FIRE DEPARTMENT OF LANSINGBURGH, N. Y.
During 1896, Chief Wike reports that the fire department of Lansingburgh, N. Y., answered to forty-three alarms and five telephone calls—three alarms being false. The working time at these fires was twenty-five hours and 13,100 feet of hose were stretched. The hose calls numbered twenty-three and the working time on hose was thirty-six hours, fifty minutes. The actual loss was$42,098.32. The most destructive fires (in a planing mill and in some barns) cost $10,000 and $3,287 respectively. Chief Wike points out that the fire loss in 1896 was greater than in many years before—greater by $11,228.39 in 1895, and by$i,943.68 in 1894. The whole department was called out twenty-three times in 1895-96 and had an appropriation of $1,300 made for the improvement of the fire alarm system—several additional pieces of apparatus being also purchased.
During 1896, I-ondon, Eng., had an average of ten fires a day and a loss of 106 lives.