Hamburg Fire Department Report.
Hamburg, Germany, which has a population of approximately 940,000. has a membership comprising 536 permanent officers and men ami 38 auxiliaries Last year the brigade cost for maintenance 1,850,810 marks, or $1.927,100. Fire Director Westplialen s report show s that the fires attended by the brigade last year were 1,271 in number. 69 of these being large fires (requiring the use of two or more lines of hose), 122 medium fires (one line of hose used), and 1,089 small fires (extinguished without hose). Thirteen of the fires were outside the city Other calls comprised 397 chimney fires. 441 false alarms and 879 Samaritan calls. The calls varied from none on one day of the year to 33 calls on another. They were fairly evenly spread over the week days. Sunday. however, with 359 calls was a comparatively light day In July only 151 calls were recorded as compared with 358 in January. The causes of fires are somewhat differently classed to those of British fire brigades. Thus accidents with fire and light 299, appears as the principal cause of the city fires, and following are combustible material too near ovens, flues, etc., 70; children playing, 02; accidents in the exercise of industry, 46; damaged buildings, 42; defective buildings and heating apparatus, 31; accidents in the handling of dangerous materials and explosives, 26; forest fires, 25; explosions, 23; electricity, 21; accidents in the home, 20; carelessness with fire. 6; defective lighting apparatus, 5; sparks. 5; arson. 2; lighting, 2, and burning rubbish, 1 The loss figures are not fully given, only the damage to buildings being stated. This amounted to 1,193,108 marks, or $2,982,770, with $7,057,200 at risk, Fires occurred in 800 dwelling houses, in 139 instances in open spaces or streets; in 75 factories and workshops, and 34 shops and stores; in the harbors, 31 tires broke out; in sheds, 28; in unoccupied buildings, 17; in inns and pleasure resorts, 18; in lighthouses, 8; in other places, 8. Four lives were iost at fires, 12 persons were badly hurt and 31 slightly injured. The Hamburg brigade has in service 2 steamers, 17 floating engines, 11 chemical engines, 1 benzine engine, 11 escapes, 9 manual engines and other appliances; three of the steamers, two of the chemical engines, two escapes, and the benzine engine being motor-driven.