Fire Department of Danbury.
Danbury, Conn., had an unusually large number of fires during 1907-08; but only two of these were of any great magnitude. One was in the First Congregational church; the other in a business block, and on each occasion the department, under Chief Thomas H. Lounsbury, was handicapped by lack of adequate water-pressure. The department was called out by 112 alarm—forty-six more than in the preceding year, and twenty-nine more than in any year before. The total amount of insurance carried on the property at risk was $1,603,550; the total loss was $146,231.33. The department is part paid and part volunteer—the latter being auxiliary. The chief officer is Thomas A. Lounsbury; first assistant, Richard Fitzsimmons; second assistant, Peter Beckerle. The paid department consists of thirty four men; the seven volunteer companies average twenty-five men apiece — a total of 209, with a chief, 2 assistant engineers, 2 captains of companies, 2 engineers of steamers, 5 permanent men, 25 bunkers and call men and 175 volunteers. Nine horses arc in service. Of the 7,000 ft. of hose, 4,(XX) are in good condition. Seven hundred ft. were destroyed at the two big fires. More hose, therefore, is required. The apparatus in service is as follows: Babcock aerial truck; Clapp & Jones fire engine (3d size); hose wagons, 2; hose carriages, 6. In reserve: La France engine and one supply wagon. Three permanent men should be added to the force. Hose company No. 1. with Captain Ned A. Hoyt, is located on Botighton street. Hose company No. 2, with Captain E. O. Cable and engine, hose wagon and truck, is located at headquarters, where, also, are stationed the chief (who is also fire marshal and superintendent of fire alarm, devotes all his time to the work of the department). Hose company No. 3, on North street, has as foreman, VVm. Simons: No. 4, on Hoyt street, fireman, A. L. Graef: No. 5, on Coal Pit Hill road, foreman, Martin Cormody; No. 6, on Jefferson avenue, foreman, J. II. Anderson: No. 7, on Locust avenue, foreman, W. P. Day; No. 8. on Well avenue, foreman, John Murphy; No. 9, on T’ahquioque avenue, foreman, Ernest Ifeuser. The captain of the truck is Captain T. Anson. The fire alarm system (Gamewell) has 34 boxes installed—2 being private—and 11 auxiliary besides. Altogether the department is well cquiped. The waterworks system is gravity and there are over 400 hydrants set, with a fire-pressure of 65 lb.