Knoxville Department Report
The annual report of Chief S. B. Boyd, of the fire department of Knoxville, Tenn., shows that 270 runs were made, and that the loss from fires amounted to $105,406.97, while the insurance paid on the losses was $85,915.20, just $35,445.31 less than it was in 1911. The appropriation for the department in the budget ordinance was $74,425, while the expenditures were $1,642.70 in excess of that sum. Included in the equipment purchased during the year were a life net and 1,200 feet of hose. Seventy-two officers and men are now in the department, which has five engine companies, one water tower company one hook and ladder company, one chemical engine company and one wagon company. Chief Boyd recommends, among other things, that the present chemical engine of the department he converted into a combination wagon, motor-driven, carrying 1,200 feet of hose, ladder equipment and chemical tank. The purchase of an automobile for the chief is also recommended. A tractor to replace the horses that now draw the water tower and engine No. 3, is also recommended, while the erection of stand pipes and the purchase of 3,000 feet of hose is also urged. He urges the absolute need of these if the department is to be maintained on an efficiency basis like other cities the size of Knoxville.