Akron Fire Department Investigation. The chamber of commerce at Akron, Ohio, has formed itself into a committee of the whole to investigate the efficiency of the fire and water department of the city. This action was decided upon because of the threatened raise in insurance rates. The committee is having daily sittings and has heard Chief Mertz, of the fire department, and others who are likely to be cognizant of conditions. Minutes of the investigation are not to be given out. but the findings will be made public at the conclusion. So far as the city government is concerned it is alleged that it maintains the attitude that the fire department is all it should be. Ogden, Utah, is to enlarge its water system because of the growth of the city.