ALBANY N. Y., FIRE NOTES.
(Special correspondence of FIRE AND WATER.)
ALBANY, N. Y., May 31, 1897.
This city has once more reelected Chief Higgins as head of its fire department. He will hold office for two years-an absurd arrangement in the case of a good man such as he is. Some day, perhaps,the chief’s tenure may be made permanent and not temporary—depending upon the precarious appreciation of fire commissioners who may or may not be swayed by a man’s political pull or by purely partisan considerations. Anyway by the reappointment of Chief fliggins the tire commissioners have acted wisely,and certainly could not have made a better choice. No man in this city is a bcttei lire lighter than he, nor any a more thorough lireman. Since he has been at the head of the department it has grown in strength and efficiency—and of this the lire insurance people arc fully aware. This is specially noticeable in the now first-class fire houses of the city. In the central portion of our city is stationed a firstclass Habcockaerial truck,(styled truck company No. a), with a permanent force of ten men and an extra or call force of four, and the services rendered our city by this apparatus and its complement of men are well worthy of recognition. This house holds the record for the fast hitch made November 12, 1896 by Foreman Kelly. Kinnard.and Conners in the remarkably short time of seven and two fifths seconds. The member# of this company are extremely courteous to all comers. At a recent drill they showed wonderful feats upon scaling ladder*— their training being all directed to the one object. Espccialiy clever were the hanging by the life belt and working with a small hatchet. Fireman Kedmond seemed to show the decided advantage of experience in this respect, with Fireman Dineen a close second.