FIRE DEPARTMENT OF MONTGOMERY.
Montgomery, Ala., has had a full paid fire department only since July 15, 1898. In his report, which covers from that date to September 30 inclusive. Chief Jas. H. Screws shows comparatively small losses from the sixteen fires which took place during these few weeks, as follows: Total amount of insurance, $25,600; total loss, $1,207 50; insurance loss $1,207.50. The city evidently needs a new hook and ladder truck and six new fire alarm boxes. The chief recommends these and also the purchase of a four-wheel chemical engine— the greatest fire machine yet invented for fighting incipient fires of red hot variety, beyond the control of the small ham extinguishers, and not requiring a stream of water,which does away with a great deal of water damage.
Chief Screws also desires that three telephones be purchased for three of the houses, so as to render them independent of the police headquarters’ telephone. Chief Screws concludes his report as follows:
The addition of the ten miles of water mains and sixty fire plugs has been a long-felt want, and is a great protection to property-owners from the fact that in the te: ritory in which they are laid, heretofore, and during the volunteer days, I have had to lay from 1,000 to 1,500 feet of hose to :each nearest water. Good discipline has been maintained; the men and officers have been attentive in their duties.