Chief Charles H. Downing, of the fire department of Lynn, Mass., in his eight annual report states that the personnel of the department is as follow: Chief, assistant chief, three assistant engineers, call; five engine companies, fifteen men each, seventy-five; one engine company, nine men; one relief engine, eight men; one chemical engine company, six men; three chemical engine companies, three men each, nine men; two ladder companies, thirteen men each, twenty-six men; one ladder company, six men; one aerial ladder company, eleven men; driver for chief; man to care for hydrants; four firemen for public hall—total, 161. The apparatus is as follows:

Six steam fire engines in service; one steam fire engine in reserve; three ladder carriages in service; one aerial ladder in service; four chemical engines in service; seven two-horse hose wagons in service; four two-horse hose-reels in reserve; one wagon for hydrant service; two wagons for chief’s use— total, twenty-nine: also nineteen small chemical extinguishers.

The amount of hose on hand is 26,650 feet, divided as follows: First quality cotton, rubber-lined, 9,900 feet; second quality, cotton, rubber-lined, 11,500; sewer hose. 650 feet; condemned hose, 400 feet; rubber hose for chemical engines, 4,200 feet—total, 26,650 feet. Not having bought hose for the past two years, Chief Downing points out that it will be necessary to purchase a sufficient amount the coming year to keep the supply up to the needs of the department. The department owns forty-seven horsesThe water supply during the year was sufficient for all the needs of the department—fortunately no severe test was called for. One new hydrant was added, making the total number 771. The fire alarm has been maintained in excellent condition; from signal stations there were 159 alarms. Two new boxes were added, making a total of 100, and sufficient money has been appropriated to change all the old boxes to non-interfering boxes. During the year there were 283 alarms, as follows:


Bell alarms, 150; still alarms, forty-eight; automatic alarms, forty-nine; telephone alarms, twenty seven. Six alarms were for fires out of city limits. Value of property exposed to fire, $953.926.90; damage to property exposed to fire, $58,238.85; insurance on property exposed to fire, $824 928.00; insurance paid on pioperty damaged, $53,729 79During the past eight years, the department has responded to 1,925 alarms, among which were: Bell alarms, 1,132; still alarms, 582; automatic alarms, 141, telephone alarms,twenty-seven; out of city limits, forty; second alarms, thirteen; general alarms, eight. Value of property exp sed to fire, $7,744,851.82; damage to property exposed to fire, $1,248,334.48; insurance on property exposed to fire, $6,424,392 53; insurance paid on property damaged, $1,084,811.70.

The fire department has a prosperous firemen’s relief association, with the following officers: President. Amos Holbrook; vice-president, W. A. Steward; secretary, B. F. Moody-.treasurer, C. F. Downing. The life members number 123; the yearly, sixty-eight. The cash in treasury on December 31, 1896, amounted to$i5 640 55;receipts for last year $1,106.1— total, $16,746.66. Expenditures for year 1897, $1.039.81— balance in treasury December 31, 1897,$15,706.85. One fireman was killed; thirteen were injured; and two contracted temporarily disabling sickness while on duty during the year. Chief Downing winds up as follows:

In conclusion I desire to express my appreciation to my assistant engineers, officers,and members of the several companies for their fidelity and bravery, and for the prompt and efficient manner in which they have responded to all alarms.

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