The Albion Fire Department

The Albion Fire Department

Chief C. Royce Sawyer, Albion, N. Y.

Chief C. Royce Sawyer, of the Albion, N. Y., Fire Department, has prepared and issued a very complete report of the operations of his department, covering the period from March 8, 1915, to March 6, 1916. Chief Sawyer states the total alarms responded to by the department were 24, of which fifteen were within the corporate limits of the village and nine outside the limits. The alarms answered outside village limits, upon request and pursuant to direction of the mayor when possible to reach him and otherwise upon the authority of the chief or his assistants were: Town of Barre, three; Town of Carlton, two; Town of Gaines, two; Village of Medina, one; Village of Brockport, one. Alarms were answered during the following months: January, 1916, one; March, 1915, one; April, 1915, six; May, 1915, one; June, 1915, five; July, 1915, three; August, 1915, two; September, 1915, one; November, 1915, three; December 1915, one. Total, 24. The alarms answered between midnight and noon were fourteen, and the alarms answered between noon and midnight were ten. The total value of property at risk (in village) was $58,975; total amount of insurance carried upon same, $33,225; total loss upon same, $11,680. All fires were confined to the buildings in which they originated and of these within the village, nine were extinguished with the use of chemicals alone and six with chemicals and water. In extinguishing fires the department used during the year sixteen thousand feet of 2 1/2inch hose, forty-nine hundred feet of 1 1/2-inch chemical hose, eight hundred sixty-five gallons chemicals and nine hundred feet of ladders. During the year 1,250 feet of single jacket rubber lined 2 1/2-inch hose was purchased and put in service. The present supply of hose is 4,300 feet of 2 1/2-inch single jacket rubber-lined hose in good condition and 700 feet of 2 1/2-inch flushing hose which might be used with light pressure but would not be serviceable at fires. The State Underwriters require the supply of hose in Albion to be maintained at 4,000 feet. Chief Sawyer says: A valuable addition to our equipment was the purchase by the village of a 55foot American-La France aerial truck, which was put in service in October, 1915. The Department consists of a chief and two assistant chiefs, two paid drivers, an engineer and fireman who are call men and the following volunteer companies; Voting America Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, Active Co., Inc., No. 2, Hart Hose Co. No. 3, Dye Hose Co., Inc., No. 5. Sandstone Hose Co. No. 6. Forty men from each company have been selected for a liability list and approved by your Honorable Board as provided for by the Laws of 1914. During the year 41 new hydrants and several miles of water mains have been added to the water system, which is owned by the village, making a total of 143 hydrants now available in case of need, and the addition of the hydrants above mentioned has given protection to a large portion of the village previously without water mains or hydrants, and will avoid in future the necessity for laying long lines of hose wdth the resulting loss of pressure. The present equipment of the Department is as follows: One Silsby engine, type 2; one combination horsedrawn supply wagon, two combination motor chemical and hose wagons, two hose carts, one 55-foot Amcrican-La France aerial truck, one service truck, one hose spider and a hose reel held in reserve, six Larkin nozzles, three McKechnie nozzles, one cellar pipe, one Eastman deluge set, one smoke helmet, four sets gate valves and a full equipment of rubber coats, helmets, axes, extinguishers, etc. The total cost of the Department as reported to the chief by the village treasurer during the year was as follows: One-half cost of aerial truck, $1,625; hose, $784.64; maintainance, labor, etc., $2,398.11.

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