New Bedford Fire Report
Chief E. F. Dahill, of New Bedford, Mass., in his annual report for 1913, states that there were 204 bell and 327 still alarms, with a loss on buildings of $34,427.84, on contents, $23,344.41; total, $57,772.25, on which there was an insurance of $94,005.12. The force consists of 7 engine, 5 hose and 2 ladder companies, and a protective organization; the apparatus in service consists of 5 steam fire engines, 2 motor pumping engines, 1 hose-chemical wagon. 3 aerial trucks and l combination truck. All except the two motor engines are horse-drawn. The cost of maintenance was $155,834.06. His recommendations are a new central station, new fire alarm machinery, tractors for ladder trucks, automobile for chief and the consideration of replacing of all horsedrawn apparatus with motor apparatus.