OGDEN UTAH, FIRE DEPARTMENT

OGDEN UTAH, FIRE DEPARTMENT

Chief Engineer Binford, of the Ogden, Utah, fire department reports a great improvement in the work of the department over that of last year and a great saving in losses as well as in expenses. While the number of fires has been less, the work has been performed in a neater and more fireman-like manner than ever before. The firemen were in actual fire service 87 hours and 55 minutes, during which time they laid 25/150 feet of hose and used 630 feet of ladder, and 1,409 gallons of chemical fluid,18 fires having been extinguished by chemicals and 27 by water. In attending fires the department has traveled 452 miles—more than too miles farther than last year—and has attended 7 fires outside the city limits. The losses last year were only $32,001.68, as against $125,738.80 in 1894; the net loss being only $6,546.37 as compared with $76,008,87 the year before. The amount of property involved is estimated at $812,850. There were 68 runs in 1895 as against 78 in 1894. There are 103 hydrants with 4 more ordered. There are 19 fire alarm boxes in the system (Gamewell), with 13 1-2 milesol line divided into3 circuits. There arc in use 90 cells of gravity and 120 cells of La Clanche battery. 1’he apparatus in use consists of 1 120-gallon Champion chemical engine; 1 Grand Rapids aerial truck (75 feet); 1 Stillman’s village truck (50 feet); one hand hose reel; one hand engine; 1 chief’s wagon; 4,400 feet of good first-class hose, and 3,482 feet of second-class hose. In reserve there are 1 La France rotary steamer (class four) and one hose wagon carrying 1,000 feet. In his concluding remarks Chief Binford, while reporting,observes that under the “working of the non-partisan police and fire commission [the past year] has certainly proven that it is the only successful system to govern the fire department in order to give proper and efficient service.” He also expresses his “thankful gratitude” to the officers and men of his department for “their prompt obedience and active, efficient work.”

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