Report of Reno Fire Department
During the year the department responded to 67 alarms, an increase of 11 over the previous year. Of these, 32 were box alarms, 22 phone alarms, and 13 still alarms. There were 41 actual fires, involving a property risk estimated at $446,455. The loss by fire for the year amounted to $22,047.66, on which insurance amounting to $12,020.66 was paid, leaving a net loss not covered by insurance of $10,027 for the year. To respond to these alarms the department traveled over 27⅛ miles, used 2,190 gallons of chemical, raised 396 feet of laders, and laid 14,650 feet of hose. On 24 fires chemical alone was used: water and chemical together on 12 fires, and water alone of 5 fires. The apparatus consists of 2 second-size Metropolitan engines. 1 double 60-gallon straight chemical, I truck with 50-foot extension ladders, 1 combination 60-gallon chemical and hose wagon. 1 straight hose wagon, a turret nozzle, deluge set. Browder life net, cellar pipe and various smaller equipment. The department has 4,350 feet of 2½inch hose, all in good condition. Of this amount 500 feet was purchased during the past year.
The department has 11 horses, all of which are required to handle the apparatus. The expense of keeping the horses the past year amounted to $1,599.70. The alarm system, a Gamcwell 10circuit repeater and 8-circuit switch board, together with 47 fire alarm boxes are all in first class condition and working perfectly. We have maintained this branch of the department the past year without any expense to the city whatever. The department formerly consisted of 24 men, including the chief, but acting upon the recommendation of the council the force has been reduced by four men. During the year notices were sent out to 139 parties to clean up their premises; 7 stove pipes were ordered repaired; 1 building was equipped with fire escapes; 17 gasoline and oil tanks were set, and 127 permits to burn rubbish were issued. The city paid for water for fire purposes the past year, $2,033, or $119.60 per fire on which water was used.
I have but two recommendations to offer at this time, but I believe they are of the utmost importance to the department: That a committee be appointed to investigate the merits of motor propelled fire apparatus, which is fast supplanting the horse-drawn apparatus in all the large cities, and which has proved to be a success wherever tried, not only as a faster means of reaching the fire, but from an economical point of view as well.
That a generator set he purchased for the department. so that any time the street cars are out of commission wc can recharge our batteries and thus keep the alarm system working.
The Railroad Commission authorized the Domestic Water Company, of Santa Maria. Cal., to purchase the Santa Maria water works and issue stock to the amount of $2,500 ami bonds to the amount of $8,500.