Waco Fire Department Report

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.

Waco Fire Department Report.

Waco Fire Department Report.

The annual report of Chief A. M. Prescott. of the fire department at Waco, Texas, shows 289 fire alarms; insurance paid out on buildings. $47,430; insurance paid out on contents. $85,326.60; total, $132,756.60; insurance on buildings. 400; insurance on contents, $296,672; total insurance where actual fire occurred. $696,072. The manual force is divided into two classes, permanent and call men. The permanent force consists of our chief, two assistant chiefs, six engineers, one chemical engineer, two hook and ladder drivers, six engine drivers, seven hose wagon drivers, one chemical driver, two pipemen. one tower watchman, three extra men, making permanent force thirty-four men. The call men consist of twenty-eight men. distributed at follows: Station No. 1. seven men; Station No. 2. six men; Station No. 3, thee men; Station No. 4. three men: Station No. 5, three men: Station No. 6. three men : East Waco station, three men. They go on duty at 9 p. m., and remain until 6 a. m., making in all, permanent and call, sixtytwo men. Volunteer force consists of 205 men. The city owns seven fire stations, as follows:

No. 1 fire station on Washington street, twostory brick, is occunied with one hose wagon made by J. E. Hopkins, one No. 3 Metropolitan engine. American La France make: one heater, one hook and ladder, aerial truck. Hayes make: one double fifty-gallon chemical, Holloway make: nine head of horses.

No. 2 station. Twelfth and Austin streets: twostory brick, occupied by one hook and ladder, American La France make: one hose wagon. American La France make; one No. 3 Metropolitan engine, American La France make; oneheater. one chief’s buggy, seven head of horses The upper story occupied by the Gannewell fire alarm system.

No. 3 station. Ninth and Vermont streets; two story frame, occupied by one No. 3 Metropolitan engine. American La France make: one heater one hose wagon, rebuilt by A. B. Garber: four head horses.

No. 4 fire station, South Fifth street: two-story frame, occupied bv one No. 3 La France engine La France Fire Engine Co. make: one heater one hose wagon, rebuilt by A. B. Garber; four head horses.

No. 5 station, on Bell’s Hill two-story brich occupied by No. 2 La France fire engine, rebuilt by home engineers: one heater, one hose wagon rebuilt by Hopkins Bros. four bead horses.

No. 6 fire station, on Seventeenth and Bosque or Colonial Heights: two-story brick, occupied hv one No. 3 Metropolitan engin, American Fa France make one heater one hose wagon, rebuilt by Hopkins Bros.; four head of horses.

East Waco fire station. East Waco: two-story frame, occupied by one hose wagon, rebuilt by Hopkins; two head of horses. The department has in service and all in first-class condition. excepting boilers at No. 4 station: Six fire engines, one chemical, double, fifty gallons: seven hose wagons, two hook and ladder trucks one chief’s buggy. one coal or frame wagon thirtyfour head of horses. On hand and in good sbaoe, 12.500 feet of hose The Gannewell fire alarm system consists of 75 fire alarm boxes.