Fire Chief T J. Gough has submitted his annual report for the year of 1919, to Mayor M. R. Smith and Safety Director Lloyd R. Buchanan. In the report are many very interesting statistics which make the report a highly interesting account of the activities of the fire department during the years just past.

During the year of 1919 the total number of alarms received from alarm boxes was 46. Three false alarms received from boxes. Fifty-two alarms were received by telephone, and of these five were false alarms. Only one oral alarm was given the department during the entire year. Only once in the entire year was it necessary to respond with the pulmotor.

There were 375 tests and fire drills during the year. The department also had a drill at 8 o’clock each night, making a test of the fire alarm system by using the curfew and testing the motor of the fire truck by running it for five minutes.

On 15 fires it was found necessary to use water, all of the rest were extinguished by either the small or large chemical.

The fire truck traveled a total distance of 133 miles during the year on fire calls and other trips. Not a single man was injured at any fire or in any fire drill held during the year, states Chief Gough, and not once did the fire truck have an accident in responding to a fire call.

Chief Gough’s report shows that the city had the smallest fire loss from January 1, 1919, to December 3, of any year in the past four years. The loss up until the Stanley block fire was only $3,650.00, while in 1918 the fire loss was $6,475.00, this shows that the fire loss was cut down $2,825.00, until the night of December 4, 1919, when the alarm for the Stanley block fire was turned in. The loss at the Stanley block fire boosted the fire loss up to an additional $128,000.00, making the total loss for the year $131,650.00.

The chief’s report shows that over 250 inspections of the business section and other parts of the city were made during the year of 1919. There were fifteen old buildings razed and 29 others placed in good condition by having them repaired. There are seven buildings to be razed this spring.

The upkeep expenses of the fire truck for the year were $60.50 for gasoline, Dayolight oil and lubricating oil.

The personnel of the fire department at the present time is as follows:

Regular firemen: T. J. Gough, chief; J. A. Marshall, captain; L. F. Stevens, engineer; Max Campbell, fireman; D. C. Horne, fireman.

Minutemen: E. J. Brown, Roy Blake, F. M. Mattick, Ray Greenwood, Glenn Sutton, J. W. Marshall.

The estimated value of the fire department is as follows: Auto fire truck, $7,500; fire alarm system, $5,200; fire hose, $2,300; rubber coats, rubber boots, helmets, beds, bedding and furniture, and fixtures, $1,000; total value, $16,000.

The chief adds, “I take great pleasure in stating that all of the property of this department is in good condition with the exception of the old hook and ladder truck, and the extension ladder on same. The truck is stationed in the shed in connection with the Coughlan livery on Washington street. I consider that this hook and ladder truck and ladders are unsafe to be put in service on any high buildings, and for this reason I would recommend and deem it necessary to ask that the purchase of a motor driven city service hook and ladder truck be made in the near future. And also a new addition to the old fire station or a new central fire station to take care of all of our motor fire apparatus, and I also recommend the purchase of 500 feet of two and one-half inch fire hose as some of the old fire hose is getting porous and is not fit to put in use on high pressure. I wish to state that at the Stanley block fire on December 4, 1919, it was demonstrated at a great loss the need of adequate ladders to handle such a building and fire for the reason that the fire had gained such a headway on the third floor before the department got any alarm of it, we were forced to fight it from the ground, so it was hard to make much of a gain on such a body of fire and fire-trap as it was, but after a hard and well fought battle we got it under control and confined within its own walls.

In conclusion the report expressed appreciation to the various departments, institutions and individuals who cooperated with the department during the year.

The report this year is issued in a new and novel manner, a number of copies being printed in neat pamphlet form.

Dorsey W. Hyde, Jr., has resigned as Librarian of the New York Municipal Reference Library to accept a position as Chief of the Motor Truck Research Bureau of the Packard Motor Company of Detroit, Mich. The Bureau will be a new development of the company’s service aiming at the collection and classification of all data pertaining to transportation problems and their solution. Mr. Hyde has been succeeded at the Municipal Reference Library by Miss Rebecca B. Rankin, who has served as Assistant Librarian during the past year. Miss Rankin is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of Simmons School of Library Science, and has served previously as Librarian of the Washington State Normal School and as Assistant to the Director of the New York Public Library.

Mr. Hyde was a trained man before he was born, that is to say, he was bom with a great many gifts from nature, or rather from heredity and he employed these gifts in the fhshioning of a real man, which fashioning it is safe to say will go on as long as he lives, for his mental impetus and the moral and spiritual poise of him is in very stable balance. Most handsomely he acquitted himself as a Librarian and went far beyond his duties, well into the privileges of his prevision to do the things, that a right man sees should be done and done right.


New York is going to miss Mr. Hyde and miss him much and The FIRE ENGINEER feels that it is speaking for un-numbered citizens when it makes this statement.

Congratulations to the Packard Co., and to both of them cordial and most earnest best wishes.—(Editor)

The automobile industry wlil learn with interest of recent personnel changes in The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company by which I. R. Bailey, manager of the mechanical goods department, has been made assistant sales manager;

D.R. Burr, formerly manager of the mechanical goods department, is made manager to succeed Mr. Bailey and C. A. Jones advanced to assistant manager of the department. Mr. Jones was manager of the hose, railroad supplies arid rubber band departments. These well-deserved promotions are the result of exceptional executive and organization ability.

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