Motor Efficiency in Savannah
Fire Chief Thomas Ballantyne of Savannah, Ga., believes that the introduction of motor fire apparatus during last year was the most important and significant step ever taken by the department. He also says in his annual report that the record for the year has eclipsed that of any previous 12 months so far as efficiency of the fire department is concerned. Speaking of the motor drawn apparatus, he says: “I feel bound to attribute the year’s improvement to the automobile fire apparatus which enables the men to reach fires quickly and surely. Also, when they do arrive they have the means at hand to put out fires instantly.” The chief’s report shows that there were 18 more fire alarms during 1912 than in 1911, but while the figures have not been compiled as yet, the loss for 1912 will be far less than during the previous 12 months. The only really large conflagration of the year was that which occurred at the Atlantic Coast Line wharves, doing $500,000 damage last May. As this fire was really outside the city limits it should not be properly charged against the city. As far as expense is concerned, the department has made an enviable record, costing less for operation and maintenance than in any year during the last decade; this in spite of the remarkable growth of the city.