Report of Springfield, Ill., Department
Not only are the firemen of Springfield, Ill. department enthusiastically complimented, but a number of very important recommendations for the improvement of the service and cquipent are made, in the annual report of Fire Marshal Henry L. Bolte, for the year ending February 28, 1913. Among the recommendations is one for the addition of motor equipment to include an automobile chemical combination and another automobile vehicle with extinguishers and axes. It is the fourth annual report submitted by the present chief, and the forty-fifth for the department. The number of alarms responded to was 414, nine of those being beyond the city limits. While the total fire loss for the year was $166,801.45, in a total of 229 fires in which losses resulted, six out ot the total number of these fires embraced losses based on actual settlements of insurance of $93,502.04. The loss on buildings was $117,118.55; on contents. $47,978.90; loss not covered by insurance, $1,704. The total amount of insurance shown to have been carried on property where losses occurred was $992,074.50, divided as follows: Buildings, $774,051.50; contents, $218,023. There were 102 fires in which no losses occurred. Still alarms totaled 41 and false alarms 15. December led the list in the number of calls responded to with a total of 66, November was second with 48 and October third with 45. The report shows that the department at the present time occupies eight buildings, all owned by the city, and seventeen pieces of apparatus, all in good condition, as follows: One aerial truck, one city service truck, one chief’s buggy, three hose reels, three steamers, two straight chemical engines, three combination hose and chemical and one fuel wagon in active service, beside one chief’s buggy and one steamer in reserve. There are 8,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch rubber-lined tire hose in good condition, 1,700 feet of 2 1/2-inch rubber hose in bad condition and 1,000 feet of chemical hose in fair condition. At the present time there are 32 head of horses. As to public protection the report says: “The issuing of orders for tire escapes on threestory or higher buildings is out of my hands. I have personally inspected all hotels and rooming houses. The captains of the various companies in their districts make weekly inspections to have rubbish and boxes removed.” The recommendations for the improvement of the service of the city made by Chief Bolte includes the purchase of an auto pumping engine, to be placed in commission at No. 1 house, this apparatus to have a capacity of 1,000 gallons a minute; the purchase of an auto combination chemical and hose, to be placed in commission at No. 1 engine house; and that a 45-horsepower auto be purchased for the chief, this to be equipped with extinguishers and axes; that the steamer, hose wagons and chemicals be equipped with rubber tires.
For Smith, Ark., is installing a new 6,000,000-gallon Worthington pump in its enlarged pumping station. Its predecessor the 3,000,000-gallon pump—will be held in reserve for emergency purposes, and the present auxiliary pump will be scraped.