Suffolk, Va., Fire Report

Suffolk, Va., Fire Report

A report was made at the meeting of the city council by Henry S. Eley, chief of the Suffolk. Va., fire department, stating that in the year ending June 1, 1913, 29 fire alarms had been answered by the department, 14 in East Suffolk, 12 scattered, 11 during the day, 14 in brick buildings, and 14 in frame buildings and one automobile on fire. The department has spent 30 hours at fires and has used 10.550 feet of hose. Six fires were extinguished with chemicals. The total value of buildings and contents destroyed this year byfire has been $246,124, with total insurance of $135,075. The total insurance paid for damages has been $60,700.50. After much investigation, the chief, at the request of the council, submitted the following report of the needs ot the department : A new motor engine, new motor chemical engine and hose wagon and new motor hook and ladder truck at an approximate cost of $17,200; the chief recommends that the small engine and combination chemical engine and hose wagon be sold for $2,500, lessening the cost of the new apparatus to $14,700. He estimates that there will be a yearly saving of $1,320 on engine drivers’ salary and upneep of four horses, which, less the 6 per cent, interest on $14,700, of $882, will mean a yearly saving of $438. Chief of the fire department also recommended that the new large engine be motorized at a cost of $4,000. and a new chemical engine and hose wagon and a new hook and ladder truck be purchased at a cost of $11,200. The sale of the present combination chemical engine and hose wagon for $1,000 will reduce this cost to $14,200. He estimates on this item a saving of $720 on the upkeep of four horses. The 6 per cent, interest on $14,200 will amount to $852, making an additional expense of $132 yearly.

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