Issue 2 and Volume 19.

BROOKLYN’S FIRE DEPARTMENT. In his first message to the city council of Brooklyn, Mayor Wurster thus reports of the fire department: “The record made by the fire department of the city for the year ending Dovember 30 is an admirable one. There were 1,838 alarms responded to, and the fires caused a loss of $1,420,864. In the same period in 1894 there were 1,678 fires, causing a loss of $1,547,591. The bravery shown by the members of the ‘fire department resulted in saving a number of lives. The city now has a force of 649 firemen—an increase of 83 over 1894. The financial transactions in the department were conducted with economy, which allowed an unprecedented extension and improvement of the fire system to be made. The department is now equipped with 37 fire steam engines (an increase of five), 2 fireboats, 43 hose wagons, and 104 porttable fire extinguishers. There…

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