Private Department Is Praised
A privately owned fire department that has held fire losses on its property to $110 this year stands as a strong arm of the Albuquerque, N. M., fire fighters. The Santa Fe Railway Fire Department was organized in 1923; the station was built in 1921. The department averages about six alarms a year. The losses in 1938 were zero.
This department has had a mutual cooperative agreement with the Albuquerque Fire Department for years. Under the agreement, the railway department always moves in to back up the city’s forces on the third alarm.
The railway department guards a sector three miles long which is valued at several million dollars. There are alarm boxes, water lines, fire plugs and standpipes. The department makes periodical inspections for fire hazards. The fire station houses a truck, the alarm recording system, a workshop, and quarters for firemen. The department employs three regular drivers, who work on eight-hour shifts, and ten firemen.