Orangeburg Fire Department
Orangeburg, N. C., during the past year had 36 alarms of fire, of which seven were false. The total value of buildings and contents endangered was $91,700; the total loss was $26,276, with an insurance of $24,411. Of the total loss $21,000 was incurred at two fires, one, a cotton fire, where the blaze was fully developed before the alarm was sounded; the other, a residence, not within the city limits, but outside the water limits. There are 112 officers and men in the department under Chief T. O. L. Dibble. During the year just past the Young America Fire Company bought an auto combination chemical and hose wagon, and the East End Reel Company a hose wagon equipped with ladders. The Elliott Hook and Ladder Company owns a very fine truck, and the equipment of the Phoenix (negro) corps is also quite up-to-date. The value of the entire equipment of the department is $12,500; of the real estate owned by it, $22,000. The city also owns a modern fire alarm system, which cost $5,000.