Organization of Chiefs at South Dakota
A permanent organization of chiefs of the State of South Dakota was recently organized at Pierre, S. D. This organization is the result of an informal meeting of chiefs called together by the State Fire Marshal at Pierre. At this meeting Chief Sloan read an interesting paper on the “Motorized Fire Department.” He said among other things: “One of the most essential things in motor fire apparatus is power and that should have careful consideration, for with plenty of power and the Balance of the machine built to take care of that power and to stand the rough usage that fire apparatus is subjected to, there is no question but what our fire department will reach the scene of the fire in much less time than they could have done with any other type of apparatus. We have in the Sioux Falls fire department three pieces of motor apparatus. This apparatus has been in service since November, 1915, and during that time this apparatus has answered every call in all kinds of weather and over all kinds of road conditions, and we have never failed to reach the scene of the call in much less time than we could have done with the horsedrawn apparatus. Below I will give you a few figures to show you what this apparatus has done since the first day of November, 1915, when vve purchased them, until the first day of July, 1916. We have answered 56 alarms; traveled 116 miles; laid 21,550 feet of hose; used 1,195 gallons of chemical; was called to extinguish fires in buildings whose combined values would be $723,856, with only a loss of $23,777.54, or 3 per cent. loss. The total time spent in fighting fires was 32 hours and out of a total of 56 alarms 44 of them were extinguished with chemical. In regard to the maintenance and economy of motor fire apparatus over that of horse-drawn the following figures taken from the records of this department the average expense per month for the three pieces of motor apparatus are as follows: Gasoline, 120 gallons, at 23c. per gallon, $27.60; lubricating oil, 5 gallons. at 45c., $2.25; total, $29.85. Expense of horses for three teams: Hay 1 1/4 tons per month, at $11 a ton, $16.50; oats, 78 3/4 bushels, at 40c. per bushel, $31.50; shoeing, $24; total, $72. This gives the motor apparatus a net saving of $42.15 per month over the horse-drawn apparatus or a saving of $505.80 for one year. The above figures will give you an idea of what this apparatus has done since it has been in service and also a saving in cost of maintenance over that of the horse-drawn apparatus, while it has increased the efficiency of the department more than 50 per cent, over that of the horse-drawn apparatus.”’ Other addresses were made by Insurance Commissioner O’Brien. Chief J. F. Scholz, of Pierre; Chief J. B. Mayo, of Lead; Chief W. McLaughlin, of Watertown; Chief J. P. Me Elroy, of Rapid City; Chief Markham, of New Effington, and Chief Zelnowsky, of Scotland, and by D. L. McCay, secretary of the State Fire Prevention Association. The following officers were elected: President, Chief J. B. Mayo, Lead; Vice-President, Chief F. E. Crawford. Wessington Springs; Treasurer, Chief J. P. McElroy, Rapid City; Secretary, Chief W. A. Sloan. Sioux Falls. The association’s convention is to he held at Sioux Falls.