Issue 5 and Volume 19.

KANSAS CITY, KAS. FIRE DEPARTMENT. The fire department of this city is acknowledged to be the best in the State. As a paid department it was first established in 1885. It started with 1 station, 4 men and 1 hose reel. Now there are 3 stations, with 2 hook and ladder trucks, 2 hose reels, 1 steam fire engine, and 12 men. The department also does all its own repairing and horse-shoeing. During the year the department attended several large fires: laid about 69,450 feet of hose, and traveled about 1,075 miles to fires. The total loss on buildings last year was §303,385; insurance, $567,536; on contents, $394,607; insurance $787, 437; total amount of property endangered by fires, $4,275,000. The department is made up as follows: Chief, 1 .arkin Norman; assistant chief, James Beggs; secretary, William McConnell. Hose company No. 1, captain. James Ball; driver. C. C. Edmonds; hosemen, William…

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