Akron Fire Department Repost.
During the past year it was not necessary for Chief J. T. Mertz, of the Akron, Ohio, fire department, to send in a second alarm, in order to extinguish a fire, although the number of alarms —215 in all—exceeded by nineteen those of the previous year. The total loss amounted to $24,267.21 on an insurance of $945,510. The value of property involved during these fires was $1,419,087; loss on buildings, $12,071.53; insurance. $6,609,885. on which was paid $9,872.17: loss on contents, $12,195.88; insurance, $276,625, on which was paid $10,549.83—total insurance paid, $20,422; net loss, $3,845.21. This is an excellent showing for a manufacturing city of Akron’s size, with its many hazardous risks. The department covered 792*4 miles and worked 534½ hours; laid 33,450 feet of 2j4-in. hose, 10,650 ft. of chemical hose and raised 1,697 ft. of ladder. Its personnel at present consists of 67 members, officers and men. There are 32 horses in service and 17 pieces of apparatus, including the following: Engines (Metropolitan, second-size, Button, third-size. Manning, second and third size, Ahrens, third-size, Silsby, third-size—in re serve, and altogether beyond repair), 6; combination chemical and hose wagons, 4: hook and ladder trucks (combination turn-table, 75-ft. extension ladder, two Babcock, 3 gal. extinguish ers, etc., 65 ft. aerial and 45-ft. ground extensionladder), 3; exercise wagons, 3: supply wagon, hose carriages, 2; chiefs automobile; assistant chiefs buggy: hose, 2 1-2 in. cotton, nrst-class, 10,200 ft.: rubber, in fair condition, 2,600 feet, chemical rubber, i-inch in firstclass condition, 1,250; in reserve, 550 ft. firstclass cotton. The department comprises 5 engine companies and 3 truck companies. The fire alarm telegraph system is by no means up to the standard and should be overhauled and rendered up-to-date. Besides the chief and assistant chief, there are 8 cap tains, 8 lieutenants, 5 engineers. 5 assistant engi neers, 32 firemen, 5 cadets, I mechanical engineer. 1 lineman. Chief Mertz makes the following rec ommendations: Rubber tires for all the apparatus; installing fire alarm boxes at or near all school buildings not located close to a fire station; rebuilding of one aerial hook and lad der truck with quick, up-to-date hoisting apparatus; the purchase of 5 automobile cotnbina tion pieces of apparatus, three hose and two with pump attachment; equiping the workshop with machine and tools; replacing 4-in.-feed hydrants in the manufacturing and mercantile districts with 6 in; installing a pump of sufficient capacity at the canal and connecting with it not less than a 10-in. pipeline covering the mercantile district—a step that would give the department from ten to twelve 1 ⅜-in. streams in case of fires large or small in that quarter and increase the efficiency of the department 100 per cent; the enactment and enforcement to the letter of an adequate building code. There are at present set in the city 432 fire hydrants—three added during the past year— and 20 cisterns, with an aggre gate capacity of about 16,500 bbl.