Chief Byron’s Recommendations.
Chief Byron, of the Troy, N. Y., fire department, submitted his annual report with recommendations relative to the improvement of the department, as follows:
“The apparatus of the department now consists of 11 steam fire engines, 8 combination hose and chemical wagons, 4 hose wagons and 1 hose reel, 3 hook and ladder trucks on duty and 1 truck on reserve duty, 1 chief engineer’s wagon, 2 fire alarm wagons, 12 supply wagons and 59 horses. During the past year a three-horse hitch has been installed on engine No. 3. also a new combination hose and chemical installed on engine No. 6. Eight horses have been purchased and placed on duty. The apparatus of the department is in good condition, except engine No. 7, which should be replaced with a new engine, as said engine has been 42 years in service. I would recommend for the improvement and efficiency of the department that more permanent men be appointed or a full paid force be installed. I would also recommend that more hose and chemical wagons be purchased as they would add to the efficiency of the department. I would further recommend the purchase of a water-tower to cover our manufacturing districts, also the purchasing of an extra engine for reserve duty in case of an emergency. I would recommend that a new mutual fire alarm system, comprising 16 or 20 circuits, be installed during the coming year, and that the unreliable fire alarm boxes be replaced with the present improved boxes. I would further recommend an increase of salary for the paid employes. Our hose supply is as follows: Number of feet of good hose, 22,600; number of feet of medium hose, 3,000. This amount should be reinforced for the coming year. I would therefore, recommend that 7.000 feet be purchased. The equipping of the heavy apparatus with rubber tires has proved to be a great benefit, and I would recommend that all the apparatus be so equipped, as it is a great improvement and saving to the apparatus. The number of volunteer firemen connected with the department is 1,100. The full paid force consists of one chief engineer, three battalion chiefs, superintendent of fire alarm, one assistant and two linemen. There is a total of 75 paid men, making an aggregate force of 1,175 men. During the year the number of bell alarms was 231, with 186 verbal alarms, making a total of 417. I would also suggest the laying of a special water main in the collar manufacturing district, and attach the factory pumps to said main to be used in emergency cases. I woul further suggest the purchase of an automobile for the use of the chief engineer.”