Wausau Fire Department Report
According to the report of 1917 of the Wausau, Wis., fire department, Chief Frank F. Zielsdorf, the actual fire loss to owners of property and contents here amounted to only $844.40. The loss on buildings and contents amounted to $19,348.06. During the year four automobile fires occurred, the loss amounting to $647. The department responded to 241 fire alarms, as follows: Telephone calls, 185; box calls, forty-eight; A. D. T. calls, five; still calls, three. The causes of alarms were: Chimney fires, 145; actual fires, fifty-eight; clogged chimneys, eleven; overheated furnace pipes, nine; grass fires, six; automobile fires, four; false alarms, eight. During the year the firemen worked 122 hours, raised 3,565 feet of ladders, laid 26,800 feet of hose, used 377 gallons of chemicals, and the horse-drawn apparatus traveled 108 miles and 1,710 feet. The auto truck traveled 195.2 miles, making 185.5 miles to fires and 11.2 miles for practice runs; used 159 gallons of gasoline and 14 gallons of oil. Appended to the chief’s report is a copy ol the law providing one day of rest at certain times for city firemen. Wausau is a city in third class, which provides for one full rest day of twenty-four consecutive hours during each ninety-six hours. Chief Zielsdorf reports the firemen are perfectly satisfied of having a full twenty-four hours of rest every sixth_ day, providing they secured the additional salary asked by them.