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Report on Binghamton.

Issue 3 and Volume 45.

Report on Binghamton. The underwriters’ committee reports on Binghamton, N. Y., a city of 45,500 inhabitants, that is comparatively level and without steep grades: its streets are moderately wide, with only a small percentage paved, and the fire apparatus not seriously retarded by railway crossings, although the overhead-wire obstruction is serious. The water supply is from an adequate source; no reservoir; pumping capacity adequate. Sufficient quantities are not available at pressure necessary for direct hydrant streams in the congested-value district; distribution .elsewhere from fair to poor. There is a volunteer-ftte department, with chief, one ladder company, one engine company and drivers of volunteer companies full paid. Financial support inadequate. Supervision fairly satisfactory. Chief competent and progressive. While the volunteer companies have a large membership, the effective strength of the department is deficient. Distribution poor for the number of companies. Engines of sufficient capacity to supplement direct hose streams, when needed.…

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