Spokane, Wash., Fire Budget
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
Spokane’s fire department, although being bettered annually by the addition of modern equipment, automobiles and other apparatus, will cost the taxpayers of the city less for maintenance during the coming year than ever before, according to the estimated expenditures submitted to Commissioner of Public Safety D. C. Coates yesterday by Chief Albert L. Weeks of the fire department. According to the figures submitted to the commissioner the total asked for the coming year, including all betterments, equipment, station sites, supplies and salaries is $209,270. The figures show that the total of 1911 was $230,-372.29 and in 1912 $192,543.22. In submitting nis estimates for the coming year Chief Weeks comments in part as follows: “These estimates provide for four additional pieces of automobile equipment to replace present apparatus and will materially lessen the maintenance cost by reducing the number of men by four and replacing 14 horses. The distribution of this new apparatus will be as follows: One 90-horse-power combination hose wagon and chemical, equipped with drawbar arrangement to handle the engine, at station No. 3. This change will replace five horses. One automobile service truck to replace the present horse-drawn truck at station No. 3. which is too heavy and slow to be of service to the outlying districts. This change will replace two horses. One combination pumping engine and hose wagon for station No. 11, replacing the present automobile wagon and horsedrawn steamer and transferring the latter equipment to station No. 2. This change will do away with five more horses. One 90-horsepower combination hose wagon and chemical for station No. 6, replacing the present hose wagon and two horses. The salary estimate amounts to $161,895 and provides for 135 men. The above estimate is based on the present schedule of salaries and if an increase of $5 per month for thirdyear firemen is provided by the city commissioners $6,750 additional will be required. An allowance is also made for the employment of four additional lieutenants for double companies at stations Nos. 4, 6, 10 and 11. The estimate sheet shows that the general maintenance cost of the department for 1914 is approximately onehalf of the cost for 1911, being $42,490 in 1911 and $22,210 in 1914. The total cost of running the department, including salaries and maintenance, is considerably under the cost of 1911 and the cost for 1914 includes the maintenance and salaries of three additional fire crews and stations over the year 1911. The 1914 budget is based on figures allowed for new equipment and the maintenance cost by using the present equipment must be considerably increased if such is considered. The cost would be: Four men, $4,560; maintenance 14 horses, $2,500; total, $7,-060. In 1911 the cost of feed and horse care was $10,178, and the estimate for 1914 is $4,560. The estimated cost of gasoline for the coming year is only $1,500. Automobile tires to cost $600 will be used by the department during tne coming year, according to the estimate. I’ive thousand additional feet of hose is asked. Repairs to the fire alarm system are estimated at $1,000. Fire station repairs will cost $1,000. New equipment, all automibiles, will cost $23,000, the same request being made in 1913 for $13,800. No new fire station sites are asked.