they come to the department’s attention.
Charles F. Leavitt is Chief of Fire Department.