Improvements Asked at Columbus Chief E. P. Welch, in his annual report to the City Council of Columbus, Ohio, recommended that the Fire Department force be increased by 106 men to fill the vacancies created by granting extra time off to the members and to serve the city more efficiently. He urged that three new stations be erected. Among other things, he recommended the purchase of six motorcycles. Two of the cycles would he used in the Fire Prevention Bureau to expedite the work, for. as it is now, the wardens have to cover the outlying districts by street cars or buses. As the fire hydrants are fully under the control of the Fire Department, the other four cycles would be used for inspection of hydrants in the various districts. This would eliminate the use of private automobiles, and decrease the time required to inspect and repair the hydrants.