Rockford, Ill., Annual Fire Report
Rockford, Ill., last year had 293 alarms, according to the report of Chief Frank E. Thomas, with a total loss of $58,964.85. The value of the property at risk was $2,056,110. it was insured for $1,816,320, and the amount of insurance paid was $38,818.85. The department traveled 3,806 miles, laid 75,800 feet of hose, 204 lines of hose, used 102 streams of water and 3,470 gallons of chemical, and raised 2,968 feet of ladders. The chief’s car traveled about 3,000 miles, used 382 gallons of gasoline and 15 gallons of oil. There were 584 inspections of buildings. He recommends a new fire alarm system, more alarm boxes, a night operator, a central telephone system, to replace horse-drawn hose wagons, trade steam fire engines for motor pumping engines and new motor trucks. The force consists of six engine and two ladder companies.