FIRE DEPARTMENT OF ALLIANCE.
Alliance, Ohio, though its population is under 20,000, is nevertheless a place which requires fire protection of a firstclass sort, owing to its importance as a business centre. Its fire area is quite extensive, being over 2,400 acres, which comprehend many mercantile buildings of brick and wood, handsome residences, all frame, several large school buildings, churches, and the like. Their insurance value is heavy, as is shown from the fact that the property exposed to risk in the fifty-two fires of last year was insured for $188,855.07, while the loss on the uninsured was set down at $49,820.67. The fire department is in excellent condition, and, thanks to its energetic chief, William Ilungst, is ready for any emergency. It has recently been strengthened by the addition of a very effective combination chemical engine and hose wagon, specially designed by Chief Hungst to suit local requirements. And in this connection the chief himself, besides being an able and expert fireman, has also added his uuota to the list of inventions which have placed America in the front, so far as concerns not only the methods of firefighting, but also the materiel for successfully carrying on the fight. The equipment of the department is altogether up-to-date, and its personnel is as follows: Chief; captain; drivers, two; hose man; call men, five (paid part time). The electric fire alarm system has thirtyfive street boxes and twenty-three private, connected on four circuits. The water supply (plant owned by the city) is ample, with a fire pressure of 160 pounds for the 153 hydrants. The combination chemical engine and hose wagon, which was built by the International Fire Engine company, of Sen-, eca Falls, N. Y.. is fitted with two thirty-five-gallon tanks, and 250 feet of chemical hose on an automatic reel hose body; capacity, 1,000 feet of hose. The wagon is equipped with one twenty-five-foot, one twelve-foot roof, and a nine and nine-inch inside ladder, trussed. The wagon carries two three-gallon extinguishers, axes, and the necessarytools. It has a patent leather dash and fenders; the tanks are of polished copper, with hammered ends, all bright work nickel, except the tanks, which makes a very pretty contrast. The seat is arranged to dump forwards when necessary. The wagon is fitted with rubber tires and roller-bearings, and has a locker in the centre. The body is painted white, with red maroon gear, all set off with heavy gold stripe. It has the newest and most modern equipment, including Archibald wheels.