Excellent Work at Brantford.
Deduct the $34,000 loss caused by the Goold, Shapley & Muir conflgration at Brantford, Ont., and there is left a loss of less than $5,000 during 1907, to be set down as having taken place in that city—an exceedingly good showing for the fire department, of which Chief D. J. Lewis has been the head for eighteen years. And it may be noticed, in passing, that so highly do his fellow citizens value his services that they have just added $200 a year to his salary—a well deserved recognition of all that he has done in the way of protecting the city from fire. That he does not consider the work as by any means accomplished is shown by his recommendations for the betterment of the fire-service. These include the following: The purchase of a fire engine; fire-escapes on tenement buildings on the front street; openings to cellars of stores, in order to afford the firemen ready access in case of fire; the annual cleaning of all chimneys; some provision for shutting off gas-supply in sections or blocks during a fire; a steam heating system at the Central hall; and standpipes, hose, telephones, and fire-escapes in the schools of the city. The number of alarms recorded was fifty-nine. The losses were as follows; On buildings, $9,377; on contents, $29,361—making a total loss of $38,738, which was covered by insurance totaling $276,200, including $79,200 on buildings and $197,000 on contents. The average loss per alarm was $656.40. The number of ft. of hose laid was 9,500. This loss, as already said, includes the item of $34,000 for the Goold, Shapley & Muir fire— a conflagration which was subdued with the greatest difficulty. The firefighting force of the department consists of the following: Chief; firemen, 17. The equipment is as follows: Double-horse hose wagons, 3; single-horse hose wagon; hook and ladder trucks, 2; aerial truck; hose reel; chief’s buggy; cutter; hose sleigh; chemical fire-extinguishers, 12; hose, good, 6,000 ft. inferior, 1,000. A new Eastman truck station has been established, with a foreman and assistant foreman and four men, a 2-horse Seagrave hook and ladder truck, 2horse waterway hose wagon, 2,000 ft. of hose, etc. Chief Lewis asks for a steamer of 800-gal. capacity for use especially on the canal-front, whence two 1’4-in streams could be pumped to reach any building on the south side of Colborne street, where it is almost impossible to get ladders to reach under present conditions. Two hose sleighs are also required as well as two sets of Archibald wheels, a pair of Hale adjustable collars, eleven uniform overcoats and two hydrant-gates.