Waco Fire Department Report
The annual report of the Waco, Tex., fire department, as submitted by Chief A.M. Prescott for the period of 12 months from April 1, 1911, to April 1, 1912, says: At the present time the manual force consists of 62, with 34 permanent men—the chief and his assistants, the engineers, drivers and pipemen—and 28 call men, who remain on duty only from 9 p. m. to 6 a. m The volunteers number 205. The valuation of the horses, apparatus and other equipment is given as $65,917.08. The fire stations number seven at the present time. The apparatus consists of six fire engines, seven hose wagons, two hook and ladder trucks, one auto chemical engine, 70-horsepower; two horse-drawn, double 50-gallon chemicals; one chief’s buggy and one supply wagon and 32 head of horses. There is on hand and in good condition 10,000 feet of hose and 2,400 feet of new hose is in transit. The Gamewell fire alarm system is reported in first class order, and the value of the equipment is given as $19,231. The number of alarms and fires is given as 254. The amount of the insurance carried on buildings in which fires occurred and on their contents is given at $383,398, and the amount of insurance paid out on these buildings and their contents at 69,568.18. The expenditures for the 12 months from April 1, 1911, to April 4, 1912, for salaries, equipment and general expenses were $48,580.63. Chief Prescott closes his report by the statement that he attributes the great reduction in the amount of losses over last year to the well-equipped fire department and the auto chemical, and also to the worthy mayor and city commissioners, who have always responded to the increasisng needs of the fire department.