Strength of Melbourne Fire Brigade

Strength of Melbourne Fire Brigade

The strength of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade of Melbourne, Australia, is forty-two stations; 331 permanent employees, including all ranks; eighty-three special service firemen; 175 partially paid firemen; four extension ladders and fire escapes: one combination ladder; two combination ladders and pumps; three turbine pumps; forty-seven hose carriages and pumps; twenty-one hose carriages and pumps, A. R. P. type; two hose carriages; two salvage vans; one gasoline supply tanker; one soda supply tanker; one chief officer’s car; one deputy-chief officer’s car; fourteen inspection cars; nine service vans; two trucks; one traveling workshop; one trailer pump; one hand trailer (hose); two hand hose reels; three pompier ladders; forty-seven hand pumps; fortythree spray pumps; thirty smoke helmets; 193,842 feet of hose.

The electrical equipment of the Brigade now consists of 1,371 street fire alarm call boxes. Private fire alarms number 516, to which 1,830 auxiliary alarms are connected. One hundred and forty watchman’s clocks are installed, and 585 sprinkler installations are conncted from public and other buildings. There are sixty-seven automatic fire alarm installations, and 153 telephone lines, sixty-five of which are acting as fire alarms. These alarms are connected to the various fire stations by 1,025 direct circuits.

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Strength of Melbourne Fire Brigade

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The strength of the fire brigade of Melbourne. Australia, on December 31. 1912, was as follows: 50 stations 230 permanent employes, including all ranks. 27 special service firemen, 152 partially paid firemen, 10 steam fire engines, 5 gasoline engines. 1 chemical engine and hose wagon combined, 1 patrol motor chemical engine and hose wagon combined. 2 patrol motor fire engines, 1 patrol motor combination appliance, 1 patrol motor salvage van, 1 motor cycle (electrical department), 1 patrol motor hose wagon, 1 chief officer’s motor car. 40 horse hose reels, 41 hand hose reels, 8 extension ladders and fire escapes. 6 Pompier ladders. 12 exercise and supply carts. 1 salvage van. 1 brake, 76 horses, 105,391 feet of hose. 46 hand pumps, 3 smoke helmets. 2 smoke jackets. The brigade now has 220 fire alarm circuits with 776 street fire alarms, 694 of which contain telephones, the remaining 82 being fire alarms only. There are 290 auxiliary boxes and 13 automatic systems in public and other buildings: 141 direct telephone lines. 62 of which are acting as fire alarms to buildings: 23 circuits to sprinkler installations, and 45 sprinkler call transmitting instruments.