The Year in Michigan
Captain William Brockless, statistician, Michigan State Firemen’s Association, in a report for the year May 1, 1917 to May 1, 1918 of the state’s fire department activities. His report shows that during the year from May 1, 1917 to May 1, 1918, there have been 11,146 alarms and 8,276 fires throughout the state. There was $58,244,746 worth of property endangered and an actual fire loss of $26,669,371. There are 14 cities in the state which get their water supply from cisterns, 19 from the lakes and bays, 20 from wells and 10 from rivers. There is at the present time according to reports received by the statistician, 131 hose companies and 200 automobile fire engines, pumps, etc. The cities of Lansing and Flint have a complete motorized department, not a single horse-drawn vehicle being in use in either of these departments. There are also about 60 ladder companies in the state. There are 11 cities who receive their fire alarms by telephone, 7 by tower bells and whistles, and 28 who have the Gamewell fire alarm system. There are 1,120 full paid men and 606 part paid and volunteer firemen in the different fire departments throughout the state.