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 ISSN 0382-196X
ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE
FIRE
COMMISSIONER
FOR
1978
BRITISH
COLUMBIA
Hon. Garde B. Gardom, Q.C.
Attorney-General of British Columbia
Gordon R. Anderson
Fire Commissioner of British Columbia
MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY-GENERAL
  To the Honourable Henry P. Bell-Irving, D.S.O., O.B.E., E.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia
May it please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Annual Report of the Fire Commissioner for the year ended December 31, 1978.
GARDE B. GARDOM, Q.C.
A ttorney-General
Victoria, B.C.
  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Pace
Summary of Fire Losses in 1978  7
Fire Losses in Municipalities and Fire Districts  9
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires  11
Summary of Fire Losses by Property Classifications  20
Fire Losses of $250,000 and Over  21
Causes of Fire Resulting in Death  21
Fire Casualties by Month  22
Fire Casualties by Day of Week  22
Fire Casualties by Age  22
Circumstances Contributing to Fire Casualties  23
Fire Crime Statistics  24
Inspections and Orders by Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner  25
10-year Property Fire Loss Comparison  27
Charts—
Number of Fires    28
Number of Fires per 1,000 Persons  28
Annual Dollar Loss  29
Dollar Loss per Fire  30
Per Capita Loss  31
Fire Fatalities    32
  SUMMARY OF FIRE LOSSES IN  1978
A total of 98 persons died and 420 were injured as a result of 7,441 fires in
1978, causing a total dollar loss of $81,596,417. In 1977, 7,523 fires resulted
in a loss of over $78.8 million and 94 persons dead.
The average loss per fire for the Province in 1978 was $10,966 and the per
capita loss was $31.92. There was an average of 2.91 fires for every 1,000 persons
in British Columbia.
Fire Fatalities
Forty-seven men, 27 women, and 24 children lost their lives as a result of fire
last year—43 of these resulted from careless smoking, and impairment by liquor
contributed significantly to 10.
Nine persons died from fire resulting from motor-vehicle accidents, and three
from ignition of flammable liquid vapours. Five children died from fire as a result
of their playing with matches. Twenty-one children that died from fire were 10
years old or younger; 13 fatalities were over 70 years of age.
Residential Fires
Thirty per cent of fires were in one- and two-family dwellings, resulting in a
total loss of over $21 million. A further 8 per cent were in apartment buildings
with a loss exceeding $3.7 million.
These two residential categories accounted for 38 per cent of the number of
fires and 31 per cent of the total 1978 fire losses in the Province. Seventy-five per
cent of the fire fatalities occurred in residential fires.
Automobile Fires
Automobile fires accounted for 19 per cent of number of fires in 1978, causing
a loss of $1.33 million.
Educational Institutions
There were 106 fires in educational institutions in 1978. Although the number of fires in educational institutions remained almost the same in the past four
years (between 102 to 109), losses are holding steady at about $2.7 million in 1978
and $2.5 million in 1977. These losses are a dramatic drop from $10 million in
1976 and $6 million in 1975. An interesting statistic to note is that in 1974 there
were twice the number of fires in educational institutions as compared to the years
1975-78, but the loss was similar to the last two years, i.e., between $2.5 to $2.8
million.
Sawmill Fires
The fire with the largest loss in 1978 (and also the largest in over a decade)
happened on June 17 at the Canadian Cellulose sawmill plant in Castlegar. Property damage alone amounted to $4.2 million, but as is usually the case with many
industrial fires, the total over-all losses including business interruption losses, etc.,
amounted to over $18 million. That fire, like many other sawmill fires, started from
a spark from a welder's torch. There were 69 other sawmill fires in British Columbia which caused an estimated damage to property and equipment amounting to
$4.3 million.
Time
The 4 p.m. to midnight period accounted for 44 per cent of the 1978 fires
and 32 per cent occurred from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Although the fewest fires were
7
 8
BRITISH COLUMBIA
reported from midnight to 8 a.m. (24 per cent), fires occurring during this period
caused the most harm in terms of dollars losses (35 per cent) and fire fatalities
(52 out of 98).
Arson
About one-fifth of the total 7,441 fires in 1978 were deliberately set, causing
a loss of more than $17.6 million. There were 282 "set" fires from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m.; 590 from 4 p.m. to midnight, and 554 from midnight to 8 a.m. The rate of
arson doubles after dark.
Large Loss Fires
There were 36 large fires last year in which the individual losses exceeded
$250,000. Although they constituted less than one-half per cent of the total fires,
they were responsible for losses of over $27 million, constituting 34 per cent of the
Province's annual dollar losses.
Included in this large loss category were 14 "set" fires.
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1978
Fire Losses in Municipalities and Fire Districts, 1978
City Municipalities
Incidents
Armstrong  3
Burnaby   318
Castlegar   — — 13
Chilliwack  28
Courtenay  29
Cranbrook  — 20
Dawson Creek   30
Duncan     15
Enderby    1
Fernie   15
Grand Forks  6
Greenwood     1
Fort St. John   48
Kamloops —   142
Kelowna    75
Kimberley  _... ... 14
Langley     65
Loss     Injured Dead
$
9,141      _.      -
2,242,106      56 6
10,128,400  -
96,246 	
46,169        1      	
113,473 	
172,122	
60,739        1 3
13,000 —
507,980        1
60,305 	
8,000 	
611,510        1       ....
1,323,743        4 2
1,424,374       2 2
353,228       2      	
717,569        5      	
Incidents       Loss     Injured Dead
Nanaimo  Ill
Nelson  19
North Vancouver .... 95
New Westminster — 157
Port Alberni   .... 68
Port Coquitlam   47
Penticton     86
Prince George  253
Port  Moody   10
Prince Rupert   28
Revelstoke —  15
Rossland  11
Trail     32
Vancouver    1,601
Vernon     83
Victoria  311
White  Rock  13
452,836 15         2
14,428	
437,130 3      ....
956,759 1           1
394,713 2     ..-.
258,524       2     	
885,163 15      ...
2,064,128 1          2
10,084    —	
886,334    	
71,430 1      ..-
318,977     —
430,098 ...._     ....
9,082,195 93        16
344,773 6          1
2,022,656 56         5
67.913 ....      —
District Municipalities
Incidents
Abbotsford-Sumas  .. 37
Campbell River   53
Central Saanich   14
Chilliwack       64
Coldstream — 14
Coquitlam    _  138
Delta  133
Esquimalt        38
Hudson's Hope     2
Houston    5
Kent     6
Kitimat   61
Langley     . 103
Mackenzie  — 25
Mission  43
Maple Ridge    60
Matsqui     69
North Cowichan   36
North Saanich   7
Loss    Injured Dead
$
227,702	
543,955 3          1
149,254     1
1,344,824 2      —
221,248 1          2
563,161 2         1
788,154      17     	
71,148 —      ...
22,800 —
19,150	
192,913     —
772,221 12         2
1,427,881 15      —
34,925     	
757,544 1         3
630,354 2          1
1,164,145        6     	
318,838       6     	
143,981    	
Incidents
North Vancouver — 173
Oak Bay  24
Peachland  —  6
Port Hardy  — 6
Pitt Meadows   5
Powell River   19
Richmond  182
Saanich  -  157
Sparwood    7
Summerland  -. 15
Salmon Arm  43
Spallumcheen  2
Squamish      27
Stewart   —    1
Surrey —  329
Terrace   25
Whistler —	
West Vancouver —. 124
Loss     Injured Dead
$
854,131 16         1
120,068        1      	
4,462    	
164,034    	
448,365	
47,502    	
1.853,781 9     -..
542,899 1         4
446,304   	
44,818           —
167,661 ....        ....
30,000    	
139,996 3
500      .....
4,356,657 10          1
202,427        1      	
659,740       2      	
Fire Districts
Incidents       Loss    Injured Dead
Incidents       Loss     Injured Dead
Cariboo County 	
363
$
6,409,543
10
11
15
$
66,670
Colwood  	
18
29,755
	
University Area 	
17
282,135
Kootenay County
150
2,745,495
2
7
Vancouver   County-
41
741,334
Langford   .   	
12
40,403
Victoria   County  —
40
401,030
1
S
Nanaimo County
139
1,727,021
2
8
View Royal 	
5
66,952
Ocean Falls 	
6
7,425
Westminster County
78
1,554,174
2
2
Prince Rupert
County    	
265
3,052,686
12
1
109
1,835,504
1
Town Municipalities
Incidents
Comox   19
Creston  5
Golden   5
Hope   1
Ladysmith   _. 3
Loss    Injured Dead
$
62,560        1      	
95,500      2
18,050    	
20,000    	
30,246    	
Incidents
Merritt    8
Quesnel  33
Sidney    17
Smithers  9
Williams Lake   21
Loss     Injured Dead
$
24,399      .....
191,684       4     	
70,632	
27,843     _
143,151    	
 10 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Losses in Municipalities and Fire Districts, 1978—Continued
Village Municipalities
Ashcroft 	
Burns Lake 	
Cache Creek 	
Chetwynd 	
Chase  	
Clinton 	
Cumberland   	
Elkford  	
Fraser Lake 	
Fort Nelson 	
Fruitvale   	
Granisle Village -
Gibsons Landing
Gold River 	
Hazelton -	
Harrison Hot
Springs   	
100 Mile House -
Invermere 	
Kaslo	
Keremeos ——	
Lions Bay 	
Lake Cowichan
Lillooet    -	
Logan Lake 	
Lumby 	
Lytton   	
Massct    -
Incidents
1
11
2
1
1
2
1
3
1
14
1
25
2
8
15
30
10
2
1
Loss     Injured Dead
$
350	
137,900	
350 	
5,235 	
12,962	
45,000 ...... 1
3,655       	
24,259   1
180,649
67,500
104,200
21,490
7,391
1,393,445
800
48,600
110,019
574,371
52,110
80,000
20,000
1,150,800
McBride  -	
Midway	
Montrose   	
Nakusp  	
New Denver 	
Oliver 	
Osoyoos 	
Parksville 	
Pouce Coupe 	
Port Edward 	
Pemberton  —
Village of Port
Clements 	
Port McNeill —
Port Alice 	
Princeton  	
Qualicum Beach
Salmo 	
Fort St. James —
Slocan   —	
Telkwa  —	
Tofino  -..
Taylor 	
Ucluelet  	
Valemount  	
Vanderhoof 	
Warfield —	
Incidents
4
Loss     Injured Dead
$
131,800      	
3
42,022    	
1
830,000    	
4
3,100	
1
1,272    	
3
1,927    	
9
27,100    	
2
29,000   	
9
136,200        1          1
2
2,400      	
5
39,250	
4
7,474    	
2
3
15,100   	
1,707	
2
1
1,917	
138,000
1
2
28,000
450    	
3
33,053    	
11
123,800	
2
24,200          —
11
134,750   	
8
16.718    	
Provincial Totals
Incidents       Loss    Injured Dead
$
Provincial totals   7,441      81,596,417   420       98
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1978
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978
ll
Incidents
Day of week—
Unknown	
Sunday  ...
Monday	
Tuesday	
Wednesday	
Thursday...	
Friday	
Saturday	
Totals.
Time of day—
0001-0800	
0801-1600	
1601-0000	
Totals
General construction—
Unknown or not applicable ..  —	
Combustible  construction with fire resistance  rating
less   than   %   hour— 	
Combustible  construction  with  fire  resistance rating
of 3A hour or over  	
Heavy timber construction _	
Noncombustible    construction    with    fire    resistance
rating of less than 1 hour  _ _ ....
Noncombustible    construction    with   fire    resistance
rating of 1 hour or over —	
General construction—unclassified —. - —	
Unknown or not applicable ground floor area	
Totals  ..._.	
Building height—
Not applicable
1-storey	
2-storey	
3-storey	
4-storey.—	
5-storey —	
6-storey..-	
7-storey —
8-storey	
9-storey —	
10-storey	
11-storey	
12-storey 	
13-storey.—	
14-storey	
15-storey	
16-storey	
17-storey	
18-storey	
19-storey..
20-storey.—
21-storey—
22-storey...
23-storey....
30-storey.—
37-storey...
38-storey—
43-storey—
Unknown.
Totals.
Year of construction—
Unknown 	
Prior to 1900	
1900 to 1920	
1921 to 1940	
1941 to 1960	
1961 to 1980	
Totals	
340
1,111
920
1,013
911
929
1,025
1,192
~TMl~
1,774
2.375
3,292
7,441
2,895
2,799
836
107
240
222
340
3,064
3,204
2,259
1,232
435
116
33
36
18
11
10
8
12
10
1
6
4
1
2
6
3
12
4
3
2
1
1
1
1
9
3,334
28
199
695
1,003
2,182
Loss
Injured
Dead
$
1,964,972
5
11,543,596
71
8,140,611
42
10,486,213
39
8,637,758
50
10,022,800
62
9,139,750
47
21,660,717
104
81,596,417
420
5
21
7
13
12
29
'98'
I I
I I
• 29,786,931 |
29,546,820
I 22,262,666 |
| 8L596/nT|
130
145
145
~420~
10,108,989 i
35,542,585
10,465,606
15,119,655
2,300,877
2,910,857
5,147,848
12,816,480
58
186
87
13
52
17
70
7,441  | 81,596,417
420
14,249,360
26,199,592
23,879,739
14,260,465
1,010,475
673,756
448,384
303,951
167,493
19,548
27,782
35,621
57,845
7,000
1,930
4,500
130
11,060
11,290
8,280
52,816
350
100,750
2,550
700
25
3,500
100
57,425
73
143
87
55
16
2
20
1
1
3
1
10
1
7,441  | 81,596,417
420
15,966,480
1,117,774
2,728,305
6,176,334
14,169,946
41,437,578
82
20
18
60
84
156
7,441  | 81,596,417
420
I
52
23
23
98
14
50
II
3
17
17_
98"
44
22
98
21
8
20
16
33
98
 12
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
Interior fire protection—
Unknown or not applicable	
Extinguishers,   standpipe   system,   and   manual   fire
alarm system _ „
Extinguishers and standpipe system ._	
Extinguishers and manual fire alarm system	
Extinguishers     	
Standpipe system, and manual fire alarm system	
Standpipe system	
Manual fire alarm system  	
Manual fire protection facilities—unclassified	
Totals -  ...	
Last inspected—
Unknown inspection date .
Less than 30 days	
31 to 60 days     	
61 to 90 days  ._..
91 to 180 days	
6 to 12 months	
13 to 24 months	
25 to 36 months	
Over 36 months	
Not applicable 	
Totals	
Sprinkler protection—
Unknown or not applicable	
Complete sprinkler protection—
Supervised or standard watchman .
Alarm to fire department	
Unsupervised, local alarms only—
Partial sprinkler protection—
Supervised or standard watchman .
Alarm to fire department —	
Unsupervised, local alarms only —	
Insufficient information to classify	
No sprinkler protection —  	
Unclassified _	
Totals.
Automatic fire detection system—
Unknown or not applicable -	
Complete—
Heat—
Alarm to fire department or central station.
Local alarm only - 	
Combustion or smoke products—
Alarm to fire department or central station .
Local alarm only	
Partial—
Heat—
Alarm to fire department or central station.
Local alarm only — —
Combustion or smoke products—
Alarm to fire department or central station .
Local alarm only. —	
Unclassified -	
Totals.
Outside Are protection—
Unknown or not applicable -	
Municipal, hydrant protection and fire department	
Municipal hydrant protection and no fire department .
Municipal fire department only    	
Private hydrant protection and fire department	
Private hydrant protection and no fire department —
Private fire department only	
No outside fire protection	
Unclassified    	
Totals  — —	
Incidents
5,817
7,441
6,563
47
84
11
44
39
344
17
184
108
2,460
3,972
9
399
74
14
36
293
184
31,596,417 |
420
72,272,198
117,214
1,433,175
7,441      | 81,596,417
420
7,441
8,933,646
42,469,341
179,430
8,473,988
11,462,654
928,790
579,965
4,745,795
3,822,808
46
326
24
9
81,596,417
420
Dead
98
98
11
57
7
1
1
5
12
4
98
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER, 1978
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
1?
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Water supply flow—
3,104
432
129
135
553
420
935
458
1,231
44
$
14,525,601
9,005,000
3,383,284
1,293,617
4,855,625
7,235,919
9,520,675
6,285,590
24,303,469
1,187,637
67
25
1
2
31
36
66
55
136
1
28
None	
Less than 200 gpm   	
200-399 gpm— _   	
400-599 gpm  ~	
6
3
1
6
600-799 gpm  	
800-1.199 gpm    	
1,200-1,599 gpm 	
1,600 or over gpm -	
Unclassified water supply	
10
S
3
26
7
Totals        .._. 	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Size of water-main—
Unknown or not applicable .	
0 inches      —
3,356
358
230
12
2,047
898
220
167
89
64
20,154,505
8,274,627
2,733,510
253,240
18,992,495
11,457,499
12,735,986
3,885,647
2,030,161
1,078,747
68
25
30
139
117
14
22
5
31
8
3
5 inches.  ,„	
30
11
1
12 inches -	
14 inches or over      	
Unclassified 	
5
3
6
Totals	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Fire service—
Unknown or not applicable  	
1,823
2,446
1,144
1,607
2
36
29
12
304
38
1,584
6,557,056
18,435,995
20,760,778
27,597,913
193,000
80,861
383,801
227,548
5,873,479
1,458,986
24,051,739
41
233
41
93
2
3
6
70
10
31
29
Combined full time and volunteer fire department	
Police acting as full-time firefighters	
13
1
No fire service 	
14
Unknown or not applicable fuel -	
15
Totals	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Level of origin—
3,020
504
85
2,764
535
128
86
9
164
146
13,936,767
6,542,115
1,135,584
47,743,309
7,089,124
1,121,248
926,876
20,550
1,667,602
1,413,242
66
65
183
57
18
10
1
5
15
17
Basement, sub-basement —	
9
59
2nd storey	
7
3
4th to 12th storey, inclusive	
1
Le\e! of origin—unclassified   	
2
Totals	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Extent of damage—
2,537
1,146
927
444
498
1,472
244
51
122
2,556
1,433
1,227
433
301
1,110
200
61
120
10,443,831
2,103,049
1,504,400
1,321,445
3,952,859
49,890,793
10,502,451
726,589
1,151,000
10,450,510
2,916,719
3,301,287
3,343,401
4,764,494
46,303,073
8,126,018
832,864
1,558,051
49
47
49
29
34
190
19
3
49
60
77
61
41
111
17
4
11
Confined to object of origin	
18
6
4
Confined to floor area or origin.— —	
Confined to building or origin—  	
Extended beyond building or origin	
6
33
18
Extent of damage—unclassified   ,	
Unknown or not applicable extent of fire ....
Confined to object or origin _	
Confined to part of room/area of origin	
Confined to room of origin	
Confined to floor area of origin	
Confined to building or origin  —
Extended beyond building of origin—	
2
11
12
6
7
3
42
16
Extent of fire—unclassified  	
1
Totals  	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
 14
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Method of extinguishment—
354
72
192
146
2
5
1
139
458
94
22
5
43
63
11
9
1
72
195
146
142
7
3
23
96
26
69
42
1,660
506
841
36
92
6
565
12
8
2
12
2
1
7
9
27
3
1
1
1
4
1
2
70
244
71
163
119
1
6
533
$
1,713,814
361,531
488,991
300,293
150
11,000
1,500
415,254
1,133,285
283,826
34,753
60,260
334,362
395,569
182.800
330,200
4,000
77,963
602,658
241,468
127,511
11,625
400
24,511
146,192
110,964
222,373
316,385
2,339,127
2,030,000
15,023,762
388,264
7,735,177
416,661
31,798,013
232,510
254,820
76,000
254,400
17,000
500
2,959
6,075
83,565
83,000
8,700
1,200
200
12,000
1,350
5
2
5
6
5
18
4
1
7
6
1
2
6
3
5
1
3
10
9
1
57
23
76
3
9
1
103
1
3
2
4
1
12
9
9
3
4
Unknown extinguisher _ ____    _
Water pump tank ,.,
2
Water soda-acid   	
Foam   — - —..
Vapourizing liquid	
C02	
1
1
Small hose: l2/2-inch nominal size—
1
Large hose: 2Vi-inch nominal size—
2
1
2
3
Dry chemical and scoop   	
Baking soda _. 	
Smothering by covering   	
5
Booster hose, 1 inch or less    ._  ....
ll^-inch hose—
5
1
22
2V&-inch hose—
3
3-inch or larger hose—one or more hoselines  -
Combinations of \Vz, 2Vi, 3-inch or larger, hoselines ...
Portable water deluge set _ _.
Unclassified water 	
Crash—fire foam vehicle—using handlines	
Pumper, foam handlines only, via eductor „_ _-_	
Vehicle, combination foam dry chemical  	
Vehicle, dry chemical—under 1,000 lb _	
22
Wet pipe system—
Dry pipe system—
1
Unclassified sprinkler	
—-
Water spray system 	
1,800
1,111,180
1,091,064
5,314,498
2,668,593
241,926
3,000
65,000
2,400,435
Unknown burned out	
Completely burned out before arrival of fire department.	
Incapable of control by fire department on arrival	
Unclassified burned out -	
Unknown system	
1
5
14
Dry chemical system, handhose system, 50 lb. or more
Unclassified system	
4
Totals 	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1978
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
15
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Area of origin—
Unknown 	
Hallway, corridor    	
407
62
$
1,962,881
901,562
5
2
Stairway—
11
30
52
5
49
5
3
25
613
8
1
4
3
14
37,033
119,064
567,288
9,600
1,663,185
203,800
193,852
1,232,460
5,545,082
117,512
300
35,760
545
641,140
1
1
1
3
4
84
Interior	
2
Elevator	
Means of egress—unclassified or unknown	
Large assembly area—
Small assembly area —	
Lounge, living room  —  	
Sales, show room area —	
Library, museum 	
2
27
Covered court, atrium, mall, concourse  	
Covered court, atrium, mall, concourse	
Sleeping—■
Under 5 occupants —  	
5 or more occupants	
Dining area 	
Bar, beverage area  	
Washroom, locker room	
Office ... .....	
Laboratory—	
613
15
32
12
100
41
6
1
1
712
92
1
10
8
1
31
219
11
46
81
3
30
9
192
19
278
6
3
1
5
5
108
25
44
158
7
7
52
4
1
53
54
17
36
61
55
88
65
11
130
4,137,345
153,475
1,665,056
28,465
1,003,389
3,467,832
266,336
80
2,000
4,682,037
690,144
50
317,025
85,275
50
1,940,395
4,386,456
927,437
538,573
1,363,605
174,339
1,263,654
356,806
1,848,945
543,170
6,268,282
45,050
77
2
1
2
2
4
54
3
4
6
6
3
7
19
10
19
3
3
1
7
14
6
2
3
1
2
2
22
i
Electronic equipment communication room	
Kitchen, cooking area — 	
Laundry area	
ii
Performance area 	
Backstage, dressing room ...   	
Function area—unclassified or unknown —
Product storage area	
Closet - 	
Supplies, equipment area    	
4
Shipping, receiving area	
Vehicle (garage)   	
Agricultural products storage  	
Storage area—unclassified or unknown ._	
Dumbwaiter, conveyer shaft    	
1
Chute - ...	
199,265
3,000
18,075
3,000
12,686
521,540
309,095
10,230,750
1,780,900
90,100
6,857
1,384,224
14,600
10,000
2,416,766
487,602
50,016
514,779
1,150,957
317,963
267,597
396,997
32,805
4,479,687
Duct—
Heating, air-conditioning —	
Cooking :..
1
Service facilities—unclassified or unknown	
Machinery room	
Heating equipment room — —  .
6
Incinerator room	
Paint shop 	
Projection room	
Service and equipment area—unclassified or unknowr
Exterior balcony ■..,,	
Ceiling and floor assembly 	
Ceiling and roof assembly	
Awning, canopy  	
Structural area—unclassified or unknown	
4
 16
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Area of origin—Continued
Vehicle-
Engine area    —	
Control area	
Passenger area  	
Cargo area ..—	
913
204
42
365
62
430
92
2
18
15
148
296
$
1,625,898
590,641
207,712
643,579
261,763
2,292,361
134,233
45.537
4,165
98,199
18,040
1,588,693
7
5
1
15
1
7
7
12
6
	
1
4
Open area.— —	
Court, patio, terrace  -	
2
Storage area  	
Outside area—unclassified or unknown	
2
Totals	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Source of ignition—
Unknown —  	
344
1
81
32
143
35
151
47
10
5
137
426
16
8
36
36
5
18
61
655
1
302
1
367
4
9
44
65
3
92
176
33
31
24
4
1
14
63
6
169
52
1
3
687
4
9
3
12
28
1,773,740
500
769,132
403,446
2,042,120
385,998
762,037
476,692
74,985
165,375
1,443,167
1,682,186
82,965
8,800
229,805
156,219
200,000
43,443
462,208
3,618,496
3,727
2,647,495
300
2,205,616
97,500
11,750
382,647
613,959
38,940
134,068
1,456,270
398,603
485,840
217,279
43,745
600
46,526
355,737
2,500
1,959,536
192,018
9,000
10,360
1,038,654
1,600
106,365
1,800
70,988
132,795
5
12
3
7
3
4
35
2
1
3
3
74
34
7
2
5
3
7
10
2
2
1
10
10
6
1
Space heater—
Stationary—	
Portable-  	
Fireplace	
2
1
Steam, hot water pipe	
Heating equipment—unclassified or unknown 	
7
4
Oven	
Food warming appliance—portable	
Deep fat fryer	
Cooking unit—portable —	
Open-fired broiler—
Fixed type	
2
Cooking equipment—unclassified or unknown 	
19
Pipe                           	
Smoker's material—unclassified or unknown  	
23
Electrical wiring, cable—permanent	
	
Switch, outlet   	
Electrical wiring, cable—temporary	
Signal, telephone equipment	
Electrical    distribution    equipment—unclassified    or
Television, radio. — —	
Motor—
1 horsepower and over  	
Electronic equipment—
Data processing —	
Electronic appliances and equipment—unclassified or
unknown	
1
Air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment—central
Air-conditioning unit—local	
Other appliances and equipment—unclassified or un-
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1978
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
17
Incidents
Loss
Injured
Dead
Source of ignition—Continued
Match  	
Lighter 	
Lamp —	
362
49
5
44
35
61
63
54
373
15
36
4
29
1
20
103
15
4
1
6
12
16
14
16
1,647
$
5,925,198
304,626
37,075
179,647
10,443,651
1,494,330
373,326
349,380
4,271,112
1,302,609
167,561
850
3,145
185,529
7,200
38,430
1,250,535
168,497
31,000
113,935
49,818
45,400
159,841
186,860
27,059,330
21
10
1
7
1
5
3
33
4
75
5
1
Torch—other than cutting, welding	
Hot ashes, embers	
'Open" flames—unclassified or unknown	
Structure—
Attached  ...  	
Detached 	
Lumber yard  	
Outside storage container, tank .	
1
1
Grass, brush —	
Exposure—unclassified or unknown  	
2
Industrial oven 	
Printing equipment, photographic equipment 	
Bearing, belting, conveyer, brake	
Machinery, equipment—commercial and industrial
Miscellaneous source—unclassified or unknown	
25
Totals..	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Fuel or energy—
Coal, wood 	
1,305
178
1,084
118
231
918
1,491
10
522
23,284,490
2,678,751
4,041,811
1,960,134
3,033,175
5,558,300
9,192,893
53,731
7,741,393
39
5
39
15
29
110
65
48
12
6
13
Propane 	
1
2
38
5
Unclassified	
6
Totals...	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Form of heat—
Unknown or not applicable heat 	
Spark—
1,843
275
1,169
38
1,565
65
1,392
80
819
195
26,604,313
1,866,352
6,816,434
411,254
28,343,162
393,083
8,832,798
1,237,582
5,434,362
1,657,077
66
11
44
110
7
72
2
99
9
24
2
Electrical  —	
1
17
Hot object, direct heat by conduction or radiation
Spontaneous ignition. ,.	
5
5
38
Unclassified	
6
Totals	
7,441
81,596,417
420
98
Material first ignited—
342
53
13
47
17
26
11
78
60
68
1,718,135
381,307
55,648
763,273
107,542
178,103
11,090
575,274
838,596
738,867
5
3
2
1
6
2
Roof covering—
Wood	
Other than wood —  	
Floor covering—
Wood	
Carpet, rug  —  —	
Structural component—
2
1
Wall  	
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Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
Incidents
Material first ignited—Continued
interior wall covering—
Wood, fibreboard (high density) -	
Fibreboard (low density) -	
Plastic	
Ceiling covering—
Wood, fibreboard (high density) _ 	
Fibreboard (low density)	
Plastic _
Insulation—■
Wood, wood product	
Plastic	
Mineral 	
Structural   components,   finish   material—unclassified
or unknown	
Furniture (upholstered) 	
Furniture—
Wood (not upholstered) — _.
Plastic (not upholstered) —-  	
Mattress  	
Bedding .._	
Drapery       _	
Broom, mop, brush — „_.	
Furniture, furnishings—unclassified or unknown	
Clothing—
Cotton, on a person __.
Synthetic fibre, on a person	
Fabric—
Cotton  	
Wool  .__         .
Synthetic fibre  	
Fur  - — 	
Tarpaulin.  — - _	
Clothing textiles—unclassified or unknown	
Wood _.
Wood shavings  	
Paper, packing material	
Paper decoration -
Wastepaper     _	
Cardboard -	
Paper stock _._. - _ ..
Wood, paper products—unclassified or unknown .....	
Gasoline   _	
Fuel oil _ — 	
Flammable liquid—
Flashpoint 100°F and over  —	
Flashpoint less than 100°F  	
Paint, varnish - -	
Cooking oil, fat - -	
Tar, asphalt — 	
Polish, wax  	
Flammable liquids—unclassified or unknown .
Natural gas -	
Propane air mixture -	
Propane  	
Acetylene -	
Hydrogen
Flammable gases—unclassified or unknown
Starch, flour	
Cellulose nitrate	
Plastics  	
Oxidizing material	
Magnesium and alloys.
Titanium, zirconium, and alloys	
Rubber, natural or synthetic.	
Chemicals—unclassified or unknown
Fibres	
Grain  „	
Hay  ...  .— -	
Tree, shrub	
Grass, brush, leaves —	
Fertilizer, manure _	
131
16
3
31
7
1
11
12
269
395
39
2
107
390
60
5
56
7
5
54
3
49
16
7
143
13
77
29
4
61
75
285
352
831
66
51
50
19
303
20
2
225
14
3
80
6
1
79
1
3
65
1
2
1
48
15
27
7
14
18
54
2
Loss
2,009,720
199,264
2,100
501,750
54,916
400
46,685
42,750
121,183
|    5,526,327
I    2,293,228
I       495,729
60,150
501,130
2,216,248
342,075
860
573,734
15,465
12,155
196,490
12,800
156,373
184,574
3,265
1,283,448
360,400
11,796,886
286,649
15,990
390,147
792,091
2,070,638
3,331,212
2,319,869
1,020,195
640,154
440,644
132,620
1,230,419
395,014
1,400
1,670,005
301,364
7,300
864,146
4,850
2,000
1,126,865
150
909
848,577
85,000
780
400
371,446
53,689
50,347
4,350
141,119
4,580
99,897
6,025
Injured
Dead
15
44
4
4
3
58
3
I
4
1
3
34
8
37
1
12
29
1
10
26
1
14
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1978
Fire Loss Statistics for All Fires, 1978—Continued
19
Mate.ial first ignited—Continued
Christmas tree    	
Agricultural,   forestry   products—unclassified   or   unknown   	
Coal, coke   	
Insulation—electric	
Garbage, trash, rubbish.
Oily rags 	
Artificial tree	
Miscellaneous material—unclassified or unknown
Totals	
Act or omission—
Unknown — -	
Criminal offence 	
Incendiarism, suspected incendiarism—no charges laid
Mischef, vandalism—
Charges laid      , _	
No charges laid   —	
Arson or other fires—unclassified or unknown 	
Misuse of source of ignition — _ -	
Disposal of smokers' material	
Thawing.   —	
Inadequate control of "open" fire   	
Child playing with matches -  -	
Welding or cutting too close 	
Torch too close —- -	
Misuse of source of ignition—unclassified or unknown
Misuse of material ignited-	
Fuel spilled accidentally 	
Improper fuelling technique - - -	
Flammable liquid to kindle fire - - 	
Cleaning, washing parts -	
Improper container, metal-  	
Improper container, plastic -	
Combustible placed too close to heat   -	
Improper storage   -	
Misuse of material ignited—unclassified or unknown —
Mechanical and electrical failure —-	
Part failure, leak, break — ._._ _
Automatic control failure  - _.	
Manual control failure —-	
Electrical short circuit -	
Lack of maintenance  	
Part worn out   _	
Mechanical  and  electrical  failure—unknown  or  unclassified   —	
Construction, design, or installation deficiency 	
Design deficiency. —  	
Construction deficiency  -	
Installed too close to combustible 	
Other installation deficiency —-	
Overf using _ _	
Construction design or installation deficiency—unclassified or unknown	
Misuse of equipment  .....
Misuse of equipment—unclassified or unknown	
Human failing  _.. .._	
Asleep - .._	
Temporary loss of judgment-	
Physical disability..—	
Accident (personal)  	
Influence of alcohol-  	
Influence of drugs _	
Human failing—unclassified or unknown	
Vehicle accident —	
Automobile—     - -	
Industrial truck   —	
Other road vehicle „	
Vehicle accident—unclassified or unknown	
Miscellaneous act or omission —-	
Miscellaneous act or omission—unclassified or unknown	
Totals.
Incidents
Loss
23
24
4
478
228
9
1
1,207
53
19
17
18
7
12
146
44
121
19
616
63
7
584
132
26
461
1
25
60
111
31
5
48
4
124
5
99
3!)
6
58
79
9
503
1
53
5
8
18
17
1,015
7,44 r
7,441
81,596,417
334
1,734,223
187
4,435,574
591
9,860,153
17
68,620
460
719,635
113
2,520,204
2
25,911
489
3,859,532
25
217,875
71
283,588
206
1,358,251
74
11,619,211
52
272,666
159
939,612
$
58,825
238,447
14,864
1,652,091
1,676,394
84,237
663
24,782,115
552
441,820
110,980
72,138
59,500
29,606
42,134
1,208,486
517,825
568,625
186,331
2,691,474
508,542
180,065
3,598,270
467,484
127,226
4,415,381
29,300
309,993
276,382
1,095,130
154,841
25,883
375,035
17,403
782,612
25,825
470,295
78,508
4,371
195,398
418,140
695
2,734,724
8,500
162,945
116,820
46,840
69,371
112,277
20^94^635
81,596,417
Injured
I
11
5
1
49
3
14
1
4
17
2
4
2
17
16
14
7
13
16
3
2
5
20
4
38
49
"420
Dead
20
420        98
5
30
20
3
6
4
44
21
15
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Losses of $250,000 and Over, 1978
21
Date
01-24...
01-14..
01-20 ...
0302-
03-22 ...
03 29 .
03-21.
03-25 ..
04 08-
04-09 „
04 01 -
04-06..
05-14 ...
05-19 .
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06-25..
05-13.
06-19 .
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07-31..
07-29 .
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07-18.
07-18 .
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11-18.
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12 30
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Municipality
Chilliwack.
Surrey 	
Masset	
Kamloops .
Langley	
Penticton ._
Matsqui	
Cariboo County	
Rossland 	
Vancouver	
Prince Rupert County
Lillooet 	
Fernie 	
| Kitimat  	
City of Castlegar	
City of Fort St. John ..
Prince George 	
Vancouver	
Langley	
Langley	
Vancouver County —
New Westminster	
Vancouver -	
Victoria 	
Surrey  	
Nakusp 	
Burnaby-— 	
Kimberley	
Richmond  	
University area	
Cariboo County	
100 Mile House -
Westminster County
Prince Rupert	
Pitt Meadows ._ —
Kootenay County	
Occupancy
Religious education facility 	
Junior high, intermediate school
Marinas, boat and ship storage ..
Miscellaneous mercantile1	
Sawmill, planing-mill 	
Apartment building	
Boxed, crated, or packaged agricultural products storage	
Motor-vehicle repairs -	
Year-round use hotel  -	
Department store  	
Machinery —	
Market, grocery store - -	
Year-round use hotel —-	
Special vehicle1  	
Sawmill, planing mill...	
Ice rink  _
Elementary school — _
General warehouse   	
Sawmill, planing-mill -	
Elementary school  	
Lumberyards, build'ng materials
Church, chapel —	
Lumberyards, building materials
Shipbuilding and repairing of
vessels over 65 feet—.-	
Sawmill, planing-mill	
Arena, stadium -	
General business office  	
Year-round use hotel	
Paper, pulp, paperboard —	
College, university — -	
Construction equipment  —
Sawmill, planing-mill -	
Adult detention camp	
Restaurant - 	
Dairy product manufacturing	
Year-round use hotel	
Cause
Miscellaneous act or omission1 .
Incendiarism2	
Misce'laneous act or omission1.
iVIiscellaneous act or omission1.
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Criminal offence 	
Criminal offence —-*.
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Incendiarism- —
Miscellaneous act or omissionL.
Miscellaneous act or omission1 .
Miscellaneous act or omission1.
Miscellaneous act or omission1.
Electrical short circuit.—	
Welding or cutting too close	
Part failure, leak, break	
Incendiarism2 —
Criminal offence -	
Arson or other fires1 	
Criminal offence ..	
Miscellaneous act or omission1.
Miscellaneous act or omission1 .
Miscellaneous act or omission1.
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Welding or cutting too close
Incendiarism2   .        	
Arson or other fires1	
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Incendiarism2	
Arson or other fires1	
Incendiarism2	
Criminal offence 	
Part failure, leak, break —
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Miscellaneous act or omission1
Loss
$
476,000
1.000.000
1,000.000
668.000
575,000
543,220
278,000
250,000
250,000
727,834
331,500
380,000
328,800
250,000
10.000,000
423,361
500,000
628,000
470,451
450.000
350,000
335.000
420,000
610.000
1,000,000
830,000
271,000
250,000
771,000
250,000
250,000
1,250,000
350,000
500,000
350,000
250,000
1 Unclassified or unknown.
2 Suspected incendiarism (no charges laid).
Causes of Fires Resulting in Death, 1978
Cause
Men
Women
Children
Total
22
3
3
1
1
3
4
3
1
6
13
1
1
3
2
1
1
5
8
3
4
5
2
2
43
Inflammable liquids (careless use, spills)	
3
3
Woodburning equipment (improper use or installation)
Suicide    —  	
Clothing accidentally catching fire	
2
2
6
9
8
5
1
1
Others -     	
Undetermined —    -	
2
13
Totals  	
47
27
24
98
 22
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Casualties by Month, 1978
Month
Injuries
Deaths
Male
Female
Total
Male
Female
Total
January  ....	
32
11
43
10
8
18
February	
20
3
23
5
2
7
March    -	
19
7
26
6
1
7
April	
38
12
50
4
7
11
May   	
43
4
47
2
5
7
June	
37
11
48
3
1
4
July 	
20
7
27
1
1
2
August	
21
7
28
2
2
September 	
22
14
36
5
5
October	
17
8
25
5
5
10
November   	
27
8
35
7
2
9
December	
26
6
32
11
5
16
Totals  	
321
98
420
61
37
98
Fire Casualties by Day of Week, 1978
Injured
     71
     42
Day
Sunday 	
Monday	
Tuesday  39
Wednesday  50
Thursday  62
Friday  47
Saturday  104
Totals
420
Dead
11
5
21
7
13
12
29
98"
Fire Casualties by Age, 1978
Age                                                                                               Injured Dead
Unknown     13 0
Under 2 years       9 4
2-10 years     11 17
11-18 years     33 9
19-70 years  336 55
Over 70 years       18 13
98"
Totals
420
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER, 1978
Circumstances Contributing to Fire Casualties, 1978
23
Incidents
Injured
Dead
Condition of casualty—
176
100
12
42
6
3
20
1
6
152
122
59
2
21
131
9
36
16
122
386
60
10
2
18
8
14
20
420
43
4
1
1
14
24
11
304
9
31
12
2
55
6
9
90
153
71
5
25
6
2
12
1
4
141
75
53
2
19
129
9
23
13
97
324
45
5
1
16
6
7
16
343
38
3
1
11
14
10
275
2
12
4
2
44
4
9
68
23
29
Bedridden or other physical, mental handicap —	
Impairment by alcohol ...	
7
17
Under restraint or detention ...	
1
8
Senile	
2
Unclassified —- -
Action of casualty—
11
47
Injured while attempting to escape —	
6
Voluntarily entered or remained for rescue purpose
Voluntarily entered or remained for fire-fighting —
Voluntarily entered or remained to save personal property
Loss of judgment or panic  -	
Received delayed warning       	
2
2
13
3
25
Ignition of fabric—
Unknown or not applicable -	
62
15
5
Underclothing -	
Bedding and bed linen      	
1
2
2
7
Unclassified -	
Type of fabric or material ignited—
4
77
Cotton	
5
Wool      	
1
3
Mixture fibres  -	
Unclassified -
Cause of failure to escape—
10
29
Trapped by—
Rapid spread of fire/smoke through vertical openings
Rapid   spread   of   fire/smoke   through   horizontal
openings  — 	
High flame spread of combustible finish of walls, ceil-
7
19
8
11
Exit blocked or obstructed by Are	
2
Unclassified	
22
 24
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Fire Crime Statistics, 1978
a
u o
Insurance
Fraud
Fraud,
General
3
a
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a,
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Incendiary, suspected or known—
Provincial totals - - -	
Time—
0001-0800  - - -	
0801-1600
822
386
128
308
75
7
287
26
46
15
77
264
25
569
114
9
117
12
1
746
38
10
23
5
27
6
13
5
771
51
49
6
767
4
59
8
32
1
7
4
11
13
3
2
8
8
3
2
7
5
1
12
9
1
3
10
10
3
1
2
11
9
1
4
2
f
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
34
16
3
15
2
4
19
1
2
2
1
2
1
6
11
2
11
4
1
21
7
5
15
5
3
11
23
23
3
8
28
1
1
17
5
6
4
3
4
3
1
3
1
1
3
3
3
1
2
438
114
124
200
52
84
7
29
6
40
198
22
175
34
2
212
14
1
357
7
67
7
5
18
3
412
26
26
29
383
7
21
19
1
2
5
33
12
10
11
2
8
14
'
2
2
4
5
11
17
1
20
6
3
3
5
1
1
26
7
7
20
6
2
3
2
2
2
2
1
._
1,346
535
267
1601-0000     	
544
Property—
Assembly.— ,,	
132
19
Residential :• .	
Office _._ 	
Mercantile       	
Manufacturing —
416
35
78
25
123
Vehicles, outside areas 	
Miscellaneous	
Incendiary method—
Unknown - -
470
48
765
176
13
359
Other  	
Not applicable  , ,	
Persons involved—
Unknown ....
31
2
1,108
101
Adult female  	
24
98
15
Persons charged—
63
12
35
Juvenile fema!e   	
9
1,227
119
117
58
1,171
14
2
Total persons charged -  -
Offences cleared—
Charge —	
Other  	
Disposition of charge—
Convictions — —
126
1
Stay of proceedings	
2
Authority for charge—
Criminal Code—
Sec. 387	
Sec. 389 (1) -	
Sec. 389 (2)               	
30
62
2
Sec. 390	
Sec. 392 (1) ___ _	
15
6
Other	
30
 REPORT OF THE FIRE COMMISSIONER,  1978
25
Inspections and Orders by Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner, 1978
CITY MUNICIPALITIES (33)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
5
2,093
311
170
224
747
88
981
3,143
3
61
5
191
Nelson  	
388
5,542
3.921
1,608
705
281
4,032
129
280
48
34,205
1,296
9,408
590
70.195
9
Courtenay 	
Penticton	
2
Duncan 	
Eiiderby 	
Port Moody i	
Prince George	
Prince Rupert	
Revelstoke	
Rossland	
Trail —	
Vancouver	
Vernon	
Victoria	
White Rock	
Totals	
	
Fort St. John	
2
1
Greenwood 	
Kamloops  	
Kelowna	
Kimberley _ 	
372
5
8
Nanaimo — —- —
659
DISTRICT MUNICIPALITIES (38)
Abbotsford	
Burnaby	
Campbell River
Ce Ural Saanich
Chilliwhack	
Coldstream	
Coquitlam	
Delta -	
Esquimau —
Houston	
Hudson Hope	
Kent	
Kitimat	
Langley 	
Mackenzie	
Maple Ridge	
Matsqui  _
Mission 	
North Cowichan
1,304
15
88
696
400
1,406
351
175
893
9
157
1
279
67
328
North Saanich _..
North Vancouver
Oak Bay	
Peachland	
Pitt Meadows	
Port Hardy.-	
Powell River.	
Richmond 	
Saanich ._„
Salmon Arm.._	
Spallumcheen	
Sparwood	
Squamish -	
Stewart	
Summerland	
Surrey 	
Terrace -	
West Vancouver-
Totals .__
55
2,599
219
3,185
5.362
363
1,058
15
16
7
153
6,169
381
1,310
1
25,377
1,654
 26
BRITISH COLUMBIA
VILLAGE MUNICIPALITIES (59)
Inspections
Orders
Inspections
Orders
8
15
87
Midway	
1
133
4
2
15
Cheiwynd 	
100 Mile House 	
Osoyoos   .. -	
Parksvillc ., 	
Pemberton   -
Cumberland _	
Elkford        	
104
Port McNeill	
Fruitvale      -
Pouce Coupe	
Qualicum Beach 	
Salmo	
Say ward   —-
Sechelt.     ...
Granisle      - 	
Harrison Hot Springs	
Slocan 	
Tahsis 	
Kaslo -
Lillooet  -—	
Lions Bay  — -	
Logan Lake ..._ 	
Lumby	
Lytton  -.	
Tofino	
Ucluelet -	
Valemount   ...
Vanderhoof	
Warfield.. ._—  ....
Totals	
Masset	
265
104
TOWN MUNICIPALITIES (10)
Comox	
159
11
103
1
Quesnel 	
Smithers  -	
Hope	
Totals  -
273
1
FIRE DISTRICTS (15)
13
9
309
2
3
3
Sooke 	
University area  	
1,059
8
56
263
Kootenay, County of 	
1
Nanaimo, County of .'	
Oceans Falls  	
Westminster, County of	
Yale, County of	
Totals	
8
Prince Rupert, County of —	
1,719
15
Inspections   Orders
Grand totals, 1978    -  97,829 2,433
Grand totals, 1977 _ —. 89,060 2,529
Grand totals, 1976.  90,322 1,951
Grand totals, 1975  81,027 1,920
Grand totals, 1974  91,418 1,544
Grand totals, 1973   87,266 1,686
Grand totals, 1972 - - ... 63,940 888
Grand totals, 1971   84,104 588
Grand totals, 1970  81,056 92
Grand totals, 1969  77,927 197
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