San Francisco Wants Better-Fire Protection
San Francisco wants better fire protection during the exposition in the year of 1915, when thousands of visitors will throng its streets and dangers of fire multiply. The fire department budget for the next year calls for a total of $2,192,118. The allowance granted last July for twelve months was $1,603,000. The department asks for $494,200 for motor apparatus, including hose wagons, monitor batteries, pumping engines, squad wagons and ladder trucks, and 37 tractors for engines and trucks. One item is for $5,000 for the entertainment of visiting firemen during the exposition. The formation of three new engine and two truck companies is proposed, and a flying squadron is to be organized for the purpose of giving probationary members experience in fighting fires. Among the additional appointees next year, if the budget is approved by the supervisors, are a third assistant chief at $2,850 a year, a general foreman of the corporation yard at $2,100 and a number of employees for the corporation yard and the high pressure system.