Chief Arnoldi Reappointed at Sherman.
Last month E. Arnoldi, jr., was reappointed chief of the fire department of Sherman, Tex., a city with a fire-area of over 2,500 acres, on which stands a miscellaneous collection of brick, stone and wooden buildings—wooden structures being plentiful, although wooden roofs are not permitted. The fire department, which is paid and has a chief and two assistant chiefs, consists of thirteen paid men, who, after the May election banqueted by the city council, to show their appreciation of the merits of that body. During this year there will be added to the equipment a new hose wagon which is now being built by the American-La France Fire Engine company, of Elmira, N. Y. The fire department is well equiped and is housed in the city hall and the Fifth ward stations. In the former are the following: One hose wagon; 800 ft. cotton hose; four nozzles; hose reel, 950 ft. rubber hose; hose jacket; Snyder cut-off; hook and ladder truck, with 50-gal. chemical tank, two 3-gal. chemical tanks, 150 ft. rubber hose; too ft. 54-in. hose, one pair of wire cutters; dooropener; four smoke protectors; two ½-gal. rubber buckets; six cotton hooks; six pitchforks; 50 ft. ½-⅛. rope, with hook; chemical nozzle; three pole-hooks, one 45-ft., extension-ladder, 25ft. ladder; 20-ft. ladder; 18-ft. ladder; 14-ft. ladder; three horses, harness and minor equipment ; second-class Silsby steamer. There is, besides, the following extra hose on hand: One thousand feet of first-class cottonhose; and 300 ft. of third-class hose. At the Fifth ward station are the following: Hose wagon; 1,250 ft. of rubber hose; two horses; hose-jacket; Snyder cut-off; two shut-off nozzles; Cooper hosejacket; 24-ft. extension ladder; 24-ft. ladder belonging to the old chemical truck; hose-expander, minor equipment. The chief’s buggy is kept at his residence. During the past year the department answered 117 alarms—an increase of twenty-five over the former year. The total amount of insurance at risk was $348,610; amount paid out bv insurance companies on losses, $22,133.76—amount save insurance companies, $326,476.24. The causes of alarms were the following: Trash, four; flues, twenty-four; sparks from engines, twelve; electricity, two; from adjoining property, nine; unknown, twelve; recalls, five: gasoline stoves, two; false alarms, three; lightning, three; burning tar, one; grass, twenty-seven; matches, four; incendiary, two; overheated stoves, two; charcoal, one; burning oil. one; fire from fireplace, one; overheated boiler, one: overheated furnace, one. In answering these alarms the department traveled to and from fires 149.5 miles; laid 40,450 ft. of hose; raised 820 ft. of ladder; worked 116½ hours; used 500 gal. of chemical and laid 1,150 ft. of chemical hose. Of the 117 alarms, thirty-two occurred between 6 a. m. and 12 noon; fortynine between 12 noon and 6 p. m.; thirty-six between 6 p. m. and 6 a. m. The kinds of buildings where fires occurred were as follows: Brick, five; frame, seventy-four; iron, three; miscellaneous, thirty-five. Of this number twenty-eight were business houses; twenty-two, residences ; twenty-one, rent; eleven, barns; thirtyfive, miscellaneous. Chief Arnoldi makes the following recommendations: The extension of water mains; setting more fireplugs in Frisco addition, South Walnut street between Houston and King streets, South Crockett street and Moore addition. He also recommends the retention of the present number of paid men the city has.