TULSA FIRE DEPARTMNET EQUIPMENT
The accompanying illustrations, afford some idea of the liberality with which the thriving young city of Tulsa, Okla., with a population of about 20,000. has equipped itself for fire protection. but the details, for which we are indebted to Chief R. C. Alder, will give a better idea of the enterprise Tulsa citizens have displayed in providing fire protection for their city. Chief Alder has at bis command, one 40-liorse-power, 35-gallon chemical auto chief’s car, one 70-horsepower Webb automobile engine and hose combination. one two-liorse straight hose wagon with 1,000-feet capacity; one two-horse 35-gallon combination chemical and hose wagon, one threehorse 75-foot American-La France automatic aerial truck, one electrician’s buggy and one twoborse, double 35-gallon straight chemical in reserve. The city is equipped with a Gamewell fire alarm system, with 34 street boxes, a sixcurrent board and batteries complete. Tbe firefighting force consists of 18 men, all full paid. During the year just closed, the Tulsa fire department, according to the chief’s annual report, made 119 runs, in response to 83 telephone, 27 box, 4 still and 5 false alarms. The men stretched 38,050 feet of hose, raised 387 feet of ladders, and used 390 gallons of chemicals. The distance covered on the runs was 108 miles and the department worked 132 hours on fires. Of the fires attended, 59 were in frame, 22 in brick or stone buildings, 5 in sheet iron structures, 19 were trash or grass fires, 4 alarms were for fires in box cars, 2 for fires on electric light poles, 1 for an oil pool, 1 for a tar pot, 1 concrete, 5 false. The value of the buildings on fire was $1,066,490, of their contents $613,765. total value of property involved $1,680,255. The total loss by fire was $39,222, of which $18,165 was on buildings and $21,526 on contents. Of this, it is only to say, that $7,400 of the building loss and $11,700 of tbe loss on contents, was in fires that occurred outside of tbe city limits and beyond reach of the water mains. The total expense of tbe department for the year, including $9,710 for salaries, was $12,526. In addition to this, $20,642 was expended from a bond issue, for building station No. 3, and purchasing the two autos and the 75foot aerial truck for the department. The city certainly has no cause for complaint against its fire department. A fire loss of but $39,222, on property endangered of a total value of $1,680,225. less than 2J4 per cent., shows good work on tlie part of its firemen, and the expenditure of $12,526 in tbe maintenance of the department was unquestionably a profitable investment for the city. Tulsa’s foresight will bear the strictest comparison with the course pursued by so many older communities, which, as a result of absence or inadequacy of fire protection equipment, have been practically wiped out of existence.