Report of Kingston Fire Department
The annual report of Chief James Armstrong, of the Kingston, Ont., Can., fire department, has been received by which it appears that during the year the department received and answered 121 alarms, this being the second largest number received in any one year being only exceeded in 1913 when 122 alarms were received Loss on buildings. $12,547; on contents, loss, $35,268. Total loss, $47,815. During the year the department used 21,950 feet of hose and 43 branch pipes, using water from street hydrants; 27 hours and 45 minutes, in addition to which water was used from the hydrant 68 hours tor the fire in the coal pile on C. 1’. R. dock; 58 ladders were used totalling 1,258 feet; 54 chemical extinguishers were used totalling 241 gallons. The Waterous steam fire engine was used for two hours at a fire; 27 fires were extinguished with water from hose streams; 26 fires were extinguished with chemicals; 1 fire was extinguished by means of hose streams and chemicals; 3 fires were extinguished by using owner’s garden hose; 13 fires were extinguished by using water pails.
The apparatus and equipment of the department is as follows: One 600-gallon size Waterous steam fire engine; one 700-gallon size Ronald steam fire engine (.Chatham) ; one ladder truck, fully equipped ; one old ladder truck, fully equipped; one old ladder truck with two old ladders; one Reo motor truck; one large hose wagon equipment carried on motor truck; one small hose wagon fully equipped; two exercise hose wagons; two hose sleighs; two exercise hose sleighs; one combination hose and seven horses; sixty-three fire alarm boxes; seventeen miles of fire alarm telegraph wire; one complete storage battery equipment for fire alarm system ; two fire stations and equipment; 5,800 feet of lire hose.
The total expenses of one team of horses for 250 days $277.77; for the motor truck, $127.85; net saving by use of motor truck, $149.92. The actual maintenance cost without accident charges was: For the team of horses, $346.77; for the motor truck, $48.75; net saving in favor of motor, $208.02. By the use of the motor truck, the department were able to do without one team of horses to replace the team sold.
1 he chief says of the two-platoon system: “On recommendation of the Committee on Fire and Light, the City Council authorized what is known as the two-platoon system of duty for the members of the department, and it is now in effect. The department is divided into two platoons of nine men, one platoon being on duty from 8 a. m, to 6 p. m., and the other platoon from 6 p. m. to 8 a. in., changing every alternate Saturday, by the day platoon remaining on duty until 8 a. m. Sunday. This arrangement being made after consultation with the members of the department. During vacation period, or when members are off duty as result of illness or accident one man in turn, from the off duty platoon is required to be on duty for 36 hours, being relieved for two meal hours during that time. A small gong is placed in each members home, attached to the fire alarm telegraph system, and they are required, as under the old system, to answer all alarms when off duty. No member is allowed to leave the city limits without the permission of the chief or officer in charge of the department. So far the system has given excellent results, the response of the off duty platoon being prompt and all that could be desired, and 1 have no doubt that city will receive better service under the two-platoon system than it ever did under the old system of 24 hour duty with one day off in five.