FIRE DEPARTMENT OF COUNCIL BLUFFS.
Chief Templeton of Council Bluffs, Ia., in the report of that city’s fire department, gives the statistics of the department for the last ten years. Last year the losses were $9,000 for 1897—insurance involved. $145,000. and $8,000 for 1896—insurance involved, $147,600. The entire loss for these two years was less than the total premiums paid to insurance companies tor any one month of the period. During the year there were eighty three alarms responded to. Last year not a building was totally destroyed. The 4most destructive fire was that which partially burned the main cottage of the Christian home last winter. The highest number of fires during these ten years was 109 in 1895, with a loss of $168,500—insurance involved, $319,600; the lowest number was forty-five in 1888, with a loss of $19.000—insurance involved, $20,000. Strangely enough, the loss leaped up next year to $155,700—insurance involved $199,000—for 107 fires. The total cost of maintaining the fire department from :888 to 1897 inclusive has been $190,090.23—the appropriation of $17,000 for 1897-98 being estimated. Chief Templeton clearly knows how to combine economy with efficiency. During the last year the city has increased the equipment of the fire department by the purchase of a new hook and ladder truck for No. 4 engine house. This was made in one of the city factories, most of the work being done by the firemen at an expense of only about $300 to the city. There have also been purchased for the department 1,200 feet of new hose three horses, and.a’new fifty foot extension ladder.
There being burglars in the house of a citizen of Hamilton, Ont.. the other night, he turned in a fire alarm. The result was that Chief Aitchison and his men were on the spot long before the police and the thieves caught before thev knew “where they were at.”