CHIEF GEO. NAGENGAST.
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., has the largest volunteer fire department in the State. Its membership is close upon 500, besides a few men who are full paid. The fire area of the city is nearly 2,570 acres, in which are many large business houses, churches, schools, public and quasi-public buildings and private residences. It has a well equipped and thoroughly dis-
ciplined and efficient fire department under the command of Chief Engineer George Nagengast, whose reputation as a fire expert stands deservedly high, and is borne out by the fact that destructive fires are very few and far between in Poughkeepsie.
Three alarms brought fifteen engines, fifteen hose wagons, two fireboats—one the New Yorker from the Battery, four hook and ladder companies, two fire patrol companies, and a water tower for a slight blaze in the Elm Flax mills at Fifty-seventh street and Eleventh avenue, Manhattan, New York. The second alarm was turned in by Battalion Chief Ross; the third, by Chief Purroy. Neither was necessary; but the dense smoke from the rear and the nature of the building seemed to Chief Purroy to call for them. He says the three alarms were sounded as a precaution, and that, if the fire had ever gained headway, it would have proved very disastrous, and one complement of men could not have coped with it.