COHOES MAKES A GOOD SHOWING.

COHOES MAKES A GOOD SHOWING.

Chief Engineer T. C. Collin, of the fire department of Cohoes, N. Y., and his men have given a good account of themselves during the past year, ending November 19. The department was called out to 116 fires, of which ninety-four were in buildings. All of these ninety-four fires were confined to the building in which they started—of itself a proof of good work, and eighty-nine of them, to the floors on which they originated. Only one fire spread to an adjoining building. The chemical engines were used with good results, 1,778 gal. of chemical fluid being thrown on the flames at different times. The total insurance at risk amounted to $1,042,755.50, and the total insured loss to only $27,291.38. At least one-sixth of the whole loss resulted from delay in notifying the fire department promptly. The fire department of Cohoes is chiefly volunteer—in the proportion of nearly 10 to 1—and it never was in better condition than it is today. The tire-area to be guarded is 1,280 acres, which sustains a population of about 25,000 more or less. Its fire-pressure is 72 lb.; the number of hydrants set is over 400. The Gatnewill fire-alarm system is installed, and the equipment comprises four steamers, three combination chemical and hose wagons, an aerial truck, two hose wagons, three hose carriages, an exercise wagon, 7,000 ft. of hose and sixteen horses. Chief Collin recommends the immediate purchase of 2,000 ft. of additional hose, so as always to have 3,000 ft. in reserve. As the city is increasing rapidly, the department should be strengthened by the addition of a combination chemical and hose wagon, with teams, and two more permanent firemen. It is also recommended that one of the steamers, which has been on duty for over thirty years should be disposed of and a new third-class machine bought in its place. Six additional fire-alarm boxes, besides that which will be installed at once, are needed in the new section of the city. Chief Collin also recommends the immediate passage of an ordinance regulating street-car traffic, whereby cars should be compelled to stop at certain points and within 50 ft. of every fire station, and prevented from allowing empty cars to stand on certain switches while the men await their meals. A second ordinance should regulate the wiring of buildings for electric lighting, the stringing of outside wires and the erection of poles on which to carry them. A third ordinance should regulate the installation and operation of cinematograph machines; a fourth should require owners of unoccupied buildings to keep them in a safe condition, as, if neglected, they afford places of refuge to tramps, disreputable characters and mischievous boys, and are a fruitful source of incendiarism and fires arising from carelessness.

Chief T. C. Collin, Cohoes, N. Y.

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