Report of Underwriters on Springfield.

Issue 6 and Volume 45.

Report of Underwriters on Springfield. The committee on fire prevention of the National Board of Underwriters has reported as follows with respect to the prevailing conditions of Springfield, Ill., a city of about 42,000 inhabitants, with streets generally of good width, although many are not continuous or easy of access, and few are paved in the outlying districts. The winds are often brisk, and occasionally they are very high, which probably helps to keep the average per-capita fire loss high. Taking up the city’s firefighting facilities, the report speaks first of the lire department as “full paid. Chief has limited knowledge oi modern methods and is a poor disciplinarian. Civil service regulations recently adopted, hut work of commission ineffective, and present force not protected thereby. Entire force may be discharged at pleasure of mayor in same way that 75 per cent, was dismissed in summer of 1907. Expenditure per-capita fair,…

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