THE WORCESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief W. N. Avery Kept Last Year’s Fire Loss Down to Only $193,160.02 on Property Valued at Over $6,000,000
The Worcester, Mass., fire department, says Chief W. N. Avery’s report for the fiscal year ending November 30, 1916, has eight engine companies, seven ladder companies, eleven hose companies and one chemical company. The manual force consists of a total of two hundred and five permanent men as follows: Chief engineer, deputy chief engineer, three district chiefs, twentyseven captains, twenty-six lieutenants, eight enginemen including one detailed clerk, Board of Engineers and two detailed as mechanicians; one hundred and twenty-four firemen of the first class, four firemen of the second class and eleven firemen of the third class. The fire alarm service has one superintendent, one assistant superintendent. four operators and one lineman. The call force consists of twenty men and a surgeon. The Board of Engineers consists of Chief Engineer, W. N. Avery; Deputy Chief, E. L. Janes;
District Chief, W. B. Spooner; District Chief, J. F. Adams; District Chief, C. L. McCarthy; Detailed Clerk, Board of Engineers, A. C. llaradon; Department Surgeon, George H. Hill. The Fire Alarm Telegraph force is: Superintendent of Fire Alarm. W. H. McClure; Assistant Stipt. of Fire Alarm, J. C. McDonald; Operator, I). E. Healy; Operator, J. W. Healy; Operator, P. N. White; Operator, M. P. Orrell.
The equipment of the department consisted of horse-drawn apparatus; Seven steam fire engines, including three in reserve. Seventeen hose wagons, including thirteen in reserve. One double-tank chemical engine. One single-tank chemical engine on runners. Seven hook and ladder trucks, including one in reserve. One water tower. One fuel wagon. Two supply wagons. The engines are as follows: One extra first size La France engine. One first size Metropolitan engine. Two second size La France engines, including one in reserve. One second size Amoskcag engine in reserve One third size La France engine in reserve. One fourth size La France engine. Ladder Trucks as follows: One 85-foot Scagraves aerial truck. One 70-foot Seagraves aerial truck. One 70-foot Hayes aerial truck in reserve. Three Seag-aves trussed trucks. One city tru.k with trussed ladders Motor-driven apparatus: Fpur American-La France triple combination pumping engines. Four AmericanLa France combination hose wagons and chemical engines. Two Pope-Hartford combination chemical and hose wagons. Two combination hose wagons and chemical engines, with Netco chasses. Two hose wagons, with Xecto chasses. One Pope-Hartford hose wagon and squad car. One American-La France combination ladder truck and chemical engine. Five chief’s cars, one Thomas and four Buicks. One Locomobile for practice car. The motor apparatus travelled 13,941 miles during the year ending November 30, at an average cost of twenty cents per mile for all maintenance expenses. Chief Avery says: “The same apparatus horse-drawn with the same mileage W’ould cost approximately seventy-six cents per mile for all maintenance expenses. The department had 43 horses. The amount of serviceable hose in the department is 2⅝ inch, 34,400 feet; ¾ inch, 3,670 feet; ladders, 2,248 feet carried on ladder trucks and 426 feet carried on hose wagons, a total of 2,674 feet. The hand chemical extinguishers are: Sixty-seven three-gallon and 14 six-gallon.
Alarms and Losses.
The 1 ell alarms received during the year numbered 372 and the still alarms. 1,008. There were 25 thermostat alarms making a total of 1,405 alarms. The report contains the following data relative to the fires and losses: Fire in frame buildings, 615; fires in brick, stone or cement buildings, 229; other than building fires, 385; alarms for other causes than fires, 131; false alarms, 45; fires confined to building or place of origin, 1,223; fires extending beyond building where originated, 6; total number of fires, 1,229; fires extending beyond floor where originating, 19; ’ loss on brick, stone or cement buildings, $37,142.70; loss on contents in brick, stone or cement buildings, $48,792.04. Total loss on brick, stone or cement buildings and contents, $85,934.74. Loss on frame buildings, $66,609.18; loss on contents in frame buildings, $40,616.10. Total loss on frame buildings and contents, $107,225.28. Loss on buildings and contents where fire originated, buildings, $102,026.50; contents, $78,283.23. Total loss on buildings and contents wdiere fire originated, $180,309.73. Exposure losses, i.e., on adjoining buildings and contents, buildings, $1,725.38; contents, $11,124.91. Total exposure losses, $12,850.29. Insurance loss, $182,828.86; uninsured loss, $10,331.16. Total loss, $193,160.02. Value of property where fires occurred, $6,014275; insurance on same, $4,704,579.50. There were 780 fires requiring the use of apparatus to extinguish, 466 where a loss was sustained, and 560 firms or individuals who sustained a loss. Seventy-four per cent, of the fires requiring the use of apparatus to extinguish w’ere handled w’ith chemicals. The per capita loss was $1.16. The cost of maintaining the department for the year ending November 30, 1916, was $299,247.89; for the Worcester Protective Department, $3,375; a total of $302,622.89. Revenue for the year, $5,365.69.
In his report Chief Avery recommended that a 750-gallon motor triple combination pumping engine be purchased during the year for Engine Company No. 7 and three motor combination chemical and hose wagons, one each for Hose No. 5; Hose No. 6 and Hose No. 8. By so doing, says the chief, it will replace all of the horse-drawn hose w’agons with motor apparatus, and he also called attention to the need of early completion of fireproof quarters for the fire alarm telegraph.