The Fire Department of Portland.

Issue 4 and Volume 46.

The Fire Department of Portland. The report of Chief Fire Engineer M. N. Eldridge, of Portland, Me., is at hand showing the condition of his department and the work accomplished by it. “The past year,” says Chief Eldridge, “was an exceptionally hard one for the department. We responded to 527 calls, an increase of 116 calls over the preceding year.” The fire losses show an increase of $1,457,624.50 over 1907. But 88 per cent, of the entire loss occurred at six fires. The department, according to Chief Eldridge, at the present time has eight engines and hose wagons to run with same, one chemical engine, two combination ladder trucks and chemicals, three ladder trucks, one hose wagon and one fireboat in active service. In reserve are two engines and one hose wagon. There are also nine two-horse wagons used as coal and exercise wagons, one three horse exercise wagon, and…

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