Los Angeles Fire Report
Chief Archie J. Eley, of Los Angeles. Cabin his annual report for the year ending June 30, 1914, states that there were 2,595 alarms and 2,326 fires, an increase of 535 more fires than in the preceding year. The loss in buildings was $405,730; on contents, $885,125; total. $1,267,855. With the exception of 1911, when the loss was $1,386,992, this is the largest annual loss in the history of the city. Of the 2,326 fires, 508 were extinguished by hose lines: 401 by occupants, 378 by wet sacks, 308 by chemical streams, 275 by garden hose, 218 were smothered or burned out, 121 by both hose lines and chemicals, 73 by buckets of water, and 42 by pyrene. The most fires were bonfires, rubbish, etc., 841; the next largest number was overflow of distillate, 53. There were 269 false alarms, and 122 smoke scares. There was one fire with a loss of $175,000, one with a loss of $160,000 and one with a loss of $70,000. There were three with a loss of $50.000, two $45,00, two $35,000, seven $20,000 and nine $10,000. There were 113 fires that did not exceed a $10 loss, 115, $25; 113, $50, and 132. $100 loss. The dapartment consists of 30 engine, 5 hose, 6 truck and one water tower company. The force consists of 437 men. The apparatus consists of 24 engines in service, 5 of them with tractors, and 8 motor pumping engines, 22 horse combination hose-chemical and two motor, ten reconverted hose chemical wagons with motor chassis, four horse and two motor ladder trucks, and seven chief’s motor cars. The cost of maintenance was $806,964.53. There are a number of volunteer companies in suburban sections. The salaries per month are chief, $250; assistant chief. $175; battalion chiefs, $150; captains, $125; lieutenants, $105; engineers, $120; motor firemen, $100; firemen, first year, $80: second year, $85; third year, $90; fourth year, $95. Recommendations are a fire boat of not less than 8,000 gallons’ capacity, eleven new stations, seven new companies, six motor pumping engines, three motor hose-chemical wagons, four ladder trucks, four tractors for trucks and seven for engines, and five chasses for reconverted hose wagons, two additional battalion chiefs, 14,000 feet of hose, a searchlight engine and a new fire alarm telegraph system. George H. O’Donnell is assistant chief, and C. B. Casey, John G. Todd and F. C. McDowell, battalion chiefs.