Concord Shows Low Fire Per Centage.
In efficiency and economy, the Concord, N. H., fire department makes an excellent showing as compared with the average of the 158 cities whose statistics on this line have been compiled by the United States census bureau. The appropriations of these cities for 1907 amounted to $38,529,636, an increase of $3,648,856, or 10.5 per cent., over the previous year. This, however, does not mean, it is stated, that the expense of maintaining the departments increased at that rate, for a portion of this amount was appropriated for the purchase of land, the construction of buildings and for new apparatus. The per-capita appropriation for the 158 cities reporting was $1.65, against $1.30 in Concord. The per-capita cost of maintenance of fire departments in foreign cities is, according to the bulletin, much lower than in cities of the United States, but the bulletin cautions that the inference should not be drawn from these data that the fire departments of this country are not economically administered. The low per-capita cost of maintenance abroad is the resuit of stricter building regulations, more nearly fireproof buildings and greater precautions to prevent the occurrence of fires. In those cities for which complete reports were made, the total fire loss per capita was $2.28 and the net loss per capita $0.28, against $1.40 and $0.26, respectively, in Concord.—Evening Monitor.