BAY CITY. MICH., FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief Harding of the fire department of Bay City, Mich., reports 159 alarms for the year ending March 22, 1896, entailing a loss of $29,207,28. The manual force of the department consists of 51 men as follows: 1 chief engineer; 1 assistant chief engineer; 2 district engineers; 7 captains (2 of whom are also district engineers); 7 lieutenants; 9 drivers of apparatus: 17 horsemen; 5 laddermen; 1 chemical engineer; 1 relief man. There are six station houses. 5 hose carriages, 1 combination hose and chemical-engine, 2 trucks, 2 steam fire engines, 1 buggy, besides 8 sets of sleighs for winter use. Of hose there are in the department 13,800 feet as follows: First class india rubber. 7,200 feet; first-class cotton, 4,200; secondclass rubber, 1,000 feet; second-class cotton, 2,350; cull hose, 60 feet. Of this amount there are 12 100 feet in daily use, with i,ooo feet rubber, and 700 feet cotton in reserve. There are in service 20 horses, with 1 in reserve. The causes of the various alarms are duly set down, two being classed as “cussedness”—which not inaptly describes the situation all round. Chief Harding points out that a source of expense to the department,which can be cut down 90 per cent, by the introduction of the storage battery system, is the maintenance of the fire alarm telegraph,which at present costs nearly $500 a year. The annual expenditure is $1 per cell for gravity battery, whereas the storage system would cost only the price of introducing the plant, viz.; $1 25 per cell, and an annual cost of maintenance of about $25 on the whole system, which would last for years without needing replenishment,
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