Anderson City Well Protected.
Just at present Anderson City, Ind., is fairly well protected by four fire stations, all well equiped. This protection, however, could be bettered by the addition of more men to care for the suburbs, by the substitution of a more modern hook and ladder truck for the 16-year-old machine now doing duty at the central station, and the purchase of a fire engine, as too much dependence is placed upon hydrant pressure. That the city has been so free from destructive fifes is due to the early discovery of incipient fires, the prompt transmission of alarms, and the efficiencv of the force under the command of Chief Charles G. Alford. The prevention of fire would be better looked after by taking care that none but fire-resistant buildings should be erected in future and that, wherever possible, the old style buildings should be remodeled in the same direction. Electrolysis, also, should be guarded against, if the water mains are to remain intact. The improvements in the construction of buildings, however, cannot be carried out until a building code has been adopted and a competent building inspector appointed. As a further protection, additional fire alarm boxes might be in stalled with advantage, also, a storage-battery, with a contruling board, should be purchased and a private telephone system be set up between the sub-stations and the central station. The older portion of the hose should also be replaced by new, and an automobile apparatus purchased for the central station. The manual force of the department is as follows: Chief; assistant chief and captain (P. Hollingsworth); captains, 4; lieutenants, two; drivers, three; truckmen and pipemen, 12—tital, 23. The equipment consists of the following: Hook and ladder truck; com bination chemical engine and hose wagon (50gal. tank, 200 ft. of 1-in. hose, 46 sections 2jdi-in. hose, Eastman nozzle, 2 Babcock chemical extinguishers, etc.), 2-horse hose wagons, with ladders, etc., 3; hose, 4.900 ft. 25’3-in. (200 ft. 1-in. the balance 2’A-‘m), Twelve horses are in service and 57 non-interfering Gamewell fire alarm boxes arc installed. The fires attended during the year numbered seventy-nine; the property at risk was valud at $411,825; total loss, $8,618.21; total insurance, $199,775. Such a showing is particularly creditable to the fire department. The water department will still further improve the protection by the installation of a 5,000,000-gal. pump. The mains were extended during the year, and twelve new 3-way hydrants, with controling valves and steamer-connections, were set.