Office of the
Fire Department, 217 South Hill Street,
To the Honorable, The City Council.
Gentlemen:---As provided in the City Charter, I present herewith the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Fire Department, showing the property, apparatus, etc., constituting the Department; the work performed during the year and concluding with such suggestions and recommendations as I deem absolutely necessary to enable the Department to keep pace with the rapid growth of the city and afford the necessary protection to life and property.
During the last two years the Machine Shop which is located in the rear of Engine Co., No. 4 on Aliso street has accomplished great service for this city, eight new boilers have been installed in engines, the machinery of engines has been thoroughly overhauled, numerous other repairs have been made, a combination chemical and hose wagon was built, a 65 foot telescopic Water Tower is now in course of construction to be completed within 60 days.
This shop has been the means of saving the city a considerable amount in the expense of apparatus repairs.
The Machine Shop building is 53 ft. x 56 ft., and was built by the members of Engine Co. No. 4 under the supervision of Captain Archie J. Eley.
The department now has a complete Machine Shop capable of doing first-class work.
During the year the Department has responded to 818 alarms of fire, an increase of 247 over the previous year. There were 727 actual fires with a puppetry loss estimated at $527,545.00. Insurance paid during 11 months of the year amounted to $363,498.00.
During the year a lot was purchased and a two story brick building erected thereon at Hope and Court streets, an engine and combination chemical and hose wagon installed therein, known as Engine Co. No. 16.
A lot was purchased and a two story brick building erected at Seventh and Santa Fe Ave., and as soon as an engine and wagon are purchased will be installed therein and known as Engine Co. No. 17.
The building formerly occupied by Hose Co. No. 4 at McClintock & Jefferson streets was sold and a two story brick building was erected in its place, an engine was installed with the combination chemical and hose wagon already located there and the company is now known as Engine Co. 15.
The building formerly occupied by Hose Co. No. 3, at Pico and El Molino streets was remodeled, an engine installed with the combination chemical and hose wagon located there and is now known as Engine Co. No. 13.
The building formerly occupied by Chemical Engine Co. No. 2 at 34th and Central Ave., was remodeled and an engine and combination chemical and hose wagon installed in place of the double tank chemical engine, the company now being known as Engine Co. No. 14.
I would respectfully recommend that all fire hydrants in the city be used exclusively for fire purposes, and that separate connections be provided for sprinkling purposes, as the department has been seriously handicapped at various times by finding the hydrants in poor condition.
New Engine Houses.
In consideration of the rapid growth of the city I would suggest that your honorable Body make provision as soon as possible for the erection of a building on the lot recently purchased at Adams and Hobart Boulevard and an engine and combination chemical and hose wagon installed therein.
Also that a lot be purchased, a building erected thereon and an engine company installed in the vicinity of Main and Ann streets.
Also that a lot be purchased, a building erected thereon and a chemical engine company installed therein in the vicinity of 56th and Central Ave.
Also that a lot be purchased, a building erected thereon and an engine company installed in the vicinity of Seventh and Flower streets.
Also that the house now occupied by Hose Co. No. 1 on Griffin Ave. near Downey be sold and a new house be erected in its place and a city service hook and ladder truck be installed therein with the combination chemical and hose wagon at present located there, which would then give the needed ladder service to the East Side, Garvanza and Boyle Heights districts.
I recommend that a Water Battery be built and added to the equipment of the department.
I again recommend the building of a suitable drill tower so that the members of the department can be properly drilled and taught to have confidence in themselves while working on roofs, ladders and fire escapes. I believe that the erection of this tower would greatly increase the efficiency of the men and the department in general.
I recommend the purchase of at least 5000 feet of 2 1/2 inch hose, which will then give each company two lines of hose. This enables the department to take care of the hose after it has been used at a fire.
In conclusion, I desire to express my sincere thanks----
To the Board of Water Commissioners for their promptness and good service in installing numerous fire hydrants.
To the different Departments of the city government for their many courtesies and co-operation.
To the Chief of Police W. A. Hammel and his corps of efficient officers, for their aid and assistance at fires and for the prompt attention given injured firemen.
To the officers and members of the Fire Department, for their attention to duty and prompt efficient work.
And to the citizens and taxpayers, for their good will, hearty support and appreciation of our efforts.
ASSIGNMENT OF HORSES.
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