Baltimore Fire Budget
The Board of Estimate of Baltimore, Md., the past week reduced the amount of the budget of the fire department for next year, as made up by the Fire Commissioners, $111,000. There was a general cut of $61,000, wanted for improvements, including motor apparatus, and $50,000 for quarters at Canton for one of the fire boats. There was, however, an allowance for enough motor apparatus to dispose of 31 horses next year. Several new men, including three or four captains and a number of additional probationers, are provided for. The fire commissioners did not ask for a general increase in the salaries of the members of the department, because Mayor Preston will handle the matter later on. There may be an all-round increase of 10 per cent. It was stated in this connection that while Baltimore is the seventh city in population it is thirty-seventh in the matter of salaries paid its firemen. The commissioners asked for a net increase of $166,000, compared with its appropriation of 1914. It wants captains for high-pressure companies, now commanded by lieutenants, and several companies for and the Fire Prevention Bureau, to take the place of a man now detailed from another company. An additional district engineer, increasing the number to nine, probably will be allowed.