Fireboat to be Dispensed With

Fireboat to be Dispensed With

The committee on finance of the board of supervisors, San Francisco, Cal., recently recommended that one of the fire boats be dispensed with. The report says: “Your committee recommends dispensing with one of the fire boats. An appeal was made to the state administration to fulfill an agreement made years ago by which the state was to pay one-half the cost of the maintenance of two fireboats. For several years state officials have reneged on this agreement and. in the judgment of this committee, the city and county of San Francisco should not be called upon to maintain expensive fire protection for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of state property and receive no cooperation or share of the expense from the Harbor Commission of the state. We feel that the San Francisco Fire Department is furnishing adequate protection to the waterfront, and if the state desires the maintenance of fire boats for its protection it should pay a reasonable portion of the expense. As a matter of fact, the last time the tire boats were in use at a fire of any magnitude was on the Oakland side of the bay. The elimination of one fire boat means a reduction in the budget of approximately $50,000 a year.”

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