Chehalis, Wash., Fire Department.
Chief A. J. Long, of the fire department at Chehalis, Wash., makes this report for 1910: During the year the less on buildings and contents aggregated $36,890, an increase of $33,190 over 1909, upon said property there was $219,400 insurance carried, with a total valuation of $327,200. During the year the department responded to 39 alarms, an increase of 16 alarms over 1909; chemicals used during year, 300 gallons; hose laid, 14,550, an increase of 8,350 over 1909. The cost of the volunteer department was $398, an increase of $138 over 1909; total cost of volunteers for year, $461. The cost of the paid department was $2,278.55, which included salaries, feed, horseshoeing and all incidental expenses. The volunteers, including the chief, are paid $2 each for each actual fire where water is thrown by the department. The salaries of the paid men are driver, $75; captain, $70 per month. Apparatus on hand at present time, one combination hose and chemical wagon, one hook and ladder truck and two hose carts, 2,700 feet serviceable hose and 300 feet in fair condition. There arc at present in service 48 hydrants, with two more ordered, one at corner of Folsom and State and one at the corner of Market and Boistfort.
I would recommend 500 feet of hose with National standard couplings, two shut-off nozzles; the installation of an electric hell striker with transmission box at fire station.
Chief A. J. Long is serving on his fifth year as head of the department of which he was assistant chief for three years. Prior to that he was a member of the volunteer department for 20 years. He is a member of the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Chiefs and at present is a member of the executive committee. He has always shown great interest in fire department matters and has worked his little organization up to a high state of efficiency.