Hoboken Fire Department Report

Hoboken Fire Department Report

According to the annual report of Chief M. A. Dunn of the Hoboken, N. J., fire department, the manual force consists of 95 men. divided into five engine companies, one chemical engine company and two hook and ladder companies. The apparatus of the department consists of the following: One chief’s automobile equipped with one 3-gallon fire extinguisher; two first size and five second size steam fire engines; one double and four single 60-gallon chemical engines; five hose wagons, one being a straight hose wagon; three aerial turntable trucks: one fuel wagon and two extra wagons; 20 3-gallon hand extinguishers; 11,100 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose; 1,000 feet of 3/4-inch chemical hose; 32 horses, all except two in good physical condition. There are in reserve two engines, three wagons and aerial turntable truck. The fire alarm system was installed some 20 years ago and, though antiquated, is in good working condition. Chief Dunn tecommends that one of the steam engines be equipped with a motor tractor; that an ordinance be enacted giving the fire department power to enter any building for inspection; that another station be built for a truck company, and that a combination chemical and hose wagon be pu: chased for No. 2 company and that fire alarm boxes be placed in each of the public schools.

There were 277 alarms of fire during the past year, of which 133 were received from fire alarm signal stations, and 144 were telephone or verbal alarms; of the former, 7 were second alarms, 1 was a third alarm, and 14 were false alarms; number of brick or stone buildings in which fires occurred. 118; number of frame buildings in which fires occurred, 104; number of fires other than in buildings. 54; number of fires confined to place of origin. 266; number of fires extended to adjoining buildings, 10; number of fires extended beyond adjoining buildings, 1; number of fires extended to other floors. 3; total value of property involved where fires occurred, $1,289,230; on this property there was an insurance of $!M9.850, out of which there was paid for damage done by fire and water $76,764.32: amount of damage to uninsured propertv. $11,819; making in all a total loss of $88,583.32.

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