Johannesburg Fire Department Report

Johannesburg Fire Department Report

The annual report on the municipal fire department of Johannesburg. South Africa, by Chief E. G. Hinde for the year ending June, 1912, shows that the department answered 75 box alarms, 38 verbal alarms. 105 telephone alarms and 33 false alarms; a total of 218 alarms, 54 more than during the previous year. The total value of property endangered by tire at which the department was in attendance was $4,904,570, a decrease of $1,571,055 as compared with the figures of the previous year. The amount for which the property actually on fire was insured totals $5,710,210. showing a decrease of $264,475 on the total insurance of the year previous, which was $3,451,465. The report includes the loss of seven lives in connection with tires during the year. In addition to the ordinary work of attending tires the following duties have been carried out by the fire department: All the theaters, music halls, bioscope halls, dancing halls, places of entertainment and all important buildings throughout the city, including government buildings and railway premises, have been inspected monthly and reported on as regards their existing condition for protection against fire. The laws in this respect have been rigidly enforced. The area which comes under the protection of the fire department is 81 3/4 square miles and includes the country within a radius of about six miles from the central lire station. The imputation distributed over this fire area is 237,220. The largest lire was the fire on November 16, 1911, when there was a loss of $178,205. The department has now in setviee two 5O0-gailnn steam motor-driven engines. one petrol motor hose wagon, three 500-gallon petrol motor engines, one 70-foot petrol motor aerial truck, five horse-drawn hose wagons, one 55-foot city service truck, one horsedrawn 600-gallon steamer, two hand hose carts and one chief’s petrol motor car.

In 1901 the fire loss in Ohio was $11,000,000. At present the loss is $7,000,000 annually But it must be remembered that for several years Ohio has had a succession of diligent State fire marshals.

Johannesburg Fire Department Report.

Johannesburg Fire Department Report.

In the year ending June 30 last the Johannesburg. South Africa, fire department responded to 171 fire calls and 1,378 ambulance calls. Seventeen of the former were false alarms, 9 chimney calls, and 22 grass fires, so that the actual property fires attended numbered 123. The total loss occasioned by these fires was $82,625, with $8,834,750 at risk, of which $2,020,000 was not covered by insurance. The loss figures, it may be observed, are lower than in any year since 1902-3. Among the causes of fires were: lights thrown down, 26; burning rubbish, 13; defective fires, 12; native carelessness, 12; explosions, 10: defective electric wires, 7; and ignition of petrol vapor, 7. Thirty-eight fires were in dewlling houses, 33 in shops and stores, 8 in works, etc., 15 in large combination buildings, 7 in hedges and trees, 7 in offices, 5 in gold mines, 5 in garages and cars, 4 in stables, and 3 in hotels. The staff comprises 55 officers and men with E. G. Hinde as chief officer. The area protected by the department covers about 81 square miles with a population of 180,080. The cost of maintaining the department last year was $101,730.