The Conneaut Fire Department Report

The Conneaut Fire Department Report

Chief T. J. Gough, of the Conneaut, Ohio, fire department, in his report for the year 1915, made to A. J. Grace, Director of Public Safety, shows that Conneaut suffered a fire loss during the year 1915 of but $5,101 and the amount was covered by insurance, and that forty-two alarms were turned in during the year, nineteen from fire alarm boxes, twenty from telephones and one in person and two were false alarms. The loss in 1915 was $3,028 less than during the previous year. Commenting on the work of the department, the chief says: “It gives me great pleasure in stating that the fire insurance companies compliment this department on the small loss by water and the good work done with chemicals.” The upkeep of the fire truck, including cost of gasoline and oil was but $26.29 compared with $44.14 the previous year. Aside from the expected service, the fire department, so the report shows, performed various and sundry duty, including a run to West Springfield on the occasion of a serious and threatening fire in that village, flushing sewers and pumping water from basements of buildings. In reference to the report a Conneaut newspaper said: “In a complete and exhaustive report made by T. J. Gough, chief of the fire department, to A. J. Grace, director of public safety, the figures are given which show that the city was absolutely protected from fire during the year just come to an end; that the fire department performed all its duties, and more; that the people of the city suffered a minimum loss, and indicating that the best investment the city now has is its fire department, fully equipped and manned by efficient firemen, familiar with their duties and in every way able, willing and anxious to do their duties. The report filed by the fire chief is a model of completeness and is concrete,” and said editorially: “Whatever doubt any citizen might have had as regards the advisability three years ago of the purchase of the automobile fire truck and the installation of the fire alarm system, that doubt should be well dissipated and dispelled by the facts made known through the annual report of the chief of the fire department. During the entire year not a single bad fire was allowed to develop although a number threatened. The speed of conveying alarm over the alarm system, together with the speed in which the firemen reached the scenes of danger, combined with the efficiency of the men of the department, under the able guidance of an informed and familiar chief, protected the homes of the city from fire danger. The department fulfills its mission—that is enough.”

Chief Engineer T. J. Gough, of Conneaut, O.

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