Pittsburgh Reduces Fire Losses
Chief Richard L. Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., who is also President of the I. A. F. C., has succeeded in reducing the per capita fire losses in his city for 1932 to $1.10. The previous year, the per capita fire losses were less than all the major size cities with the exception of Milwaukee, and the 1932 figure is lower than 1931.
There were 4,515 fire alarms in Pittsburgh in 1932 of which 660 were false and 105 fire alarms for causes other than fires. There were 3,692 fires in the city of which 3,584 were confined to their points of origin. Only sixty-three spread in the same building where the blazes originated. March was the peak month for fires while October was the low point. The department estimates that $171,600 was saved through salvage operations.
Captain Walter M. Dawkins, formerly connected with the Woodhouse Manufacturing Company, has now gone into business for himself as manufacturers’ agent for fire department equipment. He is located at 62 Washington Street, Portchester, N. Y.