FIRE DEPARTMENT OF CHAMPAIGN.
Secretary Demlow, of the fire department of Champaign, Ill., sends the following particulars of that establishment : “The department consists of twenty-two men, volunteers (except two paid drivers). These include chief, assistant chief, engineer, and rank and file. The apparatus is as follows: Steamer; hose cart; two ladder trucks; 2,000 feet of good hose. As a rule, the department makes as good time as if it were paid, and it will not be very long before we are fixed as good as, or, may be, better than a good many towns of the same size as ourselves, since we have a very good mayor, and likewise an excellent body of conncilmen, who are always ready to give the chief what he asks for. The water supply also is good, and the company is still improving it.
“Chief John Ely, formerly secretary of the department, a young man of thirty-four years of age, has always worked well for the department, and it was for that reason, as well as for his faithful service, that he was elected to his present position. He has been a fireman for the last fourteen years, and he has made a very good record for himself. He always keeps his head cool in time of emergency, and has excellent control over the men.”