Report of Providence Department

Report of Providence Department

The annual report of the Providence, R. I., Fire Dept., Chief R. D. Weekes, shows that the department comprises 32 companies and a force of 326 men divided into 14 engine companies, eight hose companies and 10 ladder companies, equipped with 32 pieces of motor-driven apparatus and 51 of the horse-drawn type, having in service and reserve 39,472 feet of hose. The report continues: “On May 9, 1917, a contract w-as made with the American-La France Fire Engine Company for four pieces of triple combination pumpers, which have since been received and are now in service. The assigning of these machines enabled the department to dispense with the services of nine horses and leaves but two horsedrawn combination wagons now in active commission. An Autocar of special type for use in the fire alarm service was delivered to the department and placed in service Nov. 17, 1917, and a runabout was purchased for the use of Battalion Chief No. 2. The end of the year 1917 finds the department with 10 less horses than a year before, there now being 57 horses in the service, of which 26 are on the steamers, 15 on trucks and 13 on combination and hose wagons. During the year there were nine new hydrants installed in the regular service, making a total of 2,290 hydrants. In the special water service one hydrant was added, making a total of 168. The total number of fire alarm boxes connected with the service Dec. 31, 1917, was 543, there having been six private and three public boxes added during the year. Of the total number, the aerial service contains 288 public and 68 private boxes, a total of 356, while in the underground system there are 187, divided into 149 public and 38 private boxes. During the year the last of the old type (1874) alarm boxes were removed so that for the first time in the history of the department every fire alarm box owned by the city is provided with a keyless door. During the year the Superintendent of Fire Alarms issued 114 licenses to moving picture operators.”

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